Climate Strategist for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
Yassamin Ansari is a climate strategist and advocate 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 Principal Advisor to Mission 2020— a global campaign driving urgent climate action. For her 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 Public Service Fellow at the United Nations, where she served as the youngest member of the climate team that advised former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and helped to deliver the historic Paris Agreement. Later, she was appointed as the Director of the Climate Action 2016 Summit in Washington D.C., and worked with the Office of Governor Jerry Brown where she served as the Deputy Director of Policy for the Global Climate Action Summit.
She currently serves as the Vice Chair of Civic Engagement for PAAIA's Emerging Leaders Program. In 2016, Yassamin founded the Ansari Fellowship Program, an initiative designed to encourage and empower young Iranian-Americans to pursue careers in public service.
Yassamin holds a bachelor's degree in international relations with honors from Stanford University, and a master's degree from the University of Cambridge. She has received many awards and accolades for her work, including the Stanford Award of Excellence, the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, and the DNC Hope Fellowship.