Karina French is a Climate Resilience Fellow at the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. Her research focuses on the social equity implications of climate risk, particularly the impacts on housing access and social services. At the Risk Center, she works on applied quantitative research and Policy Incubator projects, exploring the financial and social risks of climate disasters for urban communities and the benefits of financial resilience and adaptation mechanisms.
Prior to joining the Risk Center, Karina worked on urban climate resilience planning and research at the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), partnering with local governments across the U.S. to develop regional scale policy. Most recently, she was a researcher at the Othering & Belonging Institute, where she conducted data-driven analysis of racial segregation, municipal zoning, and housing siting policies. Karina holds an M.S. in Energy and Resources from University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Geography and B.A. in English Literature from University of Maryland.