Lisa Phillips

In her former role on the Development team, Lisa raised revenue for RMI through philanthropic gifts, grants, and program-related investments to fund programs in all sectors of the global energy transition. With projects in the United States, India, China, and the Global South, RMI focuses on reducing fossil fuel emissions and increasing the uptake of renewable, low-carbon energy sources to mitigate the effects of climate change and limit future warming to 1.5°C. Lisa also champions the organization’s DEI initiatives internally and externally, with an emphasis on giving voice to underrepresented groups through partnerships and collaborations focused on environmental justice.


Lisa comes to RMI from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she facilitated institutional partnerships for projects related to the intersection of climate change and public health. Previously she spent seven years at The Earth Institute of Columbia University, where she served as Executive Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy. At the Lenfest Center, she led development efforts, operations, and program strategy to build and expand innovative research projects focusing on sustainable energy technologies and carbon management. She is also Cofounder and Codirector of PositiveFeedback, a multi-institutional consortium bringing together artists and scientists for research collaborations around climate change. Lisa landed in the sustainability field from a career in the performing arts, initially as a performer and then as a producer, manager, and booking agent representing an international array of contemporary multidisciplinary artists and projects.


M.S., Fundraising and Nonprofit Administration, Columbia University

B.A., French Language and Literature, Boston University