U. S. Climate Alliance Secretariat

Executive Director

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Julie Cerqueira joins the U.S. Climate Alliance as its inaugural Executive Director, where she will be helping to advance the climate and clean energy policy priorities of the Alliance’s Governors and their offices.  Ms. Cerqueira most recently served as a Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for Climate Change, later joining the Office of Global Change, both with the U.S. Department of State.  In this role, she led U.S. engagement in strategic partnerships, such as the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, helped launch high profile climate deliverables for North America and the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, and led the Department’s engagement with sub-national governments on climate change, amongst other priorities.  Prior to her work in the federal government, Ms. Cerqueira worked with developing countries on designing and implementing sectoral climate policies at a climate think tank, and spent four years in Southeast Asia working with local communities, governments and the private sector on environmental projects and promoting policy reforms.


Alec Bernstein is a State Climate Policy Intern with the U.S. Climate Alliance. He is a rising senior at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. Prior to attending St. Mary’s, Alec completed a four-year enlistment as a rifleman in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he completed deployments in Afghanistan and the MENA region. In his free time, he is conducting research for his senior project on global perspectives of the “Terror” in the French Revolution.

Bryant King is a State Climate Policy Intern with the U.S. Climate Alliance. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Security Studies through Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, along with a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies through the Institute for the Study of International Migration. Bryant graduated from Georgetown with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service in 2018, and has completed internships with the Department of State in Washington and Rome.

Additional Support By

The William + Flora Hewlett Foundation

Energy Foundation

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation


Secretariat housed at

The United Nations Foundation