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Shalini Vajjhala

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Metropolitan Policy Program

Shalini Vajjhala is a nonresident senior fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program. She is founder & CEO of re:focus partners, a design firm dedicated to developing integrated resilient infrastructure solutions and innovative public-private partnerships for vulnerable communities around the world. Prior to founding re:focus and launching the RE.invest Initiative, 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. Previously, she was deputy assistant administrator in the Office of International & Tribal Affairs at EPA and deputy associate director for Energy & Climate at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She joined the Obama Administration from Resources for the Future, where she was awarded a patent for her work on the Adaptation Atlas.

Shalini received her PhD in Engineering & Public Policy and B.Arch in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, and was also a visiting associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where she designed and taught a course on Case Studies in Sustainable Development.

Shalini Vajjhala is a nonresident senior fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program. She is founder & CEO of re:focus partners, a design firm dedicated to developing integrated resilient infrastructure solutions and innovative public-private partnerships for vulnerable communities around the world. Prior to founding re:focus and launching the RE.invest Initiative, 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. Previously, she was deputy assistant administrator in the Office of International & Tribal Affairs at EPA and deputy associate director for Energy & Climate at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She joined the Obama Administration from Resources for the Future, where she was awarded a patent for her work on the Adaptation Atlas.

Shalini received her PhD in Engineering & Public Policy and B.Arch in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, and was also a visiting associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where she designed and taught a course on Case Studies in Sustainable Development.

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