Cate Hight

Cate Hight is the former Chief Operating Officer of the Mission Possible Partnership, an alliance of climate leaders focused on supercharging efforts to decarbonize some of the world’s highest emitting industries in the next 10 years. In collaboration with partners in business and civil society, Cate brings leading actors from industry, finance and government together to seek agreement on decarbonization pathways and take action to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.


Cate is also a Principal at RMI. She formerly led RMI’s work to develop MiQ, a first of its kind product standard for natural gas differentiated according to its upstream methane emissions. Prior to joining RMI, Cate spent ten years at the US Environmental Protection Agency where she led the agency’s work on carbon market development, played lead roles in the development of key greenhouse gas regulations, and co-authored the annual US Inventory of GHG Emissions and Sinks. Cate also managed the oil and gas program of the Global Methane Initiative, a public-private partnership of 45 countries and private-sector actors dedicated to methane abatement, recovery, and use.

Prior to EPA, Cate worked for the Mission Climat of the Caisse des Depots in Paris (now I4CE), where she co-authored Pricing Carbon, a book assessing the performance of the European Union Emission Trading Scheme. She has also held positions at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and as committee staff in the US House of Representatives.


Master of Public Policy, University of Chicago
BA in Romance Languages, Washington and Lee University


Washington, DC