Anne Arundel Appoints Interim Resilience Head

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman recently appointed an Interim Head of the County’s new Resilience Authority. 

Dan Nees to serve as Interim Executive Director – Image provided by Anne Arundel County Government

Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis announced the selection of Dan Nees as Interim Executive Director of the Resilience Authority of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. As Interim Director, Nees will lead efforts to launch, establish, and position the Authority for long-term success.

According to the press release: 

“Getting this Resilience Authority operating is possibly the most important contribution that my administration is making to the future of our county,” said County Executive Steuart Pittman. “Bringing Dan Nees and Throwe Environmental on board to establish the foundation for this organization will ensure that we create the model for jurisdictions who will follow our lead in the coming years.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis to launch a uniquely important and impactful organization,” Resilience Authority Interim Executive Director Dan Nees said. “The Resilience Authority will be an invaluable tool for protecting the region’s economy, culture, and natural resources from the impacts of climate change. We look forward to working on behalf of the citizens of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County to create this groundbreaking institution.”

Nees has over twenty years of experience assisting communities and organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and nationally in their efforts to finance and implement environmental and sustainable development initiatives. Nees currently serves as Director, Policy and Finance at Throwe Environmental, LLC and as a Senior Fellow with the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland (UMD).

Nees previously served as Director of the UMD Environmental Finance Center and headed environmental market and water quality programs at Forest Trends and the World Resources Institute. Nees has a Master of Environmental Policy, a Master of Business Administration, and a Bachelor in Economics all from UMD College Park.

In close collaboration with County and City staff, Nees and his team will build the institutional foundation of the Authority, establishing governance, administrative, and leadership structures. Nees will also develop a strategic plan to codify an organizational vision and direct the Authority’s approach to project identification and implementation.

Read the full press release.