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Jake Schmidt

Jake Schmidt International Policy Climate Director, International Program

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Jake Thompson
(202) 289-6868

Areas of Focus

Greening China, health and the environment, moving beyond oil.


Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), has twelve years of experience in international climate policy. Jake leads NRDC's policy development and advocacy on international climate change. He also works with NRDC teams in key regions of the world to deliver actions in their country to reduce emissions including in China, India, and Latin America. He led a dialogue of senior climate change negotiators from more than 30 developed and developing countries to discuss options for the future international climate change regime while at the Center for Clean Air Policy. Jake has also worked on the Europe’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, European air quality policy, U.S. federal climate change policy, state climate change policy, aviation emissions, and carbon sequestration.

Jake holds a B.A. in economics from Muhlenberg College and a M.P.P. in environmental policy, with a certificate in ecological economics from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.

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