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Aleisha Khan

Aleisha Khan

Senior Climate Advisor


MEM, Environmental Management/Natural Resource Economics and Policy, Duke University
M.Arch., Architecture, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
BA, Architecture, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana


Aleisha Khan is a senior climate advisor for RTI’s International Development Group. She supports the cross-institute integration of research and international programs to tackle the global challenge of climate change. Ms. Khan draws on over 25 years of experience focused on the environment, climate change, and clean energy, including work for non-profits, small businesses, and corporate firms, including in a recent board position for a community solar B-Corp.  

Ms. Khan has spent her career building partnerships with communities, advocacy groups, local and federal governments, and the private sector to address environmental issues. Her early work focused domestically on energy efficiency, building operations and commissioning, green buildings, and energy policy. In her role leading national U.S. advocacy for building energy codes, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, Ms. Khan established a unique partnership of regional advocacy groups, donors, policymakers, the private sector, and consumer advocates.  

For over a decade, Ms. Khan has focused almost exclusively on international development through projects to support USAID, World Bank, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Ms. Khan authored documents to promote green growth in Vietnam, green buildings in India, and energy codes in Ukraine. She has led multiple support contracts for USAID focused on energy efficiency, clean development, land use policy, locally led development, ocean plastic pollution, air pollution, and green cities. Her broad experience designing and delivering assistance allows her to approach climate change solutions with a broad and inclusive lens. 

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