Program Director, Super Pollutants
Sarah Smith leads CATF’s global team focused on minimizing emissions of climate super pollutants including methane and black carbon. She also serves on the Board of the Climate & Clean Air Coalition, an international partnership of 71 countries and 78 non-state partners working to reduce methane and other potent climate pollutants. Sarah also serves on the Steering Committee of the U.S. Methane Partners Campaign, a collaborative NGO effort to secure nationwide methane pollution standards for the U.S. oil and gas industry.
A 2011 Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation Fellow, Sarah brings 15 years of experience managing successful projects and campaigns in NGO and government settings. Prior to joining CATF, Sarah worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she contributed to rulemakings in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics located in Washington, DC. Previously, she worked for Clean Water Action, where she led coalitions that supported the passage of seven state laws and 12 local policies aimed at protecting human health and the environment from diesel exhaust and toxic chemicals in consumer products. In collaboration with CATF, Sarah ran a successful campaign to securing funding to retrofit Connecticut’s school and transit bus fleets with pollution controls. During that time, Sarah also served as a state policy expert for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, and built state-level support for four pieces of federal environmental health legislation.
Sarah has also held research and conservation positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center, and Yale University.
Sarah received an M.S. in Environmental Health Science & Policy from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2012. She also earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College in Environmental Biology and Environmental Studies in 2006.