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Expertise: International climate policy, resilience policy

Cathleen Kelly is a Senior Fellow with the Energy and Environment team at the Center for American Progress. She specializes in international and U.S. climate mitigation, preparedness, resilience, and sustainable development policy. Kelly served in the Obama administration at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where she led a 20-plus-agency task force to develop a national climate resilience strategy. This strategy helped form the basis of the climate-preparedness pillar of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Kelly also helped formulate the Obama administration’s positions on international sustainable development and climate policy issues.

Previously, Kelly directed the Climate & Energy Program at The German Marshall Fund of the United States, where she led a highly acclaimed paper series and events on climate and clean energy policy that drew the world’s top energy and climate policy players. She also held policy director and senior policy adviser positions at The Nature Conservancy and the Center for Clean Air Policy and was a professor of international and environmental policy at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, or SAIS.

Kelly is an internationally recognized climate policy expert and a regular adviser to U.S. and European officials on environmental policy issues. She is a prize-winning graduate of SAIS, where she earned a master of arts in international relations and energy and environmental policy.

By Cathleen Kelly
3 Strategies for Building Equitable and Resilient CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressOctober 17, 2016
A Blueprint for Global Climate Action to Avert an Arctic MeltdownThe Huffington PostSeptember 26, 2016
Avoiding a Full Arctic MeltdownCenter for American ProgressSeptember 15, 2016
Proposals for a North American Climate StrategyCenter for American ProgressJune 22, 2016
As Arctic Nears Tipping Point, President Obama and Nordic Leaders Must ActCenter for American ProgressMay 11, 2016
Working to ensure Cleveland’s sustainable future via Resilient Midwest Cities SummitCleveland Plain DealerApril 24, 2016
Resilient Midwestern CitiesCenter for American ProgressApril 19, 2016
The Mounting Threats of Climate ChangeDemocracy JournalMarch 14, 2016
4 Ways Obama and Trudeau Can Partner to Curb Climate ChangeCenter for American ProgressMarch 3, 2016
Miami-Dade in Hot WaterCenter for American ProgressJanuary 29, 2016
The Arctic Is on the Brink: Here’s Why You Should CareCenter for American ProgressAugust 27, 2015
3 Ways President Obama Can Help Native Communities Avert Climate CatastropheCenter for American ProgressAugust 24, 2015
From Anchorage to Paris: How to Curb Arctic—and Global—Warming in 2 StepsCenter for American ProgressAugust 20, 2015
Arctic Warming and What It Means for the Region and the PlanetCenter for American ProgressAugust 18, 2015
State Future FundsCenter for American ProgressJune 23, 2015
For U.S. Cities, Every Week Is “Infrastructure Week”Next CityMay 12, 2015
Budget Impact: Reducing Exposure to the Risks Posed by Climate Change Saves Money and LivesCenter for American ProgressMarch 12, 2015
Safeguarding the ArcticCenter for American ProgressJanuary 22, 2015
How State Future Funds Can Help States Build Resilient Infrastructure and Cut Carbon PollutionCenter for American ProgressJanuary 16, 2015
Saving the ArcticCenter for American ProgressAugust 7, 2014
One Storm Shy of DespairCenter for American ProgressJuly 17, 2014
4 Ways World Leaders Can Win at the Climate Leaders SummitCenter for American ProgressJuly 8, 2014
Reducing Poverty Through Climate ActionCenter for American ProgressMay 8, 2014
Helping the Arctic Council Find Its True NorthCenter for American ProgressApril 24, 2014
Why a Melting Arctic Could Sink the Global EconomyCenter for American ProgressMarch 19, 2014
The Crushing Cost of Climate Change: Why We Must Rethink America’s Infrastructure InvestmentsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2014
Climate Change: An Unfunded MandateCenter for American ProgressOctober 28, 2013
Cities that Are Building Resilience to Climate ChangeCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2013
Storm-Ready CitiesCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2013
Shelter from the SuperstormCenter for American ProgressJuly 1, 2013
Infrastructure and Resilience: Forging a National Strategy for Reconstruction and GrowthCenter for American ProgressApril 18, 2013