Robert Cowin

Director of Government Affairs, Climate & Energy Program

Rob Cowin is director of government affairs for the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In his role, Rob leads federal work on climate change and clean energy policy: 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. Rob leads federal clean energy work focused on tax and finance, energy storage and grid modernization, and clean energy research and development. He also directs federal advocacy on climate resilience, climate science and carbon pricing, and leads federal budget and appropriations work for several science-based agencies. Rob also serves as a resource for Congress on nuclear power policy and oversight, often working with the Global Security program at UCS.

Prior to joining UCS, Rob worked for the National Environmental Trust (NET; Pew Charitable Trusts), where he helped organize national campaigns focused on climate change, clean energy, and clean air. Rob’s passion for clean energy started when NET sent him around the country in a solar-powered airstream trailer to promote renewable energy technologies with governors, mayors, and city officials. He went on to manage 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. from Boston College. Rob has been cited by The Atlantic, Bloomberg BNA, E&E News, The Hill, PBS NewsHour, Reuters, Science Magazine, Scientific American, Time Magazine, Vice News, Yahoo! News, and The Weather Channel.