Virginia Lacy

Senior Director, Philanthropic Advisory Services

Virginia Lacy is Energy Innovation’s Senior Director of Philanthropic Advisory 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 Energy Innovation, Virginia was a Principal with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). As a leader of RMI’s Electricity Program and founder of RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab (eLab), she worked with utilities, regulators, corporations, governments and advocates to advance the clean energy transformation of the US electricity system. She led research and project teams focused on utility business model reform, the valuation of renewable energy and distributed energy resources, and clean energy strategy. During her ten-year tenure, Virginia authored or coauthored several publications, including RMI’s book Reinventing Fire.

Prior to RMI, she was an analyst with the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC), a socially responsible investment research firm. Virginia began her career at the national League of Conservation Voters in Washington, D.C.

Virginia has a B.A. in government from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University.

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