Heather McGray is Director of the Climate Resilience Practice.  Under her leadership, Climate Resilience at WRI has grown from a one-person project in 2007 to a cross-cutting practice with teammates in India, the US, and Brazil.  Heather also works with teams across WRI—including Finance, Economics, and Cities—to integrate climate resilience into the institute’s work.  In particular, she is leading the creation of a body of work on urban climate resilience within the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. 

Prior to taking on WRI’s resilience portfolio, Heather worked on the Access Initiative team, where she focused on the role of transparency, participation, and access to justice in addressing environmental problems, including research and civil society training in China’s Yunnan Province. Before joining WRI, Heather’s professional experience included research on environmental management in China; research and negotiations on ISO 14000 environmental standards; coordination of an urban education and development network in New Haven, CT; and management of educational exchange programs for the Yale-China Association.

Heather speaks Mandarin, and holds a Master’s of Environmental Management from Yale University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Oberlin College.

Listen to Heather speak about resilience in the Paris climate agreement on BBC Radio.