Kara Allen is a senior advisor for energy and transportation policy to U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). She previously served as Assistant Secretary of Energy to former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senior Advisor for Policy and Regulatory Affairs at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority where she worked on the development and implementation of nation-leading energy and climate policies such as Reforming the Energy Vision and the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. During her previous tenure in Washington, Kara was the Executive Director of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, a coalition of House members dedicated to advancing policies pertaining to clean energy innovation and job creation, environmental protection, and global climate change. Outside of the office, she is an adjunct professor at NYU’s School of Professional Studies where she teaches Energy & Environment and Foundations of Clean Technology. She is a Member-Director on the Truman National Security Project Board, where she is a Political Partner and co-lead of its Energy and Climate Expert Group. Kara holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from Vanderbilt University in Political Science and U.S. History.