Xavier Zheng is a U.S. Clean Energy Intern for the Energy Program. He works to support WRI's local governments in developing and implementing decarbonization initiatives for buildings and transportation sectors.

Before joining WRI, Xavier worked as a research assistant at The Wilson Center; he evaluated China's energy policy and its impact on hydropolitics through a comprehensive analysis of project datasets and policy documents. His research models explored data related to hydropower plants and regional water resource distribution. His work has also appeared in the Maryland Public Service Commission, American Energy Society and SAIS, Johns Hopkins University.

Xavier Zheng is currently finalizing his master's degree at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), specializing in Energy Economics and Policy. His academic journey includes a B.S. in Economics and Finance from the University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, where he graduated with high distinction.

Xavier resides in Washington, D.C., where he continues contributing to the discourse on energy policy and sustainable development.