Since 2010, I have lived and worked in the Tampa Bay region which includes the CDRZ communities identified above. I am very familiar with the opportunities and challenges facing communities given increasing vulnerability from storms and sea level rise, and population pressure on natural resources. My academic foundations in sustainability, environmental science, and urban and regional planning allows me to bring my skillsets and knowledge to assist communities and agencies working in this area. Some of my past projects have dealt specifically with convening conversations on climate change and sea level rise and using the NOAA Coastal Resilience Index with communities. My work locally, regionally, and statewide has used a collaborative, systems-level approach and recognizes the need for “communities of practice” that are focused on knowledge, skills, and tools to support outcomes that represent shared interests and values. I have been deeply invested in supporting communities and individuals to meet sustainability and climate action goals and believe that this project can further support those goals.
Ramona Madhosingh-Hector is part of the Southeast Navigator Network