Staff Bios

Vicki Arroyo

Vicki Arroyo

Vicki Arroyo is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown Law, where she also serves as the Assistant Dean of Centers and Institutes and a Professor from Practice. 

Professor Arroyo oversees the Center’s work at the nexus of climate and energy policy, supervising staff and student work on climate mitigation and adaptation at the state and federal level. She teaches “experiential” environmental law courses to both law and public policy students. She is also a member of the faculty steering committee for the Georgetown Environment Initiativea cross-campus effort to advance the interdisciplinary study of the environment in relation to society, scientific understanding, and sound policy.

She previously worked at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, including serving as the Pew Center’s Vice President for Domestic Policy and General Counsel. For over a decade, she directed the Pew Center’s policy analysis, science, adaptation, economics, and domestic policy programs. She also served as Managing Editor of the Center’s book and oversaw publication of numerous reports and policy briefs.

In addition to teaching at Georgetown Law, she has taught courses on environmental policy and climate change at Catholic University, George Mason University’s graduate public policy program, and Tulane Law School. Previously, she practiced environmental law with Kilpatrick Stockton and other private firms and served in two offices at U.S. EPA: the Office of Air and Radiation and the Office of Research and Development where she reviewed development of standards under the Clean Air Act. From 1988 to 1991, she created and directed the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s policy office, and served during some of that time as Governor Buddy Roemer's environmental advisor.

Professor Arroyo currently serves as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the National Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences and as Chair of TRB’s Resilience and Sustainability Task Force. She also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Institute of Transportation at UC Davis. She previously served for seven years on the Advisory Board to the National Science Foundation’s Geosciences Directorate, and for three years on the Board of Trustees to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.  She has also held positions on California’s Economics and Allocation Advisory Committee, on the external advisory committee to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and on several other federal panels, including those reviewing economic modeling of climate legislation (DOE’s Energy Information Administration) and on climate change adaptation along the Gulf Coast (Climate Change Science Program). She is Associate Editor of the journal Climate Policy and a member of the editoral board for The Georgetown Environmental Law Review

She holds a B.S. in biology, high honors, from Emory (double major in philosophy); a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard (receiving the Don K. Price award for academic achievement and commitment to public service, the top honors in her program), and a J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from Georgetown Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of The Georgetown International Environmental Law Review.

Selected Publications

“State and Local Climate Leadership in the Trumpocene," Carbon and Climate Law Review, Special Issue: “The Changing Prospects for Climate Law and Policy in the U.S.,” October 2017.

“New Strategies for Reducing Transportation Emissions and Preparing for Climate Impacts,” Fordham Urban Law Journal, (co-authors: Kathryn Zyla and Gabe Pacyniak) October 2017.

"The U.S. is the Biggest Loser Thanks to Trump’s Calamitous Act,” The Guardian, June 2017.

“Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems – 2016 Year in Review,” American Bar Association, March 2017 (contributing author).

“State Innovation on Climate Change: Reducing Emissions from Key Sectors while Preparing for a New Normal,” Harvard Law and Policy Review, (co-authors: Kathryn Zyla, Gabe Pacyniak, and Melissa Deas) Summer 2016.

“Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems – 2015 Year in Review,” American Bar Association, 2016 (contributing author).

“The Coming Refugee Crisis: When Home Leaves Us,” The Guardian, May 2016.

Saving Ourselves: Interviews with World Leaders on the Sustainable Transition, World Scientific, (contributor) 2016.

“Think Beyond Homes and Roads to Better Prepare for Climate Change,” New York Times, October 2015.

"Lessons Learned from Rebuilding New Orleans: Consider Our Changing Climate," Huffington Post, August 2015.

“Transportation Policy,” in Climate Change and Public Health, (co-author: Kathryn Zyla) Spring 2015.

“Promoting Adaptation Through Policy,” in The State of Adaptation in the U.S., commissioned and published by the MacArthur Foundation, April 2013.

“State and Local Adaptation to Climate Change,” in Adaptation to Climate Change and the Law, American Bar Assn. book  (co-author: Terri Cruce), Sept. 2012.

“Are there Winning Strategies for Climate Policy?” Review of the book Climate Clever:  How Governments Can Tackle Climate Change (and Still Win Elections) in Climate Policy, September 2012.

“Regional Action: A U.S. Perspective,” in Regional and State Policies for Economic Competitiveness and Mitigation, Heinrich Boll Foundation Transatlantic Dialogue (fall 2011).

“Upside-down Cooperative Federalism: Climate Change Policymaking and the States.”  Virginia Environmental Law Journal, 2011 (Vivian Thomson co-author).

“US Climate Policy,” in Cerdá, E. and Labandeira, X. (eds) Climate Change Policies. Global Challenges and Future Prospects, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham (UK), 2010.

“Current Directions in the U.S. Climate Change Debate: Prospects for a Post-2012 World,” UN Development Report 2007.

“Change in the Marketplace,” in Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
“Climate Policy Should Focus on Reducing Emissions,” in Environmental Forum, ELI, 2007.

“Addressing the Costs of Climate Change Mitigation,” and “Establishing a Domestic GHG Reduction Target,” two chapters in: Climate Change Policy Dialogue, Aspen Institute, 2004.

“US Domestic Climate Policy,” Climate Policy, 2001 (with Henry Lee and Manik Roy).

Managing Editor of  book: Climate Change: Science, Strategies, and Solutions, Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Brill, 2001 and authored chapter on “Climate Change Legislation in the U.S.”

“Jefferson Hazardous Waste Negotiation Game,” Harvard Negotiation Project, 1987 (with Larry Susskind).

“Waste Wars: The Fight Over Hazardous Waste Importation,” Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, 1993.

 

Jessica Grannis

Jessica Grannis

Jessica Grannis is the Adaptation Program Director for the Georgetown Climate Center and is a staff attorney and adjunct professor at the Harrison Institute for Public Law, at Georgetown University Law Center.  Ms. Grannis oversees staff and student research and analysis of federal, state and local adaptation efforts. Her publications include an Adaptation Tool Kit for Sea Level Rise (2012) and a book chapter on Coastal Retreat in the Law of Climate Change: U.S. and International Aspects (2012, with Peter Byrne). Prior to joining the Harrison Institute, she was staff counsel for the California State Coastal Conservancy and the Ocean Protection Council.  She holds a B.A. in history from the University of Chicago; a J.D., Cum Laude, from University of California Hastings College of the Law; and a L.L.M, with honors, from Georgetown Law.

 

James Bradbury

James Bradbury

James Bradbury is the Mitigation Program Director for the Georgetown Climate Center. He oversees the Climate Center’s work on reducing emissions from all sectors. This includes the Climate Center’s work on the power sector, supporting state leadership and also coordinated engagement with the federal government through facilitation, convening, and analysis. James also manages the Transportation and Climate Initiative, a collaboration among 12 northeast and mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia to reduce emissions from the transportation sector.

James has over 12 years of experience working with a broad range of stakeholders to help advance climate and clean energy policies at the federal and state levels. Prior to joining the Climate Center, he served as a Senior Policy Advisor for Climate, Environment and Efficiency in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis. Previously, James worked as a Senior Associate in the Climate and Energy Program at the World Resources Institute and as a Senior Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives.

James holds a PhD in Geosciences from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a MS in Hydrology from the University of New Hampshire and a BA in Geology from Colorado College.

 

Annie Bennett

Annie Bennett

Annie Bennett, an Institute Associate at the Georgetown Climate Center, provides legal and policy analysis on adaptation projects. Her work has focused on state and local adaptation policy, adaptation and resilience in the transportation sector, and cross-jurisdictional governance issues.

Annie received her J.D. from Georgetown Law in 2013.  During law school, she participated in the Harrison Institute for Public Law's policy clinic, working on legal and policy questions related to urban heat adaptation. She also interned at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environment and Natural Resources Division, working on Fifth Amendment takings cases. Annie holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Neuroscience from Dartmouth College.

 

Matthew Goetz

Matthew Goetz

Matthew Goetz is the Electric Vehicle Program Manager at the Georgetown Climate Center. He coordinates the Climate Center’s electric vehicle policy research and facilitates the Transportation and Climate Initiative clean vehicles workgroup. Matthew conducts legal and regulatory analysis with a focus on state and federal policies to support electric vehicles, the intersection of electric vehicles and automated vehicle technology, and electric utility regulation.

Prior to joining the Climate Center, Matthew worked at the AES Corporation, an energy generation and distribution company, and completed legal internships at the U.S. EPA Office of Enforcement and U.S. EPA Office of Water. Matthew earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in political science from Wake Forest University.

 

Katie Spidalieri

Katie Spidalieri

Katie Spidalieri, an Institute Associate at the Georgetown Climate Center, provides legal and policy analysis on adaptation projects at the federal, state, and local levels. Her work focuses on adaptation in the coastal sector, including evaluating land use and other tools and strategies, such as managed retreat, to adapt to rising seas and flooding. Prior to joining the Climate Center, Katie worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and state environmental agencies in Maryland and North Carolina in permitting, environmental compliance, offshore energy and infrastructure development, land use, and community engagement and outreach in the place-based management of national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments. Katie graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and the University of Virginia where she received two degrees, with distinction, in history and an interdisciplinary Environmental Thought and Practice Program.

 

Drew Veysey

Drew Veysey

Drew Veysey, an Institute Associate at the Georgetown Climate Center, conducts quantitative and policy analysis on transportation issues and supports facilitation of the Transportation and Climate Initiative.  His work focuses on market-based policies, investment strategies, and renewable fuels to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.

Drew is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental studies, where he earned a Master of Environmental Management degree specialized in energy systems analysis and industrial ecology.  Previously, Drew worked for Futurepast: Inc. where he audited greenhouse gas inventories and was co-author on Airport Cooperative Research Program Report 165: “Tracking Alternative Jet Fuel.” He also holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Political Science from American University where he was a 2008 Udall Scholar.

 

Anthony Mapp

Anthony Mapp

Anthony C. Mapp is the Assistant Director of Grants and Contracts Administration for the Georgetown Climate Center. In this role, he is primarily responsible for providing financial management to the Center. Anthony has more than a decade of experience working in higher education. Prior to joining Georgetown University, Anthony served in a variety of financial and HR roles at the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Management from Temple University.

 

Jennifer Li

Jennifer Li

Jennifer Li is the Climate Fellow at the Harrison Institute for Public Law, where she supervises clinical law students and provides legal and policy analysis for the Climate Center. Her work focuses on state and local adaptation policy and centering equity in adaptation strategies. Jennifer received her J.D. from Fordham Law School in 2015. She was a 2015-2016 Fulbright scholar in India, where she researched climate policy and taught a course on international human rights at Jindal Global Law School.  She holds a B.A. in Politics and East Asian Studies from New York University.

 

Kate McCormick

Kate McCormick

Kate McCormick is a law fellow at the Georgetown Climate Center, where she works on a variety of topics, including climate change mitigation and adaptation. She previously worked at the Environmental Law Institute, where she helped to research and publish a Brownfield guide, as well as assisted in rewriting Kazakhstan’s Environmental Code. She has written and published various papers, most recently regarding the demilitarization of chemical weapons in accordance with environmental laws both domestically and abroad. She graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in English, and from Georgetown University Law Center with a J.D..

 

Pete Rafle

Pete Rafle

Pete Rafle is Communications Director for the Georgetown Climate Center. Pete came to the Climate Center from Spitfire Strategies, where he provided communications and campaign planning counsel to the nation’s leading non-profits and foundations on issues ranging from climate change and agricultural policy to health care and criminal justice reform. He served as Communications Director for the Environment and Public Works Committee from 2007 to 2011, providing strategic counsel to Senator Barbara Boxer during her first two Congresses as Chairman of the Committee. In addition to acting as primary media strategist for the Committee’s legislative docket – including comprehensive climate change legislation, clean air and water bills, and transportation policy – he worked extensively with the Senator’s in-state staff on California environmental and infrastructure issues. Prior to his Senate service, he was Director of Advocacy Communications at The Wilderness Society and Communications Director for Trout Unlimited, where he also served as editor and publisher of Trout Magazine. Pete earned his B.A. in English at Yale.

 

Caren Fitzgerald

Caren Fitzgerald

Caren Fitzgerald is the Communications Associate for the Georgetown Climate Center. She is an environment and policy communicator specializing in climate change, energy, and sustainability messaging. She facilitates media, stakeholder, and partner engagement for the Center and its initiatives. She previously worked as the Community Relations Officer for the State of Delaware Division of Climate, Coastal, & Energy, developing and executing targeted outreach for clean transportation initiatives, energy efficiency incentives, climate change adaptation and mitigation education, and stakeholder engagement in regulatory development processes. Caren received a Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction from the University of Delaware with a double major in environmental law and policy and English.