Danielle Deane-Ryan

Danielle Deane is Director of the Inclusive Clean Economy at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. As a part of the Foundation’s leadership team, Deane-Ryan works to advance solutions to the two most challenging problems of our time – the climate crisis and growing inequality.

Most recently, Deane-Ryan served in the Obama Administration as senior advisor for External Affairs and acting director for Stakeholder Engagement at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). EERE is one of the world’s largest public investors in clean energy technologies. At DOE, she introduced a more strategic and inclusive approach to stakeholder outreach to improve understanding of the clean energy revolution’s success among a broader array of audiences. She collaborated with DOE’s Jobs Strategy Council to communicate the employment benefits from clean energy sector growth, and partnered with private sector leaders to highlight the impact of EERE’s investments.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Deane-Ryan was principal at the Raben Group. Her time included serving as executive director of Green 2.0. Green 2.0’s work won praise from foundation presidents, chief executives of environmental advocacy organizations and members of Congress, and was recognized by Inside Philanthropy as one of 2015’s Boldest Moves and Top Trends.

Before that, she was the Energy and Environment program director at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and managed the Commission to Engage African Americans on Energy, Climate Change and the Environment. That work brought a greater national spotlight to climate policies that prioritized equity and resilience. She also served as a program officer at the Hewlett Foundation, where she integrated input from grasstops and grassroots stakeholders to design and run the New Constituencies for the Environment initiative, guiding investments of more than $20 million dollars during her eight-year tenure. Those investments strengthened the capacity of advocacy groups and contributed to the adoption of clean air and climate policies that are reducing health care costs and delivering hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue to under-resourced communities in California.

Deane-Ryan is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, and holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics in Environment and Development, and a B.A. from Williams College in Political Economy with an Environmental Studies Concentration. Deane-Ryan served on the National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program Advisory Board and was a fellow of the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, which won the Zayed prize for focusing the world’s attention on the economic value of natural capital. She serves on the boards of the American Councils for International Education and Resource Media.