Nancy Cole is senior strategist and corporate campaign advisor for the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. A corporate campaigning and grassroots-organizing veteran, she developed the strategic framework for and launched the organization’s fossil energy accountability campaign, and currently oversees its work focused on the legal aspects of holding fossil fuel companies accountable for climate deception and harms.
For the past ten years, Ms. Cole served as director of campaigns in the Climate and Energy Program, managing the program’s efforts to secure policies that reduce US global warming emissions and speed the country’s transition to a clean energy economy. She also works with scientists across the country to bring the voice of the scientific community to bear on critical global environmental issues.
Ms. Cole joined UCS in 1992 as campaign organizer for a national drive to educate citizens about renewable energy options. She subsequently became director of public outreach with overall responsibility for planning and developing UCS's education, organizing, and outreach efforts. In 1995, she co-authored the book Renewables Are Ready: People Creating Renewable Energy Solutions.
Before joining UCS, she worked for the national organization INFACT, now called Corporate Accountability International, for a decade. Between 1984 and 1992 she served as the executive director of the consumer-oriented, corporate accountability group. As executive director, she oversaw the production of the Academy Award-winning documentary Deadly Deception.
Ms. Cole earned her BA in 1971 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School with a specialty in constitutional and administrative law. She was licensed to practice law in Minnesota.