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lucy kessler

Lucy Kessler

  • Climate Aligned Industries
  • Climate-Aligned Finance

Lucy is a Manager with the Global Climate Finance team and Co-Lead on Steel Finance for RMI’s Center for Climate-Aligned Finance. 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.

Authored Works

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…


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…