Lisa Anne Hamilton

Climate Finance Director

Lisa Anne Hamilton leads TCLP’s initiatives to ensure that climate related fiscal and financial regulations foster a just transition that empowers communities of color. As an attorney and climate justice advocate she has over two decades of experience working to identify the risks, opportunities and potential liabilities associated with climate change. 

Early in her legal career she provided drafting and periodic filing support under U.S. federal securities law to the Financial Institutions and Structured Finance Groups for two global law firms. She leveraged her capital markets experience to consult for foundations and nonprofit organizations on emerging financial and legal risks associated with the transition from fossil fuels to renewables in the utility sector.  Her work included some of the first qualitative and quantitative research about the then projected closures of coal-fired power plants in Bridgeport, Connecticut and River Rouge, Michigan.  Many of findings would inform a white paper authored with the staff of the Elizabeth Haub School of Law at PACE Energy & Climate Center, and provide the basis for recommendations to New York State in implementing the NY REV program, and federal policy on climate resilience. 

Later she would join the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) as the Director of the Climate and Energy Program where she led the organization’s global engagement before UN treaty bodies to further a human rights approach to climate action and accountability. Prior to joining TCLP she served as the Adaptation Program Director for the Georgetown Climate Center in Washington, DC where she directed the release of the Managed Retreat and the Equitable Adaption Toolkits.  

She has authored, co-authored and edited numerous reports and articles and is a frequent speaker and moderator on the physical and transition risks associated with climate change and the sustainability practices needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.   

In addition to her professional responsibilities she is a Board Member for Solar United Neighbors, a member of the Steering Committee for the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Community for the DC Bar and a program coordinator for the Environment Energy and Natural Resources Law Fellows (ELF) Mentoring Program for DC, Maryland and Virginia area law students.  She is an active member of the New York, Maryland and DC Bar Associations and currently lives in Maryland with her family.