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Nancy Kete

Managing Director (Resilience), Rockefeller Foundation


As Managing Director, Dr. Kete leads the foundation’s global work on resilience. During her 25 year career, Dr. Kete has brought technical, institutional, and managerial leadership to a number of major environment and societal challenges. Before joining the Foundation, Dr. Kete spent thirteen years at the World Resources Institute, first as Director of the Climate, Energy, and Pollution Program and then as founder and Director of EMBARQ. She also served on President Obama’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Earlier in her career, Dr. Kete worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency where she led the development of the acid rain control title of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, the first and as yet most successful application of market instruments for pollution control. Dr. Kete holds a PhD in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s in Geography from Southern Illinois University.