Vincenzo Gudino works on Arctic policy research, examining the state of philanthropic support for Indigenous communities and organizations to adapt to climate change. His work helps raise awareness of the particular challenges facing Indigenous Arctic communities, demonstrating how philanthropies can help fill the gap in aid and resources left by existing state and federal policies. He hopes this research will mobilize support and funding for climate adaptation in Arctic communities.
Gudino is currently earning his master’s degree in Environmental Policy from Wageningen University & Research. His master’s thesis will focus on the role of philanthropy in international climate change loss and damage policy. Previously, Gudino worked with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, where he was immersed in the inner workings of state-level policy making.
Gudino’s work is motivated by a sense of justice, recognizing the unfair consequences that many marginalized populations are facing from climate change. He believes the policy sphere has played a large role in slowing climate action and wants his research to help push forward equitable and effective policies. His future career goals would be to continue working in climate policy and eventually teach in higher education.
Gudino is an enrolled citizen of the Fort Sill Chiricahua Warm Springs Apache Tribe. He grew up in the Chicago area, but now lives in the Netherlands. In his spare time he enjoys playing sand volleyball.