Alice Hill

Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Alice Hill has an uncommon blend of experience—as a federal prosecutor, judge, special assistant to the president, and senior director for the National Security Council. Hill is currently a senior fellow for climate change policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Her work at CFR focuses on the risks, consequences, and responses associated with climate change.

Hill previously served as special assistant to President Barack Obama and senior director for resilience policy on the National Security Council staff where she led the development of national policy to build greater resilience to catastrophic risk, including climate change. Earlier in her career, she was a supervising judge and a chief of the white-collar crime unit in the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, California. Her coauthored book, Building a Resilient Tomorrow was officially released by Oxford University Press on November 1, 2019.

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Building a Resilient Tomorrow

Jan 27 2020 - 6:30pm

How do we build communities that are more resilient than the ones we were raised in? 

Climate-fueled floods, fires and droughts have devastated America’s cities and rural areas. Our natural response is to regroup, recover and rebuild. But should we instead be preparing for managed retreat? 

“Well, we will be in an era of retreat,” warns Alice Hill, “Whether it's managed or chaotic will be up to us.”