Senior Advisor, Green Finance Center, People & Communities Program
Adam Kent works at the intersection of finance and climate, with a particular focus on the role housing and community development finance play in creating a more equitable and environmentally sustainable economy. Prior to NRDC, Kent was the deputy director in the Washington, D.C., office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). During his time there, he financed over 1,500 affordable homes for lower-income families and helped to grow LISC’s solar financing. In addition, he developed and led LISC’s Elevating Equity Initiative, a $100 million effort devoted to fostering equitable and inclusive development in the neighborhoods surrounding the 11th Street Bridge Park. Prior to LISC, Kent worked as a high school math teacher in the D.C. Public Schools system and as a researcher at the Urban Institute. He serves on the board of Project Create, a D.C.-based arts nonprofit that delivers accessible multidisciplinary arts education and programming to youth and families. Kent holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Macalester College, a master’s degree in teaching from American University, and a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University.