Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center
Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Kathryn Clay, Executive Director, American Gas Foundation
Joe Goffman, Senior Counsel to the Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Moderator: Jonathan Cohn, Senior Editor, The New Republic
Vicki Arroyo is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown Law where she also serves as the Assistant Dean of Centers and Institutes and is a Professor from Practice. She served as the Director of the Environmental Law Program from July 2013-2015.
She oversees the Center’s work at the nexus of climate and energy policy, supervising staff and student work on climate mitigation and adaptation at the state and federal level. She teaches “experiential” environmental law courses to both law and public policy students.
Georges Benjamin is known as one of the nation’s most influential physician leaders because he speaks passionately and eloquently about the health issues having the most impact on our nation today. From his firsthand experience as a physician, he knows what happens when preventive care is not available and when the healthy choice is not the easy choice. As executive director of APHA since 2002, he is leading the Association’s push to make America the healthiest nation in one generation.
Dr. Kathryn Clay is the Executive Director of the American Gas Foundation.
Previously, Dr. Clay was the Vice President of Research and Technology Policy for the Collaboration of Automobile Manufacturers. She served as a member of the professional staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where she worked to develop the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. She was also centrally involved in the development and passage of legislation (the America COMPETES Act of 2007) to promote federal investment in science and the development of innovative technologies.
Dr. Clay has also served in positions with the staff of the Energy Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, at the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources, and as a research fellow in the Alternate Fuels Vehicle Division of Ford Motor Company. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also has a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI.
She is an Adjunct Professor of Physics, at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and an Energy Scholar and Co-Founder of The Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Jonathan Cohn is nationally-recognized journalist covering domestic policy and politics for The New Republic, with a particular emphasis on health care, social welfare, and labor. The author of Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis—and the People Who Pay the Price, Cohn has been acknowledged as “one of the nation’s leading experts on health care policy” by the Washington Post and “one of the best health care writers out there” by the New York Times. He is a recipient of the Sidney Hillman and Harry Chapin media awards, and has been a finalist for Robert F. Kennedy and Helen Bernstein Book Awards, as well as the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. Presently a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, Cohn has also been a senior fellow with Demos, a media fellow with the Kaiser Family Foundation, and a Griffith Leadership fellow at the University of Michigan. Cohn grew up in South Florida, where he became a devoted fan of the Miami Dolphins, and graduated from Harvard University, where he became a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox. But his biggest devotion is to his wife and two children, with whom he lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Joe Goffman has been Senior Counsel to the Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since October of 2009. During his tenure, he has worked on the Tailoring Rule, the Transport Rule, and related climate change and air quality rules. Previously, Mr. Goffman served as Majority Senior Counsel to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), focusing on climate change, clean air and energy issues. He has held senior legal, policy and management positions at the Environmental Defense Fund, and, during earlier stints on the Senate EPW Committee and at EPA, he played a key role in developing and drafting the landmark Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the implementing rules, which established, among other things, the first U.S. “cap and trade” program for air pollution. Mr. Goffman received his J.D. from Yale Law School and graduated from Yale College. He and his wife live in Washington, DC; the couple has three children.