Kerry C. Duggan
Connector & Change Agent
Proven collaborative leader with over 15 years of success in diverse, complex, and interconnected systems of government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors. Adept expertise in gaining and maintaining stakeholder engagement. Poised and professional representative with the unique ability to build and manage teams to solve complex social challenges. Leads when she needs to lead, follows when she needs to follow.
THE WHITE HOUSE
OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
Deputy Director for Policy (08/16 - 01/17)
Associate Director for Policy (07/15 - 08/16)
- Directly advised and counseled Vice President Joe Biden on a broad policy portfolio, including all matters relating to clean energy technology, finance, and research; development, energy infrastructure, climate change and impacts on national security, the environment & water, resilience, climate smart cities and distressed communities.
- Played a leadership role in the development of the Vice President’s strategic communications, including speeches, other media and public events, supporting the Solar Power International, the U.S.-China Climate Cities Summit, the White House’s Business Acts on Climate Forum, the National League of Cities, The National Security Council’s Fire Chief roundtable, Clean Tech investor roundtable in Los Angeles, National Urban League, Partnership for Public Service, Youngstown neighborhood visit, address to the Canadian First Ministers meeting, and various Detroit visits.
- Represented the Vice President at White House councils with industry and external stakeholders.
- Championed and strengthened innovative whole-of- government programs, including the Recovery Act clean energy successes and the Strong
Cities, Strong Communities Executive Order. Drove efforts to ensure key policy priorities are institutionalized for long-term impact.
- Informed policy initiatives for the Obama Administration, by leveraging lessons learned from Detroit to support communities in distress.
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Detroit Federal Working Group (05/14 - 01/17)
- Pioneered and implemented an innovative “one-government” approach in Detroit, disrupting an outdated, top-down way of doing business. This transformation led the Federal government to be a more effective and responsive partner to the Mayor of Detroit and community stakeholders, during Detroit’s economic crisis.
- Lead collaborator in bringing federal capacity, technical expertise and resources from multiple agencies, with an eye toward economic development. Accomplishments included: significant progress toward blight elimination, an advanced LED lighting system with a smaller carbon footprint, meeting Detroit’s full bus schedule for the first time in decades with new articulated buses, supporting a Regional Transit Authority, investing in green infrastructure, a new urban solar field, advanced manufacturing and urban mobility.
- Developed strategic communications for principals (including the President, Vice President, and OMB Director, etc.) which included drafting policy memos, speeches, social media posts.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
Liaison to the City of Detroit (05/14 - 07/15)
- At the request of the White House and by appointment of Secretary Moniz, served as first-ever, one-of- a-kind, appointee to a city, embedded as full-time federal staff at City Hall in Detroit to represent the President and Secretary while providing capacity, technical assistance and direct counsel to the Mayor of Detroit, his Cabinet and local community stakeholders.
- Achieved early success in bringing DOE technical assistance to the City of Detroit and Detroit Public Lighting Authority, in support of their conversion to advanced lighting (the LEDs). Early estimates show effort will save $3 million and nearly 46 million kilowatts of energy per year – equivalent to the annual emissions from 10,993 passenger vehicles.
- Established and served as Deputy Director of the Detroit Federal Working Group, a first of its kind table to coordinate over twenty federal agencies to provide support and technical assistance to Detroit and provide a feedback loop to the President and Cabinet
University of Michigan. Masters of Science. Natural Resource Policy & Behavior. Master’s Research: “Planning for the Strategic Redevelopment of Downtown Detroit” in partnership with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Downtown Detroit Partnership, The Brookings Institution, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and Social Compact, Inc. Elected Representative on SNRE student government, Co-founded and edited the school’s monthly newsletter. Recipient, 2006 Connell Fellowship for Leadership. Completed degree in three semesters.
University of Vermont. Bachelors of Science. Environmental Studies. Selected member of the Environmental Program search committee for tenure-track professor and as Teaching Assistant for core introductory Environmental Studies course. Awarded NCAA Division I Women's basketball scholarship.