Clea Schumer is an Associate with WRI’s Climate Program, where she supports the research, analysis, and outreach efforts of WRI projects focused on raising national ambition in accordance with the Paris Agreement. Specifically, Clea’s work helps to improve understanding of national and global ambition for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and uses data and analysis to inform and influence a diverse set of international climate policy stakeholders contributing to nationally determined contributions (NDCs), long-term strategies, and net-zero targets. Clea also supports the Systems Change Lab’s research on transformational change required to achieve net-zero emissions.

Prior to joining WRI, Clea completed her B.A. at Harvard University, where she earned a degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy (focusing in Climate Change Economics) with a minor in Astrophysics. During her undergraduate career, she worked at the Harvard Office for Sustainability and held internships at the California Energy Commission, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and, in 2018, with the same team at WRI.

In her spare time, Clea enjoys playing guitar and singing, skiing, watercolor painting, and spending time with her friends and family.