Jennifer Rennicks is the Deputy Director, Government Affairs in World Resources Institute's Climate Program.

She works closely with WRI’s Government Affairs team to amplify WRI’s research findings and priorities to advance climate-friendly and clean energy policies in Congress in order to meet the challenges of climate change. She supports congressional outreach, analyzes climate policy issues, and contributes to research across WRI as an expert on the latest climate-related developments in the federal policy space.

Prior to joining WRI, Jennifer served as director of policy and communications at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy for 15 years, and before that was a research associate for the Southern Environmental Law Center, the watershed consortium project manager for Upstate Forever, and an Ecosystem Management Initiative Fellow at the University of Michigan.

Jennifer earned a Masters of Science in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan in 2000, which included a summer of ecological field research in Belize, and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in 1993, which included a semester in Costa Rica. In addition, Jennifer completed an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University in 2016. Jennifer lives in Asheville, NC with her husband, Richard, and their two daughters.