The work of the CFRTF is carried out through full group meetings, two governing committees, and four thematic committees that meet regularly. The Executive Committee is composed of the Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary, who steer the strategic direction of the CFRTF. The Overall Approach Committee steers the overall approach and work of the County with a set of principles. The Equity + Metrics Committee tackles data and analysis of flood resilience through an equity lens. The Community Engagement Committee steers the way Harris County engages communities on flood resilience efforts and links neighborhoods to solutions. The Finance + Regulatory Committee tackles the need for solutions to funding and regulatory issues. Lastly, the Governance Committee tackles issues related to policies and procedures for the group.
Within the past twelve months the Task Force has convened six official meetings, including a Special Meeting to discuss the 2022 Prioritization Framework per Commissioners Court Request. The four topical Committees have met regularly to establish their workplans and to achieve key deliverables. The Executive Committee has collaborated with the IRT and Facilitation Team to provide critical leadership in guiding the work of the Task Force.
The seventeen members of the CFRTF are committed to serving the community and represent the geographic, gender, age, racial, and ethnic diversity of Harris County. These members are flood survivors, community organizers, engineers, advocates, and technical experts, working together to reduce flood risk for all Harris County communities.
These members bring an expanded set of skills that are necessary for shifting Harris County’s approach beyond traditional engineering to the full scope of flood resilience. This full set of understanding—from qualitative and quantitative data to nature-based solutions, consensus-building, public health, and community leadership—allows the Task Force to provide holistic feedback on Harris County’s on-going efforts.