Rob Cowin is director of government affairs for the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In his role, Rob manages federal work on climate change and clean energy: creating and implementing legislative campaigns; working with UCS scientists and analysts on policy development; and helping to guide analytical products and outreach efforts to inform policy-making. His work was integral to the passage by the House of Representatives of the first-ever legislation to reduce greenhouse gases.
Rob leads federal clean energy work focused on tax and finance, clean energy infrastructure, and clean energy innovation. He is also a resource for Congress on nuclear power safety policy and oversight, often working with the Global Security program at UCS.
Prior to joining UCS, Rob worked for the National Environmental Trust (Pew Charitable Trusts), where he helped organize national campaigns focused on climate change, clean energy, and clean air. He also managed NET's fisheries and marine conservation work in the mid-Atlantic. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a B.A. in philosophy from Boston College.