Lolita Jackson
Sustainability, Diplomacy, Climate Change

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Lolita Jackson is the Executive Director of Communications & Sustainable Cities for Sustainable Development Capital LLP, a billion-dollar London based private equity firm that invests in renewable energy, energy efficiency and distributed power generation projects around the world.

Until March 2021, she served as the Special Advisor for Climate Policy & Programs in the NYC Mayor’s Office for five years. Lolita was the climate diplomat for the NYC Mayor’s Office and was also lead for the administration regarding global work on divestment and climate finance. She was responsible for promoting NYC efforts in climate and sharing best practices with international networks and organizations such as C40, the US Conference of Mayors and the United Nations, as well as other municipalities around the world.  Lolita is a Visiting Fellow of Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania 2020-22, and has also been named to the Perry World House Policy Advisory Board in recognition of this work.

Lolita held numerous positions within the NYC Mayor’s Office for 15 years. Immediately after Hurricane Sandy, she was named to the management team of the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, which produced NYC’s resiliency plan A Stronger, More Resilient New York, and was named Director of External Affairs of the Housing Recovery Office.  Lolita was previously Director of Special Projects for the NYC Mayor’s Office, where she was in charge of operational city agencies for the Second Avenue Subway and Barclays Center projects, and Manhattan Director of Community Affairs. Prior to her tenure in the NYC Mayor’s Office, Lolita worked for Morgan Stanley Investment Management for 12 years, where she was a Vice President who helped manage a $10 billion product line.

Lolita is a 1989 alumna of the Penn School of Engineering, majoring in Applied Science with a concentration in Chemical Engineering.  Outside of work, she is Chairman of the British American Project US Advisory Board, US-Japan Leadership Program Fellow, on the Board of Directors of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a Trustee Emerita of Children’s Aid Society, President of the Penn Class of 1989, member of Penn Trustee’s Council of Penn Women, member of the Penn Alumni Class Leadership Council and a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of NY.  She is also a professional singer who has performed in Shanghai, Sydney, Berlin, Tokyo, and Carnegie Hall and performs annually at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.