Director, Strategy and City Engagement, American Cities Climate Challenge
Chris Wheat works with sustainability directors and climate advisors in 25 cities around the country to accelerate aggressive and innovative climate change policies in city halls and communities. He joined ACCC after spending seven years in the office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Wheat held several positions in the Emanuel administration, including director of the mayor’s Innovation Delivery team, Chicago’s chief sustainability officer, and most recently, the mayor’s chief of policy. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Wheat holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is based in NRDC’s Chicago office.