B.S., Emory; M.P.A., Harvard; J.D., Georgetown
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Vicki Arroyo is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center based at Georgetown University Law Center, where she is also Assistant Dean for Centers and Institutes and a Professor from Practice.
She oversees the Georgetown Climate Center’s work at the nexus of climate and energy policy, supervising staff and student work on climate mitigation and adaptation at the state and federal level. The Center is a highly regarded resource on climate and energy law and policy.
Professor Arroyo served as the Law Center’s first Environmental Law Program Director where she helped develop and launch a new Environmental Law LLM degree program and oversaw all aspects of the program including admissions of students, counseling, and curricular development from 2013 – 2015 and still works closely with the program’s new Director. She teaches “experiential” law courses on climate change and environmental issues to Georgetown Law students.
She previously served at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, including as the Pew Center’s Vice President for Domestic Policy and General Counsel. For over a decade, she directed the Pew Center’s domestic policy program as well as managing the Center’s work on science, environmental impacts, adaptation, and economics. Professor Arroyo served as Managing Editor of the Center’s book, Climate Change: Science, Strategies, and Solutions.
In addition to teaching at Georgetown Law, she has taught courses on environmental policy and climate change at Catholic University, George Mason University’s graduate public policy program, and Tulane Law School. Previously, she practiced environmental law with Kilpatrick Stockton in Washington DC and other firms and served in two offices at U.S. EPA: the Office of Air and Radiation and the Office of Research and Development, where she reviewed development of standards under the Clean Air Act. From 1988 to 1991, she created and directed the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s policy office, and also served during some of that period as Governor Buddy Roemer’s environmental advisor.
Professor Arroyo has served on several federal panels, including those reviewing economic modeling of climate legislation (DOE’s Energy Information Administration) and on climate change adaptation along the Gulf Coast (Climate Change Science Program). She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences and as a member of the Board’s study committee on the future of the interstate highway system. She also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Institute of Transportation at UC Davis. She previously served for seven years on the Advisory Board to the National Science Foundation’s Geosciences Directorate, and for three years on the Board of Trustees to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. She previously served on the external advisory committee to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and on California’s Economics and Allocation Advisory Committee. She currently serves on editorial boards of the Climate Policy journal and The Georgetown Environmental Law Review. As a student at Georgetown, Professor Arroyo served as Georgetown International Environmental Law Review’s Editor-in-Chief.
She holds a B.S. in biology, high honors, from Emory (double major in philosophy); a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard (receiving the Don K. Price award for academic achievement and commitment to public service, the top honors in her program), and a J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from Georgetown Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of The Georgetown International Environmental Law Review.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
"Climate Change Has Been Losing Battle for Governments. Could a New Lawsuit Turn the Tide?" coverage by Governing, July 31, 2018, featuring Professor Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director of Georgetown Climate Center.
"The Future of Former EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's Anti-Science Legacy," coverage by Wired, July 6, 2018, quoting Professor Vicki Arroyo, executive director, Georgetown Climate Center.
"Americans fight climate change despite Trump quitting Paris accord," coverage by RFI, May 31, 2018, quoting Professor Vicki Arroyo, executive director, Georgetown Climate Center.
"The rise of cities and states in fighting climate change: Key takeaways from the 2017 United Nations climate conference", coveage in The Georgetown Public Policy Review, January 30, 2018, featuring the Georgetown Law Climate Center Executive Director and Professor from Practice Vicki Arroyo.