Derek Walker

Vice President, U.S. Climate


Derek oversees all of EDF’s climate work in the U.S., including advocacy for an ambitious limit and price on carbon at the national level and for strong and effective market-based policies in states including California, Colorado, Minnesota, and Oregon. He also leads EDF’s federal climate campaign.

Previously, Derek facilitates served as Chief of Staff, leading the day-to-day operations and decision-making of the executive office and the Executive Team and is responsible for special projects and relationship management on behalf of the President.

Prior to his role as Chief of Staff, Derek was Associate Vice President for Global Climate. In that role, he managed EDF’s engagement on carbon markets in the US and abroad.

Derek is an accomplished speaker on climate change,energy, and other environmental issues. He has served on a number of advisory boards, including the California Foundation for the Environment and the Economy (CFEE); the American Climate Registry (ACR) and the Clean Power Campaign. Derek is a member and former long-time chair of EDF’s Diversity Committee.


Prior to joining EDF, Derek was Executive Director of the Maryland Democratic Party and Senior Vice President of the Hawthorn Group, L.C., a public affairs firm. He was trained by former Vice President Al Gore as a presenter on global warming science and solutions for The Climate Project.

He received a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and spent a year studying at University College, Oxford.

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