Climate and Energy
Kate Hudson serves as Waterkeeper Alliance’s Climate and Energy Advocacy Coordinator, a role she assumed in March 2022. Kate’s advocacy coordination work shifted to focus on Climate and Energy after joining Waterkeeper Alliance in January 2017 as Advocacy Coordinator for the Western United States, supporting advocacy and organizing teams and western Waterkeepers on all domestic western campaign activities. Her current work includes policy, legislative, communications and legal work and the development of partnerships with local, state, and national organizations focused on the climate and energy-related challenges that threaten our public lands and waters and face our Waterkeepers across the U.S. She is also actively involved in fighting for Free Flowing Rivers.
Kate began her environmental career in 1985 as a Regional Attorney for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation handling enforcement and permitting matters in all program areas, including water quality. In 1999, with a move to the NY Attorney General’s Office Environmental Protection Bureau, Kate’s professional focus shifted to the Hudson River as a part of a team working to address GE’s PCB contamination of the River. Kate’s professional work related to the Hudson took on an advocacy focus when she joined Hudson Riverkeeper in February 2011 as its NYC Watershed Program Director and then Director of Cross-Watershed Initiatives, where she worked until December of 2016.
Kate now lives near the headwaters of the Colorado River in western Colorado, in a treasured valley that is the home of one of the last undammed, free-flowing rivers in Colorado – the Crystal River. In her free time, she works with others that treasure the Crystal River to try to preserve its special nature through Federal Wild and Scenic River protection.
“After graduating from law school in New York City, my young family and I moved north to the Hudson River Valley and became irretrievably connected with that historic river, which we kayaked and sailed on in the summer and skated and ice boated on in the winter. The Hudson came to re-define my professional career.”