Aimée Christensen is Founder & Executive Director of the Sun Valley Institute, a Center for Resilience, and CEO of Christensen Global Strategies, developing solutions for a resilient world. She has twenty-five years’ experience in policy, law, investment, philanthropy and business including with Google, the World Bank, Baker & McKenzie, and the U.S. Department of Energy.
At CGS, she advises corporations, investors, governments, philanthropists and organizations worldwide, including the Clinton Global Initiative, Duke Energy, FEMSA, Global Ocean Commission, Microsoft, Ogilvy, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swiss Re, United Nations and Virgin. In 2012 she served as Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy For All. She advised Virgin Unite in shaping three of Sir Richard Branson’s major initiatives: The Elders, The Carbon War Room, and The B Team. As “Climate Maven” at Google, she guided the company’s early climate change initiatives including a commitment to carbon neutrality, launching Google.org’s first climate project, RechargeIT, to accelerate the electrification of transportation, and successfully lobbying for AB32 in California (the Global Warming Solutions Act). While in law school she wrote and gained adoption of the first university endowment investment policy on climate change (Stanford University, 1999), At the Department of Energy, she drafted and negotiated the first bilateral and regional climate change agreements (U.S. – Costa Rica, Summit of the Americas, Argentina, Bolivia, Central America, Chile, et al., 1994-1998).
In 2009 she moved home to Sun Valley, Idaho where she manages her family office and is an individual and foundation member of Divest-Invest. In 2015 she founded the Sun Valley Institute, a Center for Resilience to protect regional quality of life and to serve as a model and resource to communities everywhere, convening the annual Sun Valley Forum to share strategies and catalyze action.
She serves on the boards of the National Forest Foundation, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute on Sustainability at Arizona State University, and the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University. 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.