Karen is the America's Pledge on Climate Intern on the US Climate team. She supports analytics that underpin mechanisms for mobilizing increased subnational ambition, action, and assistance. America's Pledge is the new initiative to compile and quantify the actions of states, cities and businesses in the United States to drive down their greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Karen previously did research in political processes and policy analysis related to climate action in Washington state, focusing on the recent failure of the carbon tax initiative (I-732) in November 2016. She has also done policy research in the topics of environmental health, global health, agricultural development, and land tenure technologies.
Karen holds a M.P.A from the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and a B.A. Integrative Biology and Music Minor from the University of California, Berkeley.
Karen loves to road-trip, travel, and camp and has made it to more than 35 states and 20 National Parks so far. Her other interests include reading, baking, and practicing yoga.
Ultimately, the work on climate change is done on the ground and is up to each of us. That is why America’s Pledge on climate is so important, as former U.S. President Barack Obama told city leaders in Chicago last week at the inaugural Global ...