Kate Gordon

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Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon is best known for her work on the intersection of clean energy and economic development policy, and especially for helping to shape the modern definition of “green-collar jobs”.[1]

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Gordon served as an employment and consumer rights litigator at Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in Oakland, California.[2]

Apollo Alliance

Gordon is the Co-Director and Senior Policy Advisor of the Apollo Alliance. She was one of Apollo’s first staffers, joining in 2004 as the director of the Apollo Strategy Center, the policy arm of Apollo formerly housed at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. She then served as Apollo’s national program director before her promotion to co-director in mid-2008.[3]

Center for American Progress

In 2005 Kate Gordon served as a senior staff of Center for American Progress.[4] She was elected to the position of Vice President for Energy Policy in June 2009.[5]

America's Future Now!

Kate Gordon was one of the 148 speakers who addressed the 2010 America's Future Now Conference.[6]


Gordon serves or has served on the following boards and steering committees: RE-AMP, Clean Wisconsin, the Midwest Agriculture Energy Network, the National Wind Coordinating Committee and the National Green Industries Policy Retreat.[7]

21st-Century Green Industrial Transformation

December 10, 2013, Sherrod Brown, joined leaders from the BlueGreen Alliance, the Institute for America’s Future and the Center for American Progress to release a new report that "offers a bold strategy to lead a 21st-century green industrial transformation".

The report, “The Green Industrial Revolution and the United States: In the Clean Energy Race, Is the United States a Leader or a Luddite?,” proposes maximizing the national strength of U.S. manufacturing by employing a region-focused strategy for clean energy manufacturing.

“We need solutions now to ensure that America competes at the highest level of the global clean energy manufacturing sectors,” said Sen. Brown. “This report is a valuable tool to help ensure that we take advantage of the strengths of our country, like our regional diversity and our ability to innovate at all levels of government...We need to capitalize on America’s competitive advantages—like our skilled workforce that lends itself to advanced manufacturing—to ensure a vibrant domestic clean energy manufacturing base.”

“The green industrial revolution has already begun. It will inescapably be a leading source of jobs, innovation and dynamism in the next decades. The countries that forge the lead here will reap the benefits in good jobs, expanding markets and global leadership against the threats already being posed by catastrophic climate changes,” said Robert Borosage, Founder and President of the Institute for America’s Future and a member of the BlueGreen Alliance Advisory Board. “This report outlines a strategy that builds on America’s strengths—combining a regional approach with proactive national policies that provides a sensible way forward.”

“We’ve seen great clean energy successes here at the national level in the U.S.—including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—but our real strength will come from bottom-up regional action,” said Kate Gordon, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and board member of the Apollo Alliance Project of the BlueGreen Alliance. “Energy is an inherently regional issue, and a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach won’t cut it. It’s time for Washington to step up and promote regional clean energy strategies as part of an overall national commitment to taking action on climate change.”

“Backward-looking ideologues have pitted good jobs against the environment for far too long. Even some of their erstwhile allies in the energy sector are waking up to the reality that we need a different set of policies to address the undeniable reality of climate change,” said Derek Pugh, co-author and Senior Fellow at Campaign for America's Future.[8]