U.S. Federal Initiative Director
Rekha Rao is the U.S. Federal Initiative Director for Climate Imperative, an Energy Innovation project to cut carbon emissions at the speed and scale needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Rekha is a clean energy policy expert with over 15 years of experience in state and federal regulatory and legislative policy. Most recently at PG&E, she led a policy team responsible for developing and coordinating state and federal renewable and climate policy and strategy across the organization and collaborating with key stakeholders, such as other investor-owned utilities, environmental organizations, and labor unions.
Rekha has led legislative and regulatory policy development for a number of different organizations in the private and non-profit sector, including at Grid Alternatives. She spent a number of years doing policy and legal work for two energy law firms in Washington D.C., where she advised clients on energy project development, facilitated interactions between clients and relevant federal regulatory agencies, and assisted clients with federal legislative communications and advocacy.
Rekha has her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in Political Science and Spanish, and graduated with a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law in Washington D.C. A native of Southern California, she now lives in the Bay Area with her husband, daughter, and giant labradoodle.