Climate Justice Program Director
Director, Climate Justice Program
Daphne Wysham directs Center for Sustainable Economy's Climate Justice Program. A former Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., where she worked for 20 years, Daphne has worked since the mid-1990s on strategic research and advocacy at the intersection of climate justice and sustainable economies.
Her path-breaking research and advocacy has resulted in shifts in public policy and investment at the national and international level. A campaign she launched in 1997, taking on the World Bank's role in financing fossil fuels, achieved a major victory in 2017 when the World Bank agreed to phase out of all upstream fossil fuel financing by 2019. A campaign she helped launch in Portland, OR, put in place the strongest ordinance of its kind the country, calling for an end to all new fossil fuel infrastructure. In the aftermath of Portland's initiative, Daphne has been organizing civil society groups, mayors and other elected officials in the U.S. and Canada to endorse and pledge to uphold a similar platform for no new fossil fuel infrastructure in their jurisdictions, while exploring the possibility of duplicating a new policy CSE pioneered that is now being piloted in Multnomah County, OR and King County, WA, “fossil fuel risk bonds.”
Her writings, commentary and analysis have appeared in national news publications and on radio and TV, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Grist, The Guardian, The Nation, The Financial Times, The Huffington Post and on Al Jazeera, Democracy Now!, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, and Marketplace, among others. For 8 years, from 2003-2011, she hosted Earthbeat Radio and TV, which focused on the politics of climate change and other environmental issues and was aired on over 60 radio stations in the U.S. and Canada.