Jesse M. Keenan – Panel and Coordinating Committee Vice Chair

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Attorney PortraitJesse M. Keenan is a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Keenan previously served as the Research Director of the Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE) and was a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. Keenan has previously advised on matters concerning the built environment for agencies of the U.S. Government, Fortune 500 Companies, community enterprises and international NGOs. Keenan has held various appointments at the University of Miami, the University of Amsterdam and The Bauhaus Academy. Keenan’s research in the built environment has partnered with a variety of global actors, including the AIA, Audi, Carnegie Corporation, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hulic Co., Ltd., ICC, MoMA, Mori Foundation, NASA, Open Society Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and the UN. Keenan’s principle research focus is on climate change and the built environment, including aspects of design, construction, and financing. Widely published, Keenan is the author of NYC 2040: Housing the Next One Million New Yorkers (Columbia University Press) and co-editor of Blue Dunes: Climate Change by Design (Columbia University Press) and Climate Change Adaptation in North America: Experiences, Case Studies and Best Practices (Springer). Keenan holds degrees in the law (J.D., LL.M.) and science of the built environment (M.Sc.), including a Ph.D. in applied climate science and the built environment from Delft University of Technology.