Rachel Cleetus is the lead economist and climate policy manager with the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The focus of her work is designing and advocating for effective global warming policies at the federal, regional, state and international levels. These policies include both market-based approaches (such as cap-and-trade programs) and complementary, sector-based approaches (such as efficiency, renewable energy and clean technology R&D). She also analyzes the economic costs of inaction on climate change.
Prior to joining UCS, Dr. Cleetus worked as a consultant for the World Wildlife Fund, doing policy-focused research on the links between sustainable development, trade and ecosystems in Asia and Africa. She also worked for Tellus Institute in the energy and environment program, under the mentorship of Steve Bernow.
Dr. Cleetus holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in economics from Duke University and a B.S. in economics from West Virginia University.