Director of Climate Strategy
Melanie Nakagawa is the Director of Climate Strategy for Princeville Capital, an investment firm backing rapidly growing technology-enabled companies around the world. She leads their climate and sustainability strategy to invest in global companies delivering transformative solutions to climate change. Before Princeville Capital, Ms. Nakagawa’s career spanned government and non-profit sectors. She served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation at the U.S. State Department and as a strategic advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spearheading efforts to elevate climate change as a foreign policy priority and reach a global climate agreement in 2015. She was the Senior Energy and Environment Counsel for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She is a non-resident Fellow with Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, a Member of the Loomis Council (a forum for America’s technology leaders and policymakers) and on the Advisory Board of REVERB. She earned a J.D. and M.A. in International Affairs from American University’s Washington College of Law and School of International Service, and an A.B. from Brown University.