Alice Hill

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Alice C. Hill is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution where her work focuses on building resilience to destabilizing catastrophic events, including the impacts of climate change. Prior to joining Hoover, she served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy for the National Security Council.  While at the White House, Hill led the development of national policy regarding national security and climate change, incorporation of climate resilience considerations into international development, Federal efforts in the Arctic, building national capabilities for long-term drought resilience, and establishment of national risk management standards for 3 of the most damaging natural hazards.  She served as a member of  several U.S. delegations, including to the GLACIER Conference regarding climate change in the Arctic. Hill previously served as Senior Counselor to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and as an ex officio member of the Federal Advisory Committee for the National Climate Assessment. In addition, she led the DHS Task Force responsible for creating the first ever climate adaptation plans for the Department.  She is also the founder and first Chairperson of the internationally recognized Blue Campaign, an initiative to combat human trafficking.

Prior to her work in Washington, 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 United States Attorney’s Office. She has received numerous awards, including the San Fernando Valley Bar Association’s “Judge of the Year” Award and the Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award for outstanding legal achievement, as well as commendations from Federal, state, and non-governmental organizations.

She received her BA from Stanford University and JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Analysis and Commentary

Energy And Environment In The Trump Administration

by James L. Sweeney, Alice Hillvia Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hoover Institution fellows James Sweeney and Alice Hill discuss energy policy at the 2017 Silicon Valley Energy Summit.

Analysis and Commentary

Nuclear Energy, Climate Change And Security Threats

by Alice Hill, Laura S. H. Holgatevia Lawfare
Friday, June 2, 2017

In the middle of the last century, Dr. Murdock Head, a George Washington University professor, acquired an old manor house and farm known as Airlie outside the nation’s capital. Dr. Head wanted to create a place where experts and organizations could meet in a neutral environment to analyze the pressing issues of the day. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Catastrophic Risks Of Climate Change: The US Turns Its Back On The World

by Alice Hillvia Lawfare
Thursday, June 1, 2017

My business just picked up. I wish it hadn’t. I am in the business of finding better ways to prepare for the catastrophic, largely irreversible risks posed by climate change. The risks are so bad that most of us avoid talking about them at the dinner table.

Analysis and Commentary

Arctic Security Poses Icy Chess Game With Russia, China

by Alice Hillvia The Hill
Friday, May 19, 2017

In Fairbanks, Alaska, last week, the United States passed the Arctic Council gavel to Finland. Started over twenty years ago, the council brings together the eight Arctic nations to tackle common problems in the region before they get out of hand.

Analysis and Commentary

Biodefense: Coordinating Our Response To Deadly Disease

by Alice Hillvia Lawfare
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ninety-nine years ago, on March 11, 1918, mess cook Albert Gitchell reported sick to the camp infirmary in Fort Riley, Kansas. By noon, over 100 soldiers were hospitalized. Soldiers began to die. By the end of April, two-thirds of the main Army camps were suffering from the influenza epidemic.

Analysis and Commentary

The Small Towns Trump Is Hurting By His Denial Of Climate Change

by Craig Fugate, Alice Hillvia Newsweek
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Why does the administration want to hide information from the American people? Within minutes of Donald Trump taking the oath of office on Inauguration Day, all information about climate change disappeared from the White House website.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump's Environmental Order Jeopardizes Our National Security

by Alice Hillvia The Hill
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In March 2013, four-star Admiral Samuel Locklear III sat down with a Boston Globe reporter in a Cambridge hotel. As head of the Pacific Command, Admiral Locklear commanded the 400,000 troops stationed in the Pacific Command, stretching from California to India to Korea.

Analysis and Commentary

Name Unmentioned, Trump Still Dominates The Munich Security Conference

by Alice Hillvia Lawfare
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Even where speakers took pains to avoid uttering it, the name “Donald Trump” still dominated the 53rd Munich Security Conference this past weekend.

Analysis and Commentary

Proper Infrastructure Investment Must Account For Climate Change

by Alice Hill, Craig Fugatevia The Hill
Monday, January 30, 2017

President Donald Trump ran his campaign on promises of complete overhaul, including the promise to “drain the swamp” that is Washington, D.C.

Analysis and Commentary

Climate Change And National Security: An Opportunity For The Trump Administration—And Everyone Else

by Alice Hillvia Lawfare
Monday, December 19, 2016

After campaigning on the promise to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, last week President-elect Trump seemed to reaffirm his ambivalence about the scientific consensus on the subject when he declared that “[n]obody really knows” whether climate change is real.