Budget Blog

On Tuesday, the Senate Budget Committee will hold a hearing on the Costs of Inaction: The Economic and Budgetary Consequences of Climate Change with majority witnesses Mindy Lubber, Alfredo Gomez, and Sherri Goodman.

Mindy Lubber is the President of Ceres, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to advancing sustainability for our economy and our environment. Lubber regularly speaks with business leaders on the economic importance of sustainability, and has written about the issue for Huffington Post and Forbes. She has been recognized for her advocacy by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change.

Before Ceres, Lubber worked on advancing sustainability through leadership roles in government, financial services, and the not-for-profit sector. She has worked in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a senior policy advisor and regional administrator, she founded and served as president and CEO of Green Century Capital Management, and she served as president of the National Environmental Law Center. She holds a M.A. in Business Administration from SUNY  Buffalo and a J.D. from Suffolk University.

Alfredo Gomez is the Director of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE)  for the Government Accountability Office (GAO). He oversees the NRE’s work on environmental protection and food safety issues and has frequently provided reports and testimonies on these issues. The GAO’s 2013 High Risk Report identified climate change as a high risk, and discussed the importance of “Limiting the Federal Government's Fiscal Exposure by Better Managing Climate Change Risks.”

Gomez holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and a M.P.P. from the University of Chicago.

Sherri Goodman is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for CNA Corporation and Executive Director of its Military Advisory Board, which she created. She has led multiple projects that emphasize the role energy plays in America’s national security, and the risks climate change poses to it. Prior to working at CNA Corporation, she served as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security). She has spoken about environmental and security issues on many occasions, from congressional testimony, to interviews with print, television, radio, and online media.

Goodman is a graduate of Amherst College and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a M.P.P. from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.