RMI’s insight brief on state pre-emption of local clean energy and electrification policies: how communities are harmed & who is behind these laws.
Michael Donatti is a Senior Associate on RMI’s Urban Transformation team. His primary focus is supporting the City of Houston with implementation of its Climate Action Plan, but he also supports broader efforts to help cities mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis.
Prior to joining RMI, Michael was an Associate at the management consulting firm Oliver Wyman. There, he focused on climate and sustainability topics for clients, working with companies across oil and gas, fuels, aviation, financial services, and other industries. He also helped manage the firm’s internal carbon strategy. While with OW, he also held a six-month secondment on RMI’s Islands and Energy team, working to build a financial mechanism for critical facilities in low- to moderate-income communities in Puerto Rico to gain access to solar and storage backup power. Prior to OW, he held internships with the Environmental Defense Fund (focusing on reducing oil and gas sector methane emissions), BP America, and Bechtel Oil, Gas, and Chemical.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rice University
M.S., Environmental Policy and Management, University of Bristol (Fulbright University of Bristol Partnership Award)