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Steve Adams

Director of Urban Resilience

As the Director of Urban Resilience for ISC’s U.S. Program, Steve works with other ISC staff, global thought leaders, as well as state and local leaders across the United States and in Southeast Asia to identify and catalyze break-through opportunities to advance urban sustainability and resilience. Steve also leads key components of ISC’s climate change adaptation & resilience programming to build the capacity of local leaders in addressing the impacts of global climate change.

Steve has acquired a diverse technical background over more than two decades in the public and nonprofit sectors, with experience in marine fisheries, regulatory compliance and enforcement policy, sustainability indicators, and energy policy. Over the past 10 years, Steve has focused increasingly on climate change mitigation and adaptation issues at the state, regional and local level in dozens of communities across the United States.

Since leaving government in 2009, Steve has led community-based and sector-based adaptation projects in the Pacific Northwest, helped catalyze the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact as a model for regional scale adaptation and co-founded the American Society of Adaptation Professionals to serve as a community of practice for practitioners working in various sub-fields of climate adaptation. From 2007-2009, Steve served as an energy and policy advisor to Florida Governor Charlie Crist and as Staff Director for the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change. Previously, he served as the Policy Director for Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection where he led agency-wide policy development on issues ranging from ocean protection to energy to information technology. In 2002-2003, he served at the U.S. EPA as Senior Advisor to Administrator Christie Todd Whitman’s Environmental Indicators Initiative.

Steve holds a BA in Economics from the University of West Florida and a Master of Public Administration from the Askew School of Public Administration & Policy at the Florida State University. He is a member of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals.