Jake Levine, a son of former Rep. Mel Levine, D-Santa Monica, was named Monday as the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation’s chief climate officer.

In the position, Levine will lead DFC’s efforts to confront the climate crisis, including leading execution of the agency’s recently announced plan to reach net zero emissions by 2040 and increase new climate-focused investments by 33% beginning in 2023.

The agency also named Aparna Shrivastava as deputy chief climate officer. She is tasked with helping lead and coordinate DFC’s climate efforts with the interagency and integrate a climate focus throughout all of the agency’s lines of operation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jake and Aparna to DFC at such a critical time for the agency, as we commit to reach net zero by 2040 and pledge to increase our climate investments,” said DFC Chief Operating Officer David Marchick. “These extraordinary professionals bring significant expertise and leadership to DFC and will lead our efforts to implement and advance President Biden’s Climate Finance Plan.”

Levine most recently served as an attorney at an international firm, advising clients on a broad range of policy, regulatory, litigation, and commercial matters related to climate, clean energy, and clean air. Prior to joining the firm, Levine was senior counsel and principal consultant to California State Senator Fran Pavley, where he led the successful campaign to draft, design, and enact landmark climate and environmental justice legislation in the state.

Shrivastava is a climate adaptation and international development specialist with a decade of experience in sustainable development and humanitarian work across East Africa, Central America, and South and Southeast Asia. Most recently she has worked at the intersection of climate change and finance to support developing countries.

The elder Levine was in the Assembly from 1977-82.

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