AVP, Economics and Policy Analysis

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.


EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  

Overall Function


The Associate Vice President - Economics and Policy Analysis will play a key role in the leadership of the Economics and Global Climate Policy group including co-leading a new Greenhouse Gas Pricing Center of Excellence, and report to Chief Economist Suzi Kerr. They will lead a team of PhD economists and partner with EDF teams and external partners working to: 

  • Effectively and equitably use pricing mechanisms to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and ensure the world is on a pathway to meet global temperature goals
  • Develop strategic directions based on solid economic theory and evidence
  • Mobilize excellent academic economists to address unresolved issues of policy design and to provide evidence to assess potential policy and interventions and evaluate existing efforts
  • Provide empirical evidence to support policy advocacy including legal efforts
  • Support policy simulation models to assess, support and evaluate interventions
  • Contribute to EDF thinking on policies and actions to promote equity and on integration of economics with diverse other types of knowledge
  • Provide advice on specific policy issues to support advocacy in timely way
  • Engage effectively with, and communicate key messages on economics and policy to, non-specialists



  • EDF is open to any of our registered locations globally, in office or remote

 Key Responsibilities

  • Manage and build a strong team of analysts ranging from experienced PhD modelers to junior analysts
  • Collaborate effectively across the matrixed organization to ensure that high quality economic insights and evidence are used throughout EDF
  • With the Vice President - Global Climate, develop a GHG pricing Center of Excellence and support implementation of a multi-year, organization-wide work plan designed to make EDF a recognized leader in the design and effective, equitable implementation of greenhouse gas pricing globally
  • Develop and manage external partnerships with globally excellent collaborators (Current collaborators include: Florence School of Regulation, Catholic University - Chile, Resources for the Future, European University Institute, University of the Andes - Colombia)
  • Leverage deep economic expertise to contribute to and co-create innovative policy approaches and solutions
  • Contribute to EDF thinking on the role of cost-benefit analysis in decision making and the use of metrics such as the social cost of carbon and methane
  • Engage with diverse key stakeholders to ensure EDF efforts are useful and used
  • Partner with the EDF communications team to ensure that work is sensitively and effectively communicated to support EDF goals
  • Serve as resource and strategic partner for EDF teams and partners working on policy and action in the U.S. and globally
  • Develop and maintain key internal and external relationships with individuals and entities working on the economics of policy
  • Ensure timely and concise communications to key supporters and collaborators, including donors, external partners, and the EDF executive team
  • Manage consultants and contracts, as appropriate
  • Advance EDF Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental challenges we face. This includes fostering equitable systems and empowering diverse constituencies both internally and externally.


  • PhD in economics or closely related discipline
  • Outstanding experience outside academia in development and use of insights and empirical evidence from economics for policy, advocacy and/or corporate action for public good
  • At least 15 years of relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated commitment, interest, and competency with equity and justice and DEIJ principles
  • Ability to work collaboratively, including across disciplines, and drive an independent work portfolio
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Extensive experience and expertise with market-based environmental policy with a climate focus preferred
  • Experience managing staff or consultants and a demonstrated commitment to mentorship

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.