As manager of the Office of the Chief Scientist at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Clay oversees research, communications, and diverse engagements both within and outside RMI. Clay is also the founding Project Manager for Reinventing Fire: China, a partnership with the Chinese government to examine the maximum feasible share of renewables and energy efficiency in the Chinese economy through 2050. The project’s aim is to develop a transparent, adjustable, and enduring model to inform China’s energy future.
Clay is a recognized thought leader on resource issues and has worked on energy strategy in more than a dozen countries. He is a regular speaker at resource and energy conferences. Prior to joining RMI, Clay worked in viticulture, marketing, and social-business incubation. As a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, he has led expeditions in the Sierra Nevada, Himalaya, and Rocky Mountains. Clay holds a BA in Ecology and Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MBA from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, with a specialization in restorative resource management.