Kathryn Zyla is Program Director, Northeast Policy, for Energy Foundation, where she develops and funds regional and state strategies to achieve climate and clean-energy policy goals. In this work, she engages with policy experts, utilities, clean technology industries, policymakers, funding partners, grantees, allies, opinion leaders, and other stakeholders. In addition to being part of Energy Foundation’s Policy Program, she is a member of the States and Regions Team, a cross-program team that brings together campaign, policy, and communications experts focused on making progress in the states.
Ms. Zyla joined Energy Foundation from the Georgetown Climate Center, where she was the Deputy Director overseeing staff research and policy analysis and facilitating multi-state dialogues on issues such as multi-state emissions trading approaches and low-carbon transportation policies, and more. Her own research has included state and federal renewable energy policies, public utility regulation relating to clean energy and electric vehicles, legal considerations related to the deployment of microgrids, market-based policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, and opportunities to link stand-alone emissions programs.
Ms. Zyla previously served as Director of Research and Policy Analysis for the Georgetown Climate Center, as Senior Associate in the Climate and Energy Program at the World Resources Institute, and as Senior Research Fellow for Domestic Policy at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.
She holds a B.S. degree in Engineering from Swarthmore College, a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Juris Doctor cum laude, from Georgetown Law.
In 2016, Ms. Zyla received the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Law and Finance Award, given by the Department of Energy in collaboration with the MIT Energy Initiative and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy. In 2017, she was sworn in as a Commissioner on the District of Columbia’s new Commission on Climate Change and Resiliency.