Meeting of the Minds Speaker

Melissa Guardaro

Graduate Research Fellow, Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network

Arizona State University

Melissa Guardaro is a research fellow with Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (URExSRN) and a Ph.D. candidate at Arizona State University in the School of Sustainability.

Her research focuses on vulnerability, urban policy, and governance for the mitigation and adaptation to extreme heat and the urban heat island effects. She is currently working as the liaison between the City of Phoenix and Arizona State University researchers to help formulate a comprehensive heat reduction strategy, and with The Nature Conservancy, the Maricopa County Health Department, and other community partners to create neighborhood heat solutions that improve thermal comfort and public health outcomes, especially during extreme heat events.

Melissa most recently was the United Nations Representative for the American Association of University Women, where she advocated for gender justice in the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals. She completed a Master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard and an MBA from Columbia University.