Kathy Baughman McLeod advises The Nature Conservancy’s Climate Change, Risk and Resilience Strategies as a part of the organization’s “Global Challenges, Global Solutions,” the guiding framework for TNC’s work. With a particular focus on Europe, Ms. Baughman McLeod works across four continents and multi-disciplinary teams to enhance and implement climate and risk reduction work. This portfolio features formal partnerships with reinsurance, financial services and engineering sectors, global fundraising, international corporate and government affairs, and strong collaboration with coastal and freshwater science teams.
Prior to coming to TNC, Ms. Baughman McLeod served international, corporate clients in mining, energy finance and other natural resource sectors in water, sustainability and climate change policy. While leading the Public Policy Group at Bryant Miller Olive, a Florida-based law firm, Ms. Baughman McLeod was 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 and the leader of the 2,600-employee Florida Department of Financial Services, and a member of the Florida Executive Cabinet. In addition, she handled policy development and execution related to the Florida Treasury ($15 billion), State Board of Administration ($135 billion), and the financial aspects of climate change, focused on Florida’s Hurricane Catastrophe Fund ($29 billion) and reinsurance policy, Citizens Insurance (1.3 million policies) and more. Ms. Baughman McLeod led the initiative that resulted in Florida being the first Treasury in the U.S. to formally analyze climate risks in its portfolio.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Baughman McLeod worked as Regional Director of Government Affairs for the Trust for Public Land on $5 billion in conservation programs, and administered a $66 million public parks and trails program. She represented Florida with an Observing Organization at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bali in 2007, and led the Florida “Green Jobs” Delegation to the Copenhagen and Cancun conferences in 2009 and 2010, resulting in new, high- tech, low-carbon business for clients.
She holds a Global 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 Geography and a BS in International Affairs from Florida State University. 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.