Board of Directors

Sharing a common goal of climate resilience, the ASAP Board of Directors provides leadership to ASAP Affinity 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

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Eric Mielbrecht | EcoAdapt

I am an EcoAdapt co-founder and specialize in assessing anthropogenic stresses and the risks they pose to the natural and built environment. I am particula... [Read More]

Steve Adams | Institute for Sustainable Communities

Lead for ISC\'s domestic adaptation portfolio which includes capacity building, field building and direct engagement projects around the US

Josh Foster | Consultant

Josh is a co-founder and Secretary of the Board of ASAP. Josh has over 25 years of experience working on climate change science and policy in the federal a... [Read More]

Joyce Coffee | Climate Resilience Consulting

Joyce Coffee, President of Climate Resilience Consulting, has 25 years of experience leading resilience strategy, finance, implementation and measurement. ... [Read More]

Jennifer Jurado | BrowardCounty

Our Division coordinates environmental planning and community resilience initiatives for Broward County, FL on a regional basis through policy, planning, a... [Read More]

Jessica Grannis | Georgetown Climate Center

I work on the law and policy of coastal adaptation, and manage the adaptation program at the Georgetown Climate Center

Missy Stults | Climate Adaptation and Resilience Specialist

I am an independent contractor currently supporting the Science to Action Community of Practice, multiple Great Lakes cities with designing a universal vul... [Read More]


Beth Gibbons, Executive Director
Beth GibbonsAs 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
Rachel JacobsonAs 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


Dawn Nelson, Membership Services & Communications Coordinator
Dawn NelsonAs 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