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 the Executive Director of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP), Beth is responsible for strengthening ASAP as an emerging nonprofit organization; managing relationships with its members, board, and donors; and bringing adaptation best practices into the broader urban conversation. Beth brings a decade of experience in sustainable development and climate adaptation to her role. Additionally, she has nonprofit management and governance experience and is highly skilled in climate communications, research and outreach, collaborative project management, and stakeholder management. Previously, Beth was Director of the University of Michigan Climate Center and managed NOAA’s Great Lakes Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA). She also led work across cities in the Great Lakes region identifying leading climate related risks and prioritizing adaptation strategies. Email Beth
Rachel Jacobson, Senior Program Manager
As ASAP’s Senior Program Manager, Rachel leads the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the organization’s projects and partnerships including the Resilience Dialogues, the ASAP Mentorship Program, ASAP’s education initiatives, and ASAP’s activities with regional adaptation fora across the country. She 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. Rachel lives in Cambridge, MA. Email Rachel
Greg Hanafin, Program Assistant
Greg joined the ASAP team in early 2019. As the Program Assistant, he supports ASAP’s activities and capacity building programs. His professional background is in environmental advocacy, policy, and planning, and he also works part-time for the City of Cambridge, MA, where he supports the city’s sustainable transportation initiatives. Greg holds a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Anthropology from the University of Michigan, and currently lives in Cambridge, MA. Email Greg
Lily Swanbrow Becker, Network Manager
As ASAP’s Network Manager, Lily facilitates member connectivity and value creation across the ASAP network through support of peer-learning opportunities including the ASAP Member-Led Interest Groups, Regional Hubs and more. New to the ASAP team in early 2019, Lily brings years of experience in climate adaptation, natural resources conservation, facilitation and professional development. She holds a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan and a M.S. in Conservation Biology from Texas State University. Lily lives in Tallahassee, FL.
Dawn Nelson, Membership Services & Communications Coordinator
As the lead for ASAP services and communications, Dawn is the editor of the ASAP newsletter and maintains the membership database, as well as providing communications support for ASAP partners and membership on key events. Dawn brings many years of experience in storytelling, climate adaptation and environmental justice. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.S. in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan. Email Dawn
Rich Bunnell, Communications Specialist
Rich is a Communications Specialist with a focus in sustainability, environmental planning, and climate change adaptation. He holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (’17) and brings more than ten years of experience in print and online publishing. Rich provides support to our Communications team with editing, layout, quality assurance, and project management. Email Rich
Rathapuk “Pete” Subudom, Eastern Michigan University Work-Study Program
Pete is a Transportation Specialist with the Michigan Army National Guard and a Mechanical Engineering student at Eastern Michigan University. As a work-study intern, Pete provides general administrative support for all ASAP staff and brings unique solutions to a variety of tasks.