Frances Colón

Senior Director, International Climate Policy

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Frances Colón is the senior director for International Climate Policy at American Progress, where she leads a program to drive international ambition and action to meet global climate mitigation and adaptation goals. Colón is the former deputy science and technology adviser to the Secretary of State, where she promoted integration of science and technology into foreign policy dialogues, global advancement of women in science, and climate policy for former President Barack Obama’s Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas. Colón earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2004 from Brandeis University and her B.S. in biology in 1997 from the University of Puerto Rico. Colón was a 2019 Open Society Foundations Leadership in Government fellow, a city of Miami Climate Resilience Committee member, and a 2020 Yale-OpEd Project Public Voices on the Climate Crisis fellow. She is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, and she co-chairs the academies’ Global Science Diplomacy Roundtable.

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