Leadership


Kate Ringness

Principal

Kate.Ringness@smartblocks.org | 415-307-3616

Kate Ringness draws from her experience in policy, law, and finance to address climate change by working with diverse teams to design multifaceted energy efficiency, renewable energy, battery storage, and water conservation solutions for communities of all sizes and demographics.

For several years, Kate was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, where she led coursework on advanced energy and economic development and conducted research on community microgrids.

Kate previously served as Co-Founder and Managing Director of The American Jobs Project, a clean energy-focused economic development think-and-do tank, where she developed impactful strategies to grow local economies and create jobs for the millions of Americans who struggle to meet basic needs. She has a track record of constructing practical pathways to capitalize on the advanced energy economy and has authored more than 10 state-specific comprehensive publications. 

Earlier in her career, Kate gained significant private sector experience, first as a small business owner and then as in-house counsel for Merrill Lynch Europe, Middle East, and Africa. She is a Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate of Bucknell University, earned J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Duke Law School, and holds a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley.

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