Lynn Scarlett is the former Chief External Affairs Officer at The Nature Conservancy. In this role, she influenced climate and conservation policy in the United States and the more than 70 countries and territories in which TNC operates and, with our Corporate Engagement team, advances private-sector partnerships to support sustainability and enhance ambitious actions to address climate change.
Prior to her role at TNC, Lynn was the Deputy Secretary/Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she also served as Acting Secretary of the Interior in 2006.
While Interior’s Deputy Secretary, Lynn initiated and chaired the Department’s Cooperative Conservation Working Group and its first-ever Climate Change Task Force. She established the Interior Department’s Ocean and Coastal activities office and chaired the federal Wildland Fire Leadership Council. She served on the Executive Committee of the President’s Management Council and co-chaired the First Lady’s Preserve America initiative.
Lynn is author or co-author of publications on climate change adaptation; ecosystem services; large landscape conservation; and science and decision making. She was a co-convening lead author of the 2014 National Climate Assessment.
She chaired the Science Advisory Board of NOAA from 2014-2020 and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Sustainability Roundtable.
Lynn received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also completed her Ph.D. coursework and exams in political science and political economy.
Omnibus rejects big EPA cuts, hikes Energy and Interior funds, E&E - March 22, 2018
Budget Deal Increases Wildfire Disaster Funding By $2 Billion Annually, Huffington Post - March 22, 1018
Trump Made It Easier for Oil Companies to Get Away With Killing Migratory Birds, Mother Jones - January 29, 2018
Trump administration rolls back protections for migratory birds, drawing bipartisan condemnation, Grist - January 26, 2018
Zinke says science is key to agency shake-up. Is he sincere?, Climatewire - January 18, 2018
Third White House panel scrapped amid Trump-Charlottesville controversy, The Guardian - August 7, 2017
Just don't call it 'climate change', Business Insider - June 30, 2017
Opinion: Infrastructure investments must prioritize the Colorado River, one of the hardest-working rivers in the world, Washington Examiner - June 07, 2017
Paris Exit Removes Last Check on Trump's Climate Reversals, Bloomberg - June 1, 2017
What will the world look like if the U.S. bails on the Paris climate deal?, PBS News Hour - May 31, 2017
The new range war, Christian Science Monitor - May 7, 2018
Climate Converts: The Conservatives Who Are Switching Sides on Warming, Yale Environment 360 - March 30, 2017
Trump Begins to Map Out $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan, Wall Street Journal - March 8, 2017
Elon Musk, other business leaders to talk infrastructure with Trump Wednesday, CNN Money - March 8, 2017
Trump talks infrastructure with Musk, developers, Reuters - March 8, 2017
Trump tiptoes toward bipartisan outreach, Politico - March 18, 2017
Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as interior secretary, Politico - March 1, 2017
Blog: Making the Switch: Smart Technology and Grid Reform for the 21st Century, Triple Pundit - January 13th, 2017
Blog: Nature’s solutions for infrastructure problems, The Hill - November 8, 2016
Investing in Green: Corporate Strategies That Address Environmental Sustainability, 4-traders - June 1, 2016
Clearing the Air, China Now Leads World in Clean Energy, Live Science - April 6, 2016
REDD+ on the radar for airlines as green groups urge ICAO to steer clear of offsets, Carbon Pulse - April 4, 2016
Obama memo could spur 'pay to play' permitting -- Murkowski, E&E - March 16, 2016
Energy Evolves as 4th Industrial Revolution Looks to Nature, Live Science - February 1, 2016
Seeing a New Resolution on Climate Change in 2016, Triple Pundit - January 15, 2016
A new generation of water management, The Hill - January 6, 2016