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Julia Pyper is the vice president of public affairs at GoodLeap, a leading financial technology company focused on accelerating the deployment of sustainable home solutions, where she oversees government relations and policy-related communications. She also supports GoodLeap’s non-profit partner GivePower, which develops clean water and clean energy systems for communities in need around the world.

Julia is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and a Selection Committee Member for the Zayed Sustainability Prize, the UAE’s pioneering global award for recognizing excellence in sustainability. She’s also the host and creator of Political Climate, a podcast presented by Canary Media and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute.

Previously, she served as the inaugural Storyteller in Residence for the cleantech startup accelerator New Energy Nexus, helping early-stage companies grow their public profiles. Prior to that, Julia spent a decade working as a climate and energy reporter. She was a senior editor for the cleantech industry news outlet Greentech Media, where she covered the global energy transition. Prior to that, she reported on climate policy for E&E News from Washington D.C. She has conducted several international projects, including in Haiti, Israel, Germany, and India. Her writing has also been published in HuffPost, Scientific American, and The New York Times.

Julia is a graduate of McGill University and earned her master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She holds broadcast associate credits on two segments of CBS’s “60 Minutes.” In 2016, she produced the short documentary “Empowering Haiti,” which was shortlisted in the World Bank’s Film4Climate competition. In 2017, Julia was named a “30 Under 30” awardee by GreenBiz and the World Business Council for Sustainability and is a recipient of the National Press Club Vivian Award.