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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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Real Action to Keep the World Below 1.5°C

May 23, 2018 By

When the Paris Agreement was accepted four years ago, climate justice advocates rejoiced that it included the goal of limiting average global warming to 1.5°C. This goal has only become more urgent as we learn more about the impacts of warming at 1°C, which is where we are now, and…

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5 Reasons Pompeo is Unfit to Be Secretary of State

April 12, 2018 By

Today, Mike Pompeo faces his hearing for Secretary of State. Here are five reasons we think he’s unfit for this role: 1. He’s a climate change denier who has worked to undermine international climate efforts before. It’s hard to believe that his replacement might be worse for the climate than…

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Corn v. Oil: Missing the Big Picture on Biofuels

February 28, 2018 By

Water. Human rights. Land. Agriculture. Climate change. Biodiversity. Food security. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates a certain level of biofuel usage, impacts all of these issues, and without bringing together a similarly diverse group of stakeholders, no real reform is possible. Article after article has been published in…

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Still Looking Forward on Climate

January 31, 2018 By

It wasn’t a surprise that climate change didn’t get a mention in the State of the Union last night, even though Trump talked about natural disasters which are growing more frequent and being worsened by climate change. The Trump administration has been systematically attacking U.S. climate and environmental policies that…

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Dirty Energy Companies Get Their Man at the EPA

February 17, 2017 By

Where does your water come from? And how do you know it’s safe to drink? These are questions Americans have been asking since disturbing images of disgusting brown, contaminated water made national news during the Flint water crisis. More than four years after problems began – and just over a…

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The Ethanol Effect

October 19, 2016 By

Not all Americans know what that E-10 sticker on the gas pump means. A new documentary “The Ethanol Effect” which can be seen on PBS or online is a welcome addition to the sometimes technical news coverage of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Passed in 2005 and expanded in 2007,…