Deborah Gordon

Associate Fellow, Environment and Society Centre

Deborah Gordon


Deborah Gordon currently a senior fellow in RMI’s Climate Intelligence Program where she leads the Oil and Gas Solutions Initiative. Previously, she served as the energy and climate program director at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Trained as a chemical engineer and policy analyst, Deborah studies global oil, gas, and climate change. After beginning her career with Chevron, she managed an active consulting practice, taught at the Yale School of Environmental Studies, and directed the Transportation Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Deborah is a stakeholder in NASA’s Climate Monitoring System and regularly collaborates with governments, industry, and NGOs. She has served on National Academy committees and testified before Congress.

Her articles and quotes have appeared in the Financial Times, Scientific American, International Economy Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times and other outlets.

She is currently working on her third book on oil, gas, and climate change.

Past experience

2016-21 Senior Fellow, Brown University (Watson Institute)
2020-21 Senior Fellow, RMI (Rocky Mountain Institute)
  Director and Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Energy & Climate Program)
2003-09 Consultant and Book Author
2001-02 Fellow, University of California Los Angeles (Institute of Transportation Studies)
1996-2000 Lecturer and Research/PI, Yale University (School of Environmental Studies)
1989-96 Director, Union of Concerned Scientists (Transportation Program)
1987-89 Graduate Student, University of California-Berkeley (Graduate School of Public Policy)
1982-87 Chemical and Regulatory Engineer, Chevron USA (Production Department)
1977-82 Undergraduate, University of Colorado-Bounder (Department of Chemical Engineering)