Josh Sawislak is an internationally recognized expert on climate and disaster resilience and sustainable development. He advises governments, corporations, international organizations, and NGOs on policy, implementation, and financial issues around building sustainable and resilient infrastructure in both the developed and developing world. As a strategic advisor to Four Twenty Seven Josh brings his expertise on infrastructure resilience as well as experience in business continuity planning and assessing and pricing disaster risk in financial portfolios and corporate facility assets. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and a professional affiliate of the Center Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) at Florida Atlantic University.
Josh served in the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama as the Associate Director for Climate Preparedness at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where he developed U.S. federal policy on climate adaptation and resilience and worked with foreign governments and international organizations on multilateral and bilateral efforts. He also served as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and led the development of the infrastructure recommendations for President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.
After leaving the White House in 2015, Josh served as the global director of resilience for the infrastructure services firm AECOM. In this role, he worked across the entire enterprise of AECOM’s offerings in planning, design, construction, finance, operations, and development to help create and leverage resilient strategies to address sustainability, climate change, disaster preparedness, and enterprise risk management.
Josh is an environmental and transportation planner and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He serves on the boards of directors for the National Institute of Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure and evacuteer.org. He earned a degree in political science from The George Washington University and a certificate in infrastructure development from the Harvard Kennedy School.