Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development. She advises Four Twenty Seven on climate risk for the economy and corporate resilience, and occasionally works directly as a senior consultant on client projects. Kate is also a Senior Advisor at the Paulson Institute, 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.” She also serves on the boards of the American Jobs Project, Vote Solar, and the Center for Carbon Removal.
In 2013, Kate helped to found and lead 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. Kate took on the role of Executive Director of the Risky Business Project as part of her broader role as Senior Vice President for Climate and Energy 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.
Earlier in her career Kate served as Vice President of Energy and Environment at the Washington D.C.-based Center for American Progress (CAP), where she helped develop and author policy recommendations related to the Congressional cap-and-trade negotiations, Gulf oil spill, and American Reinvestment and Recovery Act implementation. Prior to CAP, Gordon was the Co-Director of the National Apollo Alliance (now part of the Blue Green Alliance).
Kate 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.