Washington, DC – The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions, has announced the appointment of Danielle Deane as the first Director of its Energy and Environment Program.
Deane, who recently completed the full eight-year term as an Environment Program Officer at the Hewlett Foundation in California, will guide the program’s strategic direction and operations and manage the activities of the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change. The Commission, a national panel of leading experts from government, industry, academia, labor, consumer protection and environmental interests, was established by the Joint Center four years ago with support from the Bipartisan Policy Center. Its goal is to help enhance African Americans’ awareness and understanding of climate change and to advance their perspectives in critical policy forums. Ms. Deane will begin her new duties at the Joint Center on March 8, 2012.
While at the Hewlett Foundation, Deane was responsible for investing over $20 million during her tenure to broaden and strengthen the environmental movement in California. She designed and implemented the “New Constituencies for the Environment” initiative that expanded the engagement and impact on environmental issues of a range of multicultural, medical, faith-based, labor, and industry partners. The initiative was a key driver of large-scale clean air and climate policy advancements in California that are expected to save billions of dollars in health care costs. Deane also served on the board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and was a 2007-2008 Connecting Leaders Fellow of the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE).
Earlier in her career, Deane served as a financial analyst and broker at Guy Carpenter and Company, the international reinsurance brokerage arm of Marsh and McLennan Companies. She was a Fellow of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and conducted research at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
“Danielle Deane brings to our Energy and Environment Program a wealth of policy, business and research experience, as well as a record of success in expanding engagement among a wide variety of critical partners on the important environmental issues of the day,” said Ralph B. Everett, the Joint Center’s President and CEO. “Her success working with colleagues to build support for innovative and effective policies will be of enormous value to our organization as we continue to raise our profile on climate change and other vital issues related to energy and the environment.”
“I am honored to have the opportunity to build on the Joint Center’s groundbreaking work on environmental policy, as well as to help further the leadership of the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change,” said Deane. “I look forward to helping the Joint Center advance its position as a leader in the movement for sustainable growth that expands economic opportunity while enhancing prospects for a more healthful environment in our most vulnerable communities.”
Deane is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. She holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics in Environment and Development, and a B.A. from Williams College in Political Economy with an Environmental Studies Concentration.
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. To learn more, please visit www.jointcenter.org.