As WRI’s Global Engagement Lead for Scaling Up Solar, Laura Van Wie McGrory coordinates efforts with a range of international partners to mobilize investment for a massive global deployment of solar energy technologies by 2030.

Laura has been working to advance climate mitigation and clean energy across the globe for three decades. Before coming to WRI she worked with the Alliance to Save Energy, managing international energy efficiency projects and coalitions and providing energy policy guidance in the United States, Asia, Africa, SE Europe, and Latin America. Laura’s previous positions included a decade-long stint with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, supporting the U.S. appliance standards program and the Department of Energy’s international work, and serving as the Head of LBNL’s Washington, DC office. Prior to that she worked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to produce several climate change mitigation reports and held consulting roles with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank, and the International Institute for Energy Conservation.

Laura serves on the boards of the Efficiency Valuation Organization and the start-up company Pacific Clean Energy Partners. She has a Master of International Affairs/Environmental Policy degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College.

She and her husband Bob are recent empty nesters and live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where they are actively involved in the community theater scene.