Environment and Energy Expert Karen Weigert to Expand Council’s Global Cities Portfolio
The former Chief Sustainability Officer of the City of Chicago, Karen Weigert, joins the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as a Senior Fellow on Global Cities. Weigert expands the Council’s growing body of work and roster of experts on global cities. She will drive the discussion on global energy and how cities can operate sustainably to help mitigate and adapt to the harmful effects of climate change.
“Karen is a proven leader and passionate expert on urban sustainability,” said Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “As the Council continues its focus on the growing influence, opportunities and challenges confronting global cities around the world, Karen will be an integral part of our efforts to examine one of the most urgent imperatives of urban life – creating livable, sustainable cities in the face of climate change.”
Weigert, who was Chicago’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, will lead a renewed global energy and environment discussion at the Council on Global Affairs. With global cities increasingly forced to the front lines of the fight against climate change, Weigert joins the Council at a moment of critical demand for sustainability solutions.
“For the past four and a half years, Karen has done a terrific job of helping the City of Chicago become one of the most livable, competitive and sustainable global cities,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Karen stepped into her role as the first Chief Sustainability Officer with a drive and determination to see Chicago become a model for cities around the world. I will greatly miss her expertise, and I wish her all the best at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.”
Weigert worked at the mayor’s office from 2011 to early 2016. Previously, she served as senior vice president of ShoreBank (later Urban Partnership Bank), where she built a national consumer group that generated funding to support environmental sustainability and community development in low to moderate income urban neighborhoods. Weigert also is a producer and writer of the film Carbon Nation which concentrates on advancing solutions to climate change. She previously served as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, and before that was an appointee in the Clinton Administration focusing on global environmental issues and agriculture.
Weigert received her bachelor’s of arts in government and international studies from The University of Notre Dame and a master’s of business administration from Harvard Business School.