Yassamin Ansari



Yassamin Ansari

Yassamin Ansari is a climate strategist and activist currently working for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, spearheading youth engagement and public mobilization for the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit. She also serves as Principle Advisor to Mission 2020 - a global climate action campaign convened by former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres. For her extensive work on climate change, Yassamin was recently recognized as a Grist 50 \"Fixer\" - \"the people cooking up the boldest, most innovative solutions to fix the biggest challenges that face our globe.\" Yassamin began her career as a John Gardner Fellow in the Executive Office of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, where she served as the youngest member of the climate team that advised the Secretary-General and helped to deliver the historic Paris Agreement. Later, she served as the Director of the Climate Action 2016 Summit in Washington D.C. Yassamin later worked with the Office of Governor Jerry Brown where she served as the Deputy Director of Policy for the Global Climate Action Summit - a historic event that delivered more than 500 new commitments from business, cities, states and regions to tackle climate change. Beyond climate, Yassamin is also heavily involved in Democratic politics, regularly volunteering for and supporting progressive candidates up and down the ballot. In 2016, she founded the Ansari Fellowship Program, an initiative designed to encourage and empower young Iranian-Americans to pursue public service careers. Yassamin holds a bachelor\'s degree in international relations with honors from Stanford University, and a master\'s degree from the University of Cambridge. At Stanford, she interned for Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, led an international campaign to educate college students about the global refugee crisis through Syria Deeply, and was selected as a national finalist for the Harry Truman Scholarship. Yassamin has received many awards and accolades for her work, including the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship, the Stanford Award of Excellence, and the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, among others.


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