Positions filled for the Massachusetts Coastal Resiliency Plan

BOSTON – Governor Maura Healey’s administration recently filled two positions related to the launch of the ResilientCoasts Initiative, which aims to combat the impacts of climate change along the Massachusetts coast.

Alison Brizius has been appointed director of the Office of Coastal Zone Management. In addition to overseeing the initiative, Brizius will play a key role in promoting offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Maine, according to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Brizius previously served as environmental commissioner for the City of Boston.

The state has also hired Deanna Moran of the Conservation Law Foundation as Chief Coastal Resilience Officer.

After launching the strategy last November, Healey said: “Climate change poses a very real threat to our coastal way of life, but it also presents us with a unique opportunity to build communities that are safer and fairer in the years to come.”

“This is a question of fiscal responsibility. Our coastal cities and communities have endured erosion, rising sea levels and extreme storms without a holistic government strategy,” she added.

“Homeowners, small businesses and local governments deserve a regional approach to this problem. Our ResilientCoasts initiative will enable us to harness the full power of government to find real solutions for our coasts.”

By Jim McCabe, NewsCenter

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