Cassie Flynn has provided strategic advisory services on climate change and sustainability to national, state and local governments, international organizations, multi-billion dollar companies, and civil society groups. In 2017, she was named the 13th most influential person on climate change by Onalytica.
As a Climate Change Advisor with the United Nations Development Programme, Cassie is an internationally-recognized expert on the global treaty negotiations on climate change. She provides advice to countries on issues of the negotiations and how to develop and fulfill their pledges under the Paris Agreement. In addition, under the UN Strategic Approach on Climate Change, she is the facilitator for the UN’s work on the nexus between climate change, conflict and war.
Prior to UNDP, Cassie worked in both the public and private sectors. She worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. State Department and helped private companies develop strategies to address climate change. Cassie also Co-Founded ioby.org, a non-profit to help build stronger, more sustainable neighborhoods across the U.S. Along with her Co-Founders, she won a Jane Jacobs medal for her work with ioby.org.
Cassie earned her Master’s degree from Yale University and undergraduate degrees from Bowdoin College. Cassie has been a guest speaker at Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Fordham Law School, Rutgers, and various conferences and events like South by Southwest. In 2011, Cassie published “Blending Climate Finance through National Climate Funds,” a guidebook on designing and establishing national funds. In 2013, Cassie published “South-Originating Green Finance: Exploring the Potential.”
Cassie has also advised numerous creative media projects such as the film Angry Birds, television show Incorporated, and music project Happy Sounds Like with pop star Cody Simpson. Cassie also hosted TEDx on Creative Media and International Development and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and other publications.