Alison Whitten is the operations coordinator at Resilient Melbourne, where she is responsible for program management to facilitate successful delivery of the suite of actions developed in the Resilient Melbourne strategy. Alison has a background in management consulting, international development and urban planning. Her planning experience has focused on the intersection of design with public health, housing, food systems and disaster risk and resilience. Alison has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors in Australia, the United States, China and across Sub-Saharan Africa. She has led a range of projects, including an evaluation of low-carbon urban development programs, a review of philanthropic engagement with the private sector to achieve development goals and initiatives to promote sustainable food production. Alison holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master in Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.