DENVER — Friday, July 21, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Molly Urbina is resigning as executive director of the Colorado Resiliency & Recovery Office (CRRO).
In 2013, Colorado experienced unprecedented flooding that significantly impacted 24 counties and resulted in damages of nearly $4 billion. The CRRO was formed, with Urbina leading the state to coordinate the diverse and complex portfolio of disaster recovery and resiliency efforts, in response to this disaster and the need for centralized reporting, transparency, and to maintain a sense of urgency at the state level building back stronger and more resilient than before.
“Molly has brought national recognition to Colorado’s effort to help our citizens rebuild despite devastation,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Her compassion and commitment to serving Coloradans impacted by our recent disasters are the the heart and soul of the CRRO. We will miss Molly very much and owe her a great deal for establishing an office that empowers and supports our communities, many in the middle of their worst nightmares.”
Colorado’s Resiliency and Recovery Office supports and helps empower Colorado communities to become stronger, safer and more resilient in the face of natural disasters and other major challenges. The CRRO coordinates overarching recovery and resiliency activities by collaborating with numerous multi-disciplinary local, state, federal and private partners in setting priorities, leveraging resources, communicating transparently and delivering measurable results.
Under Urbina’s leadership, the state developed a transformational and first-of-its-kind Colorado Resiliency Framework. It has been recognized nationally as a model strategy and roadmap to proactively help communities address shocks and stresses, and to rebound after natural and human-caused disasters. The Framework captures the work of more than 150 local, state and federal stakeholders. It also was recently recognized with the Gold 2017 National Planning Achievement Award for Environmental Planning from the American Planning Association. She also successfully mobilized and fostered collaboration between federal, state and local partners to leverage and maximize the limited resources made available for recovery from the largest and most costly disaster in Colorado’s history. The CRRO offers a blueprint for how various agencies work together during crisis.
“Colorado’s approach to be inclusive, transparent and ultimately empower and support Coloradans after such devastation is very important on the road to recovery and resiliency,” said Urbina. “I am grateful for the CRRO’s amazing staff, the state team and all partners who have worked tirelessly and provided invaluable input to build a stronger and better future for Colorado and long after recovery is complete.”
Urbina will leave the position Aug. 4, 2017. A search for her replacement is already underway.