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.

Contact our media team to arrange an interview with any of our experts.

26 Featured Experts

Program Experts & Staff

Nate Aden

Senior Associate

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

Matthew Cronin

Project Coordinator II

Matthew Cronin

Alexander Dane

Senior Manager, Clean Energy Innovation & Partnerships

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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

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.

Zachary Greene

Senior Manager, Clean Energy

Lidia Henderson

Associate, School District Technical Assistance

Lidia Henderson

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

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

Ashni Shah

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

Ashni Shah

Nate Shelter

Senior Communications Manager & Editor

Nate Shelter

Taylor Symes

Communications Specialist

Taylor Symes

Harriet Tregoning

Director, NUMO Alliance

Debbie Weyl

Deputy Director, WRI United States

Debbie Weyl

Savannah Willard

Grants and Finance Specialist, Air Quality, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Savannah Willard

Shannon Wood

Legislative Engagement Analyst, U.S. Climate

Shannon Wood.
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