Joanne Potter has more than 15 years of experience in climate change and sustainability analysis and policy development. She has particular expertise in transportation, addressing climate change impacts, vulnerability, adaptation, and mitigation and sustainability. Ms. Potter has served as project manager for several projects, reports, and analyses, including vulnerability and risk assessments and major national studies addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from mobile sources. She is currently supporting the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in its examination of climate change impacts on coastal installations.
Prior to joining ICF, Ms. Potter was a lead and editing author of The Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure: Gulf Coast Study Phase I, released in March 2008. This study assessed the risks of climate change to transportation infrastructure and services and developed a framework for adaptation decision making.
Ms. Potter was project manager for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) "Report to Congress on Transportation's Impact on Climate Change and Solutions." In this role, she led a multimodal technical and policy team that addressed technology, fuel, and behavioral approaches to address climate change. She also managed Moving Cooler: An Analysis of Transportation Strategies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (July 2009), a national multisponsor study assessing the effectiveness of transportation activity strategies to reduce GHG emissions. At the regional level, she managed a climate change vulnerability and risk assessment of transportation infrastructure in New Jersey.
Ms. Potter received a master's degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.