Chelsea Henderson

Director of Editorial Content, RepublicEn

Chelsea Henderson has nearly twenty-five years of experience striking bipartisan compromise on federal climate and environmental policy, and has worked on and off Capitol Hill with lawmakers, administration officials, and a broad array of stakeholders from the regulated community to environmentalists. She currently serves as Director of Editorial Content for republicEN.org, a community of pro-climate solution conservatives, and hosts the podcast the EcoRight Speaks. Her essays have been published in the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Hill, the Portland Press Herald, and several other publications under her name and her clients’ names.

Prior to her current gig, Chelsea was executive vice president at McBee Strategic Consulting, where she provided advocacy services to a diverse portfolio of Fortune 500 companies, innovative start-ups, non-profits and investors advancing new energy technologies. Previously she was a partner and senior associate for Vela Environmental where she advised clients on federal legislative and administrative efforts pertaining to energy policy and climate change.

Chelsea served as senior policy advisor for Senator John Warner (retired) during his effort to enact climate change legislation and served as professional staff to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, her tenure spanning the chairmanships of the esteemed late Senator John H. Chafee (R-RI) and former Senator Bob Smith (R-NH). She is writing a nonfiction book on the history of the politics of climate change (Glacial: The Secret Politics of Climate Change, Turner Publishing, coming 2024).

A graduate of Boston University’s College of Liberal Arts and School of Education, she hails from both California and Maine. She resides in the Washington, DC metro area.

 

Podcast Guest Appearances

The Inflation Reduction Act: What’s in the Sausage?

For nearly six decades, the US government passed no comprehensive climate legislation. Now that’s changed. The Inflation Reduction Act contains approximately $370 billion of investments in clean energy and climate solutions. But not everyone is happy. To get through the Senate, the bill offered a lot of carrots to entrenched fossil fuel interests, along with investments in renewable power. And many in disadvantaged communities, who so often bear the brunt of climate-induced disasters, feel they’ve been left out yet again.