Carmen Barker Lemay

Carmen Barker Lemay

Head of Strategic Partnerships
International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)

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About this Speaker

Carmen Barker Lemay is IIRR’s Head of Strategic Partnerships.


Carmen is also the founder of Transform LLC, affecting systems change to avoid the worst of the climate crisis. Working across sectors and industries, Carmen collaborates with government agencies, think tanks, NGOs, foundations, and enterprises working to decarbonize the global economy and build resilient communities.


Carmen’s consulting work includes more than twenty years related to energy, climate, and sustainability issues. She earned a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy, and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College. Also a recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship, Carmen’s work took her to Malaysia where she studied the New Economic Policy.