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Founder & CEO, re:focus partners

Shalini Vajjhala is Founder & CEO of re:focus partners, a design+finance firm dedicated to developing integrated resilience solutions and innovative public-private partnerships for vulnerable communities around the world. The re:focus team works directly with government agencies at all levels to design infrastructure projects across water, energy, transport, and other major urban sectors and facilitate transactions with sound financial returns and economic, social, and environmental integrity for the communities they serve.

Prior to starting re:focus, Shalini served as Special Representative in the Office of Administrator Lisa Jackson at the US EPA, where she led the US-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability, EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of International & Tribal Affairs, and Deputy Associate Director for Energy & Climate at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She received her PhD in Engineering & Public Policy and B.Arch in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.