Kathy Baughman McLeod

Kathy Baughman McLeod is the Director of Climate Risk and Resilience. She leads The Nature Conservancy’s global strategy to mainstream the use of natural infrastructure to protect people and communities by reducing the risks of storms and floods.  With a particular focus on advancing science, finance and policy in the insurance and engineering sectors, Ms. Baughman McLeod works across four continents and multi-disciplinary teams to scale and implement climate and risk reduction work.  Prior to coming to TNC, Ms. Baughman McLeod served international clients in mining, energy finance and other natural resource sectors.  She was also twice-appointed by the Governor of Florida to the Florida Energy & Climate Commission.

Ms. Baughman McLeod also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Florida’s elected Chief Financial Officer where  she handled policy development and execution related to the State Treasury and Pension Fund ($150 billion) and the financial impacts of climate change, including Florida’s Hurricane Catastrophe Fund ($29 billion) and Citizens Insurance (1.3 million policies). She worked for The Trust for Public Land in conservation finance for several years on over $6 billion in conservation funding.

She holds an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, where course work took place in Dubai, Delhi, St. Petersburg, Bangkok, Shanghai and London, an MS in Urban Geography and a BS in International Affairs from Florida State University. She also holds a certificate in Health Impact Assessment from the University of Liverpool in the UK.  She is a 2013 Policy Fellow of the French Foreign Ministry, a Fellow of the Forte Foundation for Women in Business, a board member of the Florida Earth Foundation, and a former board member of the Clean Energy States Alliance. Ms. Baughman McLeod lives in greater Washington, D.C. and is working toward fluent French by 2015.