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Paula Leverett Cobb

Senior Southeast Regional Policy Manager


Paula Leverett Cobb serves as the Clean Air Task Force’s Senior Southeast Regional Policy Manager for U.S. State Policy. Collaborating with governments, communities, and other stakeholders, she supports and advances state policies that establish and implement practical, equitable, affordable, and durable zero-carbon solutions.

Paula is a seasoned energy and environment attorney and policymaker with almost two decades of experience in the private and public sectors. Just prior to joining CATF, Paula led NextEra Energy’s technical and policy teams overseeing water management, waste regulation, and emerging federal environmental regulations and supported the company’s Real Zero carbon plan. She also previously worked as Duke Energy Florida’s Environmental Affairs Director and as environmental legal counsel at the Florida-based Hopping Green & Sams law firm. Paula’s public sector roles included serving as Director of Air Resource Management and later as Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and as General Counsel for the South Florida Water Management District. Her experience includes permitting traditional and renewable energy infrastructure and reclaimed water projects, ensuring energy and industrial facilities’ understanding of and compliance with local, state, and federal environmental regulations, leading large teams of environmental public service professionals and attorneys, advising Governors’ offices, providing testimony before the Florida Legislature, and negotiating critical state land agreements to facilitate Everglades restoration.

Paula is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Vermont Law School. She was born and raised in South Carolina and, after a 16-year stretch in Florida, now lives in western North Carolina.