Aimée Christensen

Executive Director at: Sun Valley Institute

Background

Aimée Christensen has twenty-five years of experience in energy, climate change and sustainability across policy, law, investment, and philanthropy, including with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), World Bank, Baker & McKenzie and Google. She is currently CEO of Christensen Global Strategies and executive director of the Sun Valley Institute, building resilience for economic prosperity, environmental protection and human wellbeing in the Wood River Valley of Idaho and serving as a model and resource for communities everywhere.

She is a strategic, entrepreneurial leader: at the Department of Energy she drafted and negotiated the first bilateral climate change agreements (U.S. – Costa Rica 1994, et al.), while in law school she wrote and gained adoption of the first university endowment investment policy on climate change (Stanford University, 1999), she helped build the climate and energy agenda for the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meetings, CGI America, and CGI Latin America, and she advised then-Mayor Cory Booker in greening the City of Newark, NJ to meet job creation and crime reduction goals (2006-2009). At CGS, she advises corporations, investors, governments, philanthropists, and organizations worldwide, including the Clinton Global Initiative, Duke Energy, FEMSA, Microsoft, Ogilvy, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swiss Re, The Elders, the United Nations and Virgin. In 2012 she served as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy For All; in 2010 and 2011, she was the founding program chair of the World Climate Summit, gathering over 800 business leaders to act on climate. She advised Virgin Unite in shaping three of Sir Richard Branson’s initiatives: The Elders, The Carbon War Room, and The B Team. In 2009 she moved home to Sun Valley, Idaho where she manages her family’s investments including in several solar energy projects, companies, and funds. In that role, she serves on the founding Steering Committee of the Climate Solutions Collaborative, a partnership between two impact investment networks, CREO (Cleantech, Renewables and Environmental Opportunities) and Confluence Philanthropy, mobilizing investment into climate solutions. Locally, she serves on the Ketchum Energy Advisory Committee, she is the curator of TEDxSunValley, and she founded the Sun Valley Institute to protect regional quality of life and to serve as a model and resource to communities everywhere, convening the annual Sun Valley Forum to share strategies and catalyze action. She is a sought-after speaker, host and facilitator at events, including the Clinton Global Initiative, GreenBiz, the Milken Institute’s Global Conference, and the Skoll World Forum.

She serves on the boards of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, Advocates for the West, ecoAmerica, the National Forest Foundation, and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute on Sustainability at Arizona State University. In recognition of her accomplishments, Aimée is a 2017 Idaho Women in Leadership & Zions Bank laureate, the 2011 Hillary Institute Global Laureate and a 2010 Aspen Catto Fellow. She has a BA from Smith College and a JD from Stanford Law School.