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Washington, DC’s resilience journey

Washington, DC has a unique position as the seat of the US Federal Government, which makes it a prime target for terrorism. The DC region could lose up to $100 billion in private-sector profits and 1.2 million jobs in the three years following a large terrorist attack.

DC plans to address this challenge by developing stronger relationships with adjacent municipalities and the Federal Government, fostering preparedness of infrastructure and businesses, and nourishing adequate social capital in local communities.

DC is also confronting various forms of inequality that threaten to undermine the city’s long-term financial and social stability, including inequalities in income, educational attainment, social capital, health outcomes, and exposure to violent crime. These inequalities undermine the city’s ability to respond to shocks such as terrorism, since community members are often the first responders in large-scale emergencies.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Kevin Bush

Chief Resilience Officer

As DC’s first CRO, Kevin Bush led a citywide effort to develop Resilient DC, a strategy for thriving in the face of change. Now he leads efforts, in the Executive Office of the Mayor, to implement that strategy and prepare the nation’s capital for climate change, technological disruption, and a changing economy. He also serves as the Chief of Resilience and Emergency Preparedness. In that capacity he supervises a staff of 25 and budget of over $15 million to oversee the District’s long-term risk reduction, planning, training, and exercises, including hazard mitigation, critical infrastructure preparedness, disaster recovery and preparedness, and public and private sector engagement. This includes the District’s regional preparedness work with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and planning and training to increase the District’s preparedness for a variety of potential risks.

Kevin has extensive experience building coalitions to design and execute award-winning resilience initiatives, including Rebuild by Design, the National Disaster Resilience Competition, and the Multifamily Better Buildings Challenge. He previously led efforts at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to plan for the impact of climate change.

Kevin served on President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He has also been both a Presidential Management Fellow and City of Chicago Mayoral Fellow.

Kevin is a widely recognized expert in urban resilience, climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster recovery, affordable housing, and infrastructure. He holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Business from Michigan State University.

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