Director of Philanthropic Services
Virginia Lacy is Energy Innovation’s Director of Philanthropic Services, where she leads work with the firm’s clients to create impactful strategies that achieve their climate and energy philanthropy goals. She has almost 20 years of experience working in clean energy, the electricity sector, socially responsible investing, and environmental policy.
Prior to joining EI, Virginia was a Principal with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), consulting with leading utilities, cities, regulators and other organizations to transform the electricity sector into a more efficient and renewable system. As a leader of RMI’s Electricity Program, she developed partnerships with power sector stakeholders, cultivated individual and foundation philanthropic support, and led project teams primarily focused on utility business model reform, pricing, valuation of distributed energy resources, and utility clean energy strategy. She helped found RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab (e–Lab), a unique multi-year collaboration of electricity industry leaders to develop and scale solutions enabling greater adoption of renewable distributed energy resources. Virginia also served as a strategic advisor to several public utilities commissions, including the New York Public Service Commission as part of the Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision (NY REV) initiative. Virginia has authored or coauthored several publications, including RMI’s book Reinventing Fire.
Earlier in her career, Virginia was a research analyst with the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC), a socially responsible investment research firm, where she analyzed the environmental performance of S&P 1500 companies for some of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. Virginia began her career at the League of Conservation Voters, first as a political fellow during the 1998 presidential election cycle, then as a special assistant to the Chairman of the Board.
Virginia has a B.A. in government from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University.