Kevin Kennedy is Director of the U.S. Climate Initiative at the World Resources Institute. He joined WRI's Climate and Energy Program as Director of the U.S. Climate Initiative in April 2011. In this capacity, he oversees the Institute's domestic climate and energy strategy, working with federal agencies, Congress, state governments, businesses, and other stakeholders to advance a clean energy economy and respond to climate change. In addition to developing cost-effective, low-carbon policies, Kennedy will support WRI's work with top American companies to develop new clean energy innovation strategies.
Prior to joining WRI, Kevin served as the Assistant Executive Officer in charge of the Office of Climate Change at the California Air Resources Board (CARB). In this role, he had broad responsibility for overseeing the implementation of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), including leading the team responsible for evaluating and developing market-based compliance mechanisms, incentives, voluntary actions, offsets and other approaches for achieving emission reductions in support of AB 32. Mr. Kennedy holds a Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at University of California, Berkeley, and has more than 20 years experience in energy and environmental policy.