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Justin Locke


Washington, D.C.

Justin Locke is the Director of the Islands Energy Program, bringing over 15 years of international development and project management experience to his current role at Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room– most of which was dedicated to addressing the unique development challenges of small island developing states in the Caribbean and Pacific regions. 


He has a wealth of technical and operational experience in the fields of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, distributed renewable energy systems, livelihoods, and social mobilization.

Before joining RMI-Carbon War Room, Justin held the position of Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank, where he managed one of the Bank’s largest per capita investment portfolios. He also led national planning processes for Eastern Caribbean countries which were designed to develop and deploy tailored national adaptation and mitigation strategies for achieving climate resilience at the country level.

Justin has also worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Regional Center in the Pacific Region, providing technical assistance to over 14 Pacific island countries, and also worked at the UNDP Multi-Country Office in Samoa where he designed and implemented the UNDP’s regional flagship program in the Polynesian sub-region. Justin serves on the Board of Directors for a number of nonprofit organizations, including Sustainable Bolivia.


  • MA in Public Administration in International Management, Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • Dual-bachelor's, University of California, Davis
  • Peace Corps Volunteer (2002-2004), Republic of Kiribati
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