Joyce Coffee

Joyce Coffee

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Managing Director, Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index

Phone: 574-807-9322

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Areas of Expertise

Climate change, adaptation, resilience, sustainability, corporate social responsibility

Coffee brings 20 years of experience in environmental leadership, risk management, performance measurement and sustainability execution to her role as managing director of ND-GAIN, part of the Climate Change Adaptation program of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, she was a vice president at Edelman where she provided strategic counsel to global companies on corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Coffee has also directed the City of Chicago’s Climate Action Plan, driving both climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. Coffee was a founding board member of the Alliance for Water Efficiency and a Great Lakes delegate to the Brookings International Young Leaders Climate Change Summit. She has been named a Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader and an Aspen Institute Socrates Fellow.


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Notre Dame scholars expect new encyclical to shine ‘holy light’ on climate change
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Inaugural survey on the state of corporate adaptation underway
2014 ND-GAIN results show that Norway is most prepared for climate change
Joyce Coffee named managing director of ND-GAIN


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