Lily founded the Business Renewables Center (BRC) at the Rocky Mountain Institute. BRC was the collaborative network of corporations, renewable developers and service providers that allowed over 15 GW of corporate renewable energy to be added on the grid. She now serves as Distinguished Fellow to Groundswell, a NGO that works with local communities to give them a seat at the table as the new energy transition unfolds. Lily aims to unlock innovative solutions for frontline communities by leveraging the rapid corporate and private sector uptake of large-scale renewable energy.
Lily has a global background, being originally from Vietnam, having grown up in the Philippines, and is a French and recently new U.S. citizen. She is the founder of Mai Ly, a small sustainability consulting service, and PIKO (Planning Innovative Kommunities and Opportunities), a non-profit to serve native Hawai’ians. She also continues to be a Senior Fellow to the Renewables Energy Buyers’ Alliance (REBA), the spinoff of BRC.
With over 20 years experience in sustainability and cleantech investments and finance, she worked at Rocky Mountain Institute on corporate renewables and Ernst & Young as the firm’s global cleantech knowledge leader. She also worked at Calvert investments, where she led energy and climate change due diligence, and worked on indigenous peoples’ rights. At Calvert, she created sustainable investment processes for the Calvert Sustainability Index, Global Alternative Energy Fund, the Global Water Fund, and the first fund strategy on green bonds. Lily has been called on several times as an independent expert to Congress and to review sustainability practices by companies. She loves to be involved, serving on over a dozen boards, advisory councils and steering committees and collaborating on stakeholder reviews and independent panels – especially on energy. She’s also dabbled in environmental governance at the World Resources Institute, in private investment at Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette and in equity research at WI Carr in Southeast Asia.