The Academy is led by a full-time Founding Executive Director, Michael Berkowitz, who will build the overall vision, operation, and mandate of the Academy.  The Executive Director sets the strategy, and identifies and prioritizes core problems in which UM is uniquely positioned to contribute solutions. 
The Academy presently comprises an Executive Director, a Director, an Internal Advisory Group, and an External Working Group (click here to see members).  As the Academy develops, faculty working on climate resilience projects will be invited to engage in its core activities.  

Executive Director

Michael David Berkowitz

Executive Director, Climate Resilience Academy

Berkowitz, who founded and built the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) from an idea into an influential global city network, working across 48 countries to help cities around the world become more resilient to physical, social, and economic shocks and stresses, has been named the founding executive director of the...


Jennifer M Posner

Director, Programs

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Jen Posner is the Director of the Climate Resilience Academy, helping to lead efforts that support interdisciplinary research and education to catalyze and strengthen equitable resilience solutions. Jen was previously the Senior Manager for Policy and Programs at the UM Office of Civic and Community Engagement (CCE) where she led the...