Rachel Golden

Rachel Golden

  • Carbon-Free Buildings

Rachel co-leads RMI’s Building Electrification Initiative, overseeing RMI’s work at the federal level and in the Interior-West. She also oversees RMI’s equity and justice and city cohort work to drive equitable building decarbonization. Rachel is passionate about developing solutions that eliminate building-sector emissions and improve the quality of life for those most burdened by the climate crisis.


Before joining RMI, Rachel spent fifteen years advancing clean energy and climate policies through work in philanthropy, advocacy, and state government. Rachel launched Sierra Club’s building electrification campaign in California in 2016 and collaboratively grew it into a national campaign covering over a dozen states. Rachel lives in Oakland, California, and can be found biking in the redwood forests with her family.

  • MPP, UC Berkeley–Goldman School of Public Policy (Departmental Fellowship)
  • MA, UC Berkeley–Energy and Resources Group
  • BA, International Development Studies, UC Berkeley
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
  • Switzer Foundation Environmental Leadership Fellow