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Jamie Ponce

Chicago City Director — C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

As Chicago City Director for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative, Ponce works in the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel to drive environmental and economic benefits in Chicago and across a network of global megacities. He focuses on energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure finance, and market-driven resource stewardship.

Prior to this role, Ponce spent 10 years with global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. During this time, he specialized in corporate strategy, economic development, and resource efficiency. These efforts — including work with the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Packard Foundation — address some of the planet's most pressing challenges through solutions that span industries, sectors, and ideologies.

Ponce earned a bachelor's degree in political science and Spanish, and a Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP) certificate from the IU College of Arts and Sciences in 2001. He also holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Univeristy's John F. Kennedy School of Government and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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