The city of Minneapolis has hired Ron Harris as its new chief resilience officer, a grant-funded position that will focus on affordable housing, climate change and economic inequality.

The job has been vacant for the past year, since Kate Knuth resigned after seven months in the job.

Harris' government experience includes working for the city Department of Civil Rights, then-Mayor R.T. Rybak and as an aide to City Council President Lisa Bender. Most recently, Harris, 29, worked on tenant issues for the Department of Regulatory Services.

The position is funded through the Rockefeller Foundation's "100 Resilient Cities" partnership, designed to help communities across the world adapt to physical, social and economic change.