Daniel A. Zarrilli, P.E., F.ASCE, New York City’s chief climate policy advisor and OneNYC director, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Zarrilli is preparing America’s largest city for the future. Under his leadership, New York recently released its newest long-term strategic plan, OneNYC 2050, which includes bold new actions to confront our climate crisis, achieve equity and strengthen our democracy.
Since 2013, he has positioned New York City as the global leader in the fight against climate change. Notable successes include launching a comprehensive $20 billion climate adaptation program, aligning the city’s GHG reductions with the 1.5C target of the Paris Agreement, committing to divest the City’s pension funds from fossil-fuel reserve owners and invest billions into climate solutions, suing fossil fuel companies for the damage caused by climate change, reaching a first-of-its-kind agreement with FEMA to provide new climate-smart flood maps and delivering on Mayor de Blasio’s groundbreaking 2015 OneNYC resilience strategy, which for the first time incorporated equity into New York City’s sustainability efforts.
Until recently, Zarrilli served on NOAA’s advisory committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. He also concluded a three-year term on FEMA’s National Advisory Council and advised the State of Louisiana on its 2017 Coastal Master Plan update.
Previously, he was senior vice president for Asset Management at the New York City Economic Development Corporation and spent five years with Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation.
Zarrilli is a licensed professional engineer in New York. He holds an M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from MIT and a B.S. in civil engineering from Lehigh University.