Thomas Peterson, Adjunct Faculty

Thomas Peterson, MBA founded The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) in 2004 to assist governments and stakeholders with comprehensive climate change strategy development, implementation and consensus building. Since then, CCS has led development of 22 state climate action plans, provided technical and policy support to 44 U.S. states and four regions, and supported emerging work in the Provinces of China, and the Border States of Mexico. CCS has over 40 team members, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. and partners in Beijing, China and Juarez, Mexico. CCS is widely recognized as the nation’s premiere catalyst for sub national climate policy development, integration and analysis.

Mr. Peterson has been involved in the design and direction of 24 U.S. state climate action plans, as well as leadership of many state, regional, national and international climate policy initiatives and assessments. He previously represented the White House and U.S. Senate in climate treaty negotiations and domestic policy. His professional experience over the past 29 years includes posts as Senior Advisor to the White House Climate Change Task Force, Brookings Legislative Fellow to U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, Economist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Vice President for DSL Capital Corporation, and Division Chief for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

In addition, Mr. Peterson serves as Adjunct Professor/Teaching Fellow at the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Government, and as an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He is known for his expertise and innovations on climate policy development; climate, energy and economic security integration; and stakeholder consensus building.

Mr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in economics from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Environmental Management with a concentration in Natural Resource Economics and Policy from Duke University, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a native and resident of Virginia.

Prof. Peterson’s JHU email is He teaches 425.638 Climate Change Adaptation and 425.637 International Climate Change Policy.