Elizabeth O’Grady

Senior Associate

Elizabeth is a former Senior Associate in Rocky Mountain Institute’s Building Practice working on the Global Cooling Prize. The objective of the prize is to develop and scale a residential cooling solution that consumes five times less grid-supplied energy than today’s standard products. This technology could prevent up to 100 gigatons of CO2-equivalent emissions by 2050 and prevent 1°C of global warming by 2100. Elizabeth is also part of the Africa Energy program, focused on our work in Uganda.


Prior to joining RMI, Elizabeth worked for PowerGen Renewable Energy in Nairobi, Kenya for over three years. PowerGen is a solar minigrid developer in East Africa where Elizabeth led the Grid Development team responsible for building the pipeline of minigrid sites and engaging the local communities. She hired, managed, and structured the work of the thirteen-person multinational team and developed the data analysis processes that allowed PowerGen to model anticipated energy usage and revenue for villages and customers.


BSE, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University