Cathy Zoi

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Cathy Zoi "has spent two decades in the energy and environmental sectors in both the United States and Australia. In February 2007, she joined the Alliance for Climate Protection as its founding CEO in Palo Alto, California. The Alliance, established and chaired by Former Vice President Al Gore, is spearheading a massive campaign to persuade Americans and people elsewhere in the world of both the urgency and solvability of the climate crisis.

"Cathy is also on the board of The California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), a non-profit entity created in 2004 to invest $30 million in emerging clean energy technology companies.

"From 2003 until joining the Alliance, she served as Group Executive Director at the Bayard Group in Sydney, Australia. Bayard is the world leader in smart metering systems with operations in 30 countries and revenues in excess of $1.2 billion. At Bayard, her work focused on energy markets in North America, Europe, India, China and Brazil.

"Cathy served as Chair of the Board at the Climate Institute (Australia), a nonprofit Australian organization whose purpose is to focus public attention on the impact and importance of climate change. She was a member of the International Climate Change Taskforce (ICCT), a coalition of policymakers, business leaders, scientists, and non-governmental organizations from Britain, Australia and the United States. Launched in 2004, ICCT formulated a climate change strategy that went ‘beyond the Kyoto Protocol’ and made specific recommendations to member governments in January 2005.

"Prior to joining Bayard, Cathy was Assistant Director General of the New South Wales EPA. She co-chaired the Sustainability Advisory Council and was the founding CEO of the Sustainable Energy Development Authority, a $50 million fund to commercialize greenhouse-friendly technology. Landmark efforts during her tenure included the first nationwide Green Power program (1997) and the world’s largest solar-powered suburb (1998). Cathy has served on boards and advisory committees of a variety of companies in the clean technology sector.

"Prior to her move to Australia, Cathy served as Chief of Staff in the White House Office on Environmental Policy in the Clinton-Gore Administration, where she managed the staff working on environmental and energy issues. She was also a manager at the US Environmental Protection Agency where she pioneered the Energy Star Program. Previously, she worked as an energy analyst at ICF Incorporated and Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

"Ms. Zoi earned a B.S. in Geology from Duke University (magna cum laude) and an M.S. in Engineering from Dartmouth College.

"In March 2006 Cathy was profiled in Rolling Stone magazine as a global warming “Warrior and Hero”. She was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government for her contributions to sustainability (2003)." [1]

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  1. Staff, Alliance for Climate Protection, accessed October 20, 2007.