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Rebecca Lefton

Senior Policy Analyst

Expertise: International climate change, climate finance, international transport, gender equality, and sustainable development

Rebecca Lefton is a Senior Policy Analyst at American Progress, specializing in international climate change policy and sustainable development. She develops policy positions and strategizes campaigns to advance public awareness and understanding of international energy and climate issues, and directs legislative and advocacy initiatives. She represents American Progress at global conferences, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

Rebecca began her work with American Progress in the ThinkProgress War Room, working on policy analysis and research, communications, outreach, and campaign strategy around comprehensive climate change legislation. She directed a campaign to protect California’s global-warming law that included policy analysis, investigative reporting, and a blogging series for Climate Progress and ThinkProgress. Prior to joining American Progress, she worked at the Pew Charitable Trusts Environment Group, where she supported the organization’s clean energy initiatives through congressional outreach and policy development. Previously, while living in Chicago, Rebecca worked with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a coalition of 60 U.S. and Canadian cities founded by Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago (D) and Mayor David Miller of Toronto that works with state, tribal, and federal governments to cultivate sustainable urban environments.

She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she was an academic chair for women in public policy.