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Kate Gordon

Energy & Climate Program

Vice President & Director, Energy & Climate Program


Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon leads the Energy & Climate team at Next Generation, developing policies and communications strategies to combat climate change and move the U.S. to a clean energy economy. For the past 18 months she has also served as the Executive Director of the Risky Business Project, an initiative to quantify and publicize the economic risks of climate change that is co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg, Hank Paulson, and Tom Steyer.

Kate has worked on a variety of economic development and social justice issues for more than 15 years, and is regarded as a leader in the national “green jobs” movement. She has focused on issues related to clean energy manufacturing, regional economic development in clean energy sectors, and American competitiveness. She contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal as one of the paper's "Energy Experts," blogs for the Huffington Post, and writes a weekly update on California energy and climate news for Next Generation.

Prior to joining Next Generation, Kate was Vice President for Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington D.C., where she still serves as a senior fellow. Prior to joining CAP, Kate was the program director and then national co-director of the Apollo Alliance (now part of the Blue Green Alliance).  Earlier in her career, she was a senior associate at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy and an employment and consumer rights litigator at the public interest law firm Public Justice.

She earned a J.D. and master's degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley, where she was Editor in Chief of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. She received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

Posts by Kate Gordon

Energy & Climate

No Californian Left Behind Part 2

Report Are efficient vehicles affordable for low-income Californians, and are these vehicles readily available on California’s auto market? Our conclusion: robust minimum efficiency standards are key to maximizing the benefits of EFMP vehicle replacement, and more than enough affordable vehicles are available on California’s auto market to make such standards reasonable.

Energy & Climate

Congress runs up the climate tab; Americans stuck with the bill

ven with immediate and significant steps to curb climate change risks, managing the unavoidable risks and costs of a warmer world will be expensive. The high costs of responding, rebuilding, and preparing for the future will be the responsibility of already overburdened federal, state, local, and tribal governments, and – directly and indirectly – the American people. These costs may well represen

Energy & Climate

Carbon emissions are the new second-hand smoke

We’re now about as certain that climate change is real and man-made as we are that cigarettes kill. To take the analogy further, by not acting to curb climate change, we’re immersing the planet in a huge, inescapable cloud of second-hand smoke.

Energy & Climate

Distracted by fracking?

If you knew that offshore fracking was happening in California, you're one step ahead of state officials. There's tons more info our new report on the Monterey Shale.