Deborah Burke is a program associate for the Fund’s Sustainable Development program. Prior to joining the RBF, Ms. Burke was part of the research team at New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. She also has extensive legislative experience, primarily from her role as the senior policy advisor to Oregon State Representative Jules Bailey for three legislative terms. In this role, she made direct contributions to lasting clean energy and low-carbon state policies in Oregon. Moreover, Ms. Burke was honored to support the West Lancashire Member of Parliament Rosie Cooper as a parliamentary researcher in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons in 2012. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in political science from Portland State University’s School of Urban Affairs, as well as her M.P.A. in nonprofit and public management and policy from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.
I work on climate change. I think about climate change every single day. I think about how to slow it, how to adapt to it and how to get other people to care about it. But I don’t often have to breathe climate change.