lucy kessler

Lucy Kessler

Lucy is a former manager with the Global Climate Finance team. In her role, Lucy led the development of the Sustainable STEEL Principles, the first climate-aligned finance agreement for the steel sector. Drawing from her expertise in sustainable finance and facilitation of global agreements, she now oversees the design and development of similar frameworks for the aviation and cement sectors. Lucy served on the Technical Working Group for the Climate Bonds Initiative and Expert Advisory Group at SBTi to develop their steel target-setting guidance. In addition, she leads the center’s work implementing a transition finance forum in collaboration with UK Finance.

During her time at RMI, Lucy has worked on a range of projects, from the Climate Finance Access Network to the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative, a private-sector-led project 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.

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.

  • MEM, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • BA, 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