Kaiba White earned her B.A. in sociology from Rice University in 2006 and her M.A. in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University in 2009. She is now a climate policy and outreach specialist at Public Citizen’s Texas office. She contributes to policy research, grassroots organizing, coalition building, online activism, and strategic planning. She has a strong focus on renewable energy, especially distributed solar. She is also the president of Solar Austin, an organization focused on education and advocacy to promote the use of local and distributed solar energy in Austin.
Before coming to Public Citizen, she spent two and a half years as a research associate for the Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas in Austin, where she contributed to research on vulnerability to climate change in Africa and used geographic information systems (GIS) to assess and map current and projected climate change impacts and vulnerability in Africa.
Kaiba also serves on the Austin Resource Management Commission, which advises the Austin City Council on matters relating to energy and water conservation and local solar programs, and the Austin Joint Sustainability Committee, which advises the Austin City Council on implementation and updates to the Austin Community Climate Plan.