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Caroline Ott

Caroline is a former Principal in RMI’s Climate Intelligence Program, where she led the Carbon Markets and Offsets initiative. Previously, Caroline was a founding member of RMI’s Global Climate Finance program, where she led several initiatives: the establishment of the Climate Finance Access Network, an international network of climate finance advisors dedicated to accessing and structuring finance for climate investments in low-income countries; the publication of How to Retire Early: Making Accelerated Coal Phaseouts Feasible and Just, which compared the cost-competitiveness of the existing global coal fleet with new renewables and storage; the publication of the first America’s Pledge report, which analyzed the climate commitments and actions of US states, cities, and businesses; and the program’s thought leadership on climate auctions and net climate finance.


Prior to RMI, Caroline worked at the World Bank in the Climate and Carbon Finance Unit, where she implemented a $50 million project piloting the use of auctions to allocate climate finance. Caroline also worked as a strategy consultant at California Environmental Associates, where she advised more than 20 environmental nonprofits and foundations on program design and evaluation. She began her career as a carbon and environmental markets analyst at Ecosystem Marketplace.


B.A., Economics, Barnard College at Columbia University

M.A., Fletcher School at Tufts University, concentrations in development economics and international environmental resource policy