Experts & Staff

WRI brings together nearly 1,900 staff and experts who are leaders in their fields. Their work spans topics such as food and land use, energy, cities, economics, finance, governance and more. Our staff and researchers work globally and in 12 focus countries to meet people’s essential needs, to protect and restore nature, and to stabilize the climate and build resilient communities.

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45 Featured Experts

Program Experts & Staff

Iman Abdulwassi Abubaker

Urban Mobility Project Manager, WRI Africa

Zablon Adane

Water Program Associate, WRI Africa

Zablon Adane

Nate Aden

Senior Associate

Sadof Alexander

Communications Manager, Cities4Forests

Sadof Alexander.

Agraw Ali

GIS Research Analyst, WRI Africa

Melissa Barbanell

Director of U.S.-International Engagement at World Resources Institute

Melissa Barbanell.

Lisa Beyer

Urban Water Infrastructure Manager

Lisa Beyer.

Lori Bird

Director, US Energy Program and Polsky Chair for Renewable Energy

Lori Bird

Phillip Burgoyne-Allen

Technical Assistance & Policy Implementation Manager, Electric School Bus Initiative, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Phillip Burgoyne-Allen

Matthew Cronin

Project Coordinator II

Matthew Cronin

Alyssa Curran

E-Mobility Financial Solutions and Equity Research Associate

Alyssa Curran

Alexander Dane

Senior Manager, Clean Energy Innovation & Partnerships

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Nii Darko Darko

Research Analyst II, Cities Program, WRI Africa

Carrie Dellesky

Program and Outreach Manager, Carbon Removal and Industrial Innovation

Carrie Dellesky

Christopher M. Ede-Calton

Senior Engagement Manager, Land & Carbon Lab

Christopher M. Ede-Calton

Beakal Fasil

Communications and Engagement Specialist, The New Climate Economy, WRI Africa

Beakal Fasil

Aklilu Fikresilassie

Director, Thriving Resilient Cities, WRI Africa; Representative of WRI in Ethiopia

Aklilu Fikresilassie.

Sue Gander

Director, Electric School Bus Initiative, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Sue Gander.

Ankita Gangotra

Associate II, Industrial Innovation and Carbon Removal, U.S. Climate Program

Ankita Gangotra

Todd Gartner

Director, Cities4Forests and Natural Infrastructure

Todd Gartner.

Tatsatom Gonçalves

Research Associate, Energy Program

Tatsatom Gonçalves

Zachary Greene

Senior Manager, Clean Energy

Lidia Henderson

Manager, Technical Assistance, Electric School Bus Initiative

Lidia Henderson

Matt Herbert

Communications Manager, Climate Program, WRI US

Joel Jaeger

Senior Research Associate, Systems Change Lab

Joel Jaeger

Yuke Kirana

Data Analyst, Systems Change Lab

Yuke Kirana

Dan Lashof

Director, WRI United States

Dan Lashof

Katie Lebling

Associate II, Carbon Removal and Industrial Decarbonization

Katie Lebling.

Haley Leslie-Bole

Manager, US Lands and Climate

Christian Madera

Global Director for Digital Communications

Christian Madera

Elise Mazur

GIS Research Associate, Land & Carbon Lab

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Felipe A Ramirez Buitrago

Urban Mobility Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities 

Felipe A Ramirez Buitrago

Devashree Saha

Director, US Clean Energy Economy Program

Devashree Saha

Ashni Shah

Grants and Finance Specialist II - Electric Mobility, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Ashni Shah

Lacey Shaver

Senior Manager, City Clean Energy

Lacey Shaver.

Nate Shelter

Senior Communications Manager & Editor

Nate Shelter

Leila Surratt

Director of Strategic Partnerships, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Leila Surratt

Taylor Symes

Communications Specialist

Taylor Symes

Muluneh Tarekegn

Programs and Research Specialist, Water Program, WRI Africa

Muluneh Tarekegn

Harriet Tregoning

Director, NUMO Alliance