Hanling Yang

Director, Global Energy


Areas of expertise:
Environmental law, land use, and climate change.

Under the direction of the Senior Vice President, Energy, Hanling is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to achieve EDF’s global methane reduction goals with a focus on China. She manages and liaises with multidisciplinary, cross-programmatic teams within EDF, helps build and manage coalitions and campaigns in multiple countries, and engage key stakeholder groups, policymakers and international institutions.

Hanling coordinates closely and works collaboratively with colleagues on the International Oil & Gas and Science teams to further global strategy objectives. She is also taking a leading role on researching international laws relevant to the strategy and informing and advising the team and EDF partners and stakeholders on legal issues and questions pertaining to EDF’s international Oil & Gas work.


Prior to her current position, Hanling served as EDF’s China Program Director, and participated and advised on the strategic development and implementation of EDF’s environmental and energy projects in China. Before joining EDF in April 2012, Hanling was an associate director of the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School, a program funded by USAID and the State Department focusing on the improvement of environmental governance and rule of law in China.

Prior to Vermont Law School, Hanling was a senior program manager and director of training at the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development, a non-profit organization headquartered in Portland Oregon committed to the promotion of sustainable development in both the U.S. and China. In this capacity, Hanling directed the China-U.S. Center’s sustainable land use and urban planning training program for Chinese government officials and professionals.


Hanling holds a Juris Doctor degree from Lewis and Clark Law School and a BA in English from Wuhan University, China. Hanling is a member of Oregon Bar Association.


Mandarin, English