Paul Horwitz has worked on environmental issues for over 30 years. He is currently a strategic planning consultant with the Green Climate Fund. Horwitz previously served as the deputy director of the EPA’s Stratospheric Protection Division. He has received numerous honors for his environmental work from diverse institutions including the EPA, the U.S. State Department, the Chinese Ministry of the Environment, and the United Nations, which in 2007 awarded Horwitz the Ozone Visionaries Award for extraordinary contributions to the creation of key Montreal Protocol policies.
His domestic work has included positions as executive director of the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, a counselor in the EPA’s office of Legislation and Congressional Liaison, a branch chief in EPA’s Acid Rain Division and chief EPA negotiator on issues related to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. During his time as an international negotiator, he drafted and negotiated adoption of several key Protocol policies, and was selected to serve as chairman and vice chairman of the Protocol’s executive committee and president of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention. His ozone layer protection work also included international positions with the UN’s Ozone Secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya, where he served as both deputy executive secretary and secretary responsible for facilitating global Montreal Protocol negotiations and overseeing global compliance.
Horwitz earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a JD from Lewis and Clark College, and an MPA from Harvard University.