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Aimée Christensen

Aimée Christensen

Chief Executive Officer, Christensen Global Strategies

Titles

  • Founder & Executive Director, Sun Valley Institute
  • Chief Executive Officer, Christensen Global Strategies
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation at ASU
  • Member, Board of Directors, EnerBlue
  • Member, Board of Governors, Andrus Center for Public Policy, Boise State University

Biography

Aimée Christensen is the founder and executive director of the Sun Valley Institute, advancing policy leadership, public engagement and targeted investments to ensure economic prosperity, environmental protection and human wellbeing in its home community of Idaho’s Wood River Valley and to serve as a resource for communities everywhere. She is also CEO of Christensen Global Strategies, which she founded in 2005 to advise corporations, investors, governments and organizations worldwide. Her clients have included Autodesk, the Clinton Global Initiative, Duke Energy, FEMSA, the Global Ocean Commission, Microsoft, Ogilvy, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swiss Re, The Elders, United Nations Foundation and Virgin.

She has over twenty-five years’ experience in policy, law, investment, and philanthropy – including with the World Bank, Baker & McKenzie, Google and the U.S. Department of Energy, where she began her career, negotiating the first U.S. bilateral climate change agreements (Costa Rica, et al, 1994-1998) and negotiating and managing the first regional sustainable energy agenda for the Summit of the Americas (1994). At Google, she guided the company’s first climate change initiatives, including a commitment to carbon neutrality, successfully lobbying for passage of California’s climate change legislation, and launching the first climate project for Google.org to accelerate the electrification of transportation.

In 2012, she served as special adviser to the UN Secretary General's high-level group on Sustainable Energy for All mobilizing business commitments toward the SE4All goals. 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 has 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, for family and to manage investments and has aligned her family’s investments with their impact goals, including as a founding member of Divest-Invest and investing in several solar energy projects and funds. She wrote the first university endowment investment policy on climate change which was adopted by the Stanford University Board of Trustees in 1999.

Christensen is a sought out speaker and moderator, including: at the Milken Institute Global Conference, chairing the “Saving the World From Us: Strategies for Conservation” discussion with Academy Award-winning director and producer Kathryn Bigelow, conservationists David Bonderman, Philippe Cousteau and Thomas Kaplan; speaking on the “Economic Implications of Climate Change” panel with the Ambassador of France to the United States, the CEO of the Nature Conservancy and the Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic; at the Milken Institute Global Conference (April 2015), chairing the “How Fast Can Small Grow? The Case for Solar Power” discussion at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford (April 2015); and in Paris – during the UN COP21 – at the UN Foundation’s Earth to Paris event, chairing a conversation among Paul Bunje, Lead Energy & Environment, XPRIZE, John Woolard, VP of Energy, Google and Adrian Grenier – actor, activist & DELL Social Good Advocate (December 2016).

For her ongoing environmental leadership, in April 2011, the Hillary Institute of International Leadership’s international board chose Christensen as its third global laureate for exceptional leadership on Climate Change Solutions. In 2010, she was awarded an Aspen Institute Catto Environmental Leadership Fellowship. She spoke on energy issues at the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008, where she was also named an “emerging leader” by the New Leaders Council. She has a BA from Smith College and a JD from Stanford Law School.

Education

  • JD, Stanford Law School
  • BA, Smith College