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Chris Burgess

Christopher Burgess

Projects Director
  • Global South

As the director of projects for RMI’s Global South program, Christopher manages the Islands project management staff and a portfolio of 144 MW of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across the Caribbean region.


Christopher has over 15 years of experience as an environmental professional and project manager with practice in a variety of multi-disciplinary energy and infrastructure projects. He brings a wealth of environmental, renewable energy, and project management experience to his current role.

Before joining Rocky Mountain Institute, Christopher was the chief operating officer at Alpha Energy, a renewable energy development company in Annapolis, Maryland. At Alpha Energy, Christopher was responsible for the company’s feasibility studies and project implementation for commercial and utility scale wind and solar installations. He regularly managed multimillion dollar projects both domestically and internationally.

Christopher also has previous experience as an environmental planner for new and reclaimed commercial site development, as well as a program analyst and team leader with the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. At the EPA, Christopher provided operations support and technical assistance for environmental emergencies nationwide. He was instrumental to operations during EPA’s high profile responses, including Sept. 11th, the Columbia shuttle, and the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

Christopher has written and testified on several provisions for Maryland’s current renewable energy laws, including interconnection, aggregate net-metering, and Maryland’s recently enacted offshore wind energy policy.


Education: M.Sc., Environmental Science & Policy, Johns Hopkins University

B.Sc., Coastal and Environmental Planning, East Carolina University

Why I Love Working At RMI

“I am inspired by the dedication and passion of my colleagues and our island partners in the acceleration of energy transition.”