The Inclusive DFW Consortium aims to collaborate, educate, and innovate for inclusive economic development in North Texas. Its inaugural working paper focuses on challenges and solutions for climate adaptation—a growing area of concern for businesses and residents, particularly those from low-income communities—and synthesizes research from leading academicians and expert practitioners in inclusive economic development, sustainable development, urban planning, and social and financial innovation.

  • Anna Clark, Lead Writer; President, EarthPeople Media
  • Eva Csaky, Ph.D. MSF, Director of the Hunt Institute, SMU Lyle School of Engineering
  • Cynthia Cook, Executive Director, Trinity Waters
  • Ann Drumm, Independent Environmental Advocate
  • Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Public Administration program and Director of the Climate Science Center, Texas Tech
  • Jesse Hull, President, Imagine Aquaponics
  • Fouad Jaber, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Integrated Water Resources Management, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
  • Yekang Ko, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Owen Lynch, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication Studies, SMU; Director of Research and Collaboration at Get Healthy Dallas
  • Janette Monear, CEO, Texas Trees Foundation
  • Theresa O’Donnell, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Dallas
  • Maria Loveland Schneider, Real Estate Developer and Sustainability Consultant
  • Suzanne Smith, MBA, Founder and Managing Director, Social Impact Architects
  • Michael Sorrell, Ph.D., President, Paul Quinn College
  • Jonathan Stolk, Ph.D., Executive Director, Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, SMU Lyle School of Engineering
  • Ione von Herbing, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of North Texas
  • Jessie Marshall Zarazaga, RIBA LeedAP, Adjunct Professor Sustainability & Development, SMU Lyle School of Engineering

For more information or to join the community, please send a request to Dr. Eva Csaky at