Mara Kimmel, MS, JD, PhD

Wednesday Morning Plenary

    Micah Hahn will talk about the CAP development process and explain how health and well-being were integrated throughout the document, connecting it back to the State Climate and Health Assessment. She will address the partnerships that were developed to create the CAP and provide an overview of the community engagement strategy. Mara Kimmel will discuss how our work on the CAP fits into the broader community values that reflect Anchorage’s commitment to be a welcoming and resilient community. She will describe how the city built a resilience strategy rooted in equity and social justice. Besse Odom will discuss how climate equity considerations were integrated into the CAP process. She will also discuss her experience on the Advisory Committee, helping connect the climate action plan back to communities and residents in Anchorage. In order to make our plenary relevant for health professionals across Alaska, we will present our work on the Anchorage CAP as an example of a collaborative process that could be undertaken in other places.

    Dr. Mara Kimmel has a long career in Alaskan public policy focused on rights and justice.  Mara works at the Anchorage Museum as the Deputy Director of Strategy, Scholarship and Research and is an affiliate faculty member at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  Mara was recently appointed by the Governor of Alaska to serve on the state’s Climate Leadership Team and is chairing the Municipality of Anchorage’s Advisory Committee to the Climate Action Planning team. She has been on faculty at the Seattle University School of Law, the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University. Since 2015, Mara has been involved with several city initiatives focused on equity, resilience and combating human trafficking. She currently leads the Municipality’s Welcoming and Resilience initiatives.