Legislative Director, Sustainability Federal Advocacy, National League of Cities
Carolyn Berndt is the Legislative Director for Sustainability in the federal advocacy department at the National League of Cities, the nation’s oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments. As a member of the federal advocacy team, Carolyn leads NLC’s advocacy, regulatory, and policy efforts on energy and environmental issues, including water infrastructure and financing, water and air quality, climate change, energy efficiency, brownfields, solid and hazardous waste and more.
Carolyn serves on the Board of Directors for PACENation, a national nonprofit whose mission is to promote Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. She is also a member of the Cary Institute Forest Pest Advisory Committee, helping to inform policy to reduce the importation of insect pests and diseases into the U.S. through international trade.
Prior to joining NLC, Carolyn served as associate director of government and public affairs at the American Society for Interior Designers, working with coalitions throughout the country to secure interior design registration and licensure laws. Formerly, Carolyn worked for Burns and Roe, a private engineering and construction company, in their government affairs office in Washington, DC.
Carolyn received her master’s degree in public administration from American University in Washington, DC and her bachelor of arts in political science from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.