Letting the Science Speak for Itself

Kevin Knobloch ’78 brings 32 years of experience in public policy, government, advocacy and media to his job as leader of Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). He is knowledgeable about a range of environmental and national security issues, including global warming, natural resource and clean energy economics, renewable and efficient vehicle technologies, nuclear weapons, forest management and corporate responsibility, as well as legislative strategy and procedure.

In March, Knobloch presented his talk “Needed: Skillful capitalists to lead us to a low-carbon future” before a standing-room only crowd on the UMass Amherst campus. Knobloch’s visit was a part of the Alumni Association’s Eleanor Bateman Alumni Scholar in Residence program; connecting students with alumni who exemplify achievement of the university's mission through professional accomplishments and/or public service. Watch a short video of Knobloch below:

Knobloch holds a bachelor's degree from UMass Amherst in journalism and a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with a focus on natural resource economics and environmental management.

Earlier in his career, Knobloch served as UCS’s Legislative Director for Arms Control and National Security. He also served as chair of the Green Group, a coalition of the CEOs of 32 national environmental organizations, and served as co-chair of the Green Group Climate and Energy Committee for seven years. During six years on Capitol Hill in the 1980s, Knobloch was the legislative director for U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth (D-CO) and legislative assistant and press secretary for U.S. Representative Ted Weiss (D-NY).

He later served as director of conservation programs for the Appalachian Mountain Club in Boston. He began his career as an award-winning newspaper journalist, writing for several Massachusetts publications. He recently completed eight years on the board of directors of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) and serves on the Environmental League of Massachusetts board of directors. He is also cofounder and former president of the Arlington (MA) Land Trust.