Jennifer Jurado bio

Jennifer Jurado, Chief Resilience Officer and Division Director, Broward County

Dr. Jennifer Jurado is Broward County’s Chief Resilience Officer and Director of the Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division where she oversees regional climate resiliency initiatives, county-wide water resource policy and planning, shoreline protection and marine resources programs. Since joining the County in 2002, Jennifer has been a key figure in the advancement of multi-jurisdictional initiatives focused on water management, climate adaptation efforts, and the integration of climate policy in comprehensive planning. Of particular note has been her role in analyzing and planning for future sea level rise in the built environment. Jennifer has been engaged in the early formation and advancement of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact and continues to serve on the Staff Steering Committee.  Dr. Jurado was a major contributor to President Obama’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and was recognized by the White House in 2013 as a Champion of Change for her leadership on climate resilience. Dr. Jurado earned her Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami.