Over the last three-quarters of a century, the global population has seen remarkable advancements at all levels of society. Today there are historic lows of extreme poverty, child mortality, and illiteracy—and advancements in health, education, and technology continue to accelerate. At the same time, the world currently faces a range of challenges that threaten natural resources and economic progress, political stability, and human safety.
Addressing climate change, migration, and security challenges—affecting all geographies—is more urgent than ever. There is a critical need to build resilience for individuals, communities, and institutions to better understand, prepare for, and withstand these interrelated threats. Together, we must act to ensure a secure and more prosperous world. While not all problems can be solved, the promise of progress rests in our willingness to address challenges head on.
The Adrienne Arsht–Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center is dedicated to addressing these challenges. Leveraging the Council's intellectual strength, global reach, and nearly sixty-years of measurable global public policy impact, we will transform ideas into action. We are committed to reaching one billion people with resilience solutions to climate change, migration, and security by 2030. The need is urgent and we are all vulnerable. Together, we can build a more resilient world.
Our Leadership and Team
Kathy Baughman McLeod
Kathy Baughman McLeod is the director of the Adrienne Arsht–Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center at the Atlantic Council. She leads creation and execution of the Center’s strategy to achieve its goal of reaching one billion people worldwide with resilience solutions to the challenges of climate change, migration, and security by 2030. She leverages the significant global network, policy expertise, and intellectual capital of the Atlantic Council with strategic partnerships to deliver innovative on-the-ground solutions.
Baughman McLeod is the former senior vice president, Global Environmental & Social Risk, for Bank of America. In this role, she led the bank’s environmental and social risk policy work including climate risk disclosure efforts across the enterprise, in select lines of business and throughout four global regions. She also helped use the bank’s global reach to advance low carbon and climate resilient investments toward reaching the bank’s commitment of deploying $125 billion in capital by 2025.
In her prior role as managing director, Climate Risk & Resilience for the Nature Conservancy, Baughman McLeod led a global team of fifty policy experts, scientists, and financial specialists focused on using natural infrastructure to reduce storm and flood risk throughout Latin America, Australia, Asia, the US, and the Caribbean. She also launched the organization’s insurance initiative that creates market-based products that protect nature and coastal economies, as well as the Conservancy’s humanitarian initiative focused on climate disaster risk reduction called“Nature Protects People.”
A published author and award-winning producer of the documentary film series,The Nature of People, Baughman McLeod was a policy fellow of the French Foreign Ministry and an appointed member of the Florida Energy & Climate Commission. She holds an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, an MS in geography, and a BS in international affairs from Florida State University.
Eric Ridge is the deputy director and security lead of the Adrienne Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center and leads the Center’s security line of efforts. He has worked at the nexus of strategy and risk on national and homeland security policy issues for nearly fifteen years—envisioning new approaches and leading teams to implement them.
Ridge brings a range of government and think tank experience, including most recently having served as a senior advisor at the Department of Defense, where he was a member of the non-career senior executive service, and as a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
He has authored reports and articles on a wide range of defense and security issues. Ridge holds an MA in security policy studies from the George Washington University and a BA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
Paige Ennis advises leadership teams and boards on the intersection of strategy, communications, and development. She currently serves as Strategic Advisor to the Atlantic Council and as a leadership, communications and public speaking consultant at KNP Communications. From 2012–2017, she served as executive vice president of the Atlantic Council where she managed all external relations activities including development, events and communications.
She came to the Atlantic Council from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was senior director of alumni relations and the school’s annual fund and director of marketing for executive education. Prior to Harvard, she held leadership positions in global sports including NIKE, US World Cup, US Figure Skating and World Figure Skating Championships and the Atlanta Olympic Games. She served in the White House on the political advance team for President Bill Clinton.
Rebecca Scheurer is a humanitarian professional with over twenty years of international disaster management experience in more than twenty-five countries, managing budgets totaling more than $200 million and raising tens of millions of dollars for her work. She served in a variety of leadership roles in major disaster responses such as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, earthquakes in Haiti and Pakistan, and during the southeast Asia tsunami of 2004.
Prior to the Atlantic Council, Scheurer lead efforts at The Nature Conservancy to foster resilience in vulnerable communities using ecosystem-based strategies for risk reduction. She offers expertise in community-based disaster preparedness and is particularly interested in seeking innovative solutions for managing risks associated with climate change, migration and environmental degradation.
Scheurer previously served as the founding director of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) which aims to local level disaster preparedness capacities worldwide. Other positions held at American Red Cross include regional representative for Asia based in Bangkok, Thailand, and country representative in Hanoi, Vietnam. Ms. Scheurer also worked for the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance under the US Agency for International Development as last served as regional advisor for South Asia based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Rosemary Mann is the incoming director, Strategic Partnerships Initiative for the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center. Mann joins the Council from The Nature Conservancy, where she served as the director of the Global Oceans Program leading the philanthropy strategy for a $100 million capital campaign in four focal areas: coastal risk and resilience, sustainable fisheries, ocean protection and ocean governance.
Previously, Rosemary served as the assistant dean of advancement for the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. Rosemary has more than 25 years of experience in the field of ocean conservation and fundraising and has raised more than $300 million for science, climate and ocean protection during her career. A Miami native, Rosemary is a graduate of the University of Miami.
Alexander Paul Shantz
Alexander Paul Shantz is an assistant director for the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, where he has worked on numerous initiatives, including the Center’s podcast Resilient World, coordinated several publications, including ‘Building More Resilient Communities’ and organized multiple private and public events.
Prior to the Atlantic Council, Paul Shantz was a summer fellow in global governance at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, a program assistant at Women in International Security, and volunteered for the Obama 2012 campaign in Colorado, and numerous election campaigns in the United Kingdom.
Originally from London, Paul Shantz holds an MA in international relations from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, an MPP from the Hertie School of Governance, and an MA (Hons) in international relations from the University of Edinburgh. He has studied and worked across Europe and the United States.
Samuel Jeffrey is an assistant director at the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center. Prior to his work at the Atlantic Council, Jeffrey lived and worked in Vietnam on a Fulbright grant, teaching English at a gifted high school in the city of Hòa Bình. Originally from California, he graduated from Vanderbilt University with degrees in history and economics.
Giovanna Grigsby-Rocca is an assistant director at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht–Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center. Previously, she worked with the Union of Concerned Scientists on policy advocacy for cleaner transportation systems, and with the Environmental Defense Fund on corporate sustainability partnerships.
She earned a BS in environmental science and economics from the University of Virginia. She is continuing her studies on health sciences and environmental health at George Washington University, and supports the development of student-led interventions in this space through the non-profit Bay Area Global Health Innovation Challenge.
Ms. Arsht spearheaded the creation of the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience at The Atlantic Council, which has just been renamed the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center.
Adrienne Arsht is a business leader and philanthropist. A community‐minded power broker, Arsht has taken a leading role promoting artistic, business, and civic growth in the three cities she calls home: New York, Washington, D.C, and Miami. She is founding chairman of the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation in Miami, Florida. In 2008, her $30 million contribution to Miami’s Performing Arts Center transformed the city. The Center was renamed in her honor, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami‐Dade County. Her support of the transformation of Lincoln Center’s facilities and public spaces was recognized with the dedication of the Adrienne Arsht Stage in Alice Tully Hall.
In Washington, Ms. Arsht also founded the Adrienne Arsht Latin American Center in 2013 to focus on the role of South America in the trans-Atlantic community. Arsht is a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She established the Adrienne Arsht Theater Fund at the Kennedy Center to support a wide variety of theater productions. Arsht is a Vice Chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, an executive vice chairman of the Atlantic Council. She is a member Trustees Council of The National Gallery of Art and a board member of the Blair House Restoration Fund. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is former president of the Vice President’s Residence Foundation. At the request of the Secretary of State, Arsht created the campaign Patrons of Diplomacy to create an endowment for the preservation of furniture and works of art for the State Department. She is trustee emerita of the University of Miami and an honorary board member of Amigos for Kids. Ms. Arsht was awarded the Carnegie Hall 2017 Medal of Excellence recognizing her visionary and outstanding contributions to cultural and nonprofit institutions nationally. She is the first woman to receive this distinction.
Over the years, Arsht has generously donated funds and resources to numerous organizations. In 2008, she became the first, and still is, the only woman to join the Five Million Dollar Roundtable of United Way of Miami-Dade. In 2005, Arsht announced a $2 million gift to Goucher College, creating the Roxana Cannon Arsht Center for Ethics and Leadership, in honor of her late mother, a Goucher graduate. Arsht committed more than $6 million to the University of Miami to support the university-wide Arsht Ethics Programs, assist the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami and support other University of Miami priorities. In February 2009, Arsht funded the creation of the Best Buddies Delaware chapter to specifically serve Hispanics and African-Americans with mental disabilities. The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Arsht number 39 on its 2008 America’s 50 biggest donors list.
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