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Rei Tang
Program Officer
Climate Change

Rei Tang is the climate change program officer in the Policy Programming Department at the Stanley Foundation. His work is focused on international policy to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius. Before holding his program officer position, Rei has worked with all the issue areas in the foundation over the years. Prior to the foundation, Rei worked on American foreign policy and national security issues in Washington, DC.

What do you do at the foundation and how long have you been here?

I joined in January 2013. I’ve worked in all the issue areas, but am now dedicated to climate change. The Stanley Foundation allows me to bring together all the skills of a policy professional to take on the challenge of identifying policy change goals and bring together the right people, ideas, and institutions to advance them.

What do you like most about your job?

I enjoy being able to push the boundaries of international policy change, and working with large and dynamic coalitions of countries, cities, regions, NGOs, business, and other actors. Being in the climate change program currently, I feel like I can glimpse the emerging future of multilateralism and global governance, and hopefully can help bend it in the right direction.

Where are you from?

This is not an easy question to answer. I grew up half in the suburbs of Austin, Texas, and half in the high-rises of Hong Kong. Living abroad was probably what got me interested in international issues. I have family in different countries. Before coming to Iowa, I went to college and worked in Washington, DC.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

I live in Iowa City and my ideal Saturday routine is to go to the farmers market, then sailing at Lake MacBride, and at night attend a music or art event.

Climate Change

Climate change, perhaps today’s most challenging peace and security issue, is a direct threat to human survival and wellbeing. It is also a threat-multiplier, especially in conflict prone areas of the world.

In an effort to diminish this threat, the nations of the world have agreed to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius (2.0°C) above preindustrial levels, and to strive to limit the temperature increase to a safer target of 1.5°C. As of now, the current trajectory of temperature rise is far off course. To successfully limit global warming to 1.5°C, ambitious and transformative policy action is needed.

Current Work

To help the world reach this ambitious goal, the Stanley Foundation is engaging key stakeholders at multiple levels to determine and pursue transformational pathways necessary to reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming to 1.5°C. In particular, our programming focuses on:

  • Advancing the determination of necessary transformational pathways in the next 18 months so as to inspire policy development and action that make a 1.5°C target achievable.
  • Encouraging sub- and nonstate actors to be on the leading edge of identifying and pursuing necessary transformational pathways to limit warming to 1.5°C.
  • Fostering cooperation between and among advocates, sub- and nonstate actors, and the policymaking community as they innovate on the most challenging transformational pathways to limit warming to 1.5°C.

The foundation is part of Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions, which is working to promote stronger and more ambitious sub- and nonstate climate action and as a catalyst for transformational actions at all levels.

Contact Rei Tang for more information.