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Kathryn A. Zyla


Deputy Director, Georgetown Climate Center, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S., Swarthmore College; M.E.M., Yale; J.D., Georgetown

Kathryn Zyla is Deputy Director of the Georgetown Climate Center, which serves as a resource to local, state, and federal policymakers. She oversees staff research...

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Kathryn Zyla is Deputy Director of the Georgetown Climate Center, which serves as a resource to local, state, and federal policymakers. She oversees staff research and policy analysis on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and facilitates multi-state dialogues of senior officials on issues such as multi-state emissions trading approaches, low-carbon transportation policies, and more.

Her own research includes state and federal renewable energy policies, public utility regulation relating to clean energy and electric vehicles, legal considerations related to the deployment of microgrids, and market-based policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. She also facilitates and oversees research and analysis in support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative of the northeast and mid-Atlantic states.

Professor Zyla previously served as Director of Research and Policy Analysis for the Georgetown Climate Center, as Senior Associate in the Climate and Energy Program at the World Resources Institute, and as Senior Research Fellow for Domestic Policy at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. She has a BS in engineering from Swarthmore College, a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry, and a JD, cum laude, from Georgetown Law. She has been a member of the Engineering Advisory Council for Swarthmore College since 2013, and was appointed to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee in 2014. In 2016, she received the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Law and Finance Award, given by the Department of Energy in collaboration with the MIT Energy Initiative and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy.

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