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Expertise: International climate policy, climate preparedness, climate justice, Arctic policy

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.

By Cathleen Kelly
It’s Time for Congress To Protect Americans From Deadly Extreme HeatCenter for American ProgressAugust 12, 2021
Implementing Biden’s Justice40 Commitment To Combat Environmental RacismCenter for American ProgressJune 22, 2021
Securing a Safe, Just, and Climate-Ready Future for FloridaCenter for American ProgressMarch 16, 2021
Building Equitable, Healthy, and Climate Change-Ready Communities in the Wake of COVID-19Center for American ProgressOctober 8, 2020
Equitable and Just Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness Amid COVID-19Center for American ProgressSeptember 30, 2020
Building a Just Climate Future for North CarolinaCenter for American ProgressSeptember 9, 2020
Bridging the Water Access Gap Through COVID-19 ReliefCenter for American ProgressAugust 5, 2020
Extreme Heat During the COVID-19 Pandemic Amplifies Racial and Economic InequitiesCenter for American ProgressJune 29, 2020
3 Bold Actions Congress Should Take to Equitably Address Weather and Climate DisastersCenter for American ProgressJanuary 30, 2020
The High Price of InactionCenter for American ProgressFebruary 20, 2019
State Future Funds: Investing in Community Resilience Across the United StatesCenter for American ProgressDecember 13, 2018
5 Ways the New Congress Should Support Resilient InfrastructureCenter for American ProgressNovember 15, 2018
Florida Future FundCenter for American ProgressSeptember 5, 2018
On the Ground in Puerto RicoCenter for American ProgressJuly 11, 2018
Florida Future Fund: Accelerating Investment in Resilient Infrastructure and CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressApril 12, 2018
Congress should support strong disaster rebuilding for our nationThe HillNovember 16, 2017
3 Million Reasons for Environmental Justice in Puerto RicoCenter for American ProgressOctober 19, 2017
Safe, Strong, and Just Rebuilding After Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and MariaCenter for American ProgressOctober 3, 2017
A Framework for Local Action on Climate ChangeCenter for American ProgressSeptember 28, 2017
5 Ways Congress Can Help To Rebuild Stronger and Safer Communities After HarveyCenter for American ProgressSeptember 7, 2017
Trump’s Executive Order Puts Infrastructure, Taxpayers At RiskMorning ConsultAugust 25, 2017
The Mainstreaming of Trump’s Reckless WorldviewsCenter for American ProgressJuly 18, 2017
These South Florida 4th-Graders Have a Message for Their Elected Officials About Climate ChangeCenter for American ProgressMay 11, 2017
Climate denial puts infrastructure at riskThe ProgressiveMay 10, 2017
The Big Melt: Curbing Arctic Climate Change Aligns with U.S. Economic and National Security GoalsCenter for American ProgressMay 8, 2017
Testimony of Cathleen Kelly Before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on Domestically Sourced Raw MaterialsHouse Committee on Natural ResourcesMarch 21, 2017
Making Nashville a More Livable and Sustainable City for AllCenter for American ProgressMarch 9, 2017
Businesses Are Managing Their Climate Change Risks—the Federal Government Should TooCenter for American ProgressFebruary 16, 2017
U.S. Communities Clobbered by $53 Billion in Extreme Weather and Climate Disasters in 2016Center for American ProgressJanuary 19, 2017
3 Reasons Why Undermining the Paris Climate Agreement Would Be Bad for BusinessCenter for American ProgressJanuary 13, 2017
Key Questions for Rex Tillerson on Energy and Environmental PolicyCenter for American ProgressJanuary 9, 2017
Rex Tillerson’s Big Oil Ties Endanger the Climate and National SecurityCenter for American ProgressJanuary 6, 2017
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