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Katherine E. Konschnik

Harvard Law School
Policy Director, Environmental Law Program
Cambridge, MA, USA


Kate Konschnik is Director of Harvard Law School’s Environmental Policy Initiative.  EPI engages in policy discussions about environmental, climate, and energy issues, offering robust legal analysis and practical governance solutions that will move these discussions forward.  Kate has presented her research to a number of state and national organizations including the National Research Council, the National Governors’ Association, the Groundwater Protection Council, the Midwestern Power Sector Collaborative, and the United States Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board.

Prior to assuming this role in August 2012, Kate served as Chief Environmental Counsel to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and directed his staff on the Oversight Subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.  Kate worked on a number of nationally significant environmental policy issues on the Hill, including negotiations around Senate climate bill provisions, defense of EPA Clean Air Act rulemaking, and oversight of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  Previously, from 2002 to 2009, Kate was an environmental enforcement trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. Kate holds a B.A. in political science from Tufts University and a J.D. cum laude from UC Hastings College of the Law.  Kate has also studied at the University of Grenoble and the University of London.
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