State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force On Climate Preparedness and Resilience

Across America, states, cities, and communities are taking steps to protect themselves from extreme weather and other climate impacts. As part of his Climate Action Plan, President Obama signed an Executive Order on November 1st, 2013 establishing a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. The Task Force members include state, local and tribal leaders from across the country who will use their first-hand experiences in building climate preparedness and resilience in their communities to inform their recommendations to the Administration.

The State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience will provide recommendations to the President on removing barriers to resilient investments, modernizing Federal grant and loan programs to better support local efforts, and developing the information and tools they need to prepare, among other measures

The members of the Task Force are:

State Officials:

Governor Neil Abercrombie (HI)

Governor Jerry Brown (CA)

Governor Eddie Calvo (GU)

Governor Jay Inslee (WA)

Governor Jack Markell (DE)

Governor Martin O’Malley (MD)

Governor Pat Quinn (IL)

Governor Peter Shumlin (VT)

Local Officials:

Mayor Ralph Becker (Salt Lake City, UT)

Mayor James Brainard (Carmel, IN)

Commissioner Paula Brooks (Franklin County, OH)

Supervisor Salud Carbajal (Santa Barbara County, CA)

Mayor Frank Cownie (Des Moines, IA)

Mayor Bob Dixson (Greensburg, KS)

Mayor Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles, CA)

Mayor George Heartwell (Grand Rapids, MI)

Mayor Kristin Jacobs (Broward County, FL)

Mayor Kevin Johnson (Sacramento, CA)

Mayor Michael Nutter (Philadelphia, PA)

Mayor Annise Parker (Houston, TX)

Mayor Patsy Parker (Perdido Beach, AL)

Mayor Madeline Rogero (Knoxville, TN)

Mayor Karen Weitkunat (Fort Collins, CO)

Mayor Dawn Zimmer (Hoboken, NJ)

Tribal Officials:

Karen Diver, Chairwoman, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (MN)

Reggie Joule, Mayor, Northwest Arctic Borough (AK)

The Task Force is co-chaired by Mike Boots, Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and David Agnew, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Assistant to the President.

Public and Stakeholder Engagement Opportunities

There are numerous ways for elected officials, stakeholders and the public to contribute to the efforts of the Task Force:

Provide recommendations to the Task Force

  • Before making its final recommendations to the President, the Task Force will welcome and review suggestions from stakeholders and the public. A web form for submitting recommendations to the Task Force is available here.

Stay up to date on the Task Force

  • Following each official Task Force meeting, the White House will host a briefing call to provide a readout of the meeting and an update on upcoming engagement opportunities related to the Task Force. Contact to be added to the climate preparedness email list and notified about these opportunities.

Spread the Word

  • Reach out to a Task Force member and offer for your community, company, school or organization to partner with them to host meetings, town halls, and public events to engage constituents and stakeholder communities on the importance of climate preparedness and solicit suggestions for the Task Force.
  • Share your ideas in blogs or op-eds about how and why we need to act on climate, and what the most important needs are in your community.
  • Join the conversation online with Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other social media outlets by following David Agnew, Director of White House Intergovernmental Affairs (@DavidAgnew44) Dan Utech, Director of Energy and Climate Change at the White House Domestic Policy Council (@Utech44) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (@WhiteHouseCEQ), using the hashtag #ActOnClimate.

Suggest additional ideas by emailing

Read the Fact Sheet on the Executive Order and the Task Force here

Read the Executive Order here

Learn more about the President’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s work to prepare American communities for the impacts of climate change