Bartlett names a resilience officer

Through a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett has selected Mary Kell, a local licensed architect, certified floodplain manager and eight-year city employee, as Tulsa’s Chief Resilience Officer (CRO).

Kell will oversee the development and implementation of a Resilience Strategy for Tulsa.

Bartlett said the strategy will help Tulsa survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses or acute shocks it may experience.

“Tulsa is not a stranger to catastrophic events like wildfires, tornadoes and floods that threaten our community,” Bartlett said. “Tulsa has trained and prepared for responding to environmental disasters, but if we are unprepared, other challenges such as slow-moving disasters like water shortages, homelessness and unemployment could be devastating. Working with 100 Resilient Cities, we are ready to address the issues and put plans in place to build back stronger following a crisis, while building an even stronger Tulsa on a day-to-day basis.”