Michael Donatti has five years of experience in environmental policy with a focus on the energy transition. He is currently a senior associate for the Urban Transformation program at the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). His primary focus is supporting the City of Houston with the implementation of its Climate Action Plan, but he also supports broader efforts to help cities mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis, especially in historically disadvantaged communities.
Prior to joining RMI, Michael was an associate at the management consulting firm Oliver Wyman (OW). There, he focused on climate and sustainability topics for clients, working with companies across oil and gas, fuels, aviation, financial services, and other industries. He also helped manage the firm’s internal carbon strategy. While at OW, he held a six-month secondment on RMI’s Islands and Energy team, working to build a financial mechanism for critical facilities in low- to moderate-income communities in Puerto Rico to gain access to solar and storage backup power. Prior to OW, he held internships with the Environmental Defense Fund (focusing on reducing oil and gas sector methane emissions), BP America, and Bechtel Oil, Gas, and Chemical.
His academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rice University and a master’s degree in environmental policy and management from the University of Bristol, which he received thanks to funding from the US-UK Fulbright Commission.