Dr. Tegan Blaine is the Senior Climate Change Advisor and Climate Change Team Leader in the Bureau for Africa at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Her duties include setting the strategic direction for USAID’s climate change investments in Africa, as well as overseeing a team that provides thought leadership and technical support to USAID Missions in sub-Saharan Africa on both mitigation and adaptation activities, including climate risk management. Before USAID, she worked on climate change and international development at McKinsey & Company, where her experience included projects in renewable energy, as well as leadership and capacity building in the federal government. Prior to joining McKinsey, she was a policy advisor on water at the U.S. Department of State, where she managed integrated water resource management projects in Ethiopia, Indonesia, and El Salvador, and drafted two Congressional reports on U.S. water-related activities and implementation strategies. As a scientific researcher, she has worked on problems ranging across air-sea heat exchange, atmospheric transport and ocean uptake of carbon and oxygen, remote sensing of ocean eddies, and modeling of competition and nutrient transfer in food webs.
Tegan has a Ph.D. in oceanography and climate from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and an A.B./Sc.B. in comparative literature and mathematical ecology from Brown University. She also taught secondary math and physics as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, East Africa.