Monthly archives: August, 2015

City of Chicago – Chief Resilience Officer

City of Chicago – Chief Resilience Officer


The City of Chicago looks to expand upon its strong foundation in resilience. Chicago has been selected as one of the 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation.  As part of this partnership the City is creating a new Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) role to transform and accelerate Chicago’s focus on resilience.

The CRO will lead the creation of a cohesive resilience strategy and to plan, coordinate, and direct resilience efforts across City departments.

Resilience is a multifaceted, integrated, collaborative  concept that crosses multiple disciplines and departments. The CRO will work in the Mayor’s Office, guiding the creation of a resilience vision and strategy document, and work with City government and with external stakeholders to deliver key initiatives that will expand and complement the City’s ongoing resilience work.  The CRO will also lead initiatives identified in the process of creating the resilience vision document. Overall the CRO will further develop, implement and lead resilience efforts for the City of Chicago.

The CRO will be located within the Mayor’s Office of the City of Chicago. This position will be supported in part by existing administrative staff within the Mayor’s Office.


The Chief Resilience Officer will serve as the point person on the City of Chicago’s comprehensive efforts on resilience, working across the City and with external stakeholders. This role will also be the lead the partnership with and participation in the 100 Resilient Cities program including working with peers in other cities, and institutional partners.

  • Strategy and Planning
    • Guides the City and partners through a strategy process focused on urban resilience. The process uses the City Resilience Framework to diagnose and understand the City’s resilience and its primary areas of strength and weakness.
    • Guides the creation of a resilience strategy based on strong community and organizational buy -in and anchored in the unique challenges and opportunities that face Chicago.
    • Develops a clear near-term road map for initial implementation priorities from the overall resilience strategy; this road map includes initial milestones and a project tracking approach.
    • Acts as the City’s representative and liaison to the 100 Resilient Cities initiative including, collaborating with peers in the international CRO Network, learning and sharing best practices, and engaging potential partners across industries and sectors.
  • Engagement and Partnership
    • Convenes and collaborates with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders across the city to ensure active and inclusive input.
    • Partners across city government and with other state and federal governmental actors in Chicago to engage on shared challenges and opportunities on broader resilience topics.
    • Collaborates with the  100 Resilient Cities Network of CROs,  expert consultants and other partners
    • Represents City’s resilience initiative at public events both in Chicago and elsewhere.
  • Delivery and Impact
    • Leads the development of a formal resilience strategy document for the City of Chicago.
    • Establishes and engages an ongoing collaboration structure for multiple institutional, governmental, cultural and community partners and stakeholders.
    • Identifies, establishes and incorporates resilience planning tools for City teams.
    • Implements projects and initiatives identified through the strategy development process.
  • Organizational Structure
    • Please see organizational structure of the Mayor’s Office
    • The CRO will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer


The role will be complex and cross disciplinary requiring senior level expertise and demonstrated experience with strategy, engagement and project delivery.

The following qualifications are strongly preferred:

  • Management experience preferably in a large, diverse, urban municipal, corporate, military and/or large non-profit organization;
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public or business administration or a related field (Master’s degree or higher a strong plus);
  • Experience leading strategic planning and operations in the areas of public policy, urban planning and/or economic or community development;
  • A proven track record of working across populations and stakeholder groups, particularly historically underserved populations;
  • A proven track record of implementing a major project that required coordinating with and executing across multiple sectors or disciplines
  • A demonstrated knowledge of municipal government (experience working with municipal governments preferred);
  • A proven track record as an effective organizational leader;
  • Managed a team including both direct reports and peers, as well as consultants or contractors
  • Experience with the Chicago local community or region with the demonstrated ability to establish and maintain relationships with all levels of government, businesses, non-governmental agencies and community leaders.

To apply:

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to:

Mayor’s Office

121 N. LaSalle Street

Chicago, IL 60602

Midwest Pesticide Action Center Internship

Midwest Pesticide Action Center welcomes interns from all fields of study and backgrounds with an interest in our work. Applicants are considered throughout the year for internships typically starting in January, June, and September.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Midwest Pesticide Action Center at: or,

Midwest Pesticide Action Center
4611 N. Ravenswood Ave. Ste. 107
Chicago, IL 60640.

For more information on our internship program, click here. 

ASAP! Zero Waste!

Students will work directly with a program manager to receive training and supervision for evaluating current waste management in lunchrooms and developing zero waste programs (that include recycling and composting) in Chicago Public Schools and a few suburban locations.  Student will also help support current zero waste CPS schools.  Interns will prepare materials and information for school lunchroom audits.  They will help to guide students and parents through the audit and will analyze the data and present the results to the school.  Support for regional sustainable communities programs is needed as well.

fill out an application here Or send questions to Lisa Daleiden-Brugman, Seven Generations Ahead Program Support at .

UIC’s Own Husband and Wife Tree

Treeterns - husband and wife treesThrough the Sustainability Internship Program at UIC’s Office of Sustainability, I have been exposed to a lot of amazing trees, but the most incredible thing I have been introduced to is the inosculated tree on UIC’s west campus. So what does inosculated mean? It means that two different species of trees have fused together forming a symbiotic and mutual relationship. This tree, fondly called UIC’s Husband and Wife tree, is part Serviceberry and part Crabapple. Looking closely at the tree you can see it produces both berries and apples. Another amazing thing about this tree is that is also produces two different sets of leaves. Every aspect of this tree is extraordinary, such as the trunk, you can pinpoint exactly where the trees have fused together. You can also distinguish the two different types of bark, as the apple tree has smooth bark while the berry tree has rough bark. Another fun fact about this tree is that inosculation is a phenomenon similar to grafting, ironic considering that it is located next to the College of Medicine.

-Karima Patel