Chikondi Thangata is an Associate with the International Climate Action team, specifically working with the Allied for Climate Transformation 2025 (ACT2025) consortium. ACT2025 aims to elevate and amplify perspectives and priorities from developing and climate vulnerable countries in key negotiating spaces. Chikondi joined WRI as an intern, also with the International Climate Action team before transitioning to her current role.

Prior to joining WRI, Chikondi interned with a clean energy startup in Kenya where she used GIS software and performed data analysis to determine how best to roll out the use of bioethanol as an alternative form of cooking fuel. These internship experiences in Kenya and with WRI led Chikondi to become interested in climate policy, renewable energy and environmental justice.

Chikondi holds an M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy, and a B.A. in Global Environmental Studies, both from Clark University. Identifying as a “third culture kid” after growing up in multiple countries, Chikondi loves traveling, learning languages, and most recently, exploring Washington DC.