Professional Adaptation and Resilience Society Hits Milestone


Beth Gibbons, American Society of Adaptation Professionals, Executive Director

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Elliott Bent, Institute for Sustainable Communities, Communications Director

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Professional Adaptation and Resilience Society Hits Milestone

American Society of Adaptation Professionals gets first major grant as independent organization

Ypsilanti, Mich.—December 13, 2017—The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) and Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) announced today that after five years of incubation and strategic planning ASAP is now a fully stand-alone organization.

ASAP’s independence is a result of a long-standing collaboration between the newly formed nonprofit and ISC, culminating in a $600,000 award from The Kresge Foundation which serves as a cornerstone of support for the member organization. This grant from The Kresge Foundation marks the second investment the Michigan-based philanthropy has made in ASAP’s future.

“This milestone for ASAP demonstrates the increasing maturity of the field and the recognized need for greater standardization, acceleration, and enhancement of our field. Through The Kresge Foundation’s investment, we will be able to implement a vision of climate adaptation and resilience work that is equitable, ethical, and effective,” said ASAP Executive Director Beth Gibbons. “We’re grateful to ISC for this success and welcome ISC as a close partner in furthering climate resilience and adaptation practices.”

Today, ASAP is the nation’s leading professional society for adaptation and resilience practitioners with over 1,000 members. Beyond this transition, ASAP will continue to develop the field of adaptation professionals at a time of growing importance through network development and thought leadership.

“Climate adaptation remains a relatively young field of practice in the U.S., and ASAP‘s offerings are needed to bring the field to a mature state,” said Lois Debacker, managing director of The Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program. “ISC has done a great service in incubating ASAP, which now is poised to grow further in effectiveness as a stand-alone organization.”

Since 2011, ISC has incubated ASAP as it built a strong membership base of adaptation professionals and advanced innovation and excellence in the field of climate change adaptation. ISC has a long history of enhancing civil society by creating new nonprofits or supporting promising nonprofits that contribute to building stronger communities around the world.

“Over the last five years, we’ve helped ASAP evolve from a great idea, initiated by a small group of committed and creative climate leaders from across the country, into a strong, independent professional society that is poised to take the field of climate adaptation to a higher level,” said ISC Vice President Steve Nicholas. “We’re thrilled with this success and are proud to fulfill the commitment ISC made to the adaptation and resilience community when ASAP was first formed.”

Going forward, ASAP and ISC will remain connected as strategic partners committed to building resilience and strengthening the adaptation field together. ISC is now an institutional partner of ASAP and will continue to serve on ASAP’s Resilience Dialogues Leadership Committee. ISC’s Director of Urban Resilience Steve Adams will also remain the President of the ASAP Board of Directors.


About American Society of Adaptation Professionals

American Society of Adaptation Professionals is the nation’s leading professional society for adaptation and resilience practitioners. The organization connects and supports climate adaptation professionals, while advancing innovation and excellence in the field of climate change adaptation. Through ASAP’s website, affinity groups, webinars, and meetings, climate adaptation professionals interact, share what’s working, collaborate with their colleagues, and build essential climate resilience for communities across the United States. ASAP is committed to ensuring that climate adaptation and resilience work is equitable, ethical, and effective. Learn more at

About Institute for Sustainable Communities

Since 1991, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has worked in the United States and around the world to help communities, cities, industry, and NGOs accomplish their environmental, economic, and social goals. ISC uses training, technical assistance, peer-to-peer learning, and demonstration projects to help unleash the power of local people and institutions to address immediate challenges and opportunities – all while building those on-the-ground solutions into national and international best practices and policy. At the heart of the organization’s approach is results-focused, authentic and pragmatic engagement with all stakeholders, which unearths locally-driven and equitable solutions to the biggest challenge we face – global climate change. Learn more at


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Announcing Three New Members of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals Board of Directors

Congratulations to Jessica Grannis, Jennifer Jurado, and Jacqueline Patterson, the newly appointed members of the ASAP Board of Directors! They’ll serve alongside Steve Adams, Joyce Coffee, Josh Foster, Eric Mielbrecht, John Nordgren, and Missy Stults.

Jessica Grannis

Jessica Grannis currently serves as the Adaptation Program Manager for the Georgetown Climate Center and an Adjunct Professor for the Harrison Institute for Public Law at Georgetown Law. In this role, she oversees staff and student projects to provide direct legal and policy support to states and local governments as they plan for and implement policies to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Recently, Jessica worked with the 100 Resilient Cities network to create a report on policy recommendations for reforming the National Flood Insurance Program. Jessica has over 10 years of experience working on adaptation and environmental law issues with adaptation practitioners from different sectors and disciplines. In her former role as Staff Attorney for the California Ocean Protection Council, she helped craft the state’s coastal adaptation strategy and helped the council’s staff navigate potential legal and policy challenges.

Jennifer Jurado

Dr. Jennifer Jurado currently serves as Chief Resiliency Officer and Director of the Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division for Broward County, Florida. In this role, she oversees regional and organizational climate resilience initiatives, water resource policy and planning, environmental monitoring, shoreline protection, and marine resources programs. Since joining the county in 2002, Jennifer has been a key figure in the advancement of multi-jurisdictional initiatives focused on water resource sustainability and management, climate adaptation efforts, and the integration of climate policy in comprehensive planning. She has played a prominent role in analyzing and planning for future sea level rise in the built environment, and recently wrote an article on community resilience in Go Riverwalk magazine. Jennifer has also made significant contributions to the organization and advancement of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a four-county collaboration focused on regional climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, and to the president’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. In 2013, she was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for her leadership on climate resilience. Jennifer holds a doctoral degree in marine biology and fisheries from the University of Miami.

Jacqueline Patterson

Jacqueline Patterson currently serves as the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Previously, she served as Coordinator and Co-Founder of Women of Color United and as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate, and activist working on women’s rights, violence against women, HIV and AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, emergency response, and environmental and climate justice. The NAACP, in partnership with the Clean Air Task Force, published a landmark report demonstrating the health risks to African American communities from airborne pollutants caused by oil and natural gas development. Jacqueline served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid, Assistant Vice-President of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health, Outreach Project Associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University, and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica, West Indies. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, the Advisory Board for the Center for Earth Ethics, and the boards of directors for the Institute of the Black World, the Center for Story Based Strategy, GRID Alternatives, and the U.S. Climate Action Network. Jacqueline holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

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