Longevity Partners Appoints Ken Russell, The City Of Miami Commissioner, As Its US Public Sector Outreach Director

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Longevity Partners, the leading independent ESG advisory firm guiding the real estate industry across the globe on the transition to net zero, announced the appointment of Ken Russell, the City of Miami Commissioner, as its US Public Sector Outreach Director effective immediately. This strategic hire comes as Mr. Russell’s term as City Commissioner concludes in January 2023. Mr. Russell is uniquely positioned to bridge the sustainability gap in the United States between the public and private sectors. At Longevity, he will implement essential advocacy and outreach campaigns that encourage meaningful investment in the sustainable and resilient future of the US.

Ken will oversee Longevity’s government relations to encourage sustainability across all asset types. His new role will focus on supporting stakeholders to pursue necessary resilience and adaptation measures that combat the chaotic effects of climate change. Ken’s experience navigating legislation in Miami, where sea level rise and flooding threaten the infrastructure and long-term health of the city, makes him the ideal advocate for facilitating large-scale positive change across the United States.

Serving as the City Commissioner since 2015, Mr. Russell has passed Florida’s most ambitious climate change, water quality, and sea level rise legislation. He was elected twice on a platform of sea level rise, infrastructure, clean water, and affordable housing. Under Ken’s leadership, the City of Miami passed the most aggressive climate change, water quality, and tree protection ordinances in Florida’s history. Notable achievements in the path to a sustainable future include the $400 million Miami Forever Bond to fund resilience projects and legislation mandating over one thousand towers improve their efficiency.

“I’m ecstatic to join Longevity Partners and apply best practices honed during my terms serving the City of Miami. Bridging economic viability with environmental sustainability is the only path forward. It will be a pillar of my work as massive adjustments lie ahead for both the public and private sectors. This new role will allow me to scale these efforts and I look forward to critical and collaborative dialogue with policymakers and industry leaders across the country.”

“The scientific reality put forward by the UN Secretary-General during the COP 27 is alarming and indicates that companies and local governments must rapidly put in place climate adaptation plans. Florida and the southeast of the United States are and will remain severely economically impacted by climate change,” says Etienne Cadestin, Founder and Global CEO of Longevity Partners. “As a response, I’m delighted to launch Longevity’s latest office in Miami, to support communities in the region in the next 20 years with the delivery of their climate mitigation and resiliency goals. I’m thrilled to welcome Ken who will lead our local expansion efforts and be responsible for our public sector engagement unit to support local governments across the United States with their transition plans.”

Longevity Partners was founded by Etienne Cadestin in 2015. Longevity opened its US headquarters in Austin, Texas in 2020 and currently has offices in Seattle and New York City. As South Florida’s real estate boom has accelerated, Miami was the logical next location as the firm’s US expansion continues. This year the Financial Times recognized Longevity as Europe’s fastest-growing ESG advisory firm. Longevity doubled its annual revenue and its positive impact for the seventh consecutive year in 2021.

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Operating in over 40 countries for more than 100 institutional investors across all asset classes, Longevity Partners provides all services required to future-proof property investment portfolios. From carbon footprinting to climate risk and ESG strategy development and implementation, our experts provide all the tools to respond to ESG performance requirements from pension funds and asset owners. Longevity works hand-in-hand with real estate owners to position their assets for the demands of tomorrow while improving today’s well-being and net operating income.

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