COP-26 and the Implications for U.S. Foreign Assistance Programming on Climate Change
Jay L. Knott, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
At EDF, Jay oversees Human Resources, Finance, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Services, Global Operations, and IT, to form an operations systems for EDF that allows scientists, lawyers, economists, and all the other people working at EDF to be more effective and have maximum impact.
Most recently, Jay was the Executive Vice President, Chief Business Officer, to Abt Associates, a policy, research, and international development for-profit firm. Before that, Jay spent much of his career with the U.S.A.I.D, where he served in South America, Africa, and the Middle East.
Jay attended Yale for undergraduate, where he majored in Political Economy and African Studies, and later went to law school at Penn.
Kathryn Stratos, Deputy Director of the Center for Environment, Energy and Infrastructure
Kathryn Stratos serves as the Deputy Director of the Center for Environment, Energy and Infrastructure, leading the Climate and Cross Sectoral Strategy branch. The EEI center is in the Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation. Stratos joined USAID in 1991 to work on its assistance program for Eastern Europe. She has managed agriculture, democracy and governance, and health projects, completed a tour with USAID’s Central Asia mission, and worked on climate change and development issues since 2012. She has a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas.