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Kathryn Zyla

Program Director, Northeast Policy, Energy Foundation

2016 Law & Finance Award Winner

As the Energy Foundation’s Program Director, Northeast Policy, Kate Zyla develops and funds regional and state strategies to achieve climate and clean energy policy goals. She engages with policy experts, utilities, clean technology industries, policymakers, funding partners, grantees, allies, opinion leaders, and other stakeholders. In addition to being part of Energy Foundation’s Policy Program, Zyla is a member of the States and Regions Team, a cross-program team that brings together campaign, policy, and communications experts focused on making progress in the states. Before joining the Energy Foundation, Zyla was Deputy Director for the Georgetown Climate Center, where she oversaw staff research and policy analysis and facilitated multi-state dialogues on issues such as multi-state emissions trading approaches and low-carbon transportation policies. Her own research has included state and federal renewable energy policies, public utility regulation relating to clean energy and electric vehicles, legal considerations related to the deployment of microgrids, market-based policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, and opportunities to link stand-alone emissions programs. She also teaches energy law and policy as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law. Zyla previously served as Director of Research and Policy Analysis for the Climate Center, as Senior Associate in the Climate and Energy Program at the World Resources Institute, and as Senior Research Fellow for Domestic Policy at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. She holds a BS degree in Engineering from Swarthmore College, a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Juris Doctor cum laude from Georgetown Law.