Jun Ukita Shepard

Jun is a former Manager in RMI’s Strategy Team and US Program. She developed open-access analytics and models to accelerate climate ambition.


Jun joins RMI from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, where she received her PhD. Her research focused on using large, publicly available databases to explore the intersection of global energy systems and international trade. Prior to her doctoral studies at Duke, she was a research fellow at a state policy lab based in the economics department at Brown University. At Brown, she led policy evaluations using large administrative data and statistical methods. Jun was a Young Summer Scientist at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in 2019, where her research was funded by the National Academy of Sciences.


PhD, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University
MPhil, Environmental Policy, University of Cambridge
A.B., Environmental Science and Public Policy, Harvard University