Senior Policy Analyst, Water program
Having joined NRDC in 2010 to focus on green infrastructure and water-efficiency policy in the Great Lakes Basin, Karen Hobbs has worked to improve the efficiency of plumbing fixtures and appliances, helped municipalities and wastewater utilities maximize green investments, and worked with craft-beer brewers to highlight the importance of clean water as an ingredient. Prior to NRDC, she was First Deputy Commissioner for Chicago's Department of the Environment, where she oversaw the development of the city’s climate action plan. During the Clinton administration, she served as associate director of the White House Task Force on Livable Communities and as director of the American Heritage Rivers Initiative at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago. She is based in Chicago.