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James Mitchell

  • Global Climate Finance

James works to align capital flows with climate targets through innovative research on climate risks and opportunities as well as highly ambitious cross-sector collaborations. James has played a leading role in the creation of the Poseidon Principles, the first global climate alignment agreement for financial institutions. James also manages the Reinventing Climate Finance and Coal Capital Transition initiatives.


James is a climate finance practitioner and thought leader on decarbonization. Prior to RMI, James held roles at the Carbon War Room and Oxford University Sustainable Finance Programme. This previous work—focusing largely on climate risks and opportunities—is incorporated into the strategies of some of the world’s largest funds and financiers. His research and thought leadership spanning multiple industries has been featured in top-tier publications globally. James has also held roles in East African microfinance and local government sustainability.


MSc, Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy, University of Oxford

BA, Environmental Studies (Summa Cum Laude), University of Missouri – Kansas City

BM, Cello Performance, Conservatory of Music and Dance, Kansas City, Missouri


Boulder, CO

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