Gwen Ruta

Executive Vice President

Work

Areas of expertise:
Business and the environment, clean energy, climate policy

Gwen draws on three decades of management experience in leading EDF’s program staff to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems in the areas of climate change, fisheries management, habitat conservation and protection of public health. She focuses on ensuring that EDF’s strategies and goals are grounded in core EDF values of scientific and economic rigor and nonpartisanship, and supported through creative communications and partnerships. She also leads EDF’s global initiatives in Europe and China.

Previously, Gwen served as Senior Vice President for Climate & Energy at EDF, overseeing programs to accelerate renewable energy and utilize markets to catalyze innovation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Earlier, as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Gwen spurred innovation and transformation in market sectors from shipping to retail to fleets. Notable initiatives included slashing supply chain greenhouse gas emissions with Walmart, creating a market for hybrid trucks with FedEx, and launching EDF Climate Corps, an innovative business fellowship program to catalyze energy efficiency.

Background

Prior to joining EDF, Gwen was Vice President at Metcalf & Eddy, an international environmental engineering firm. She has also held senior management positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  She began her career in engineering working at a Texaco oil refinery.

Gwen is on the Board of Directors of the Environmental League of Massachusetts and the Center for Responsible Shale Development, and was once named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance by Treasury and Risk magazine.

Degrees

  • M.P.A., Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia