Graham Sustainability Institute


Joyce Coffee
Managing Director
Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index

Joyce Coffee is managing director of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index for global resiliency, the world’s leading assessment informing public and private sector decision-makers about which countries are best prepared to deal with climate change and other global shifts. Previously, she was vice president at Edelman where she provided strategic counsel to multi-national companies on corporate social responsibility and sustainability. She directed the City of Chicago’s Climate Action Plan, driving climate mitigation and adaptation efforts, and managed water and air resources in the City of Chicago Department of Environment. Coffee started her career in Asia with the World Bank and U.S. Agency for International Development’s U.S.-Asia Environmental Partnership.

Joyce was a founding board member of the Alliance for Water Efficiency and a Great Lakes delegate to Brookings International Young Leaders Climate Change Summit. She is a Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader. She received a B.S. in biology, environmental studies and Asian studies from Tufts University and a master’s in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the author of the Climate Adaptation Exchange Blog and resides in Chicago, USA with her husband and grade-school son.

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