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Kate Gordon Appointed Director of Advanced Energy and Sustainability Program

Gordon offers expertise in clean energy and economic development policy as new Director of Advanced Energy and Sustainability Program at The Center for the Next Generation.

SAN FRANCISCO, CAThe Center for the Next Generation, a nonpartisan think-tank that supports programs and policies that benefit the Next Generation of Americans, today announced the appointment of Kate Gordon as Director of the Center’s Advanced Energy and Sustainability Program.  Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development policy.  She has worked on a variety of economic development and social justice issues for over 15 years, at the local, state, and national level, and has been a leader in the national “green jobs” movement for the past seven years.  Most recently, Gordon served as Vice President for Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington D.C.

“Kate’s extensive knowledge of energy policy, combined with her experience working on issues of American competitiveness, makes her the perfect fit for the Center for the Next Generation,” said Center President Matt James.  “Kate is one of the nation’s thought-leaders on the idea that clean energy policy must be deeply intertwined with economic growth strategies, and her deep understanding of these issues will help the Center enormously as we work to build momentum for an advanced energy economy in America.”

“America desperately needs new choices when it comes to where we get our energy and fuel,” said Kate Gordon.  “As gas prices skyrocket and we continue to rely heavily on resource-constrained and volatile fossil fuel sources, our country needs to think about energy policy in a whole new and innovative way.  I’m delighted to join an organization that hopes to do just that, by taking the long view and working to create future economic opportunities for the Next Generation of Americans.”

Gordon will direct the Center’s efforts to build support for an advanced energy economy, particularly in California, but with an eye toward national policy as well.  The Center has spent its first year developing national and state-based advanced energy programs and projects, particularly through its communications and strategic support for a newly launched business organization, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).  Under Gordon’s leadership, the Center will continue to work closely with AEE, as it develops chapters and affiliates at the state level all across the United States, in support of a better business climate for advanced energy companies.

At the Center for American Progress, Gordon led an energy team focused on developing policies and communications strategies to transition the U.S. to a clean energy economy.  In particular, Gordon’s work at CAP has focused on issues related to clean energy manufacturing, regional economic development in clean energy sectors, and American competitiveness in relation to China and the E.U. 

Gordon also has a long history of working on economic justice and labor issues. Prior to joining the Center for American Progress, Kate was the co-director of the national Apollo Alliance (now merged with the Blue Green Alliance), where she still serves as a member of the Board of Directors.  She has also spent time working on state and regional energy issues, as well as on general tax and budget issues, as a senior associate at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS).  Prior to that, she served as an employment and consumer rights litigator at Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in Oakland, California.

Gordon is a primary or co-author on many Center for American Progress reports, including most recently: Taking Action on Clean Energy and Climate Protection in 2012: A Menu of Effective and Feasible SolutionsThe Importance and Promise of American Manufacturing, Rising to the Challenge:  A Progressive U.S. Approach to China’s Innovation and Competitiveness Policies, Out of the Running?  How Germany, Spain, and China Are Seizing the Energy Opportunity and Why the United States Risks Getting Left Behind, and Beyond Recovery: Moving the Gulf Coast Toward a Sustainable Future.

Gordon also authored most of the Apollo Alliance’s major reports, including: The New Apollo Program, Make it in America: The Apollo Green Manufacturing Action Plan, Green-Collar Jobs in America’s Cities, and the New Energy series. She is also the author of several published articles on contract fairness, federal preemption, mandatory arbitration litigation, and regional economic development.

Gordon earned a J.D. and master's degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University. She is a member of the State Bar of California.

Gordon will be joining the Center for the Next Generation at an exciting time.  Along with its other initiatives, the Center also plans to launch a multi-year, nationwide, nonpartisan campaign to elevate the interests of America’s children on the national agenda. Now in development, the campaign will launch in June with advertising and social media campaigns, survey research, town-hall meetings, and other public events aimed at building support for real investment in programs and policies that benefit kids. 

Gordon begins her new role on June 4, 2012.

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About The Center for the Next Generation

Founded in 2011 by Tom Steyer of Farallon Capital Management, Jim Steyer of Common Sense Media and Matt James of the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Center for the Next Generation is a nonpartisan think-tank working on issues that affect the Next Generation of Americans.  Driven by high-quality research and data, the Center uses targeted communications to support programs and policies in the areas of advanced energy and children and families.  The Center’s work is focused on driving the development of an advanced energy economy in the U.S. and building support for America’s young people to ensure they grow up healthy, are properly educated and well-prepared for the workforce. The Center believes that these are the keys to a stronger, more prosperous America.

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