Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center
Vicki Arroyo is Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center where she oversees work on climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Georgetown Climate Center serves as a leading resource at the nexus of state climate and energy policy. She is also a Professor from Practice, teaching classes on climate change law and policy and serves as Assistant Dean for Centers & Institutes.
From July 2013-’15, she also served as Georgetown Law’s environmental program director where she launched a new Environmental LLM degree program. Arroyo previously served for over a decade at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, most recently as Vice President for Policy Analysis and General Counsel where she oversaw the Center’s work on domestic policy, economics, science and impacts, and adaptation to climate change and was managing editor of the book, Climate Change Science, Strategies, and Solutions.
She has worked at all levels of government and in the private sector, including serving in two offices of EPA working on air pollution standards and as Policy Director for Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality and Environmental Advisor to Governor Roemer. She worked five years as an attorney in private practice representing a variety of public and private sector clients. She serves on the Executive Committee for the national Transportation Research Board (NAS appointment) and recently completed terms on the advisory board for NSF’s Geosciences Directorate and the UCAR Board. Her TED talk on climate adaptation has been viewed roughly 1 million times.