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Lucy Kessler

Senior Associate
  • Global Climate Finance

Lucy is a Senior Associate with the Global Climate Finance team at Rocky Mountain Institute where she is working to design tools and instruments to improve the efficiency of the global climate finance system. Her portfolio includes projects to advance climate finance access for least developed countries, and initiatives focused on making financial flows consistent with a two-degree pathway.


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) 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 Climate Finance, World Bank

Certificate of Knowledge, Building Science Principles

Certificate in Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School


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: to redirect the flow of capital in order to drive a global transition to a clean energy economy.

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

How Private Finance is Moving the Needle on Climate Action

New York City is abuzz with Climate Week, with hundreds of events showcasing climate action, report releases, new partnerships, and ambitious commitments. Adding to the buzz is the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative (CFLI), a private-sector-led initiative formed by Michael Bloomberg and chief executives from seven major private-sector institutions. This…

Outlet Blog Post

Unsnarling Climate Finance Gridlock

For developing countries seeking financial support for climate investments, navigating the global climate finance system is akin to exploring a foreign city without a map. There are billions of dollars managed by hundreds of funds—each with their own applications, funding requirements, and approval processes. Along the way, developing countries may…