Financial Assistance for Phoenix Families Pilot Program FAQshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2108City Manager10/15/2021 6:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2108/_Newsroom_PilotProgram.jpgFinancial Assistance for Phoenix Families Pilot Program FAQs<div class="ExternalClass4470EBD40E2548F68D64DC22FFB81ED0"><html>​On September 21, 2021, the Phoenix City Council approved the allocation of $12 million for the Financial Assistance for Phoenix Families Pilot Program. This program will be utilizing American Rescue Plan Act dollars. As staff continues to develop the program, below are several Frequently Asked Questions that provides current information. As new information is available, it will be posted here. <br><br><strong>What is this program?</strong><br><br>On Sept. 21, 2021, Phoenix City Council approved allocating $12 million for the Financial Assistance for Phoenix Families Pilot Program. Under this 12 month pilot program, 1,000 Phoenix families with children will be selected to receive a $1,000 stipend to use on household expenses, such as childcare, groceries, rent/utility bills, transportation, etc.<br><br><strong>Who is eligible for the program and how can I apply?</strong><br><br>There will be no application for the pilot program. Families with children who have applied for Emergency Rental Assistance, reside in city-owned public housing, or have a Section 8 voucher will be randomly selected via lottery system and will be asked to participate. Participants must live and remain living in the City of Phoenix during this program.<br><br><strong>How will participants receive the money each month?</strong> <br><br>Staff is currently working with vendors to provide a debit card to each participant. Funds will be loaded onto the card each month. <br><br><strong>Are there restrictions to what can be purchased with the debit card?</strong><br><br>There will be certain items that participants will be unable to purchase, such as alcohol, tobacco products, and lottery tickets.<br><br><strong>Will the purchases be tracked?</strong><br><br>Yes, purchases will be tracked for reporting purposes and to assist with the program evaluation. Staff is currently working to screen potential vendors that can provide a debit card solution with technology needed to ensure proper reporting and follows US Treasury guidance.<br><br>There will be no reporting on personal identification information for participants in the program.<br><br><strong>How is the City funding this program?</strong><br><br>The pilot program will be funded by American Rescue Plan Act federal dollars.<br><br><strong>When will participants be selected?</strong><br><br>Staff is currently exploring options for program administration and hope to start the program by January 2022. Staff is looking for ways to begin this program earlier if possible. <br><br>Updated information will be available on the City's homepage when available.<br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
New City Manager Announces First Appointment, Names Lori Bays Assistant City Managerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2095City Manager10/8/2021 6:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2095/_Newsroom_Lori_Bays.jpgNew City Manager Announces First Appointment, Names Lori Bays Assistant City Manager<div class="ExternalClass6696B9102B3B48E0816C588758CAAA41"><html>​In his first move as the new Phoenix City Manager, Jeff Barton announced this week the appointment of Lori Bays as his Assistant City Manager, the number two position in the City Manager's Office. <br><br>In this role, Bays will oversee several departments in the fifth largest city in the nation and help manage the more than 14,000 city employees. She has been the city's Chief Human Resources Officer for the last four years. <br><br>“Lori has devoted her entire career to partnering with individuals, families, and organizations to build healthier communities," said Barton. “From her instrumental role in managing the city's efforts surrounding COVID-19 to her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the city, Lori is a proven visionary leader." <br><br>Bays' background includes nearly 25 years of both public and private sectors work, including executive leadership roles at city, county, and state levels. Prior to her role with the city of Phoenix, Bays oversaw all county operations and a $1.3 billion operating budget as the Chief Administrative Officer for Salt Lake County. She has also held Health and Human Services leadership roles with San Diego County and the State of Utah.  <br><br>“From building a program to provide high quality preschool to families in need to my work on the city's racial equity training, I've been fortunate to lead teams where we made a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve," said Bays. “I look forward to partnering with the Mayor and City Council as we address important issues for the residents of Phoenix." <br><br>Bays holds a master's degree in Clinical Psychology and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. She begins her new role on October 11.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
Survey Shows Residents Want Honest Director as OAT Finalists Join Community Forumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2086City Manager10/1/2021 4:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/SWKyt-QGf38Survey Shows Residents Want Honest Director as OAT Finalists Join Community Forum<div class="ExternalClass3ED2CDB5EAC145F19004AF8A125C5E74"><html> <p>​​The city of Phoenix has released the results of a community survey on the new Office of Accountability and Transparency (OAT) while the three finalists to lead that office participated in a virtual community forum.<br></p> <p>The forum addressed a wide range of topics as finalists Andrew Myerberg, Erin Ellison, and Roger Smith shared their vision for the newly created office designed to ensure complaints against Phoenix Police officers are handled fairly and objectively. The new office may also provide recommendations for training, policy, and disciplinary actions.</p> <p>Questions during the 90-minute forum ranged from the experience level of the candidates to issues of bias, polarizing attitudes, gaining trust and maintaining integrity. The questions were submitted by members of the public through a community survey.</p> <p>The survey found residents overwhelmingly want to see someone in this role who will be honest and trustworthy.  </p> <blockquote style="margin:0 0 0 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"> <p>• 2,268 online survey results were collected between August 28 – Sept. 28, 2021</p> <p>• 87% of respondents were residents of Phoenix (1,941 answered)</p> <p>• The Survey instrument was promoted through email subscriber lists, social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, NextDoor), in the PHX Newsroom, through a local News Release, and on the Phoenix.gov website</p> <p>• Top 5 attributes when selecting a new director: honest, trustworthy, balanced/fair, independent, knowledgeable</p> <p>• Top 5 most important leadership qualities: integrity, accountable, transparent, effective leader, courageous</p> <p>• Top 5 priorities for the OAT office: meet with community members and all stakeholders, establish credibility, gain understanding of Phoenix community, respond to community concerns, develop fair and balanced process</p> <p>• The largest segment of survey respondents was “Ages 65+” (28%), followed by “Ages 55-64” (21%) and “Ages 45-54” (20%)</p> <p>• Responses came from each of the 8 City Council Districts, with 102 unique zip codes represented.</p> <p>• Over 1,500 open-ended responses were also collected</p> </blockquote> <p>Review final documents: <a href="/citymanagersite/Documents/2021_OAT_Survey_Results.pdf" target="_blank">Download Survey Results English (PDF)</a> or <a href="/citymanagersite/Documents/2021_OAT_Survey_Results_Spanish.pdf" target="_blank">Spanish (PDF)​</a>.<br></p><p><a href="https://youtu.be/1n3n-WLdRgA%2520" target="_blank">Mire el foro comunitario en español con los tres finalistas.<br>​</a><br><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Finalis</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ts will participate in a panel interview with leadership from the City Manager’s Office before a final decision is made on the director position.</span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerVideocity-managerCity Manager
Three OAT Director Finalists to Participate in Community Forumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2084City Manager9/29/2021 12:30:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2084/Newsroom OAT Candidates.pngThree OAT Director Finalists to Participate in Community Forum<div class="ExternalClass4276CF2E3A724F608557968141EED240"><html> <p></p><p></p>The public will have the opportunity to hear from the three finalists hoping to lead the newly created Office of Accountability and Transparency (OAT). <br><br>Potential Directors for the OAT will participate in a virtual community forum on Thursday evening to outline their vision for the new office established by the Phoenix City Council. The mission of the OAT is to ensure complaints against Phoenix Police officers are handled fairly and objectively. The new office may also provide recommendations for training, policy, and disciplinary actions.<br><br><p>After preliminary interviews, a panel of community leaders and city executives narrowed down the list of candidates to the following three finalists:<br></p><strong>Andrew Myerberg<br></strong><br>Andrew Myerberg is currently the Director of the Seattle Office of Police Accountability (OPA), a position he has held for 4 years. In that role he is involved in approximately 400 investigative decisions annually, including issues from minor allegations of misconduct to officer-involved shootings. Prior to that, he worked for the Seattle City Attorney's office, including a role as lead counsel for the City during its consent decree with the Department of Justice investigation into the Seattle Police Department.<br><br>Myerberg received his law degree from American University. He also attended the University of San Diego School of Law and has a B.A. in International Relations from Hamilton College in New York.<br><br><strong>Erin Ellison</strong><br><br>Erin Ellison is the Senior Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at Arizona State University. She joined ASU's DEI in 2014, becoming the Senior Director in 2019. In this role, she has focused on strategic action plans to increase diversity in the workforce, leadership development and employee engagement. She also oversees investigations into discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Ellison has spent the last decade as a member of the United States Army JAG Corps where she is currently assigned as Major in the 653rd Regional Support Group in Mesa. <br><br>Ellison obtained her law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law, also studying law as a visiting student at Pepperdine. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.<br><br><strong>Roger Smith </strong><br><br>Roger Smith serves the city of Cleveland as the Administrator of the Office of Professional Standards (OPS). This office investigates 200-300 allegations of misconduct against Cleveland police officers annually. Under his direction, the OPS works directly with the Department of Justice on dozens of provisions in the City's consent decree with the DOJ. Prior to his work with Cleveland, Smith worked in New York City including nine years as Counsel for the city's Civilian Complaint Review Board.<br><br>Smith received his law degree from the University of Southern California. He also has a B.A. in History and M.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.<br><br><strong>Community Forum</strong><br><br>Myerberg, Ellison and Smith will all participate in Thursday's community forum. It will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 30. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-person attendance at the forum will not be available, however it will be streamed via a public <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenixpublicmeetings.webex.com/phoenixpublicmeetings/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3ce2df366b122e6d83b7bcbe5a372d12">WebEx link</a>, (dial: 602-666-0783 event#2486 344 9711 to listen in Spanish) or on the city's <a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/cityofphoenixaz">YouTube</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/CityofPhoenixAZ">Facebook</a> pages as well as carried live on PHXTV, which can be accessed on Cox Cable 11 or through the <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/phxtv/2041">LocalBTV</a> app available on your phone or streaming devices such as Roku. A recording of the forum will be available on the city's YouTube page for those unable to watch it live. <br><br>The city is conducting a community survey to gather data on the attributes community members feel is important for the Director of the OAT. The survey includes opportunities to submit questions for the finalists who will participate in Thursday's community forum. The survey remains open for participation in both <a target="_blank" href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7RHVQ3C">English</a> & <a target="_blank" href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MM837PR">Spanish</a>. <br><br>Finalists will also participate in a panel interview with leadership from the City Manager's Office before a final decision is made on the Director position.<br><p>​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
Federal Funds Approved to Support Phoenix Familieshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2077City Manager9/22/2021 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2077/Newsroom_Default_01.jpgFederal Funds Approved to Support Phoenix Families<div class="ExternalClass5D6808CA67D04215851EAC052DFF794A"><html> <p></p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The Phoenix City Council approved spending millions of dollars in America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to support training and education programs, support for mental health services and a new vaccination incentive for underserved communities.</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">“My goal is to get people into jobs – it is one of the most effective things we can do to get families back on their feet," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “By also ensuring these families and individuals receive wrap-around services – like childcare, training, and direct assistance – we increase the chances that the gains they're able to make now will become permanent. This is a transformative moment in the history of our community."  </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br>T</span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">he funds were originally approved back in June as part of the city's $198 million ARPA Strat</span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">egic Plan. The Council wanted specific information on the following programs before moving forward.<br></span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">Workforce Wraparound Tuition/Apprentice Program Proposal</strong><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The Council approved $8.5 million to offer free training and education to residents who have been impacted by the pandemic in the hardest hit industries of hospitality, food service, retail, and families with young children. The program would offer short-term and long-term training in fields such as bioscience, healthcare, construction, and IT. Participants enrolled in training will receive a monthly stipend to assist with emergency expenses such as transportation and childcare. </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Additionally, the Council approved $1.5 million to partner a community-based organization to expand workforce services with a focus on families with young children. The organization will target families not enrolled at a Maricopa Community College. </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">Homelessness and Mental Health Program Proposal</strong><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">One of the Council priorities is supporting the community with more mental health services. The Council approved spending $9 million in APRA funds to provide more healthcare providers specifically focused on mental health, substance abuse, and other services that address physical health. This includes community-based outreach teams to connect residents to these services. This will include screening for Medicaid (AHCCCS) eligibility and assistance in applying. </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">They also will allocate $1.5 million for those experiencing homelessness along the Salt River Project (SRP) canals and other areas throughout the City. This includes increased services for individuals in these areas as well as pilot project to train and pay individuals experiencing homelessness to conduct beautification projects and landscaping duties.</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">Financial Assistance for Phoenix Families Program Proposal</strong><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The pandemic exacerbated structural inequalities and disproportionately impacted low-income communities and people of color. The Council approved $12 million to support Phoenix families as follows:</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><ul><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">Pr</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">ovide 1,000 families with children a $1,000 stipend for 12 months.</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Eligible households include Emergency Rental Assistance applicants, residents of City-owned public housing properties, and Section 8 voucher holders. Selection will be via lottery system. <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">​</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Staff is currently researching options to provide debit cards to participants. This will allow simplified tracking and reporting of expenditures.<br style=""></span></li><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The City is currently exploring options with vendors to administer the program.<br style=""></span></li></ul><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">Vaccines Incentive</strong><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Phoenix was one of the first municipal organizations to offer COVID-19 mobile testing vans to underserved communities. In August, those vans began offering vaccinations as well. To further encourage vaccinations in underserved communities, the Council approved a pilot program to use ARPA funds to give up to 1,000 $100 gift cards and donated items such as food boxes or backpacks for residents in certain communities get fully vaccinated. If the program has a significant impact on vaccine rates during the pilot, Council could decide to expand the program.</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">ARPA Spending</strong><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">As of August 31, the city has spent nearly $1 million of the ARPA funding, which includes Phoenix Resilient Food System programs, Office of Arts and Culture programs, transit summer heat respite, community COVID-19 testing, and the Summer Heat Respite Program.</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">All ARPA programs are set to move forward by early next year. Several departments will be returning to City Council this fall for contract authority or additional spending authority.</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">You can track ARPA spending on the city's new </span><a target="_blank" href="https://stories.opengov.com/phoenixaz/published/9tz_vAiwC"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) website</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">.</span><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
New Site Tracks How Phoenix is Spending $198M in ARPA Fundinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2073City Manager9/21/2021 4:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2073/Newsroom_ARPA _001.pngNew Site Tracks How Phoenix is Spending $198M in ARPA Funding<div class="ExternalClass0329FEA4379043BEBEAC18A48983934C"><html>​​The City of Phoenix has launched its <a href="https://stories.opengov.com/phoenixaz/published/9tz_vAiwC" target="_blank"><strong>American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) website</strong></a>. On June 8, 2021, the City Council approved the $198 million ARPA Strategic Plan and since then, departments have been working diligently to prepare programs and provide much needed services to the community. These federal funds are intended to address the negative impacts of the COVID-19 emergency.<br><br>On September 7, 2021, City Council approved the ARPA Utility and Rental Assistance Program, allocating $4 million to enhance the existing Emergency Rental Assistance Program, $5 million to initiate the Deferred Payment Arrangement Recovery Program, and $1 million for the Landlord Incentive Program. On September 21, 2021, City Council is set to approve several ARPA programs that were requested to return for further discussion.<br><br>The ARPA website serves as a tool to provide transparency to the public of how the City is spending the federal dollars. The website includes program summary information, allocations, expenditures, and will be updated to include performance measures and corresponding website links. Users have the ability to view ARPA information by investment area or users can drill down deeper to each program. The website will be updated frequently to ensure the most up to date information and data is available. <br><br>Full site address on Open Data Portal: <br><a target="_blank" href="https://stories.opengov.com/phoenixaz/published/9tz_vAiwC">https://stories.opengov.com/phoenixaz/published/9tz_vAiwC​</a><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
City Manager Names New CFO, CIO, and Chief Innovation Officerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2061City Manager9/14/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2061/Newsroom_Chief_Officers.pngCity Manager Names New CFO, CIO, and Chief Innovation Officer<div class="ExternalClass2980F9B9928A4E34BFD279A3F5CB1A1B"><html>​Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher has named three key additions to his executive team: Kathleen Gitkin as the city's Chief Financial Officer; Steen Hambric as Chief Information Officer; and Michael Hammett as the city's first Chief Innovation Officer.  <br><br>“Kathleen, Steen and Michael all have a solid track record of serving the interests of our residents at the highest level, including spending wisely, taking an innovative approach to issues facing our city, and engaging the community to be part of the solution," said Zuercher. “They each bring unique skills and experiences that will enhance our diverse executive leadership team." <br><br><strong>CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER KATHLEEN GITKIN</strong><br>As Chief Financial Officer, Gitkin will be responsible for all aspects of the city's fiscal portfolio, including debt management, capital financing, treasury services, procurement, tax and licensing, and the acquisition and management of the city's real estate holdings, as well ensuring the city retains its excellent bond rating. Gitkin has served as acting chief financial officer since July 16, 2021. <br><br>Gitkin began her city career in 2004 as an accountant and advanced to the assistant finance director position before being named acting CFO. During her city career, she has managed a wide range of accounting and financial functions and is widely known by the city's banking and financial partners and bond-rating agencies for her exceptional work on the city's behalf. Gitkin holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. She has served on the City of Phoenix Employee Retirement System board, the Phoenix Community Development and Investment Corporation board, and the Deferred Compensation Board, and is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association.  <br><br><strong>CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER STEEN HAMBRIC</strong><br>As Chief Information Officer, Steen Hambric will be responsible for leading the city's Information Technology Services (ITS) department and federated IT management services over Sky Harbor International Airport, Water Services, Phoenix Police, and Phoenix Fire. Hambric has over 33 years of IT experience at the federal and local levels, with 17 of those years in executive leadership. Since 2017, he has championed many large-scale city projects including a multi-year, citywide telephone and network project upgrade and has implemented several initiatives with COVID-related federal dollars to bring free Internet connectivity to residents throughout Phoenix. Hambric has served as acting chief information officer since May 14, 2021.<br><br>As acting CIO, Hambric has focused on fostering coordination and collaboration among city departments for citywide IT projects and initiatives, strengthening the city's cybersecurity, and drafting the city's first Strategic Technology Plan in over a decade, to prioritize financial and personnel resources as well as key IT initiatives. Before arriving in Phoenix, Hambric worked for the United States House of Representatives for 18 years in high-level information technology leadership positions. He also served for 11 years as a Combat Engineer Officer for the Army National Guard and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Management Information Systems, from the University of Southern Mississippi. <br><br><strong>CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER MICHAEL HAMMETT</strong><br>As the city's first Chief Innovation Officer, Hammett will work from the City Manager's Office to continue building on the city's 2021 Gold certification from What Works Cities, the national standard of excellence for data-driven, well-managed local government. He will continue to lead Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge initiatives, performance measurement reporting and dashboard projects, and other citywide innovation efforts. Hammett has led the citywide What Works Cities process since 2017, multiple Cities of Service-funded initiatives to foster resiliency in under-invested communities, and has led the Phoenix team that was named one of 24 Champion Cities in the 2018 Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, and most recently as one of 50 Champion Cities in the 2021 Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Mayors Challenge. The Mayors Challenge is a competition to identify and implement innovative solutions to the most pressing issues facing cities around the world.<br><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"><br>After an award-winning career in local television, Michael joined the city of Phoenix in 2006 as a public information officer, serving in various departments and as the communication's lead for the Phoenix City Council. He recently served for six years as the Chief Service Officer, before his most recent role as deputy communications director.  Hammett holds a BA in Broadcasting from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU and in 2015 completed a Master of Science in Global Technology and Development from ASU's School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS), College of Global Futures. He is a founding alumni board member for both the </span>SFIS and the newly established College of Global Futures, and serves on the Arizona Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteering.<br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
Heat Expert to Lead City’s New Heat Response & Mitigation Officehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2060City Manager9/14/2021 9:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2060/Newsroom_Hondula_Heat.pngHeat Expert to Lead City’s New Heat Response & Mitigation Office<div class="ExternalClass0F36FDEE802D433EB23512D0E0290230"><html>​Phoenix has announced an ASU Environmental Sciences Professor will lead a first of its kind Office of Heat Response and Mitigation. <br><br>ASU Associate Professor David Hondula will lead the office approved by the Phoenix City Council as part of the 2021-22 budget. The Office of Heat Response & Mitigation will establish a strategic action plan to address the growing hazard of urban heat, which threatens the City's economic viability and health and well-being of vulnerable residents. <br><br>“Addressing the public health and environmental challenges posed by extreme heat is a key priority, and a central component of our city's efforts to address climate change," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “Already, Phoenix is recognized as a leader in cooling strategies and support for heat vulnerable residents, and this investment is reflective of Phoenix's continued commitment to develop innovative solutions to ensure our city's health and livability. I welcome the wealth of knowledge Dr. Hondula brings to this new role. Under his leadership, this office will work across departments and with external partners to build the vision of a cooler, more sustainable Phoenix, and to develop and implement the tangible actions it will take to achieve it." <br><br>Hondula has spent more than a decade as a climate and health scientist working to understand the risks and vulnerabilities associated with heat.<br><br>He has served in a variety of leadership roles on urban heat in our state and region including the Arizona Heat Resilience Working Group, co-organizer and host for the annual Arizona Extreme Heat Planning Workshop, and senior investigator for Arizona's participation in the CDC Climate-Ready Cities and States Initiative.<br><br>“David is not only an expert in the science of heat but is passionate about the strategies designed to combat the impact of rising temperatures," said City Manager Ed Zuercher. “Urban heat is a growing hazard for all our residents, particularly our most vulnerable communities.  David brings the forward-thinking approach for a sustainable environment for all city residents." <br><br>This is the first publicly funded position of this type in the Country. Early this summer, Miami-Dade County in Florida announced a similar position, funded through a foundation. While both cities are known for sunny days and warm weather, with sports teams such as the Phoenix Suns and the Miami Heat, addressing rising temperatures and the serious dangers heat can have on residents has become a top priority.<br><br>“I commend the Council for the commitment and foresight to set up this office and devote city resources to support it," said Director David Hondula. “I am humbled by the weighty responsibilities and am prepared to be accountable to the city manager, city council, and city residents in delivering tangible results."<br><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"><br>Hondula has a Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. He was also a visiting researcher in 2011-2012 to the Queensland University of Technology in Australia and Umea University in Sweden. He has been with ASU since 2013 and will maintain a role with the University.​</span><br>​<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager



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