Kate Brandt leads sustainability across Google’s worldwide operations and products. Previously Kate served as President Obama and the Nation’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. In this capacity, she was responsible for promoting sustainability across Federal Government operations including 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and $445 billion annually in purchased goods and services.
Prior to her appointment, Kate served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy where she played a key role in establishing the office and executing the President’s Climate Action Plan. Before that, she was a Director for Energy and Environment in the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House, recruiting, interviewing, and managing the presidential appointment of Senate confirmed and senior candidates for energy and environment federal agencies.
Prior to her work in the Office of Presidential Personnel, Kate served as the Special Advisor for Energy to the Secretary of the Navy. She advised the Secretary on Navy energy policy and strategy and was the policy director for the report to the President entitled America’s Gulf Coast: A Long Term Recovery Plan after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Before her work at the U.S. Department of Defense, Kate was a Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change.
Kate received a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She graduated with honors from Brown University and was the founder of the Brown Roosevelt Institute chapter.