Dr. Nancy J. Gassman received her Ph.D. from the University of Miami researching a variety of issues impacting coastal ecosystems. She started her 21 years of public service with Broward County, Florida, working on integrated water resources planning. She transitioned to directing the county’s environmental monitoring program, including fostering construction of a LEED-certified environmental chemistry laboratory. Her main focus from 2009-2013 was supporting the development and implementation of Broward County’s Climate Change Action Plan and managing the county’s Energy and Sustainability Program. She has been a major contributor to developing technical tools for the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact including the Unified Sea Level Rise Projection for Southeast Florida. In January 2014, she joined the City of Fort Lauderdale. In her current role as the Assistant Public Works Director for Sustainability, she is implementing sustainability, climate mitigation and adaptation strategies within government operations and throughout the City.