Vicki Arroyo

Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center

Georgetown University Law Center

Speaking At:
Climate Preparedness: What We Can Do
17 June 2014 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: 145B
Topic: Climate Change

Vicki Arroyo is Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center where she oversees the Center’s work on climate change mitigation and adaptation at the state and federal level.  She also serves as Assistant Dean for Centers and Institutes and Director of Georgetown Law’s Environmental Law Program and as Visiting Professor, teaching classes on climate change law and policy.  Arroyo previously served at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, most recently as Vice President for Policy Analysis and General Counsel.   For over a decade, she directed Pew’s policy analysis, science, adaptation, economics, and U.S. policy programs, and oversaw publications of hundreds of analyses and served as Managing Editor of the book, Climate Change: Science, Strategies, and Solutions. She has worked at all levels of government and in the private sector on environmental issues, including serving in two offices of EPA (Office of Air and Radiation and Office of Research and Development where she participated in development of air quality standards) and as Policy Director for Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality and Environmental Advisor to Gov. Charles (“Buddy”) Roemer where she co-authored an air toxics bill that reduced emissions by 50% in four years.   She has also practiced environmental law at leading firms.  She has served on the advisory panel to the Gulf Coast study on adapting transportation infrastructure to climate change, on a review panel for the U.S. Energy Information Administration, on a Transportation and Research Board panel that produced a recent report on reducing energy and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, and on the Economic and Allocation Advisory Committee to California regarding implementation of its cap-and-trade program.

She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the national Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences, on the Board of Trustees for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (which oversees the National Center for Atmospheric Research), and on National Science Foundation’s Advisory Board for Geosciences and Polar Directorates.  She writes and speaks extensively on subjects related to climate change policy.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology (second major in philosophy), with high honors, from Emory University; a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she was awarded the highest honor in her program; and a Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Georgetown Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review.  In 2013, she was included in PODER Hispanic Magazine’s “Green 100” and her 2012 TED Talk on adaptation has been viewed over 800,000 times.