About the Expert

Expert Bio

Alice Hill is senior fellow for climate change policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her work at CFR focuses on the risks, consequences, and responses associated with climate change. Hill most recently served as a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. She was previously special assistant to President Barack Obama and senior director for resilience policy on the National Security Council staff where she led the development of national policy to build greater climate resilience. Her coauthored book, Building a Resilient Tomorrow, is forthcoming in fall 2019.

While at the White House, Hill founded and led the internationally recognized anti–human trafficking initiative, the Blue Campaign. At Hoover, Hill was awarded the National Institute of Building Sciences’ President’s Award and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center Writing Fellowship. In 2016, Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative named her Meta-Leader of the Year. Prior to that, Hill was senior counselor to the secretary of homeland security. Earlier in her career, Hill served as supervising judge on both the superior and municipal courts in Los Angeles and as chief of the white-collar crime prosecution unit in the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s office. The Department of Justice awarded her its highest accolade, the John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement. 

Hill serves on the boards of Munich Re North America and related U.S. subsidiaries of the Munich Re Group as well as the board of the Environmental Defense Fund. She is a founding member of the board of the Council on Strategic Risks. Hill is a member of the International Military Council on Climate and Security. She also serves on the advisory boards or councils of Crisis Response, the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education, the Center for Climate and Security, the Maryland Climate Leadership Academy, and One Concern. Hill previously served ex officio on the federal advisory committee for the Third National Climate Assessment.

Hill earned her bachelor’s degree in history and economics from Stanford University and her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Axios, Bulletin, CNN, Foreign Policy, and Lawfare, among others.