Pitzer Alumnus Sam Horowitz ’20 Tackles Global Challenges as a Yale University Kerry Fellow

Sam Horowitz ’20

Claremont, Calif. (February 19, 2021)—Sam Horowitz ’20 has been named a 2020–21 Kerry Fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University. He is a first-year master of environmental management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment, specializing in environmental policy analysis.

As a fellow, Horowitz works with former Secretary of State and now Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and his team on key projects for the Kerry Initiative, an interdisciplinary program that focuses on addressing urgent global challenges through teaching, research, and international dialogue. Fellows conduct research, assist with conferences on international issues, and help produce journal publications and social media content. They have tackled issues ranging from climate change to extremism.

Kerry describes working with the fellows, who he says are “handpicked out of several hundred applications,” as a great, mutually beneficial experience.

“The brightest students at Yale are able to take part in an individualized, personally developed program, and it works for all of us,” Kerry says in a video on Yale’s website. “I get the benefit of their thinking and their research, and they get the benefit of applying it to real-world situations where it can make a difference or add to the dialogue. It’s a great undertaking.”

Horowitz was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where his experience with Hurricane Sandy in 2012 sparked a passion for climate adaptation and resilience that he has cultivated throughout his academic career. He has advised the Democratic National Committee Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis, written policy for a 2020 presidential campaign, and helped enact landmark climate policy in New York as a field advisor with Our Climate, a youth-focused climate advocacy group. 

At Pitzer, Horowitz served as president of the Democrats of The Claremont Colleges, helping make the colleges among the most civically engaged in the country. His undergraduate degree is in environmental analysis and public policy.

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