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Advancing Racial Equity in Our Communities: Local Resilience Planning

Join the Urban Institute for a conversation about how cities are integrating racial equity into their efforts to become more resilient. Urban just released the final outcome evaluation for 100 Resilient Cities, the largest global program aimed to institutionalize resilience in city planning and operations. This conversation will touch on lessons learned from the evaluation, including how cities are fostering meaningful community engagement and supporting vulnerable communities as they prepare for a multitude of shocks and stressors, climate related or otherwise. In addition, we will lift up the opportunities and challenges city leaders and resilience practitioners in Miami-Dade County and Boston have faced in centering racial equity across city departments, plans, policies, and practices to advance resilience.



  • Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor, Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Atyia Martin, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, All Aces Inc.; former Chief Resilience Officer, City of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sara McTarnaghan, Senior Research Associate, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Jorge Morales-Burnett, Research Analyst, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Mary K. Cunningham, Vice President for Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy, Urban Institute (moderator)



The Urban Institute works across policy centers and practice areas, partnering with communities across the country to identify more equitable and sustainable policy solutions. Our researchers study the inequities caused by systemically racist policies that have long affected communities and work to find solutions that advance racial equity, build resilience, and bring community members into the process of economic development. In this series, Advancing Racial Equity in Our Communities, Urban will showcase our research and evaluation that are advancing racial equity in six of our research practice areas: fair housing, land use, and transportation; housing as a foundation; community and economic development; cities and neighborhoods; ending homelessness; and climate and communities. 


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Date & Time Friday, September 23, 2022

Urban Institute Speakers
  • Principal Research Associate
    Colead, Climate and Communities Practice Area
  • Research Analyst
  • Senior Vice President, Research Management and Program Development