Choices: Energy, Environment, & Climate Change
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Choices: Energy, Environment, & Climate Change

The fourth week of the Choices Elections Issues Series will focus on energy, environment, and climate change. Melanie Nakagawa is the Head of Climate Initiative with Princeville Global. Lara Vogt, Curator of Education at the National World War I Museum and Memorial will moderate the program. The program will take place on Tuesday, September 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. CT. All Choices series events will take place digitally on the Zoom platform.

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2020
6:30-7:30 p.m. CT
Where: Zoom
United States
Contact: Evan Verploegh

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About the Speaker

Melanie Nakagawa is the Head of Climate Initiative with Princeville Global, an investment firm focused on backing rapidly-growing technology-related companies around the world. Previously, she served with the U.S. State Department as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation in the Bureau of Energy Resources, leading efforts to promote the global shift toward a low carbon economy as integral to economic development and addressing energy security and climate change. She was also on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff from 2013-2015, serving as a strategic advisor to Secretary Kerry and advancing efforts to elevate climate change as a foreign policy priority.


About the Moderator
Lora Vogt is the Curator of Education at the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Opened in 1926, the Museum and Memorial holds the most comprehensive collection of Great War artifacts in the world and has been ranked one of the top 25 museums in the country. Under Vogt’s guidance, the Museum and Memorial has consistently broken records for public program attendance, educational participations and developed internationally recognized curriculum and online exhibitions.


The cost of admission is donation-based, with a suggested $20 donation for individual programs, and $100 for access to all 8 Choices Election Series programs. Students and those experiencing financial hardship are welcome to register for a complimentary ticket. 


Sustaining Conversation Sponsor



Supporting Conversation Sponsor

Janet Kannard


Supporting Series Sponsor

Nancy C. Messer


About the Choices Election Issues Series
The 2020 presidential election will present the American people with consequential choices around international challenges and the future of U.S. foreign policy. In the eight weeks leading up to November 3, the International Relations Council will offer a series of insightful conversations with notable experts on foreign policy issues relevant to this year’s election and what comes next. Rather than advocate a particular approach or outcome, the nonpartisan Choices series will serve to inform voters through a presentation of historical context and a detailed examination of the foreign policy platforms of the major-party candidates. We welcome diverse perspectives and encourage the community to join us in meaningful discourse around these issues of global importance.




For series or topic sponsorship information,
please contact Matthew Hughes.