Jillian is a Research Manager, Inclusive Cities, under the Sustainable Cities program. As part of the Research & Knowledge Exchange team, Jillian focuses on advancing new research on how cities can create resilient, equitable communities while tackling climate change and ensuring economic opportunities. She manages WRI’s flagship publication, the World Resources Report: Towards a More Equal City, and the framing research for WRI’s Urban Water Resilience in Africa project. She also ensures that new knowledge is strategically integrated in on-the-ground projects and across workstreams at WRI. Her recent analytical work focuses on: urban inequality, urban water and sanitation access, urban climate resilience, and inclusive climate action planning.

Prior to joining WRI, Jillian worked as an environmental researcher and editor for The Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum and as an international educator in Taiwan and Vietnam. She holds a master’s degree from American University in Global Environmental Policy, and a B.A. from University of California – San Diego in Environmental Systems and Policy.

Jillian is an avid athlete and artist. In her free time, she enjoys chasing frisbees or chasing her cat.