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Elizabeth Katt Reinders
U.S. Electricity Initiative Program Officer

Elizabeth Katt Reinders is a U.S. Electricity Initiative Program Officer at Climate Imperative, where she develops grantmaking strategies and associated grant portfolios to accelerate the clean energy transition. She provides insights on which technologies, policies, and levels of ambition are needed to cut greenhouse gas pollution at the speed and scale the climate crisis requires, while improving public health and saving consumers money. Elizabeth brings over 20 years of experience in climate and environmental policy, programs, strategy, and advocacy in both public and nonprofit sectors.

Prior to joining Climate Imperative, Elizabeth served as a Deputy Director for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, leading state teams in the Midwest U.S. in their campaigns to transform the electricity sector from fossil fuels to clean energy. Elizabeth’s other professional experience includes leading on water and agricultural policy for a regional nonprofit, serving as research staff for a National Science Foundation-funded project on water sustainability and climate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and serving as the managing editor and lead author for the first report of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts.

Trained as a social scientist, Elizabeth has a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology from Calvin University. Elizabeth lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, three sons and their husky-retriever. She enjoys spending as much time as possible making art, or in the woods, and on the water.

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