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Whitney Mann

Senior Associate
  • Climate Aligned Industries
  • Climate-Aligned Finance

Whitney is a senior associate on the Climate Aligned Industries team. She works with the Center for Climate-Aligned Finance on enabling financial institutions to align their investing and lending decisions with climate goals. She also works with the Climate Finance Access Network on improving access to climate finance in least developed countries.


Prior to RMI, Whitney worked as an Analyst with NERA Economic Consulting. At NERA, Whitney supported utilities, regulatory commissions, and governments in the design and implementation of markets and auctions for energy procurement, environmental protection, and climate change mitigation. Whitney’s projects included a market for irrigation rights to protect freshwater resources, auctions for renewable resource generation, and the World Bank’s pilot facility to improve finance for projects that reduce greenhouse gases. Whitney has additionally worked with The Nature Conservancy on corporate engagement strategy for their global water funds and the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale on carbon pricing communications.


Master of Environmental Management, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

B.A. Economics, Washington University in St. Louis


Boulder, CO

Authored Works

Spending Inside the Box

When we think about measures to address climate change, we often think of solar panels or wind farms. While it is true that we need to transition to renewable energy, investment in clean energy generation is only one piece of an economy-wide climate puzzle. To fully decarbonize, we need to…


RMI Introduces the Climate Finance Access Network at COP25

The halls of the United Nations climate conference (COP25) in Madrid this week have been buzzing with discussions about the complex challenges posed by climate change—and the equally complex solutions. Finance plays a central role in the debate, particularly for developing countries trying to navigate the maze of finance…