Deborah Gordon

Deborah Gordon

Senior Principal
  • Climate Intelligence

Deborah is a senior principal in RMI’s Climate Intelligence Program, where she coleads the Oil and Gas Solutions Initiative. Gordon serves as a senior fellow at the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University and is an affiliate at the Brown Climate Solutions Lab. Her research spearheaded the development of the Oil Climate Index plus Gas (OCI+), a first-of-its-kind analytic tool that compares the life-cycle climate impact of global oil and gas resources. The OCI+ is the topic of Gordon’s new book, No Standard Oil (Oxford University Press, 2022).


Trained as a chemical engineer and policy analyst, Gordon is the former director of the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She began her career with Chevron and directed the Energy Policy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Gordon has taught at the Yale School of Environmental Studies and Brown University. She is a stakeholder in NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System, and has testified before Congress and served on National Academy of Sciences panels. Gordon has co-authored articles in numerous academic journals, is published and quoted in media outlets, and is the author of three books and numerous book chapters.


MPP, Public Policy, UC Berkeley

BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary Society


Providence, Rhode Island