Communications Staff

Kelli Pennington
Communications Manager

Location: San Francisco, CA

With ICCT since: 2022


Kelli Pennington has spent more than 10 years focusing on climate communications with experience spanning the research, conservation, and media sectors. She joined the ICCT as the communications manager excited to help drive the global transportation sector toward zero emissions.

She credits her climate conscience to her years working for Patagonia Inc., where she worked as a social media editor in the nascent days of Instagram and supported their “Vote the Environment” campaign touring the west coast with the iconic band, Wilco. She then joined Conservación Patagónica to support large-scale conservation projects in Chile and Argentina as well as numerous book projects related to key environmental issues such as energy and overpopulation. Most recently, she spent six years growing a local Bay Area talk show called Climate One into nationally syndicated radio show and podcast with more than 100,000 weekly listeners.

Kelli earned an MA in international relations and an MBA in finance from Seton Hall University, during which she ran the school’s academic journal and worked for Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Middle Eastern history from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.