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Beth Gibbons is the Executive Director of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP). In this role, she is responsible for strengthening ASAP as a newly independent nonprofit organization, managing relationships with its members, board and donors, and bringing adaptation best practices into the broader conversation across sectors and scales. Beth brings a decade of experience in sustainable development and climate adaptation to her role. Additionally, she has nonprofit management and governance experience and is highly skilled in climate communications, research and outreach, collaborative project management, and stakeholder management.

Previously, Beth supported urban resilience initiatives at the Institute for Sustainable Communities alongside her role as ASAP Managing Director. Prior to leading ASAP she was Director of the University of Michigan Climate Center and managed NOAA’s Great Lakes Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center. She also worked for the Graham Sustainability Institute as a research specialist, helping develop and implement the Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities. Back in history, Beth was the Associate Director of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, a 1 million member volunteer service organization, a sustainable agriculture Peace Corps Volunteer in Agodopke, Togo, and a security and logistics coordinator for an HIV/AIDS drug development non-profit. Beth earned her undergraduate degree in Comparative Politics from the Catholic University of America and holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.

 Beth is originally from Cooperstown, NY, which is, of course, "America's Most Perfect Village."


Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities

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Case Study
Adaptation Phase: 

The Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities (GLAA-C) project aims to advance climate change adaptation in the region.

Sector Addressed: 
Climate Justice
Development (socioeconomic)
Land Use Planning
Public Health
Transportation / Infrastructure

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