Marissa Aho

Chief Resilience Officer

City of Houston

Marissa Aho, AICP, has served as Houston’s Chief Resilience Officer for Mayor Sylvester Turner since February 2019. In this role she leads the resilience-building efforts for the City of Houston including the development and implementation of Living with Water Houston that was released in January 2020 and Resilient Houston, the city’s resilience strategy that was released in February 2020. Resilient Houston has 5 chapters, 18 goals and targets and 62 actions that address, among many challenges, flooding, climate change, inequity, housing affordability, and improved mobility. She previously served as Los Angeles’ first Chief Resilience Officer for Mayor Eric Garcetti beginning in 2015, where she led city-wide resiliency efforts, including those found in the Resilience By Design report and Resilient Los Angeles strategy which was released in March 2018. These efforts include implementation of historic building retrofits, fortifying the water infrastructure, and the release of the ShakeAlertLA earthquake early warning app. Prior she was an urban planning and land use consultant at two private firms in Los Angeles for 10 years. She serves on the global steering committee for the Global Resilient Cities Network. She also serves as an advisor to the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society. She developed and taught a graduate urban planning studio on resilience at University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government (CLEG) from The American University in Washington D.C. and a Master of Planning degree from the University of Southern California.