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Christian Perkins

Student, Masters/Public Affairs

Christian is a second year graduate student at Princeton University's School of Public & International Affairs (SPIA), where he studies climate policy. He also works on projects exploring the role of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in vulnerable country groups, and will have attended the 28th Conference of Parties (COP28) in Dubai. Most recently, he worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he oversaw a portfolio of federal programs that ranged from Brownfield cleanups to wetlands protection. At EPA, he also helped draft the region’s first Environmental Justice Charter, which guides federal funds to traditionally disadvantaged communities.

Prior to the EPA, Christian spent some two years in East Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, where he lived just outside Serengeti National Park working in education and conservation. While there, he drew from his undergraduate experience at the University of Alabama to collaborate with Tanzanian counterparts on behalf of local communities.

When he graduates from Princeton in May of 2024, Christian hopes to work within the international climate policy space, representing either the U.S. government or another institution that does meaningful work to address climate change in vulnerable groups.

On his off days, you can find Christian kayaking along the Alabama Gulf Coast, the waters of which he gratefully calls home.

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