Johanna Lovecchio is a Senior Analyst at HR&A Advisors and the Deputy Director and Content Manager of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Global Resilience Academy (GRA) Program, an innovative project-design workshop model and capacity-building program that builds municipal and organizational capacity to address key resilience challenges through community and economic development projects, infrastructure investments, and policy initiatives. She’s also played an active role in the firm’s long standing relationship with 100 Resilient Cities as a Strategy Partner. This work has included engagements with cities across the US recovering from disasters, grantees of The Rockefeller Foundation across Africa, and most recently, with the Asian Development Bank’s Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund and the City of Semarang in Indonesia.
Johanna’s interest in resilience and capacity-building began during her time as an Associate at WaterAid America, assisting with the delivery of WASH projects in 37 countries across Africa, South-East Asia and Pacific Islands, and South America. Later, as a City Planner at the New York City Department of City Planning, she worked on neighborhood land-use planning strategies in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. While working for the City, the impact of Hurricane Sandy surfaced new challenges for the neighborhoods with which she was working and framed for her the value of collaboration and leadership across the social, environmental, physical, and economic realms to build the systemic resilience of communities and cities.
Johanna holds a Masters of Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service