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CIERP Director Kelly Sims Gallagher Heads to White House as Senior Policy Advisor on Climate Change and Energy Policy

Kelly Sims Gallagher, Director of CIERP, The Fletcher School

Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy Kelly Sims Gallagher (MALD ’00, PhD ’03) will be on leave from Fletcher starting in June to serve in The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. While there, Professor Gallagher will serve as Senior Policy Advisor and work on climate change and energy policy. She will also work on international climate policy in close coordination with the State Department, concentrating on international negotiations.   

The Office of Science and Technology Policy was established by Congress in 1976 with a broad mandate to advise the President and others within the Executive Office of the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs.  

"I am proud that Professor Gallagher is being called upon to contribute to domestic and international climate policy. Her appointment is a testament to her strong expertise on energy and climate change issues,” says Admiral James Stavridis, Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. “Fletcher is committed to contributing to real-world solutions to today's toughest challenges, and we are glad to support Professor Gallagher's efforts to contribute to climate policy in Washington."  

Professor Gallagher directs the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at The Fletcher School, as well as its Energy, Climate, and Innovation (ECI) research program. She is also Senior Research Associate in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, where she previously directed the Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) research group. Broadly, she focuses on energy and climate policy. She is particularly interested in the role of policy in spurring the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, domestically and internationally

Professor Gallagher’s new book, The Global Diffusion of Clean Energy Technologies: Lessons from China was just published by MIT Press in April 2014. 

During Professor Gallagher's absence, Assistant Professor of Development Economics Jenny Aker will serve as Interim Director of CIERP. Serving as Interim Director of CIERP's ECI program will be Barbara Kates-Garnick, who joins Fletcher from the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she served as Undersecretary for Energy in the Executive Office of Energy and advised on all energy matters impacting the state. Professor Kates-Garnick will also teach two of Professor Gallagher’s classes next year.