Elise Gout is a research associate for the Energy and Environment team at the Center for American Progress, focusing on climate policy. Prior to joining American Progress, Gout worked as a government contractor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she primarily supported projects in water quality, water security, and climate resilience. She has also researched the impact of natural disasters on vulnerable populations through her time at the Earth Institute and Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sustainable development and a concentration in economics from Columbia University.