Joyce Coffee


Joyce Coffee, LEED AP, is founder and President of Climate Resilience Consulting, a Certified B Corp.  Ms. Coffee has 25 years of experience in every major sector including leadership roles in city government, and the private, nonprofit, philanthropic and academic sectors. She has worked for over 200 clients to create and implement climate-related resilience and recovery strategies, build partnerships and direct collaborative implementation of complex initiatives. She is an appointed director or chair of over ten international or national nonprofit boards and initiatives related to resilience. She is the primary author of over two dozen resilience-related reports.

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Current and recent clients include:

Willis Towers Watson, Climate Bonds Initiative, World Bank Group/Four Twenty Seven; Rockefeller Foundation/Institute for Sustainable Communities; Innovation Network for Communities, Regional Plan Association; Bay Area Resilient by Design; City of Chicago; 100 Resilient Cities/Enterprise Community Partners; Institute for Building Technology and Safety; Center for Planning Excellence, Transportation Research Board/WSP; Kresge Foundation; National Science Foundation/Arizona State University.

Her career started working on private sector projects in Southeast Asia forUSAID’s US-Asia Environmental Partnership and the World Bank and proceeded with implementing water security projects for MWH, a global engineering company; creating community sustainability projects for a niche architecture and urban design firm, Farr Associates; and pioneering public private partnerships, adaptation planning, interdepartmental coordination and climate performance measurement as lead of the Chicago Climate Action Plan at the City of Chicago.  More recently, she created corporate social responsibility plans and reports for Fortune 500 companies as a Vice President at Edelman and ran a preeminent global adaptation nonprofit grounded in university-based research and analytics, the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative, ND-GAIN.

Joyce is a Senior Sustainability Fellow at the Global Institute of Sustainability and advises various high level resilience groups, including Climate KIC’s City Finance Lab, The Climate Bond Initiative's Adaptation and Resilience Expert Group, EU Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance, Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment work group, the MIT Climate CoLab, Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness, The Climate Service, US Green Building Council's Illinois chapter and the UNISDR building owners disaster scorecard. 

She was a Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader, founding board member of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a Great Lakes delegate to Brookings International Young Leaders Climate Change Summit, an American Society of Adaptation Professionals board director, an advisor to the National Center for Atmospheric Research Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership, a member of Illinois FARM’s advisory group and an Aspen Institute Socrates Fellow.

Joyce regularly speaks as an expert in climate adaptation and resilience and has presented at Climate Week, WEF and COP side-events, and Greenbiz, among others.

She received a B.S. in biology, environmental studies and Asian studies from Tufts University and a Masters in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the author of the Climate Adaptation Exchange Blog and Money for Resilient Infrastructure: How to Finance America’s Climate Changed Future. @joycecoffee

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