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Vice President and Director of the Energy & Climate Program, Next Generation
Kate Gordon is a Vice-President and the Director of the Energy & Climate Program at Next Generation, where she writes a weekly blog on California's climate law, the AB32 Digest. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.
Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development, most recently as Vice President for Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington D.C. She 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. At CAP, Kate led an energy team focused on developing policies and communications strategies to move the U.S. to a clean energy economy. She has focused on issues related to clean energy manufacturing, regional economic development in clean energy sectors, and American competitiveness. Prior to joining CAP, she was the co-director of the national Apollo Alliance (now part of the Blue Green Alliance), where she still serves on the Board of Directors. Earlier in her career, she was a senior associate at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy and an employment and consumer rights litigator at Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in Oakland. She earned a J.D. and master's degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.