Expertise: Green jobs, clean and renewable energy, regional economic development, urban planning, workforce development, green manufacturing
Kate Gordon is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. Most recently, Kate was the VP for Energy Policy at American Progress; she now serves as the vice president and director of the energy and climate program at Next Generation, a think tank based in San Francisco. She was recently named one of the top 50 “Influencers to watch ahead of the 2014 election cycle” by Campaigns & Elections Magazine.
Kate is nationally recognized for her work on the intersection of clean energy and economic development policy. She served as the first policy director and eventually the national co-director of the Apollo Alliance, which was one of the first organizations focused on the intersection of clean energy and economic development, or “green jobs.” Her interest in manufacturing issues and in revitalizing the industrial Midwest led the Alliance to produce the “Green Manufacturing Action Plan,” or GreenMAP, the first significant work tying together the future of America’s manufacturing sector and the transition to a low-carbon energy economy.
She also has a long history of working on economic justice and labor issues outside the energy space. Before she joined the Apollo Alliance, Kate was a senior associate at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy, where she focused on corporate tax policy, progressive federalism, and rural economic development. Prior to that, she served as an employment and consumer rights litigator at Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in Oakland, California, where she worked extensively to protect consumers and workers from unfair contract terms, including mandatory binding arbitration policies.
Kate’s work at this critical intersection of energy and the economy continues to this day at The Center for the Next Generation, a think tank focused on programs and policies that benefit the next generation of Americans.
Kate earned a J.D. and master’s degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University. She is a member of the State Bar of California.