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Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development. She provides strategic project and policy advice to a variety of foundation, NGO, and corporate clients, including as a Senior Advisor at the Paulson Institute, where she provides strategic support on issues related to climate change and sustainable economic growth. She is also a nonresident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal as one of the paper’s “Energy Experts.” Gordon is perhaps best known for her work as the founding Executive Director of the “Risky Business Project,” co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer, and focused on the economic risks the U.S. faces from unmitigated climate change; she continues to represent the project in public and private forums across the U.S. and internationally.
Earlier in her career, Gordon served as Senior Vice President at the Center for the Next Generation, a non-partisan think tank based in San Francisco, where she worked on California policy development as well as large-scale national communications and research projects; Vice President for Energy and Environment at the Washington D.C.-based Center for American Progress; and Co-Executive Director of the national Apollo Alliance (now part of the Blue Green Alliance).
Gordon serves on the non-profit boards of Vote Solar, Center for Carbon Removal, and the American Jobs Project. She earned a law degree and a master’s degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.