Marilyn Waite


“I wanted to screen my retirement plans for environmental and social issues, but the only option was the Vanguard FTSE Social Index Fund,”  says Marilyn Waite.

Marilyn Waite is a Program Officer in Environment at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
She has worked across four continents in venture investment and low-carbon energy, so addressing climate change through investments is her forte.

Marilyn manages the foundation’s grantmaking on climate and clean energy finance with the ambitious goal of addressing climate change by accelerating the transition to a climate-friendly economy. Her grantmaking mobilizes private capital investments in low-carbon and climate-friendly energy infrastructure and systems, seeking to redirect finance from high- to low-carbon activities and encourage wiser energy investments.

She oversees Hewlett Foundation’s climate finance program where she invests in sustainable banking strategies that can lower global emissions at the gigaton scale. Marilyn is also a thought leader in the green jobs space, having authored Sustainability at Work, Careers that Make a Difference, a book that looks at sustainability professions across various sectors, such as agriculture, health care, and even entertainment and media. Waite is a Princeton and Cambridge-trained environmental engineer with a background that ranges from sustainable development in Madagascar to nuclear energy in France. She is an editor-at-large for GreenBiz and an E2 1 Hotels Fellow.

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