Heather House is a manager on RMI’s Urban Transformation program where she works closely with cities and counties to provide guidance and technical assistance to achieve local government climate and energy commitments. Heather is currently seconded to the United Nations Climate Change High Level Champions team as a City Engagement Manager. For the year before secondment, Heather managed RMI’s Resilient Texas Communities initiative, focused on providing support to Texas cities and counties to advance resilience.
Heather has also worked on an effort to help US cities procure renewable energy and decarbonize their electricity supplies, in partnership with World Resources Institute and supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies under their American Cities Climate Challenge. She largely focused on building coalitions of cities and counties and providing them with strategic guidance and technical assistance to advance their climate goals in critical decisions made at regulatory agencies, utilities, regional transmission operators, and state legislatures.
Prior to working on the American Cities Climate Challenge, Heather was on RMI’s Mobility Transformation team, working to create a future of shared, electric, mobility-as-a-service. Heather was on-the-ground in Austin, Texas, for two years working directly with key stakeholders on mobility transformation in Austin. In this role she worked on strategies to electrify fleets of high-mileage vehicles, commuting solutions for low-income workers, and mobility-oriented development pilots.
Heather has been with RMI since October of 2016.
Heather came to RMI with a diverse background in the cleantech industry. Before RMI, she worked at Austin Energy on the Electric Vehicle and Emerging Technologies team where she worked primarily on the Department of Energy’s grant-funded SunShot Initiative, Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) project. She also worked at Meridian Solar, CleanTech Open, and CleanTX, where she ran the first-ever EV group-buy in Texas.
Heather pursued a graduate degree program in Japan and Germany with a focus on International Material Flow Management and International Cooperation Policy. While studying, Heather interned at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and at the German Institute for Applied Material Flow Management. Heather also worked at Chesapeake Energy and Access Midstream for a year in their GIS department.
B.A., Environmental Sustainability: Planning and Management, Political Science (minor), Spanish (minor), University of Oklahoma
M.Sci., International Cooperation Policy, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University