Speaker Profile

Katy Young

General Counsel, Climate Action Reserve

As General Counsel, Katy represents the Reserve in discussions with project developers and others related to project documents and Reserve decisions, and participates in Reserve policymaking. Katy advises the Reserve on the legal aspects of offset projects and manages the legal documentation in support of such projects, and also advises on the legal elements of the overall Reserve program in conjunction with the organization’s outside legal counsel and in coordination with the President. Katy also oversees the Reserve’s participation in arbitration and other legal proceedings.

Prior to joining the Reserve, Katy was a Southern California Coro Foundation Fellow, where she explored timely state and local policy issues through hands-on training and leadership development with various public and private stakeholders. Before her Coro Fellowship, Katy worked as an Associate Attorney in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins, where her practice focused on environmental and land use issues, including zoning, planning, and the California Environmental Quality Act. Katy has also worked on environmental, land use, and real estate matters as a staff attorney at the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, a local government entity dedicated to the preservation of open space and parkland in the greater Los Angeles area.

Katy holds a JD from the UCLA School of Law, and a Bachelor’s degree in U.S. History from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member of the State Bar of California, and serves on the Coro Foundation’s Board of Directors.