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Global Director, Energy Program, World Resources Institute


Nominated by CCCS (Colombia GBC).

Jennifer Layke is the Global Director, Energy Program at World Resources Institute. Jennifer leads an international team of energy specialists delivering the clean energy transition by deploying energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy access solutions. Jennifer has worked across the public, private and NGO sectors to support clean technology, human economic development and to protect the environment.

From 2010-2014, Jennifer created and directed Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency, a global initiative to provide information and analyses on the technologies, policies, and practices to deliver high performance buildings. She co-founded the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), a public-private collaboration of over 50 partners supporting nearly 60 cities implementing energy efficiency policies and projects.

Earlier in her career, her pioneering U.S. Green Power Market Development Group (created in 2000) was the foundation for nearly two decades of corporate renewable energy procurement efforts. In addition to establishing these private sector programs, she led WRI’s work on U.S. cap and trade design from 2006-2009 in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership.

Jennifer’s international experience includes consulting for the World Bank and the U.S. EPA on technology transfer for ozone layer protection under the Montreal Protocol. In 1990, she was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Foundation fellowship for a year of sociology research in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan. She has an A.B. in Asian Studies/Political Studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, and was a student at Nanjing University, China during her undergraduate years. In 1997 she completed a dual M.S. and MBA from the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Sustainability.

Jennifer sits on the Board for the Global Cool Cities Alliance, and was nominated by the Green Building Council of Colombia (CCCS) and elected to the World Green Building Council Board of Directors in 2020, and elected as Vice Chair in 2021.