Dawn Zimmer

Dawn Zimmer

Mayor
Hoboken, NJ

Dawn Zimmer, mayor of the City of Hoboken, became the first woman elected to this city role in 2009. She has led Hoboken through the difficult days of rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and is implementing an integrated and comprehensive flood resiliency plan to protect the city from rising seas and stronger storms. Zimmer led the effort to secure $230 million for flood resiliency through the post-Sandy Rebuild by Design competition. Additionally, she has created and is implementing a green infrastructure strategic plan to address flooding that includes solutions such as rain gardens, bioswales, and new “resiliency parks.” In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and Sandia National Labs, Zimmer is building the foundation for a microgrid to improve energy resiliency. She is an outspoken advocate for changing federal and state regulations related to flood insurance, increasing reconstruction funding, and improving building standards in order to meet the unique challenges and characteristics of urban communities. Zimmer has served on President Barack Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and is currently a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.