chris-headshotChris Walker is a Project Manager for SolSmart at The Solar Foundation. His efforts include building program capacity, conducting outreach, and providing technical assistance to local governments pursuing SolSmart designation. Immediately prior to this position, Chris developed residential solar projects at SolarCity. Preceding his foray into the private sector, Chris led and supported multi-country, multi-organizational research efforts and projects with the Climate Institute, a DC-based think tank, where his work included collaborations with United Nations bodies and the Asian Development Bank. Mr. Walker has also volunteered extensively with the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Chris holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Florida in Political Science, with concentrations in global political economy and sustainable development.

Chris Says: “There have been moments when we’ve gotten up from our seats and exchanged high-fives upon hearing about the catalytic solar policymaking and programming efforts already underway in SolSmart’s participating cities and counties. Just as exciting has been the opportunity to empower local governments that have little-to-no solar experience with the tools they need to begin harnessing the power of the sun. SolSmart’s partner communities will make many small dents in the ecological and humanitarian imperative of climate change mitigation, with a laundry list of co-benefits including energy savings, job creation, and economic growth to boot. It’s humbling to support America’s communities on this team of brilliant champions at The Solar Foundation.”