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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.

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


POSTS BY Kelly Stone

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Climate Justice in the Food System

September 6, 2019 By

Agriculture and food security were ActionAid’s entry points into climate change work. Over a dozen years ago, we began hearing from farmer partners across Africa and Asia about changing rainfall patterns, increasingly frequent floods and droughts, soil salinization due to sea level rise and ocean encroachment. For all of these…

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Land and Climate in the Spotlight

August 21, 2019 By

Earlier this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new special report on climate change and land. While it didn’t generate the attention-grabbing headlines of last year’s report on the 1.5°C goal, its release came at a crucial moment in the climate fight, particularly for land use.…

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The DNC got it wrong on a climate debate

June 26, 2019 By

Despite calls from activists and several candidates, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has announced that they will not host a debate on climate change. They’ve actually gone a step further and said that participating in any alternative climate change-only debate could result in a candidate being barred from future official…

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Green New Deal: What it Is and What it Isn’t

March 26, 2019 By

Today, Senate Republicans are planning to hold their first procedural votes on the Green New Deal resolution introduced by Senator Ed Markey (the House version was introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez). Of course, this vote is not the Republicans starting to take climate change seriously. Instead, they’re putting the resolution…

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“I Want You to Panic”: Why Today’s Protests Matter

March 15, 2019 By

Today, students and youth across the United States are walking out of their schools and marching for radical climate action. They are joining a growing global youth movement that’s taking direct action to demand that governments act on climate change. These strikes represent a needed level of urgency, and in…

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What You Need to Know About COP 24

December 4, 2018 By

The UN climate talks, held this year in Katowice, Poland, have officially kicked off. The first two days of the conference, known as COP 24, were filled with opening speeches from heads of government and informal discussions, but Tuesday is when the real work begins. Once again I am here…

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Climate Justice Demands for the Paris Rulebook

September 6, 2018 By

The self-imposed deadline for governments to finish writing the Paris Agreement “rulebook” is getting closer. In 2016, governments gave themselves until the COP 24 negotiations this coming December to draft the implementation details for the Paris Agreement, or the Paris Rulebook. Essentially, this is the fine print of the Paris…