Kathryn Wright

Program Director, Buildings | Urban Sustainability Directors Network

Kathryn serves as the Program Director for Buildings for the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), which serves over 225 local governments in the U.S. and Canada. As Program Director, Kathryn oversees the network’s strategic direction and innovation work in the built environment. As part of this role, she manages the Zero Cities Project, a coalition of 11 cities and community-based organizations focused on dual goals of social equity and building decarbonization. This project has produced a series of national resources and local projects which have engaged residents to collaboratively develop sustainable and resilient policies for the built environment. Prior to USDN, Kathryn led Cadmus’ Sustainable Communities and Organizations practice. Before Cadmus, Kathryn held a fellowship at the Center for Business and Environment at Yale and the Connecticut Green Bank focused on helping cities and towns increase distributed solar deployment. She holds Bachelor degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in Marketing and Environmental Science and a Masters from Yale in Environmental Management.