Jonathan Schwarz is an environmental scientist in our Learning, Energy, and Environment for Development group. He provides technical and operational support to a wide range of USAID-funded projects, specializing in water resources and ecosystem management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and environmental policy.
Currently, Mr. Schwarz is Chief of Party for the USAID Guatemala Low Emission Development Project, advising government and business leaders on greenhouse gas accounting and climate change mitigation. As Chief of Party, he leads the project’s interdisciplinary team in assisting the government of Guatemala with its long-term climate action planning, with special emphasis on improving climate science, strengthening local capacities, and piloting activities that demonstrate the benefits of low emission development. He also leads the industry working group to advance climate change mitigation with key economic players such as the cement, steel, glass, and food and beverage industries.
Mr. Schwarz joined RTI in 2017 with the acquisition of IRG. His background includes work on environmental conservation and economic growth projects in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. He speaks English and Spanish.