Clay Stranger

Managing Director
  • India Program

Clay Stranger is a Managing Director at RMI, where he leads the India Program. Through diverse engagements with the public and private sectors, he works to build confidence and commitment towards India’s clean energy targets. Clay serves as an advisor to India’s central and state governments on clean energy policy and technology. He is the lead author of over a dozen articles and reports on India’s clean energy opportunity, including the widely cited report, India Leaps Ahead: Transformative Mobility Solutions for All. Clay also co-founded the Urban Mobility Lab in India, a platform that supports a replicable process for identifying, integrating, and implementing mobility solutions in leading geographies, called Lighthouse Cities.

Clay previously served as the Director of the Office of the Chief Scientist, where he oversaw diverse research and collaboration engagements both within and outside RMI. From 2013-2015 he served as the Project Manager of Reinventing Fire: China, a partnership with the Chinese government to examine the maximum feasible share of renewables and efficiency technology in the Chinese energy economy through 2050. Clay has worked on energy strategy in more than 15 countries and brings rigorous approaches to research and engagement to help solve complex challenges in the energy sector.


Prior to joining RMI, Clay worked in viticulture, marketing, and social-business incubation. As a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, he has led expeditions in the Sierra Nevada, Himalaya, and Rocky Mountains.


BA, Ecology and Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz

MBA, Bainbridge Graduate Institute (Presidio Graduate School)


Basalt, CO