Jennifer A. Haverkamp

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Special Representative for Environment and Water Resources
Term of Appointment: 01/25/2016 to present

Jennifer A. Haverkamp is the U.S. Department of State’s Special Representative for Environment and Water Resources. In this role Ms. Haverkamp leads the Department’s work on two high-priority climate-related negotiations to be completed in 2016; these include the negotiation of an amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer that would phase down the global use of hydrofluorocarbons, a potent greenhouse gas, and the negotiation of an agreement by the International Civil Aviation Organization to adopt the first-ever global market-based measure to help enable carbon-neutral growth for international aviation from 2020. Ms. Haverkamp also serves as the Special Advisor for Water Resources, where she coordinates Department engagement on the allocation, distribution and access to global fresh water resources and related global water security policies. In addition to leading negotiations and engaging with foreign governmental counterparts in these key areas, Ms. Haverkamp advances U.S. foreign policy objectives through active engagement with U.S. and multinational companies, environmental and development organizations, and other involved stakeholders.

Ms. Haverkamp’s career spans over thirty years’ experience in global and domestic environmental law and policy. Prior to joining the State Department, she directed Environmental Defense Fund's International Climate Program, and spent nearly a decade as the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources in the Executive Office of the President. She also held posts at the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice (where her work on the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act earned the Attorney General's John Marshall Award), the Conservation Foundation, and a clerkship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has taught at George Washington University Law School and Johns Hopkins graduate school, and has served on the boards of the Verified Carbon Standard Association and the American Bird Conservancy as well as USTR's Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee.

Ms. Haverkamp earned a B.A. in Biology from the College of Wooster (on whose board of trustees she serves), a B.A. and an M.A. in politics and philosophy from Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar) and a J.D. from Yale Law School.