Friends in Fellowship


What will it take to get the US to act on Climate Change?

October 24, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 PM at Arch Street Meeting House, Free & Refreshments provided

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Join Solebury Meeting member Taiya Smith for our first Friends in Fellowship this fall. Taiya leads the nonprofit Climate Leadership Council’s China Program where she works with governments and corporations to speed up the adoption of a meaningful price on carbon. Specifically, the council is focused on getting a carbon dividend established in the United States. Concurrently, Smith is CEO of Phyllis Technologies, a start up company that creates an independent assessment of carbon emissions at the facility level. Previously, Smith worked in the private sector advising clean technology companies wishing to gain access to Chinese markets.

Working with the U.S. Government, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff and the principal adviser to Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson on the U.S.-China relationship. She was the key force behind designing and managing the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue. In this capacity, she established the U.S.-China Ten Year Framework on Energy and the Environment and the EcoPartnership program, both of which served as the platform for U.S.-China cooperation on climate change. She also served as special assistant to Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick and as policy adviser for Africa, Europe, and political/military affairs, U.S. – EU relations, energy security, and U.S. – Sudan policy and advised U.S. Climate Special Envoy Todd Stern during the Obama Administration.

Smith is a graduate of Buckingham Friends School and George School.


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