Johanna Goetzel (’13MA, Climate and Society)

January 04, 2020
Johanna Goetzel

What is your current role?
I am the Head of Member Engagement for The Climate Group in North America.

What are you working on now?
The Climate Group aims to accelerate response to climate change by bringing together powerful networks of businesses and governments. In my current role, I build and maintain our membership network in North America by establishing and maintaining relationships with key partners.

What drew you to your field?
I was impressed by the leadership of companies and state and regional governments to take bold action on climate. Both have shown agility in accelerating our transition to a clean energy future.

What lessons from graduate school have you found useful in your professional life?
Remain curious! I took several classes outside of the Climate and Society concentration, and continue to attend lectures on campus and participate in events.

What skill has unexpectedly helped you in your career?
The ability to translate scientific and economic information and trends to lay audiences in ways that best resonate with them—making local and personal the impacts of climate change.

What is your favorite memory from your graduate years?
It may say sound strange, but studying Hurricane Sandy as it was happening. It was clear how those with the fewest resources were most impacted.

What is your advice for current GSAS students?
Participate in as many lectures, symposia, and events as you can. There are incredible thought leaders on campus: absorb their knowledge, and contribute your perspective.

What is next for you, professionally or otherwise?
I am moving to London in March!