Jane Chu is a Senior Analyst in CPI’s San Francisco office, where she leads sustainable city research for The Lab and provides secretariat support to the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance.

Prior to joining CPI, Jane worked on climate and energy issues with the World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Energy Foundation. Jane has also consulted for the United Nations, Asian Development Bank, AECOM, WBCSD, Burning Man, and New York City on projects ranging from agriculture to oceans to industrial ecology.

Jane started her career in China, where she was deeply involved with the civil society network behind the Pollution Information Transparency Index, widely known as the country’s first toxics release inventory and the first time for a third party to assess Chinese government performance. Jane also contributed to China’s Eco-City and Eco-Industrial Parks policies, informed sustainability strategy for China’s largest real estate developer, and has experience setting up new China operations in the wake of the country’s Foreign NGO Management Law.

Jane’s passion for the intersection of sustainability, finance, and the built environment led to her obtaining a Master’s in City Planning from MIT, Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry, and MBA from the Yale School of Management. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at San Diego.