Rhiana Gunn-Wright is the Policy Director at New Consensus. She has worked with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the creation of the Green New Deal. She has called for Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) to be as generously funded as DARPA, and the creation of a green bank that will offer financing to communities that do not have access to clean water or transportation. The Green New Deal includes a plan for 100% renewable energy, net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable jobs and high-quality healthcare. She has since been involved with the Ocasio-Cortez town halls and the CNN climate town hall.
Rhiana attended Yale University for her undergraduate degree, majored in African-American studies and graduated with honors in 2011. She was inspired by the New Haven Promise initiative as a way to break the cycle of disadvantage. After graduating, she joined the Institute for Women’s Policy Research as a research fellow. Here she worked alongside Heidi Hartmann on paid maternity leave. In 2013, Rhiana was selected as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford where she studied social policy. After graduating, she served as an intern to Michelle Obama.
Gunn-Wright, Rhiana '07, "Recipient of the 2020 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award" (2020). Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award. 25.