Eleni Myrivili served as deputy mayor for Urban Nature, Resilience, and Climate Change Adaptation for the City of Athens. Through her work on heat adaptation, Athens has taken a leadership role in the international climate change discourse. Leading the Urban Nature Directorate, which comprises more than 400 staff and a multimillion dollar annual budget, Myrivili drove innovative climate adaptation solutions that both protect the city’s most vulnerable populations and also establish green infrastructure guidelines and policies.
Elected into city government in 2014, she has served as chief resilience officer since 2015, creating the first office of Resilience and Sustainability and launched the Athens Resilience Strategy for 2030 as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s pioneering 100 Resilient Cities initiative.
Myrivili was part of the leadership team of the Greek Green Party from 2007 to 2010. She wrote and hosted 13 hour-long episodes of a public television documentary series on sustainable living.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, a Master of Arts from New York University, and a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University. She is a tenured professor at the University of the Aegean.