Joel Clement

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Democracy

Joel Clement is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In his role, Mr. Clement works to expose political interference in science from the Trump administration and Congress, fight attacks on federal science, and promote public understanding of the importance of independent science in policymaking. Mr. Clement is also the public face of the UCS Science Protection Project, through which federal scientists may confidentially report political interference in government science.

Before joining UCS, Mr. Clement served as director of the Office of Policy Analysis within the US Department of the Interior (DOI), working to help Native Alaskan communities in danger of losing their lands and livelihoods because of climate change. Under Secretary Ryan Zinke, Mr. Clement and dozens of his colleagues were reassigned to different DOI positions for which they were frequently ill-suited; Mr. Clement was no longer able to work on climate policy to benefit vulnerable populations. Mr. Clement first blew the whistle on his politically motivated reassignment in The Washington Post, and later resigned.

Mr. Clement earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Environmental Studies degree from The Evergreen State College. He has been quoted in Bloomberg, HuffPost, Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, NPR, The New York Times, Outside Magazine, and The Washington Post, and has appeared on CBS, CNN, Democracy Now!, Mic, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, NBC, and the PBS NewsHour.


Listen to Dr. Clement talk about how he became a whistleblower on the Got Science? Podcast.