Aimee Barnes '04
Senior Advisor, California-China Climate Institute
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Aimee has over 15 years' experience in climate, energy and sustainability, spanning the state, federal and international levels, and the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She currently serves as senior advisor to former Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. at the California-China Climate Institute, which was established to spur further climate action and dialogue between California and China.
Previously, Aimee served as Senior Advisor to California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. During her time in the Governor's Office, Aimee helped establish the US Climate Alliance – a group of 25 states committed to the objectives of the Paris Agreement representing over half the US population, 40% of US emissions, and an $11.7 trillion economy. She led the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, a week-long event that brought together 5,000 heads of state, governors, mayors and other climate leaders, resulted in 500+ new climate commitments, 350+ affiliated events and 3.4B media impressions. Aimee was also responsible for Executive Order B-55-18, which commits California to carbon neutrality by 2045.
Prior to that, Aimee served as Deputy Secretary for Border and Intergovernmental Relations at the California Environmental Protection Agency, where she led the state's partnerships with other jurisdictions, including Mexico, and China. Before that, Aimee was a partner at Allotrope Partners, where she worked on clean energy projects and innovative climate finance in emerging markets.
Earlier in her career, Aimee worked for the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), helping to establish the first federal entity in the Gulf dedicated to climate change and energy. Aimee's work focused primarily on the country's engagement in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. Prior to that, Aimee worked as an advisor to the UK Government in the Department of Energy and Climate Change's Strategy Directorate, and as senior manager of US regulatory affairs for the global project developer EcoSecurities.
Aimee began her career with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in San Francisco. She has an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a BA from Dartmouth College in Environmental Studies.
Aimee is also the recipient of the 2018 U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) award for accomplishment in government. Read more about this award here!