Board of Directors
Sharing a common goal of climate resilience, the ASAP Board of Directors provides leadership to ASAP Member Led Groups and supports the primary vision of our platform: connecting and supporting people. The ASAP Board of Directors, together with the ASAP Executive Director ensure ASAP meets its US 501(c)3 Nonprofit obligations.
Members of the ASAP Board of Directors
Beth Gibbons, Executive Director
As ASAP’s mission-driven leader, Beth strengthens ASAP as an emerging nonprofit organization. Beth nurtures relationships – relationships with the ASAP Board of Directors, funders and partners in the field, always keeping her finger on the pulse of trends and opportunities to grow and strengthen the adaptation field. Beth strategically and mindfully leads ASAP toward future growth, while always keeping the mission close to heart. Beth loves connecting about adaptation and finding ways for members to make connections or advance their own careers. Her passion for the field is contagious and members should feel free to contact her, but always at the risk of finding themselves running out to start a new member group or host an event after being inspired. Email Beth here or reach her by phone at (734) 219-3529.
Rachel Jacobson, Senior Program Manager
Rachel Jacobson leads the development, implementation and continuous improvement of all of ASAP’s member programs including the Adaptation Careers and ASAP Serves program. Rachel provides peer-to-peer learning opportunities for members through our flagship Mentorship Program, advances consistency and effectiveness in the field through stewardship of the Living Guide on the Principles of Climate Change Adaptation and the Climate Adaptation Knowledge and Competencies Framework, and ensures all Adaptation Careers activities are informed by emerging ideas and innovation by facilitating the Member Advisory Group on Professional Education. Within ASAP Rachel leads the organization’s monitoring and evaluation program and ensures new programs and initiatives align with member values and ASAP strategic priorities. Contact Rachel to learn more about member programs and to discuss how ASAP develops its strategic priorities in service to member needs and values and the state of the adaptation field. Rachel holds B.A., M.P.P, and M.S. degrees from the University of Michigan, and a Certificate in Environmental Law and Regulation from the University of Washington. Email Rachel here or reach her by phone at (617) 520-4339.
Lily Swanbrow Becker, Network Manager
Through in-person and virtual opportunities, Lily facilitates member connectivity and value creation across the ASAP network. Lily supports peer-learning opportunities including the ASAP Member-Led Interest Groups and Regional Hubs through the ASAP Connects Program. Reach out to Lily to connect with other members or to learn more about organizational membership. Lily is an expert in natural systems and the intersection of adaptation and ecology. She not only has a passion to create and amplify networks, she also keeps our work connected to the environment. Lily holds a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Conservation Biology from Texas State University. Lily lives in Tallahassee, FL. Email Lily here or reach her by phone at (850) 296-7609.
Emily Hlavka Freed, Communications Specialist
Emily Hlavka Freed communicates best practices, lifts up member stories, and strengthens the adaptation field through our publications, website, and social media channels. She ensures that ASAP is providing high-value communication services to support ASAP programs and the ASAP Membership. Her role is vital as it enables the organization to attract, connect, and support a diverse membership. Do you have an adaptation story to share or an opportunity to promote? Reach out to Emily to learn about the ASAP Voices program and organization-wide communication services. Emily holds a B.A. in International Business from Adrian College and an M.A. in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training. Email Emily here or reach her by phone at (734) 879-1219.
Debra Butler, Program Assistant
Debra bolsters ASAP programming and member services by supporting programs including the Mentorship Program and Member-led interest groups. Reach out to Debra to learn more about these programs and other member-focused initiatives. Debra is a native of the Gulf coast but is currently based in Boston, MA, completing her PhD in the School for the Environment at UMass Boston. Her research focuses on environmental migration and indigenous science/knowledge and climate adaptation in coastal tribal and communities of color. Email Debra here.
Julia Butch, Eastern Michigan University Work Study Intern
Julia is a third year student at Eastern Michigan University studying biology and zoology. As a work-study intern, Julia provides general administrative support for all ASAP staff including CRM set up and maintenance.
Adrianna Vega, Eastern Michigan University Work Study Intern
Adrianna is a first year student at Eastern Michigan University studying environmental science with an atmosphere and climate concentration. As a work-study intern, Adrianna provides communications support for the organization and assists with publication development.