Timothy Burroughs

City of Berkeley



Timothy will present on the City of Berkeley’s priorities for advancing community resilience, illustrate challenges and successes that Berkeley and other are experiencing in their efforts to increase disaster preparedness, and highlight a recent partnership that the City formed with the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative.


Timothy Burroughs is the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for the City of Berkeley. The CRO is the City’s lead staff for advancing community resilience, including preparedness for natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.

Prior to his appointment as CRO, Timothy led development and managed implementation of Berkeley’s ambitious Climate Action Plan. The plan was adopted 2009 and led to several pioneering policies and programs, including the nation’s first Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which enables property owners to finance clean energy upgrades for their home or business and pay the cost back on their property tax bill. The City of Berkeley’s efforts to achieve deep reductions in global warming emissions and to increase community readiness for the impacts of climate change are nationally recognized for a high level of sustained community engagement and for achieving measurable emission reductions.

Timothy came to the City of Berkeley from ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. ICLEI is an international membership association of city and county governments working to find local solutions to global warming. There he managed the organization’s California-based efforts to provide policy and technical assistance to municipalities.

Timothy served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa from 1999-2001.

He has a Master’s degree in international environmental policy from American University in Washington, D.C. Timothy lives in Berkeley with his wife and two kids.



Below is a hyperlink to the report Mr. Burroughs referred to during his presentation on November 12, 2014.


You can also find out more about the Rockefeller Foundations 100 Resilient Cities Initiative here:




Meeting Recording (link coming soon)

Meeting Presentation (link coming soon)

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