Dale Medearis, PhD

Dale Medearis is a senior environmental planner for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, where he co-leads the NVRC’s regional climate mitigation and adaptation programs and manages NVRC’s international partnerships. Medearis helped co-launch the first formal climate and energy partnership between the 40 largest US and European metropolitan regional councils, co-initiate the Transatlantic Climate Bridge, co-launch the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s “Cities and Climate” Network, and co-develop the Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue with the Free University Berlin. Prior to NVRC, Medearis spent 20 years at the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of International Affairs as the program manager for western Europe and urban environmental programs. He served as vice-chair of the OECD Territorial Development Committee and chairman of the OECD Working Group on Urban Affairs. Medearis was a German Chancellor Fellow (1994-1995) and has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the European Union, and the American Council on Germany. Medearis holds a PhD in environmental design and planning from Virginia Tech University, an MS in cartographic and geographic science from George Mason University, an MGA in government from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in international relations from the University of Redlands.