Clay Stranger

Managing Director
  • Carbon-Free Transportation
  • India Program

Clay Stranger is a Managing Director at RMI where he leads the Carbon Free Transportation Program, co-leads the India Program, and serves as Chair of RMI’s Portfolio Management Group. Through global engagements with the public and private sector, he works to establish and implement ambitious decarbonization plans.


Clay has worked on energy transition strategies in more than two dozen countries and serves as an advisor to central and state governments around the world on clean energy policy and technology. He co-founded the Urban Mobility Lab, a platform that supports a replicable process for identifying, integrating, and implementing electric mobility solutions in leading geographies, called Lighthouse Cities.

Previously Clay 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 applies a rigorous approach to research and engagement to help solve complex challenges in the energy sector. He lives in the Rocky Mountains with his wife and daughter.


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

MBA, Bainbridge Graduate Institute (Presidio Graduate School)


Basalt, CO

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