GCC welcomes Mark Rupp as new Adaptation Program Director

January 19, 2022

The Georgetown Climate Center is delighted to welcome Mark Rupp as our new Adaptation Program Director. Mark will lead GCC’s adaptation team, and provide strategic direction for its work in support of resilience, equity, and community-based solutions at the local, state, and federal levels.

Mark joins the GCC team from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) where he served as the Director of State-Federal Policy & Affairs. Prior to EDF, Mark held a distinguished career in public service, including positions as Deputy Associate Administrator for Intergovernmental Relations at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Health and Human Services Policy Advisor and Director, Washington D.C. Office to former Washington Governor Gregoire; and Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator Cantwell as well as the Washington State Legislature.

"Mark brings a wealth of experience working across levels of government on policies that protect people, communities, and ecosystems," said GCC Executive Director Kate Zyla. "He has been part of GCC's story from the beginning, and we are so excited to have him leading our adaptation team at this critical time for climate action."

Representing Washington State, Mark served on the initial advisory board of state officials that informed GCC’s founding in 2009 to elevate state voices in the development of federal climate and energy policy and legislation.

“Even as we work to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, it is crucial to address the increasingly severe climate impacts that communities ‒ particularly underserved and frontline communities ‒ are facing today. GCC has a phenomenal record supporting states and communities as they face these challenges," said Mark. "I'm excited to join such an accomplished team to continue to provide policymakers at every level of government with the tools they need to build resilience into the fabric of communities across the country."