Kerry C. Duggan is a Partner in the Sustainability Practice of RIDGE-LANE LP; and principal of SustainabiliD, a boutique consulting firm serving Detroit-based clients.

Ms. Duggan served as Deputy Director for Policy in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden, providing direct advice to the Vice President on policy issues, including energy, the environment, climate, national security, infrastructure, clean technology, water, resilient cities, and urban revitalization, finance and R&D.  She simultaneously served as Deputy Director of President Obama’s Detroit task force.

Prior to, Duggan served as the Secretary of Energy’s Liaison to the City of Detroit where her key areas of focus were the street lighting conversion to LEDs, manufacturing, renewable power generation, energy efficiency and sustainable transportation. Her previous roles at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) include Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Director of Legislative, Regulatory & Urban Affairs, and Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.

Previously, she led the federal political and campaign activities for hundreds of candidates who supported a clean energy future at the local, state, and federal level, including candidates for U.S. House, Senate, and Presidential races.

Duggan earned her B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont and her M.S. in Natural Resource Policy & Behavior from the University of Michigan, where she helped frame the national Coping with Climate Change Summit, and co-authored “Downtown Detroit in Focus: A Profile of Market Opportunity” with The Brookings Institution.

She co-founded the national Smart Cities Lab, which helps cities accelerate the process of solving urban mobility, climate and equity-related challenges, is an Advisory Board member for the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise as well as the School for Environment & Sustainability at the University of Michigan, and serves on the Board of the National Council for Science and the Environment. 

Duggan lives in Detroit with her husband and two kids.