Kevin Knobloch, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, will be speaking on Wednesday, April 17th from 10:15-11:45.
Kevin Knobloch brings 32 years of experience in public policy, government, advocacy, and media to his job as president of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). He is knowledgeable about a range of environmental and national security issues including global warming, natural resource and clean energy economics, renewable and efficient vehicle technologies, nuclear weapons, forest management, and corporate responsibility, as well as legislative strategy and procedure.
Kevin was named president of UCS in December 2003, after serving as executive director for four years. Earlier in his career, from 1989 to 1992, he served as the organization’s legislative director for arms control and national security. Kevin currently oversees all of the organization’s programs and operations, and has led UCS delegations to the United Nations international climate negotiations in Montreal in 2005, Bali in 2007, Poznan in 2008, and Copenhagen in 2009.
Kevin has served as chair of the Green Group, a coalition of the CEOs of 32 national environmental organizations, and served as co-chair of the Green Group Climate and Energy Committee for seven years. He recently completed eight years on the board of directors of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES), and continues to serve on the Environmental League of Massachusetts board of directors. He is also co-founder and former president of the Arlington (MA) Land Trust.
Kevin holds a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with a focus on natural resource economics and environmental management, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he concentrated in English and journalism. He began his career as an award-winning newspaper journalist, writing for several Massachusetts publications.
During six years on Capitol Hill in the 1980s, Kevin was the legislative director for U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth (D-CO) and legislative assistant and press secretary for U.S. Representative Ted Weiss (D-NY). He later served as director of conservation programs for the Appalachian Mountain Club in Boston.