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Clay Stranger

Director, Office of the Chief Scientist


As Director of the Office of the Chief Scientist at RMI, Clay oversees research, communications, and diverse engagements both within and outside RMI. Clay also serves as Project Manager for Reinventing Fire: China, a partnership with the Chinese government to examine the maximum feasible share of renewables and efficiency technology in the Chinese energy economy through 2050. The project’s aim is to develop a transparent, adjustable, and enduring model to inform China’s energy future. Clay has worked on energy strategy in more than a dozen countries.


Prior to joining RMI, Clay worked in viticulture, marketing, and social-business incubation. As a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, he has led expeditions in the Sierra Nevada, Himalaya, and Rocky Mountains.


Clay holds a BA in Ecology and Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MBA from Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

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