Galen Hiltbrand

Galen Hiltbrand

Career Interests

Project Manager, Climate Change Mitigation
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Business & Environment
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, May 2014
Georgetown University, School of Arts & Sciences, Washington, DC
Major: Psychology 
Minor: Environmental Studies GPA: 3.65
Khon Kaen University Khon Kaen, Thailand Development and Globalization Program Fall 2012

Professional Experience

UNFCCC COP23 Assistant, Climate Analytics, Bonn, Germany
Tracked the topic of Loss and Damage at the UN Climate Negotiations and took notes at all side events on the subject. Attended daily meetings and provided support to the Climate Analytics team as needed. Wrote daily updates and blog posts for Duke University’s UNFCCC website. November 2017
Assistant Organizing Director, PennEnvironment, Climate Defender Campaign, Philadelphia, PA
Promoted to Assistant Organizing Director of the program: managed staff and drove priorities allowing the campaign to exceed all deliverable goals (4,000 petitions collected, 800 volunteers engaged, 700 event attendees). Developed and delivered weekly trainings to staff and volunteers on communication and planning skills. Built and maintained relationships with coalition partners and hundreds of volunteers across the state. Served as the liaison between the funders and our organizers to implement media and lobbying tactics in response to policies that would delay or undermine environmental regulations. August 2015 – August 2016
Citizen Outreach Director, Fund for the Public Interest, San Francisco, CA, Philadelphia, PA 
Managed assistant directors and staff, training them on the necessary communication skills to excel. Used strong communication and interpersonal skills to build grassroots support for numerous environmental campaigns. Completed daily Excel spreadsheets to balance the office budget and income, performed payroll for the office, created weekly plans to ensure the office ran smoothly and effectively. Ran ongoing recruitment drives; conducted daily informational sessions and interviews. Personally fundraised over $25,000 in small donations through face-to-face conversations. July 2014 – August 2015
Development Coordinator, Solar PV Team, Georgetown Energy Washington, DC
Initiated request for proposal (RFP) process for installation of ‘Solar Street’ on Georgetown University Campus. Marketed referendum to gain support via online signatures of over 2,000 Georgetown students. Collaborated with members to secure endowment allocation of $250,000 to install solar panels on university townhouses. Guided D.C. residents through the process and advantages of installing solar panels on their homes. September 2011 – December 2013
Climate Change Communication Intern, National Mall & Memorial Parks, National Park Service & Center for Climate Change Communication, Washington, DC 
Developed communication strategies to encourage green behavior in the park’s visitors. Designed, wrote, and narrated a film produced by the National Park Service encouraging visitors to use Capital Bikeshare. Researched the effects of climate change on Cherry Blossom trees. June 2012 - August 2012
Marketing & Communications Intern, Carbon War Room, Washington, DC 
Event Coordination: Secured venue with RFP process for Creating Climate Wealth Global Summit. Network Engagement: Coordinated targeted emails toward driving event participation for CWR Events Summit. Stakeholder Engagement: Researched organizations and facilitated introduction to team with documents to support.

Additional Information

Software: Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word); Adobe Photoshop; QuickBase


climate change
energy efficiency
greenhouse gas mitigation strategies
international development policy
project management

Graduation Date

May 2019



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank