Our Staff

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Heather McGray, Director

Heather McGray is Director of the Climate Justice Resilience Fund. Heather previously served as the Director of the Climate Resilience Practice at the World Resources Institute. Under her leadership, Climate Resilience at WRI grew from a one-person project in 2007 to a cross-cutting practice with teammates in India, the US, and Brazil. The team worked on a range of issues, including national adaptation planning, climate finance advocacy, resilience measurement, and adaptation policy within the UNFCCC. Heather also led the creation of a body of work on urban climate resilience.

Prior to taking on WRI's resilience portfolio, Heather worked with The Access Initiative to promote transparency, participation, and access to justice in addressing environmental problems. This included research and civil society training in China's Yunnan Province. Earlier professional experience included research on environmental management in China; research and advocacy on ISO 14000 environmental standards; coordination of an urban education and development network in New Haven, CT; and management of educational exchange programs for the Yale-China Association.

Heather speaks Mandarin, and holds a Master's of Environmental Management from Yale University, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Oberlin College.

Listen to Heather speak about resilience in the Paris climate agreement on BBC radio.


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Hilary Heath, Program Assistant

Hilary Heath is the Program Assistant for the Climate Justice Resilience Fund. Prior to joining the CJRF, Hilary was a Researcher and Junior Consultant for the United Nations Development Programme's Gender Equality in Public Administration initiative. Hilary also worked with the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Latin American Studies, publishing articles for their web-based venue, Panoramas.

Hilary holds a Master's of International Development from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, where she studied Human Security and obtained a certificate in Latin American Social and Public Policy. Hilary also holds a Bachelor's degree in History from Wingate University.