“Stephanie has done an excellent job leading the sustainability efforts and so she has gained the confidence of a broad number of partners that are essential to executing the role of chief resilience officer,” Reed said.
Benfield said resilient cities work together and offer each other best practices, a critical advantage at a time of rapid change on everything from climate challenges to transportation issues.
“What’s critical to this role is managing and also leveraging partnerships,” Benfield said. “We also look to the corporate and philanthropic communities to support the efforts because having the support and power of the Rockefeller Foundation is going to help us leverage additional partnerships.”
Benfield will help select a replacement for her sustainability role with the city.