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Brian O'Hanlon

Brian O’Hanlon

Senior Principal
  • Climate Aligned Industries
  • Climate-Aligned Finance

Brian leads RMI’s Climate Finance Program, where he directs RMI’s work to accelerate change within the financial system and to accelerate capital deployment for the transition to a secure, prosperous, and equitable global economy. He also serves as Executive Director for the Center for Climate-Aligned Finance.


Brian is a recognized leader on international renewable energy project development, policy, and financing.

Previously, Brian served as Managing Director of Business Development for OPIC’s Global Energy Group where he led the group’s origination and account management for financing power projects in developing countries. His team has developed a $5 billion pipeline of potential projects leading to over $1 billion in commitments to finance since 2016. Brian also spent seven years leading the U.S. Department of Commerce’s efforts to develop markets for U.S. renewable energy companies with a particular focus on China and India.

Most recently, Brian served on the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition team.


Brian holds an M.A. in International Relations from American University and a B.A. in Political Science and History from Pacific Lutheran University. He has also passed Level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst exam.

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