Trigg Talley

Visiting Fellow/Research Program
talleyt [at]
B.A. in English Literature/American Studies, University of Virginia; Masters in International Affairs, Columbia University


Trigg Talley is a member of the U.S. Government Senior Executive Service and has served in various roles as a diplomat and negotiator of environment agreements since 1995. Mr Talley is at the Center from 3 September 2019 to 30 June 2020.

In his most recent post, Mr Talley served as chief negotiator and led the official US delegation through several rounds of negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. He serves as the US focal point for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, manages the State Department’s program portfolio on climate-related foreign assistance, and oversees US government diplomatic engagement on climate-related issues where they arise in other contexts, including the G7, G20, Arctic Council, APEC. and others.

In the Research Program, Mr Talley will be predominantly working with Victoria Keener and the Pacific RISA team and will examine and engage in  Hawaii’s state- and local-level implementation efforts on clean energy, resilience, and other environmental goals.  He will also be engaging with countries and experts in the Asia-Pacific Region on sustainability issues and will be working with the Hawaii Green Growth initiative as it launches a new global island platform for enhancing island sustainability efforts.