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Kristen Hite '00

Kristen Hite '00
Senior Attorney, Climate Program
Center for International Environmental Law
Washington, D.C.


B.A. and B.S., Wofford College (2000)
M.S. in environmental management, University of San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
J.D., Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C.

Career Highlights:

Hite began her legal career at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans, La., during the same month that Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. In law school, Hite was an editor of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review and a member of Georgetown’s moot court team. As a Rotary Scholar in Ecuador, she developed a forest management plan in Spanish that was approved by the Ecuadorian government to secure legal protection for 3,000 acres of rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon. She has served on the board of directors for SustainUS, a youth organization for sustainable development that she co-founded in 2001. Before joining the Center for International Environmental Law, Hite served as an international policy analyst for the Environmental Defense Fund to help improve international laws and policies in support of sustainable livelihoods and the environment. Hite also teaches international environmental law classes at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and at the University of Maryland’s Law School.

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