Cynthia Elliot is a research analyst for the Global Climate Program. She conducts research on concepts for the International Low-Carbon Clubs project focusing on ambitious groups of countries cooperating to advance action on climate change. She also contributes to the ACT 2015 initiative which is developing a proposal for the design of a new international climate agreement in 2015.
Prior to joining WRI, Cynthia worked for the State Department on development of a regional strategy for engagement in Asia and the Pacific. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Suriname and has research experience in stormwater policy and low impact design technologies, quantitative assessment of sustainability initiatives, energy efficiency in LEED certified buildings and energy policy in Japan.
Cynthia holds a M.A. in Global Environmental Policy from American University and a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Southern Maine. She is a Fukushima Global Ambassador and in 2012 was selected as an Energy and Environment Fellow with the Japan Foundation as part of a research program for U.S. future leaders.