12/7: Lunch with Christine Harada

GW undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join the Sustainability Collaborative for their second fall luncheon. Joining us from the White House is Christine Harada, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer at the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).


On November 16, Christine Harada was appointed to the White House Council on Environmental Quality by President Obama, where she serves as the Administration’s Federal Chief Sustainability Officer. In this capacity, she is responsible for promoting environmental and energy sustainability across Federal Government operations including 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and $445 billion annually in purchased goods and services. The Office of Federal Sustainability works collaboratively with the Executive Office of the President and each of the Federal agencies to implement the President’s Executive Orders on Federal Sustainability and the GreenGov initiative.

Prior to her appointment, Christine served as the Associate Administrator for Government-wide Policy at the U.S. General Services Administration, where she helped provide government-wide policies and guidance to enable the sustainable and efficient use of assets, effective acquisition leadership, identity management and sound information management.

Previously, Christine worked at The Boston Consulting Group and Booz Allen Hamilton, where she was a consultant to Fortune 500 and public sector clients. During her tenure, she worked with corporate, not-for-profit and government entities on key strategic, operational and organizational issues across a range of sectors, including health care, international relief and development, aerospace, and the federal government. She led major projects to generate performance improvements through process streamlining, enhanced customer service, improved deployment of technology, more effective marketing programs and strengthened organizational effectiveness. Prior to her work in the consulting field, Christine worked in Silicon Valley as an international program manager and Lockheed Martin as a senior satellite systems engineer.

Christine was educated at the Wharton School and Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received both an MBA in Finance and an M.A. in International Studies with a focus on East Asia and Japanese language, at Stanford University, where she received an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and at MIT, where she received a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics.

This is an open and informal dialogue. Pizza and beverages will be served. Bring your questions and ideas!

Email arielkagan@gwu.edu with any questions.

RSVP here.