Heather Clark serves in the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy as the Director for Building Emissions. Heather joined the White House from Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) where she worked on federal and state climate policy to advance equitable decarbonization of buildings with a focus on affordable housing. At RMI, Heather also led technical and deployment strategies to transform existing buildings from climate liabilities to climate assets that store carbon. As both a climate policy and technical building expert, Heather has orchestrated some of the most cutting-edge decarbonization projects in the US for affordable housing to ensure that disenfranchised communities benefit from the transition to a clean energy economy.
Heather’s achievements include spearheading the first large-scale deep energy retrofit in the US; establishing a breakthrough solar power purchase entity for affordable housing; and creating WinnCompanies green building program for 90,000+ affordable apartments. Heather also founded Biome Studio, a design and development consultancy. Heather was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve as Energy Efficiency Expert on the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council that oversees the Commonwealth’s utility energy efficiency programs. While at the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), Heather was the New York State Director for the US Department of Energy’s Rebuild America Program. Heather is also an award-winning visual artist where she utilizes public art and large-scale interactive art installations to convey stories of social justice and the environment.
Heather holds an MS in Real Estate Development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Environmental Science and Community Planning, summa cum laude, from Cornell University.