lucy kessler

Lucy Kessler

  • Climate-Aligned Finance

Lucy is a Manager with the Global Climate Finance team. In her role, Lucy has worked on a range of projects, from advancing access to climate finance in developing countries, to identifying opportunities for the financial sector to align global capital flows with climate targets.


Since joining RMI in 2018, Lucy has helped develop the Climate Finance Access Network, designed to build capacity in developing countries to increase access to climate finance. Additionally, through the Center for Climate-Aligned Finance, Lucy co-leads efforts to engage the financial sector in decarbonizing the global steel industry. Prior to her work on the Center, Lucy co-authored Reinventing Climate Finance, and helped support the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative, a private-sector-led initiative formed by Michael Bloomberg and chief executives from seven major private-sector institutions.

Prior to RMI, Lucy studied at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies where she specialized in Energy and Business, with a focus on finance, including renewable energy project finance and sustainable finance. Lucy brings a range of expertise to her work at RMI, from advancing clean energy solutions at the local level, to working on climate advocacy programs internationally. Prior to graduate school, Lucy worked at the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) in Aspen, Colorado where she assisted Colorado communities in implementing their sustainability plans and helped drive the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.


Master of Environmental Management (M.E.M), Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

B.A., Biology, Colorado College


Certificate in Leading with Finance, Harvard Business School
Certificate in Climate Finance, World Bank
Certificate of Knowledge, Building Science Principles
Certificate in Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

Why I Love Working At RMI

I am privileged to work at RMI for the opportunity to collaborate with an incredibly diverse and talented group of individuals on a common imperative: aligning the world’s economy with a 1.5-degree future.