Elsa Barron

Elsa Barron,
Program Assistant, The Center for Climate and Security

Elsa Barron is a Program Assistant at the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), an institute of the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR). Previously, she has served as a community organizer with Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light and as a Research Assistant at the Wilson Center Environmental Change and Security Program. She has also completed internships with the Institute for Climate and Peace and the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, where she authored a report on the impacts of COVID-19 on social protection, financial inclusion, and climate finance across seven countries. Elsa writes as an Environmental Journalist through the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines and as a freelance writer on Medium and in other publications. Her writing has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, and the Hill, among others. Her climate activism has been featured in Rolling Stone, Inside Climate News, and Kal Penn Approves this Message.In addition to writing, Elsa is the host of the podcast, Olive Shoot, which highlights reasons for hope in the midst of the climate crisis through the diverse angles and approaches of environmental peacebuilding and security around the world. Elsa graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with majors in biological sciences and peace studies and a minor in sustainability. Upon her graduation, Barron was awarded the Glynn Award for academic excellence and leadership and the Yarrow Award for vision and leadership in the field of peace studies. She was also awarded a Fulbright Grant to study environmental violence and peacebuilding in India and a Boren Scholarship to study Hindi in India, both of which have not been possible due to the pandemic.