Thomas Ruppert, Esq., leads the Florida Sea Grant College Program’s Coastal Planning Program. Through this program Mr. Ruppert, a licensed attorney, works with partners to develop legal and policy analysis for local governments on planning for sea-level rise, community resilience, and associated long-term challenges and opportunities for Florida’s coastal communities. He has worked with over a dozen partners to organize and host legal workshops on coastal issues and flood insurance around the state. Mr. Ruppert is currently involved with several initiatives within Florida communities planning for sea-level rise and maintains a website of original resources at www.flseagrant.org/climatechange/coastalplanning/. Mr. Ruppert has authored and co-authored numerous legal articles and frequently serves as an invited presenter at events in Florida and in other coastal states.