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Affiliation: 
Broward County
Title: 
Director, Environmental Planning and Community Resilience
Department: 
Environmental Protection and Growth Management
Expertise: 
Water Resources

Biography

Dr. Jennifer Jurado is Director of Broward County’s Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division with responsibilities that include county-wide water resource policy and planning; advancement of the County’s regional climate mitigation and adaptation efforts; administration of shoreline protection, marine resource management, and urban lands enhancement programs; and environmental monitoring. Since joining the County in 2002, a primary emphasis has been the coordination of multi-jurisdictional initiatives focused on water conservation, alternative water supply planning, and climate resiliency strategies. She has overseen the use of advanced hydrologic models to guide the County’s climate adaptation efforts, and the integration of climate policy as part of comprehensive planning. She is an original member of the Staff Steering Committee to the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a four-county collaboration focused on regional climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Dr. Jurado was also a major contributor to President’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, serving as staff to the Built Systems Work Group. Dr. Jurado earned her Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami.