Katherine (Kit) Cole has her own consulting firm and focuses her work at the intersection of companies, communities and the environment. Prior to opening her own firm, she was at Southern California Edison, one of the largest utilities in the nation. At Edison, Kit and her team in the Public Involvement and Education group promoted outreach and community engagement where high-voltage transmission lines and substations intersected with communities. Before coming to Edison in 2011, she served for seven years as Director of External Affairs at Waste Management, Inc., where she developed and implemented strategies around community engagement on a variety of landfill and recycling facility issues, focusing on landfill expansion in the West. She also oversaw the company’s Sustainability Initiative in the Western Region, including improving internal recycling rates, promoting green power, conducting energy audits, and improving recycled content procurement. Prior to her work at Waste Management, Ms. Cole was an appointee by Governor Gray Davis to the California Environmental Protection Agency, as well as Policy Consultant to Senator Debra Bowen and the Assembly Natural Resources Committee in the California Legislature. She has also served as a Jesse Marvin Unruh Fellow in the California Legislature, one of the oldest and most prestigious political fellowships in the US.
Ms. Cole has her Bachelor of Arts from University of California at Davis and her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.