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By Jai-Leen James, Contributing Reporter

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The Atlantic Council announced a $25 million gift from business leader and philanthropist Adrienne Arsht to endow the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience. The Center, which recently received a $30 million grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, was renamed the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center on May 1st.

Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center Announced, Miami Beach, Miami, Florida, News
The Center, which recently received a $30 million grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, was renamed the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center on May 1st, photo internet recreation.

By identifying, implementing, and scaling solutions to the urgent crises of climate change, migration, and security, the new Center seeks to enhance the resilience of one billion people by 2030.

“We are setting an ambitious goal, supported by the expertise and analysis of the Urban Institute, of ‘Reaching One Billion People with Resilience Solutions by 2030,’” said Frederick Kempe, president and chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council.

“By combining Adrienne Arsht’s vision and generosity with The Rockefeller Foundation’s world-renowned leadership and experience, we are determined to provide measurable, scalable solutions to address some of the 21st century’s greatest challenges and opportunities.”

Miami–Dade County, a former member of The Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities initiative, will be the center’s first community partner. “Resilience is now in the DNA of Miami-Dade County and across our vulnerable, but risk-aware, South Florida Region,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

“We are proud to call Adrienne Arsht a friend and community icon. We are grateful for our work with The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative with our partners at the City of Miami and Miami Beach.” Gimenez added, “We will continue the work that shows the world that Miami is adapting and that we can see more resilient citizens and an economically thriving community now, and in the future.”

A digital rendering of sea level rise in Miami Beach, Miami, Miami Beach, Florida, News
A digital rendering of sea level rise in Miami Beach, photo internet recreation.

The Washington D.C.-based think tank initiative will be spearheaded by Kathy Baughman McLeod. Previously, Baughman McLeod served as a Global Environmental and Social Risk Executive at Bank of America. She was also the Global Managing Director of Climate Risk and Resilience at the Nature Conservatory.

“It’s gratifying to be in a position to help create and deliver solutions on the ground in communities and across geographies,” Baughman McLeod said. “The Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center is committed to bold and accelerated action. The need is urgent and partnerships will be critical to achieving our goal of reaching one billion people globally by 2030.”

The center was established in 2016. Their plan is to implement finance and risk transfer tools, policy framework and technology and communication strategies to reach their goal. In the upcoming weeks, the center plans to announce partnerships with both public and private sectors from the insurance, finance and national government industries.

In a 2018 study the Union of Concerned Scientists found that flooding exacerbated by sea level rise will, by the year 2045, threaten 12,095 homes in Miami Beach valued at $6.4 billion.

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