Bard MBA in Sustainability presents

The Impact Report: New York City Takes a Stand Against Big Oil

Dan Zarrilli,Chief Resilience Officer, City of New York

Friday, February 2, 2018

Daniel Zarrilli was appointed Senior Director of Climate Policy and Programs for the City of New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio in January 2016 and is serving as New York City’s Chief Resilience Officer, overseeing the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, and the coordination of the City’s OneNYC program of inclusive climate action.

From March 2014 to December 2016, he served as the first Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, leading an over $20 billion climate adaptation program across the five boroughs, and had served as the Acting Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability from February to December 2014, during which time the City committed to its goal of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050.
Prior to this, he served on the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, a task force that developed an award-winning climate adaptation program for New York City after Hurricane Sandy, and was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg in 2013 as the city’s first Director of Resiliency.
In 2016, Daniel was appointed by NOAA to a 3-year term to the Sustained National Climate Assessment advisory board. He is also serving a 3-year term on FEMA’s National Advisory Council, and recently concluded work advising the State of Louisiana on its 2017 Coastal Master Plan update.

Previously, he was Senior Vice President for Asset Management at the New York City Economic Development Corporation and also spent five years with Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation. Daniel is a New York State Professional Engineer and holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University. He resides in Staten Island with his wife and three children.

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The Impact Report is the first podcast of its kind bringing together students in Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program with leaders in business, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Twice monthly, these conversations go live via iTunes and Spotify. Past TIR featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.

The Bard MBA in Sustainability is one of a select few graduate programs globally that fully integrates sustainability into a core business curriculum. In the Bard MBA every class is organized around one critical question: How can we build or transform our businesses so that they are in business to solve the pressing social and environmental problems of our time? Graduates of the Bard MBA are transforming existing companies, starting their own, and pioneering a new paradigm of doing business that meets human needs, protects and restores the Earth's systems, and treats all stakeholders with justice and respect. To learn more, visit
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