Global Energy Futures Program Associate
Kathleen Clark is a Program Associate working on the Global Energy Futures Initiative to ensure that new electricity infrastructure is driven by clean energy. She comes to climate change mitigation work from a background in public health and is motivated by the understanding that climate change is the single biggest threat to global health and health equity.
In her previous role, Kathleen consulted for federal health and environmental agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Health. She supported regulation and human health risk assessment of various environmental pollutants through systematic literature review, project management, and communication product development. Her prior experiences also include environmental health policy work with the Maryland General Assembly and the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board.
Kathleen’s academic research experience spans the disciplines of analytical chemistry, genetic epidemiology, and medical anthropology. It has included subjects such as asthma, household water and food security, and the health effects of co-exposure to wildfires and COVID-19.
Kathleen holds a B.A. in Global Health Studies and Biological Sciences with a concentration in Genetics & Genomics and a minor in Chemistry from Northwestern University. She also holds an M.P.H. in Health Systems and Policy and a certificate in Epidemiology for Public Health Professionals from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she focused on the intersection of climate change and public health. Kathleen currently lives in Washington, D.C.
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