Laura Patiño, a native Colombian, is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Austin. As the CRO for Austin, Laura leads the development of a comprehensive resilience plan and the implementation of city-wide efforts which will help prepare, respond to, recover from, and withstand natural and man-made disruptions, particularly within the most vulnerable communities.

Laura has a background in environmental engineering with a focus on integrated bioresources and water resources management. In the engineering field, Laura has worked in private, academic, and government sectors advancing environmental justice and remediation, climate mitigation and adaptation, and disaster recovery research, projects and programs.

Prior to her role in Austin, Laura served a the City of Houston for four years, where she was an integral member in the development and implementation of Harvey Recovery efforts and the Resilient Houston strategy. She was later appointed as the Deputy Chief Resilience and Sustainability Officer to focus on further implementation of the strategy and the Climate Action Plan.

Laura earned her Master’s Degree from McGill University in Montreal and Bachelor’s Degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She is a GreenBiz 30 under 30 honoree, 2017 GreenBiz Emerging Leader, and a contributing author to the Fifth National Climate Assessment.