Karen Florini

Managing Director, International Climate program

Areas of expertise: Climate change, international climate policy, U.S. climate policy


Karen Florini is the Managing Director of Environmental Defense Fund’s International Climate Program. Previously, she was the Director of Strategic Alliances for EDF’s National Climate Campaign, serving as EDF’s liaison on climate-change policy to key external partners.

Before joining the climate program, she led EDF’s Human Health Program for many years, focusing on chemicals policy, antibiotic resistance, nanotechnology, and other issues. She is based in EDF’s Washington, DC office.


Prior to joining EDF in 1987, Florini served for three years as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Land and Natural Resources Division.

She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was Editor in Chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review.

She received her undergraduate degree with High Honors from Oberlin College, where she double-majored in environmental policy and biology.

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