Leila Yim Surratt Named Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Clean Air Policy



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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 1, 2016 – Leila Surratt, a longtime leader at the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO), a new position, effective today. Surratt, who is currently CCAP’s Director of International Programs, will report to CCAP’s new CEO, William F. Tyndall.

“I’m excited to take on this new role at CCAP and to work closely with our new CEO, Bill Tyndall,” Surratt said. “Having managed both CCAP’s U.S. program and its international programs during my time at CCAP, I am eager to contribute to the overall leadership of CCAP in the role of COO and continue to promote positive environmental action around the world. I especially look forward to finding ways to implement the historic agreement reached in Paris by helping developing countries design cutting-edge policies that will convert their ambitious carbon-reduction targets into specific actions and investment strategies.”

“I’m thrilled that Leila has agreed to take on this new role,” Tyndall said. “She has the background in climate policy, finance and management to make real and lasting contributions to the important fight against climate change.”

Surratt’s appointment comes in the wake of the announcement last month that Ned Helme, the Founder and President of CCAP, is stepping down as president after leading CCAP for 30 years. Helme has agreed to serve as a strategic advisor to CCAP this spring and has been asked to become a visiting scholar at the University of California’s Goldman School of Public Policy in the fall.

“Leila is a leader and a consummate professional,” Helme said. “With the team of Tyndall and Surratt in charge, I am confident CCAP will continue to innovate and grow for many years to come.”

Surratt, an expert in climate finance, currently manages CCAP’s international programs. These include its flagship Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) initiative, which helps developing countries in Asia and Latin America to design and implement transformational programs that both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the lives of local citizens. Before serving as Director of International Programs, Surratt managed CCAP’s U.S. Climate Policy Initiative, a multi-stakeholder dialogue that develops near- and long-term solutions to climate change in the U.S.

Surratt has worked in both the public and private sectors. She previously worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Administrator’s Office and also in EPA’s Dallas office, implementing the Clean Air Act. She also worked as a management consultant at Bain and Company and a product manager at McKesson HBOC. Surratt holds an MBA from Stanford University, where she focused on public and private sector initiatives relating to the environment. She received her BA with high honors in Economics from Yale University.


About the Center for Clean Air Policy


Since 1985, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent, nonprofit think tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, U.S. national and international levels. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CCAP helps policymakers around the world develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests. CCAP has worked extensively in China, Brazil and Mexico as well as Colombia, Chile, Pakistan, Philippines and Indonesia.