Elizabeth Johnson Klein

Elizabeth Johnson Klein

Past Deputy Director

Eliz­a­beth John­son Klein was the State Impact Cen­ter’s deputy direc­tor from August 2017 through Jan­u­ary 2021. Klein now serves in the Biden admin­is­tra­tion as Senior Coun­selor to Inte­ri­or Sec­re­tary Deb Haaland.

Eliz­a­beth Klein is an expe­ri­enced attor­ney who spe­cial­izes in clean ener­gy, cli­mate change, and envi­ron­men­tal issues. She served at the Depart­ment of the Inte­ri­or dur­ing both the Clin­ton and Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tions, includ­ing as Interior’s asso­ciate deputy sec­re­tary as well as prin­ci­pal deputy assis­tant sec­re­tary in the Office of Pol­i­cy, Man­age­ment and Bud­get. Pri­or to her most recent gov­ern­ment ser­vice, Klein was an attor­ney at Lath­am & Watkins spe­cial­iz­ing in ener­gy and envi­ron­men­tal law issues, and a law clerk at the Depart­ment of Justice’s Envi­ron­ment and Nat­ur­al Resources Divi­sion and its Envi­ron­men­tal Enforce­ment Sec­tion. Before becom­ing an attor­ney, she worked in var­i­ous gov­ern­ment rela­tions and com­mu­ni­ca­tions roles, includ­ing for the Nation­al Park Foun­da­tion and the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Gov­er­nors Asso­ci­a­tion. Klein grad­u­at­ed sum­ma cum laude with a degree in eco­nom­ics from the George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty and received her JD from Amer­i­can University’s Wash­ing­ton Col­lege of Law, where she was pres­i­dent of the Envi­ron­men­tal Law Soci­ety and senior arti­cles edi­tor of the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Law & Pol­i­cy jour­nal, grad­u­at­ing sum­ma cum laude and Order of the Coif.

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