Courtney Durham leads Pew’s engagement in the United Nations negotiations on climate change and supports efforts to incorporate and strengthen climate considerations in Pew’s conservation projects. She is also a part of the energy modernization project, which advances the transition to electric vehicles; builds a clean, reliable electric grid; and expands renewable energy solutions, such as offshore wind. Durham’s previous work at Pew included authoring or coauthoring numerous articles on protecting coastal wetlands and coral reefs in Central America and finding nature-based solutions to rebuild economies impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before joining Pew in 2019, Durham worked on global climate policy with World Resources Institute, the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and the German Agency of International Cooperation.
Durham holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and Spanish from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale University.