We are thrilled to announce that Gina McCarthy will be our keynote speaker at our Climate Solutions 10th Annual Breakfast & 20th Anniversary Celebration. McCarthy’s 35-year career in public service has been dedicated to environmental protection and public health. As Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama, she was the nation’s leading advocate for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment, including efforts to address the challenge of climate change and ensure the protection of the country’s water resources. Her leadership led to significant federal, state, and local actions on critical issues related to the environment, economic growth, energy, and transportation. Since leaving Washington, McCarthy has been a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics and the Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. McCarthy now serves as Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. On January 1, 2018, she stepped up as Director of the Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, leading the development of the School’s strategy in climate science, health, and sustainability. Gina is also an Advisor at Pegasus Capital Advisors.
Ken Workman will honor us with an opening blessing. He is 4th Generation (great-great-great-great) Great Grandson of Chief Seattle.
Reverend Kathleen Patton will make the ask for support at the Breakfast. She is the Vicar at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Washougal, WA. Previously she served as an Episcopal priest at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Longview, Washington for fourteen years. She joined with residents saying “hell no” to the proposed coal export terminal there, and works to support spiritual and moral backbone for climate activism around the region and within the faith community. She received her M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and was ordained in the Diocese of California in 1990. Mother Kathleen draws strength from connecting with others, the Earth, her faith tradition, and meditation practices, and is grateful for the opportunity to teach and share from those living wells.
Climate Solutions’ mission is to accelerate clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. Our vision is a thriving, equitable Northwest, powered by clean energy, inspiring the transition to sustainable prosperity across the nation and beyond. We are working to ensure all people in the region prosper as we work together to promote equity, health, and economic opportunity. For close to 20 years, Climate Solutions has been an active catalyst and advocate, building a powerful constituency for local, regional, and national action on climate change.