Jackie Prince Roberts
Director of Sustainable Technologies, Climate & Air
Areas of expertise: Climate change, global warming, sustainable technologies, renewable energy, industrial energy efficiency
Jackie Roberts is an expert on how firms can best respond to emerging environmental challenges. She works to develop and promote policies that provide an effective framework for businesses to harness new market opportunities sparked by the growing demand for efficient and renewable energy sources, utilize new clean technologies to enhance their firm's competitiveness, and meet green workforce needs.
Jackie works with businesses, economic development experts, labor representatives and technical experts. She also helps identify and develop solutions for the unintended environmental consequences of new technologies.
Jackie previously worked at Environmental Defense Fund (1990-2003) as manager of the Environmental Alliances program (now Corporate Partnerships), director of the Alliance for Environmental Innovation project and staff scientist.
She crafted partnerships with Fortune 500 companies such as UPS, FedEx, McDonald's and Starbucks to develop innovative approaches to reducing their environmental impacts. She also conducted research and led advocacy efforts to improve environmental management in the corporate sector.
Prior to re-joining EDF, Jackie consulted on corporate environmental strategies ranging from energy and air issues to investing in ecosystem services. Her clients included Chevron, Calpine and Forest Trends. Jackie was an engineer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She was invited to be a senior fellow on the faculty of Harvard Business School to develop curriculum on emerging environmental strategies (1993-1994).
Jackie has served on several boards:
- Advisory Board, Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business, 2002 – 2007.
- Board of Directors, Appalachian Mountain Club, 1996-98.
- Board of Advisors, University of Michigan Corporate Environmental Management Program, 1998-2001.
- Yale School of Management, M.B.A., 1989.
- Yale School of Forestry, Master in Environmental Studies, 1989.
- Yale University, B.S. in Chemical Engineering, 1984.
- Received a Presidential Environment and Conservation Challenge Award for achievements of the Environmental Defense-McDonald’s Partnership (1991).
- Environmental Protection Agency Award for Excellence for accomplishments in the New Bedford Harbor superfund site (1986).