Honors College Distinguished Guest - Rhiana Gunn-Wright

5:00PM - 6:30PM
McLaren Complex 252

Celebrate Earth Day in conversation with Rhianna Gunn-Wright

Monday, April 22, 2024 | 5:00pm-6:00pm | McLaren 252

As Director of Climate Policy at the Roosevelt Institute, Gunn-Wright is a leading voice for positive action on climate policy, racial equity, and public power. The conversation will be moderated by Professor Stephanie Siehr, Environmental Management Department.  

Please join us for a reception with light refreshments after the event from 6:00pm-6:30pm.  

Open to all USF Community Members. For more information please contact honorscollege@usfca.edu


Speaker bio:

In 2019, Rhiana Gunn-Wright was included in Time magazine’s list of the “15 Women Leading the Fight Against Climate Change.” She is currently the Director of Climate Policy at the Roosevelt Institute, and a member of the Evergreen Advisory Board.

Rhiana started a career in public policy after graduating from Yale magna cum laude in 2011. In the summer of 2013, she served as a White House policy intern in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Office, and in 2015, she became a Design Research Fellow at Educational Credit Management Corporation in Minneapolis. Rhiana also worked as the Policy Analyst for the Detroit Health Department headed by Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, and then served as the Policy Director for El-Sayed’s 2018 Michigan gubernatorial campaign. After El-Sayed’s loss, she joined New Consensus, a D.C.-based think tank founded by Demond Drummer, a Chicago-based grassroots organizer, and Saikat Chakrabarti, former Chief of Staff to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

As the policy lead for New Consensus, Rhiana was one of the intellectual architects of the Green New Deal. In February 2019, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts formally introduced a non-binding congressional resolution which called for a ten-year Green New Deal plan to tackle climate change, create clean energy jobs while promoting social and environmental justice. In April 2021, Ocasio-Cortez and Markey reintroduced the resolution to the congress.

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