As the state’s first chief resiliency officer, Shaun O’Rourke is charged with driving climate resiliency efforts across the state both in government and in collaboration with business, academic, and nonprofit organizations.
Named to the newly created position by Gov. Gina Raimondo in September, O’Rourke must also submit a statewide climate change action plan to the governor by July 1. Along with his new duties and title, O’Rourke is continuing to serve as director of stormwater resiliency at the state Infrastructure Bank. The bank works with public and private capital providers to support and finance investments in the state’s infrastructure and green energy initiatives. The investments include loan programs for municipalities and other agencies.