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Josh Sawislak

Resilience and Climate Adaptation Evangelist

Josh Sawislak is the global director of resilience for the infrastructure services firm AECOM. In this role, he works across the entire enterprise of AECOM's offerings in planning, design, construction, finance, operations, and development to help develop and leverage resilient strategies projects and clients to address issues such as sustainability, climate change, disaster preparedness, and enterprise risk management. He provides thought leadership and strategic advice to corporations, national governments, municipalities, NGOs, and international organizations across the globe. In 2015, he served as a speaker at the first US-China Climate Leaders’ Summit in preparation for the global climate negotiations in Paris in 2015 (COP-21) and led AECOM’s delegation to Paris. He also spoke at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and gave lectures and participated in symposia in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceana. He also serves as a subject matter expert for the Rockefeller Foundation on infrastructure and community resilience and sustainable development and a member of their Resilience Advisory Council. He previously served in the administration of President Barack Obama in several roles, most recently as the lead for climate preparedness and resilience at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He also led the infrastructure team on President's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.