Climate Action: Humanitarian Organizations in the Fight for Sustainability

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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Join International Rescue Committee professionals for a discussion on the work of humanitarian organizations in the climate crisis.

The USC Global Policy Institute is excited to welcome two International Rescue Committee professionals for a conversation on the role of humanitarian work and organizations in the fight against climate change and inequality.

GPI is joined by Ken Sofer, a policy and planning advisor in IRC's Office of the President, and Tara Clerkin, a senior coordinator for agriculture, climate and partnership. This is a great opportunity for USC students to learn about the work of the IRC, the role of nonprofits and careers in climate resiliency.

RSVP to join us on Tuesday, March 16 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. PST over Zoom.

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Meet Our Panelists

Ken Sofer is the Advisor for Policy & Planning in the Office of the President at the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian organization supporting people whose lives have been shattered by conflict and disaster around the world. Prior to working at the IRC, Ken was the Associate Director for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress, a public policy think tank based in Washington, DC. Ken received a Masters in Public Affairs from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University where he studied international affairs and Science, Technology and Environmental Policy. Ken is an alum of USC’s School of International Relations '10. where he focused on U.S. Foreign Policy and Middle East politics. He has previously studied in Amman, Jordan and Cairo, Egypt. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Tara Clerkin is the Senior Coordinator for Agriculture, Climate, and Partnerships for the International Rescue Committee’s Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) team. Tara is responsible for advancing ERD’s programming focused on climate resilience, food and nutrition security, and livestock—including partnership development and advocacy. In her previous role as Rural Livelihoods Officer with ERD, Tara provided technical support for monitoring and evaluation, value chain and market assessments, and agriculture and livestock program design to countries including: NE Syria, Myanmar, Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Niger. Before joining the IRC in October of 2016, she was the Manager of Program Impact with the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation operating an inclusive, farmer-first agribusiness model. In her role with CDI, Tara focused on monitoring and evaluation, strategy development, and partnership development. She holds a B.B.A. in finance with minors in Peace Studies and Irish Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a dual master's degree in Economics and International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University.

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