City’s new chief resilience officer begins work

Former State lawmaker Kate Knuth has become the City’s chief resilience officer (CRO), a new position created to lead city-wide resilience-building efforts as part of Minneapolis’ new partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation. As the City’s CRO, Knuth will oversee resilience strategy development and implementation to help Minneapolis prepare for, withstand and bounce back from current and future challenges, including aging infrastructure, natural disasters, racial inequities weather events and climate change.

Kate Knuth
Kate Knuth

Knuth’s appointment is an essential element of Minneapolis’ resilience building partnership with 100 Resilient Cities. Minneapolis was named part of the 100RC network in May 2016, along with cities like London, New York, Bangkok, Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle—and was selected from more than 1,000 applicants from around the world. The Rockefeller Foundation commits $164 million to 100RC and its worldwide effort to help cities address threats proactively.

The CRO is an innovative feature of 100RC’s resilience-building program, a role specifically designed to coordinate existing initiatives and plans both inside and outside of local government, foster new partnerships, alliances and programs, and structure financing mechanisms that will address challenges that will face Minneapolis residents. The program places a particular focus on low-income and vulnerable populations.

As one of the fastest-growing cities in the Midwest, Minneapolis’s resilience initiatives will focus on the city addressing the issues of aging infrastructure, climate change and racial inequities. Knuth will receive personnel and technical support provided by 100RC, and utilize resilience-building tools and resources  from private, public, academic and NGO sector organizations that have partnered with 100RC. Minneapolis’ Resilience Strategy will be a holistic, action-oriented blueprint to implement actions that will have meaningful impacts for the city’s future.

About Kate Knuth

Kate Knuth brings a wealth of experience and knowledge on conservation and public service. Previously, Knuth was a director at the Institute on the Environment where she ran the Boreas Environmental Leadership Program. Knuth started the initiative, a University of Minnesota program for graduate and professional students and post-doctoral fellows with free co-curricular leadership development opportunities such as workshops to develop communications skills and networking events. Knuth is a citizen member of the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board and served three terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2007 to 2013. She earned a M.Sc. from Oxford University and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

About 100 Resilient Cities

100 Resilient Cities (100RC), pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each city who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges.