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Abena Ojetayo
Chief Resilience Officer at City of Tallahassee


Abena Ojetayo is the first Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Tallahassee, taking on the role in October 2017. She has researched and worked in various countries, including working as an energy and infrastructure planner of a town in Greece following a devastating earthquake, and managing an urban design team for the flood prone Anam New City, Nigeria, a project that was recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative as a promising approach to international sustainable development. Later, Abena worked on climate action planning at Cornell University and supported the green building and infrastructure design effort for its NYC Tech Campus in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. She moved to Tallahassee in 2014 to serve as Florida A&M University’s first Chief Sustainability Officer and the founding Executive Director of their Sustainability Institute, tasked with building resilience across all academic and operational aspects of the university. Abena has an interdisciplinary background, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in sustainable infrastructure and a Master’s in engineering management, both from Cornell University. She is a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) accredited professional and was named among the "10 New Faces of Civil Engineering" by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), highlighting her as one of the industry's next leaders.

Agenda Sessions

  • Data driven resiliency and preparing for uncertainty: Creating a robust and adaptive smart city