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What’s Next After Rebuilding? Making Resilience Happen

A symposium presented by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and New Jersey Future:


Sandy aerial view slideshow

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Rutgers – Edward J. Bloustein School of
Planning and Public Policy

Special Events Forum

33 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J.

Approved for 2 AICP CM credits


With the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy on the horizon, what have we learned about rebuilding? This program, featuring Anthony Flint, fellow and director of public affairs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, focused on concrete steps that are being taken to plan, pay for and implement resiliency measures on the ground. The event revisited the Rebuild by Design competition, which yielded six winning proposals nationally (two in New Jersey), reviewed national models that can inform New Jersey, and explored how the latest advances in resilient design will be paid for and where the cost burden will fall.

Below please find some photos of the event, and biographies of each of the speakers.

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Peter Kasabach of New Jersey Future moderating the panel discussion.

L to R: Panelists Henry Coleman of Rutgers University; Shalini Vajjhala of re:focus partners; Amy Chester of Rebuild By Design; Anthony Flint of the Lincoln Institute; and Peter Kasabach.

L to R: Dionne Etter, Kathryn Lincoln and Anthony Flint of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

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Meet the Speakers:

Anthony FlintANTHONY FLINT @anthonyflint is a fellow and director of public affairs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a think tank in Cambridge, Mass. He is author of Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow; Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City; This Land: The Battle over Sprawl and the Future of America; and co-editor of Smart Growth Policies: An Evaluation of Programs and Outcomes. He has been a journalist for over 30 years, primarily at The Boston Globe, a policy advisor on smart growth for Massachusetts state government, a visiting scholar and Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, writer in residence at The American Library in Paris, and a practitioners fellow at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center. He is a contributor to CityLab, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, Metropolis, Planning magazine, and Planetizen, author of the blogs At Lincoln House and Developing Stories, and a curator/speaker at TEDxBeaconStreet and TEDxTampaBay.

AmyHeadshot copyAMY CHESTER is the managing director for Rebuild by Design, a design initiative of the Hurricane Sandy Task Force and HUD that culminated in $930 million being awarded to six projects to address structural and social vulnerabilities uncovered by Superstorm Sandy.  She is responsible for the day to day operations, management, fundraising, and strategy of Rebuild by Design.  Chester brings considerable experience in community engagement, policy, communications and real estate development to advocate for the urban environment.  Previously, Chester worked for Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Legislative Affairs and as a Senior Policy Advisor, responsible for the engagement strategy and public vision of PlaNYC.

HENRY A. COLEMAN is a professor of public policy at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He previously served as a Brookings Economic Policy Fellow, which he spent in the Office of Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and also served as a senior economist in the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. General Accounting Office. Dr. Coleman was the executive director of the New Jersey State and Local Expenditure and Revenue Policy (SLERP) Commission and was the assistant director of operations and research at the Office of State Planning and as a senior policy adviser in Governor James J. Florio’s Office of Management and Policy.

photoShaliniVajjhalaSHALINI VAJJHALA is the founder and CEO of re:focus partners, social entrepreneurs that design integrated resilient infrastructure systems and develop new public-private partnerships to align public funds and leverage private investment for vulnerable communities around the world. Before starting re:focus partners, Shalini served as Special Representative in the Office of Administrator Lisa Jackson at the US Environmental Protection Agency where she led the US-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability (JIUS) announced in March 2011 by Presidents Obama and Rousseff. Previously, Shalini served as Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of International & Tribal Affairs at the US EPA and as Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Climate at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She joined the Obama Administration from Resources for the Future, where she was awarded a patent for her work on the Adaptation Atlas.


Following the symposium, New Jersey Future hosted a reception to honor its longtime trustee Henry A. Coleman. More information about the event honoring Henry Coleman.

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