Senior Fellow


Cathleen Kelly is a senior fellow for Energy and Environment 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.


These South Florida 4th-Graders Have a Message for Their Elected Officials About Climate Change Video

These South Florida 4th-Graders Have a Message for Their Elected Officials About Climate Change

As a call to action on climate change, Ms. Mendoza’s fourth-grade class at Gateway Environmental K-8 Learning Center wrote letters to their elected officials asking them to support solutions that will protect their community and future.

Miranda Peterson, Cathleen Kelly, Andrew Satter, 1 More Aki Suzuki

Climate denial puts infrastructure at risk In the News

Climate denial puts infrastructure at risk

Author Cathleen Kelly urges President Donald Trump and Congress to invest in actions and improvements that combat climate change, rather than continue to deny it.

Cathleen Kelly

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