Paul Storella, PE, Senior Vice President, Water Business Leader for Metro New York, AECOM
Paul leads strategy, growth, and operations for the New York Metro Water group at AECOM. The Water group provides planning, design, and construction/program management services for large-scale water and wastewater infrastructure projects throughout New York and New Jersey. Under Paul’s leadership, the Water group’s portfolio has expanded to include flood hazard risk reduction and is currently working on many of the major coastal resiliency projects in the region, including Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency and South Battery Park City. In his more than 30-year career, Paul has worked on many significant water and wastewater projects, including the Deer Island Sewage Treatment Plant, the centerpiece of the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority’s program to protect Boston Harbor.
Roland Lewis, President & CEO, Waterfront Alliance
Roland is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Waterfront Alliance, a coalition of more than 1,000 organizations with ties to our regional waterways. Prior to taking the helm of the Waterfront Alliance in 2007, he served as a partner in the law firm of Dellapa, Lewis, and Perseo before serving as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity New York City for ten years, guiding it to become one of the top producers in the region and a nationally emulated model for Habitat for Humanity locations in other urban settings. A lifetime New Yorker, Roland is a graduate of Columbia University and earned both a Master of City and Regional Planning and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University.
Jainey K. Bavishi, Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency
Jainey serves as the Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery, where she leads the City’s OneNYC resiliency program, preparing the city for the impacts of climate change. She previously served as the Associate Director for Climate Preparedness at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In this role, she led the implementation of the climate preparedness pillar of the President's Climate Action Plan. In the final year of the Obama Administration, she was responsible for embedding and institutionalizing climate resilience considerations across Federal programs and policies; advancing climate equity to address the disproportionate impacts of climate change on low-income and other vulnerable communities; and developing innovative approaches to climate adaptation finance. Prior to this, Jainey served as Executive Director of R3ADY Asia-Pacific based in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was responsible for initiating, expanding and managing the start-up public-private partnership, which focused on enhancing disaster risk reduction and resilience in the Asia-Pacific region. Jainey has a Master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bachelor’s degree in public policy and cultural anthropology from Duke University.
B.J. Jones, President & CEO, Battery Park City Authority
B.J. is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA). BPCA is a New York State Public Benefit Corporation that is responsible for developing and maintaining the Battery Park City neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, including a mix of housing, schools, offices, cultural institutions and 36 acres of public parks along the Hudson River. Under his leadership, the organization is focused on resiliency, affordability, community engagement, and environmental responsibility. Jones has served in a variety of public sector leadership roles throughout his career, including Assistant Commissioner at the Department of Buildings and Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations. Prior to that, he was a consultant in KPMG’s State & Local Government Consulting practice. He received his BA at Gettysburg College, an MPA at American University, and Master of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is on the board of the Frederick O’Reilly Hayes Prize Foundation, which annually awards emerging leaders in government. B.J. was a recipient in 2009.
Heather Morgan, RLA, Sustainability & Risk Management Lead for Metro New York, AECOM, and former National Sustainability Lead, US Army Corps of Engineers
Heather oversees Sustainability and Risk Management in the Water and Marine groups at AECOM. She brings 16+ years of experience in flood risk management, infrastructure planning, landscape architecture, and landscape archaeology for projects focused on human well-being, ecosystem integrity, and national security. Heather previously worked at the US Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters as the Civil Works Sustainability Lead and National Sustainability Program Manager. She assessed existing and proposed water resource projects across all missions to create a national sustainability strategy that addressed urgent, short-, and long-term risks. Heather currently serves as the Lead on the Battery Park City Authority’s South Battery Park City Resiliency Project. In this capacity, she oversees integrated flood risk and public space design, community engagement, and FEMA certification/accreditation as well as operations and maintenance.
Carter Strickland, New York State Director, The Trust for Public Land, and former Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Carter protects land, creates parks, builds green infrastructure and helps revitalize cities in his role as the New York State Director of The Trust for Public Land. He previously served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, where he oversaw the largest municipally-owned water agency in the country and launched the city’s Green Infrastructure Plan and Clean Heat Policy. He has served as an infrastructure, environmental and sustainability consultant, a public interest environmental litigator and professor at Rutgers Law School, and as an Assistant New York Attorney General. Carter has been a board member of several non-profits and teaches a class on sustainable infrastructure for cities at New York University and Columbia University. Born and raised in upstate New York, for the past 20 years, Carter has been a resident of Brooklyn, where he lives with his wife and two children.
Ed Clerico, PE, Founder & CEO Emeritus, Natural Systems Utilities
Ed is an entrepreneur who has designed, built, and operated water and wastewater systems for 40+ years. He founded Natural Systems Utilities—the recognized leader in decentralized non-potable water reuse systems—which operates 250 decentralized systems in the United States, seven of which are in New York City. Previously, he held executive roles with American Water, as Technical Development Director and Vice President of Strategy, and recently served on the Water Reuse Foundation’s expert panel that prepared the Risk-Based Framework for Decentralized Non-Potable Water Systems. Ed is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds a Master of Science degree from Rutgers University’s College of Engineering.
Brad Lander, New York City Council Member, District 39, Brooklyn
Brad is a member of the New York City Council, representing the 39th District in Brooklyn, and serves as the Council’s Deputy Leader for Policy. He co-founded the Council’s Progressive Caucus, helped bring participatory budgeting to New York City, and has led the way toward a more just, equitable, and sustainable city. Brad’s background in community planning informs his commitment to making government work better. His legislation has resulted in better tracking of expenditures across New York City’s parks, more effective ways to measure and combat poverty, and improvements to the city’s capital projects management. Brad serves as chair of Local Progress, a national network of over 800 progressive local elected officials in 45 states. Prior to serving in the City Council, Brad directed the Pratt Center for Community Development and the Fifth Avenue Committee. Brad is a graduate of the University of Chicago, with Master’s degrees in social anthropology from University College London and in city planning from Pratt Institute.
Angela Licata, Deputy Commissioner for Sustainability, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Angela is the Deputy Commissioner for Sustainability at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), where she oversees the Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, Bureau of Environmental Compliance, and the Office of Hazardous Materials and Superfund Planning and Assessment. DEP is not only New York City’s public water supply and wastewater utility, but it is also the environmental agency for the City. The range of programs under Angela’s purview reflects the broad mandate of the Department as a public utility, regulator, and regulated entity.
Under Angela’s guidance, the Department released the 2010 NYC Green Infrastructure Plan to manage stormwater runoff before it enters the combined sewer system. Furthermore, Angela played a key role in guiding the City’s preparation for its first Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. Angela was also instrumental in revising and modernizing the New York City Air Code in 2015, the first major overhaul since the 1970s.
Patricia Sinicropi, Executive Director, WateReuse Association
Pat is the Executive Director of the WateReuse Association, the only national organization dedicated solely to advancing policy, technology, innovation and public acceptance for water reuse. Pat has nearly two decades of experience as a policy expert and advocate on water-related issues in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the WateReuse Association, she served as Senior Legislative Director for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), overseeing and directing NACWA’s legislative advocacy program, including policy analysis and advocacy on federal water policy related to infrastructure funding and financing, climate and energy, integrated planning, rate-payer affordability, and agriculture. Pat joined NACWA in 2008 after serving four years as Legislative Counsel to the Water Environment Federation (WEF) where her policy advocacy also included biosolids management. Prior to joining WEF, Pat represented the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), an organization providing technical assistance to small, rural communities on drinking water and wastewater infrastructure needs. Pat also served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy Director at the President’s Council on Sustainable Development for the National Town Meeting on Sustainable America and as Special Advisor on Livable Communities to Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Pat holds a JD from the University of Maine Law School and a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
Carlo A. Scissura, Esq., President & CEO, New York Building Congress
Carlo is President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Building Congress (NYBC), a position he has held since January 2017. The NYBC is a broad-based membership association committed to promoting the growth and success of the construction industry in New York City and its environs. Carlo and his team have spurred tremendous growth – with record membership, increased visibility across the region, and a focus on securing infrastructure investment, the organization is stronger and more influential than ever.
Prior to joining NYBC, Carlo was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Under his leadership, the Chamber became one of New York’s largest business advocacy and economic development organizations. Carlo served both as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz for nearly five years before leading the Brooklyn Chamber. He is a member of the Boards of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, The New York City Regional Economic Development Council, ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York, Salvadori Center, the Friends of the BQX and a former member of Community Board 11 in Brooklyn and the District 20 School Board and Community Education Council. Carlo is currently Chair of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway redevelopment panel.
Melanie La Rocca, Commissioner, New York City Department of Buildings
As Commissioner of the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB), Melanie regulates and promotes the safe and lawful use of nearly 1.1 million buildings and more than 45,000 active construction sites. She is furthering the agency’s efforts to create a culture of safety on construction sites and enforce laws to protect all residents, workers, and visitors. Under her leadership, DOB is redoubling its modernization efforts to improve response times, bring clarity and consistency to agency operations, and insist on the highest standards of integrity, both in the construction industry and within DOB. Previously, Melanie was Vice President of Development and External Affairs at the School Construction Authority (SCA), where she oversaw SCA’s Real Estate Group and worked with communities throughout the city to create new schools for the city’s children. As part of this work, Melanie played a key role in implementing Mayor de Blasio’s Universal Pre-K program. Prior to joining SCA, Melanie served as Chief of Staff to Christine C. Quinn, former Speaker of the New York City Council, and was a member of Queens Community Board 1. She received her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University. She is a native New Yorker and a lifelong Queens resident.
Christopher Toomey, PE, Vice President of Major Projects, McKinsey & Company
Chris helps clients develop, implement, and deliver major capital programs. He serves leading organizations in the global infrastructure sector. His experience spans all modes of transportation infrastructure—including rail, highways, airports, and ports—as well as housing and real estate, gas pipelines, wastewater systems, and resiliency programs. In all these sectors, he has been responsible for the design, management, and performance of multibillion-dollar infrastructure programs and projects. Chris also served nearly 26 years in the US Army Corps of Engineers, retiring as a Colonel. He is a registered professional engineer in New York and Virginia and a Fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers.
Jason Vollen, Vice President, National High Performance Buildings Practice Leader, and Director of Architecture for Metro New York, AECOM
In his multiple roles at AECOM, Jason focuses on leveraging the intersection of energy, finance, and policy to deliver high performance and sustainable design solutions that reduce both capital and operating costs to maximize value for clients and to deliver solutions that are net zero energy capable. As a high performance design specialist, his approach takes advantage of the first principles of building physics in order to provide lower energy intensities while improving occupant comfort. Jason’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and the American Institute of Architects. He has won numerous awards for next generation building systems design and has multiple building system patents under review.
Brodie Boland, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company
Brodie is a leader in McKinsey’s infrastructure, cities and sustainability practices. In that role, he serves a range of city governments, urban technology providers, infrastructure investors and operators, and real estate developers and operators. He is an author of the McKinsey Global Institute study on smart cities. Brodie has extensive experience developing urban resilience strategies for several cities globally, including climate mitigation and adaptation. He also has expertise in helping public sector infrastructure agencies to generate additional value from government assets, develop real estate management strategies and successful funding approaches. Brodie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University where his research focused on the economic transformation of a declining industrial city.
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Urban Strategist
Ibrahim is an urban strategist whose work focuses on deepening democracy and improving public engagement. He has advised two mayors on the best was to translate complex decisions related to the cost, impacts, and benefits of environmental policy and of capital projects on communities. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies on sustainability and innovation. Previously, Ibrahim developed tools to connect, train, and fund grassroots activists. Since 2018, Ibrahim has worked with governments, CBOs, and select corporate clients providing strategy and support around infrastructure policy, the land use process, strategies for climate adaptation and resilience. He is the author of Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet and earned his Master of Public Administration at Baruch College’s Marxe School where he now lectures.
Kate Boicourt, Director of Resilience, Waterfront Alliance
Kate is the Waterfront Alliance’s Director of Resilience, overseeing the organization’s portfolio of resiliency work, including the convening of a Resilience Task Force and development of a campaign for regional resilience, WEDG (Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines), and the Harbor Scorecard. Previously, she served as the Restoration Program Manager for the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP), where she focused on cross-jurisdictional coastal issues related to habitat restoration, public access, and climate change. Prior to her work at HEP, Kate led a team of experts to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the State of Maryland and has held multiple roles conducting and synthesizing research for public and policymaker audiences. She holds a Master of Environmental Science from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Kenyon College.
Seth Pinsky, Executive Vice President, RXR Realty
Seth is an Executive Vice President at RXR Realty, where he is leading RXR’s efforts to invest in “emerging opportunities” in the New York region. He focuses on areas with significant growth potential, particularly in the boroughs outside of Manhattan and suburban downtowns. Previously, Seth was Director of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, which developed a $20 billion plan to protect the City from climate change impacts. Seth also served as President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) from 2008 to 2013. Prior to NYCEDC, Pinsky was an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and an analyst at James D. Wolfensohn Inc. He graduated from Columbia College and Harvard Law.