James Mitchell

James Mitchell

  • Climate-Aligned Finance

James Mitchell (he/him) is a Director at the Center for Climate-Aligned Finance and a Principal at RMI. A practitioner and thought leader with deep expertise in climate, sustainable finance, and industry, he works to align capital with climate targets through innovative research and ambitious cross-sector collaborations.


James led the development of the Poseidon Principles, which launched in June 2019 as the first global climate-alignment agreement for financial institutions, and he serves as an advisor to the Poseidon Principles Association today. His thinking and research on climate risk spanning several industries is incorporated into the strategies of some of the world’s largest funds and financial institutions and has been featured globally in publications including the Economist, Financial Times, Guardian, New York Times, and many others. James previously held roles at Carbon War Room and the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme.


M.Sc., Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy, University of Oxford
B.A., Environmental Studies (Summa Cum Laude), University of Missouri–Kansas City
B.M., Cello Performance, Conservatory of Music and Dance, Kansas City, Missouri


London, UK