Celeste has over a decade of experience working at the intersection of economic, trade, environment, energy, and international development policy.
Before starting c.dots development, Celeste was the Director for Environment and Climate Change at the National Security Council and National Economic Council in the White House, where she helped shape the Administration's economic priorities and initiatives. In this capacity, she developed US climate change, environment, and clean energy policies for a myriad of international institutions, including APEC, the G8, and the G20. Celeste was a key driver behind the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF), the green growth strategy for the 2011 US-hosted APEC Summit in Honolulu, and building innovative public-private partnerships in advance of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
Prior to joining the White House, Celeste served as a diplomat in Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Germany. She also held positions at the US Mission to the United Nations, served as the Climate Change and Energy Advisor to the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs at the US Department of State, and worked for the City of New York.
Celeste is also a Visiting Scholar and Professorial Lecturer at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and teaches courses in international energy, environment, and sustainable development policy. Celeste holds an MSc in Development Studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University. She is also studied at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, and is proficient in German and conversational in Greek.
Raised in Kailua, Oahu, Celeste divides her time between Hawai‘i and Washington DC.
Washington, DC | Honolulu, HI