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Staff Steering Committee


County Representatives 

The four Compact Counties (Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach) have designated several senior staff members to serve as a Staff Steering Committee charged with assuring fulfillments of the Compact commitments.


Broward County 

Jennifer Jurado 
Director and Chief Resiliency Officer, 
Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division
[email protected]

Jason Liechty 
Senior Environmental Projects Coordinator, Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division
[email protected]

Monroe County 

Roman Gastesi 
County Administrator
[email protected] 

Michael Roberts 
Director of Planning & Growth Management
[email protected]

Miami-Dade County

Nichole Hefty 
Deputy Resilience Officer, Office of Resilience
[email protected]  

Kimberly Brown
Supervisor, Long-Range Planning Section
[email protected]

Palm Beach County 

Megan Houston 
Director, Office of Resilience 
[email protected]


Municipal Representatives 

Penni Redford 
Sustainability Manager, West Palm Beach 
[email protected] 

Alison Higgins 
Sustainability Manager, City of Key West 
[email protected] 

Elizabeth Wheaton 
Director, Environmental and Sustainability Department, City of Miami Beach 
[email protected]

Lorie Mertens-Black 
Chief Civic Affairs Officer, City of Hollywood 
[email protected] 


Ex-Officio Representatives

South Florida Regional Planning Council

Isabel Cosio Carballo, 
Executive Director 
[email protected]

South Florida Water Management District

Akintunde O Owosina, PE 
Chief, Hydrology and Hydraulics Bureau
[email protected]

The Nature Conservancy—Florida Chapter

Rod Braun
Florida Climate Program Manager
[email protected]

Florida Climate Institute

Jayantha Obeysekera 
Academic Liaison to the Climate Compact
Director, Florida International University Sea Level Solutions Center
[email protected]


Institute for Sustainable Communities

Since 2009, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has provided implementation support for the Compact. ISC has helped advance the Compact from the planning stage to policy implementation—integrating climate mitigation and adaptation efforts, highlighting the importance of addressing natural and built systems holistically, and supporting the work across adjacent jurisdictions, using adaptive management principles to guide the process.

Steve Adams
Director of Urban Resilience
[email protected]

Lauren Ordway 
Senior Program Officer
[email protected]