Rachel Fakhry

Energy Innovation Director
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Rachel Fakhry is the director of clean energy innovation at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC. She leads NRDC’s efforts to advance strong federal policy to promote energy innovation and improve technology solutions that address climate change. Her work is also focused on analyzing and advocating for federal and state deep decarbonization pathways and analyzing the role of green hydrogen as a vehicle to achieving climate targets. She leads NRDC’s hydrogen work and engages with international and domestic stakeholders on designing the policy and regulatory frameworks that would both leverage the technology’s potential to support the deep decarbonization of the economy and internalize the guardrails that are critical to avoid unintended consequences from an overeager switch to hydrogen. Previously, Fakhry was a senior policy analyst at NRDC with expertise in deep decarbonization modeling and policy analysis and design. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Policy from Stanford University.