Menu close
Kelly Stone

Kelly Stone

Senior Policy Analyst

Meet Kelly, who has been an integral part of our team since 2014. Her expertise is strongest at the intersection of climate and land-use, two of our favorite topics!

Kelly started with ActionAid USA as a policy analyst for biofuels, but she quickly transitioned to climate advocacy, representing us at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) during the Paris Agreement negotiations. It wasn't long before she realized that climate advocacy was her true calling. Kelly’s climate advocacy work has focused on both the UNFCCC negotiations and the U.S. government, specifically on net-zero greenwashing, bioenergy, and ambition implications of climate action. She’s also worked extensively on climate finance, equity, and market mechanisms.

Since 2022, Kelly has served as Network Coordinator for the Climate Land Ambition and Rights Alliance (CLARA). CLARA is an international network of organizations and individuals working in forests, agriculture, and human rights. While the network primarily focuses on advocating at the UNFCCC, it also serves as a vital bridge between international policy spaces and frontline members and partners. Kelly often represents ActionAid in various coalition spaces. She’s an active member of the U.S. Climate Action Network, where she currently serves as a co-chair of the International Policy Working Group.

Before joining ActionAid USA, Kelly worked for a Member of Congress on issues surrounding food security and development. She holds a BA in Political Science from DePauw University and an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. When not working, Kelly enjoys movies/TV, crafting, and walking her dog, Penny. She lives in Virginia with her husband and daughter.

I’m an expert! Talk to me about:  

Climate justice; Climate Change; Net Zero; Politics & Economics.


POSTS BY Kelly Stone

Insight /

What’s up with the Global Stocktake?

October 3, 2023 By

In case you missed it, in September there was yet another UN report about how the world is not on track to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and that the window for limiting warming to 1.5°C is rapidly closing. Yay.   This specific report is the Technical Summary for…


AGRA at COP28: Not the right direction for climate justice

July 21, 2023 By

Food sovereignty and the right to food have often felt pushed to the side in climate spaces, including the COP. While we’ve seen some incremental change, a lot of agriculture related announcements have mostly been… greenwashing. The recent appointment of Agnes Kalibata, the President of AGRA (The Alliance for a…

Blog Post /

Breaking down Kerry’s climate hypocrisy

September 20, 2022 By

Yesterday Reuters had a story on Special Envoy on Climate John Kerry’s trip to Africa, with a headline that qualifies as clickbait in international climate policy circles: “U.S. climate envoy Kerry calls on African nations to help curb emissions.” This prompted some angry tweeting, including from our own Director of…

Blog Post /

Corn ethanol is NOT (and never has been) a climate solution

September 9, 2022 By

Yesterday, September 8th, Leah Douglas published an in-depth research article on ethanol in Reuters. It’s a careful, deeply researched piece that reminds us of what good journalism can be and an important and timely reminder that corn ethanol is NOT a climate solution. A couple of key findings from the…

Blog Post

About damn time a big funder did this… 

August 31, 2022 By

With devastating floods in Pakistan (where more than a thousand are dead) and Jackson, Mississippi (which will be without safe drinking water indefinitely) and the heatwaves that rocked Europe and the U.S. this summer, climate disasters have continued to be relentless this year. And don’t forget, hurricane season is only…

Insight /

How President Biden can claim real climate leadership

April 23, 2021 By

Throughout his presidential campaign, President Biden put a premium on reclaiming America’s climate leadership. However, the actual history of the United States in climate negotiations has generally been one of undercutting ambition. So for the U.S. to truly claim climate leadership, Biden will need to do more than break with…

Insight /

Five global justice priorities for the Biden administration

January 20, 2021 By

After four years of “America First” ultranationalism and xenophobia, ActionAid USA is excited to work with a new administration that cares about constructive engagement with the rest of the world. However, we also recognize that our country’s relationship with the rest of the world has always been fraught, well before…

Insight /

The climate action we need doesn’t leave workers behind

September 21, 2019 By

This is a guest blog by Mitchell Tropin, Executive Vice President of SEIU 500. ActionAid USA staff are proud members of SEIU 500. The climate crisis demands a response proportional to the threat. Climate action needs to start now, and emissions need to be cut dramatically and quickly. Addressing the…