Jay Orfield

Technical Strategist, Renewables and Utility Engagement, American Cities Climate Challenge

Jay Orfield is a licensed civil engineer and has experience in infrastructure and real estate development that spans planning, design, construction, and financing. He joined NRDC in 2012 as an innovation fellow, working to accelerate demand for energy-efficient buildings and developing NRDC's Solar Schools Initiative to leverage community support for local solar projects. His primary focus is on renewable energy’s role in decarbonizing the U.S. electric grid. Orfield holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. He has also completed the Utility Executive Course at the University of Idaho. Orfield is based in Asheville, North Carolina.