Caitlin Smith

Caitlin Smith

  • Climate Intelligence

Caitlin manages RMI’s Carbon Markets Initiative. She helps design and shape, and guides the implementation of the team’s work on how to build trust, integrity, and credibility in the voluntary carbon market. She works closely with other RMI partners and internal teams to ensure the data-focused, analytical work of the Carbon Markets team, captures the complexity and creativity of the technical solutions required to reach 1.5°C, and helps address the VCM’s structural data and process issues to improve the market’s overall credibility, integrity, and climate performance.


A Boulder native, Caitlin brings a dynamic and international background to the Carbon Markets team. She examined public climate finance issues for six years on behalf of the United States Department of the Treasury, the World Resources Institute’s Sustainable Finance Center, and as an embedded advisor with the Fijian Ministry of Economy’s Climate Change Division. This included policy work on institutional design at the Green Climate Fund, Paris Alignment among the international financial institutions and G20, and helping the Fijian government improve its use of, and access to, international public climate finance.

Prior to climate finance, she briefly consulted on water scarcity and electricity policy and taught English in South Korea and the Republic of Georgia.


MA, International Economics and Climate Change, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
BA, Sociology, The George Washington University