Ms. Jennifer Layke

Ms. Jennifer Layke

Global Director - Energy Program, World Resource Institute, USA

Jennifer Layke is the Director of the Global Energy Program at World Resources Institute. Jennifer leads WRI’s work globally on energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy access. From 2014-2016, Jennifer’s work focused on scaling up the Building Efficiency Accelerator – a partnership of over 30 organizations working with 23 cities around the world supporting new policies, projects, and tracking – contributing to the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative’s energy efficiency goal.

From 2010-2014, Jennifer created and directed Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency, a global initiative to provide information and analyses on the technologies, policies, and practices to deliver high performance buildings.

Jennifer’s prior experience includes 12 years at the World Resources Institute where she was deputy director, Climate and Energy Program. She developed innovative energy procurement paths for corporate use of clean energy in the U.S. and Europe, managed corporate partnerships to reduce GHG emissions, and led work on U.S. carbon cap-and-trade policy approaches.

Jennifer’s international experience includes consulting for the World Bank and the U.S. EPA on technology transfer for ozone layer protection. She has an A.B. in Asian Studies/Political Studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, and a M.S. and MBA from the University of Michigan. In 1990, she was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Foundation fellowship for a year of sociology research in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan.