Melanie Nakagawa

Melanie is the Head of Climate Initiative based in Washington, DC.

Before Princeville Global, Melanie served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation at the U.S. State Department.  She helped countries implement clean energy commitments and led engagements in high growth markets such as India and Morocco.  Melanie has worked with emerging and established companies around the world to advance solutions to climate change.

Prior to her most recent role, Melanie served as a strategic advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry.  In that role, in addition to her policy work, she spearheaded engagements with the private sector that focused on climate investment and addressing climate change.  Melanie served as the Senior Energy and Environment Counsel for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, a global environmental organization.  She is currently a non-resident Fellow with the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Melanie lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and young son.  Melanie is an avid runner and hopes to complete her 7th marathon soon.  She has a J.D. and M.A. in International Affairs from American University’s Washington College of Law and School of International Service, and an A.B. from Brown University where she was a member of the cross country and indoor/outdoor track teams.

melanie.nakagawa@pvclimate.com