Aimée Christensen has twenty-five years’ experience in policy, law, investment, business and philanthropy including with Google, the World Bank, Baker & McKenzie, and the U.S. Department of Energy, where she negotiated the first bilateral and regional agreements on climate change. In 2012 she served as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All and she advised Virgin Unite in shaping three of Sir Richard Branson’s initiatives: The Elders, The Carbon War Room, and The B Team. As “Climate Maven” at Google, she guided the company’s first climate change initiatives including a commitment to carbon neutrality, successfully lobbying for California’s climate change legislation, and launching the first climate project for Google.org, to accelerate the electrification of transportation.
In 2009 she moved home to Sun Valley, Idaho where she manages her family’s investments including in clean energy projects, companies and funds. She serves on the boards of the National Forest Foundation, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute on Sustainability at Arizona State University, the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, and advanced battery company EnerBlu. She is the convener of The Sun Valley Forum and founder and co-organizer of TEDxSunValley. Aimée is a 2017 Women in Leadership & Zions Bank laureate, the 2011 Hillary Institute laureate and a 2010 Aspen Institute Catto Fellow. She has a BA from Smith College and a JD from Stanford Law School.