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Kate Gordon Named to Campaigns and Elections' "The Influencer 50 List"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2013
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List recognizes advocates/experts making a mark in public policy and politics; Gordon’s role as director of Risky Business cited

San Francisco, CA – Next Generation today announced that Kate Gordon, Vice President and Director of the Energy & Climate Program, has been named one of the 50 most influential policy advocates in the United States by Campaigns & Elections Magazine.

Gordon leads Next Generation’s energy and climate-related activities, both in California and nationally, including the Risky Business project (, a year-long effort to quantify and publicize the economic risks the United States faces from the impacts of a changing climate.

“This is a real feather in the cap for a relatively new, small non-profit,” said Matt James, Next Generation President and co-founder. “We’re exceptionally lucky to have drawn a talent like Kate – her well-deserved recognition is just further validation of how important it is to build a great team.”

According to Campaigns & Elections, “Influence comes from a combination of personality, media profile, organization, timing, a little luck and, yes, money. But there are different silos of influence in Washington and many competitors vying to climb the ladder in each one.” The magazine selected influencers in a variety of categories based on interviews with movers and shakers across the U.S. political and policy spectrum.

Gordon’s category, “The Activists,” is reserved for “the issue advocates driving the think tanks and activist groups who will shape the next election cycle.” As Campaigns & Elections puts it, “while it's not easy to predict what will move D.C. several months from now, these 50 leaders are sure to be in the mix.”

“It’s really an honor to be included in a group of individuals who I feel are the best of the bunch when it comes to addressing our urgent policy issues,” said Gordon. “I’m also lucky to have the support of an amazing institution behind me – I owe a great deal to my team at Next Generation, and am excited to share this recognition with them.”

Added Matt James, “Kate’s contributions, along with those of the rest of the Next Generation team – lead by Ann O’Leary in our Children and Families program and Matthew Lewis in communications – have positioned Next Generation for success. I’m very proud of what we’re building together.”

Follow Gordon on Twitter at @katenrg.


About Next Generation

Next Generation promotes solutions to two of the biggest challenges confronting the next generation of Americans:  The risk of dangerous climate change, and the threat of diminished prospects for children and families. Through the use of non-partisan research, policy development, and strategic communications, we identify strategies that help deploy clean, advanced energy technologies; we also work to ensure a level playing field from which today’s kids can build a brighter future.

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