Leila Yim Surratt
Chief Operating Officer
Leila is responsible for the overall management of CCAP’s programs including CCAP’s flagship Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) initiative. The MAIN initiative supports developing countries efforts to design and implement climate mitigation strategies and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) through regional dialogues in Latin America and Asia and on-the-ground technical and policy support to develop specific NAMA proposals. Leila is also responsible for CCAP’s research and policy analysis related to NAMA policy development, with a particular focus on climate finance. Leila has co-authored several policy papers relating to NAMA finance, including The NAMA Opportunity, NAMA Case studies of Financial Instruments, and An Emerging Architecture for NAMA Finance.
Previously, she managed CCAP’s U.S. Climate Policy Initiative – a multi-stakeholder dialogue that focuses on developing pragmatic near-term and longer-term solutions for climate change in the U.S.
Leila brings with her a breadth of experience from both the government and private sectors. She has in-depth knowledge of air quality regulations and climate policy. She also has extensive experience with industry and stakeholder outreach. She previously worked at the U.S. EPA where she worked in the Administrator’s Office under Carol Browner and evaluated all major air quality regulations prior to promulgation. She coordinated the automobile subcommittee of the Common Sense Initiative, a multi-stakeholder group involving EPA, industry, states, and environmental groups. She worked in EPA’s regional office in Dallas, TX, where she worked closely with the state of Texas on emission trading program. While at EPA, she led a workshop in Ukraine on the economics of emissions trading. In addition to her extensive policy experience, Leila brings with her a range of private sector expertise. She previously worked at Bain and Company as a management consultant where she conducted in-depth financial and market analyses for Fortune 500 companies. She was also a product manager at McKessonHBOC where she led a cross functional team responsible for designing and implementing a new internet-based, software application. In that capacity, she was responsible for the business development, marketing campaign, and sales strategy related to the product.
Leila holds an MBA from Stanford University, where she focused on public and private sector initiatives relating to the environment. She received her BA in Economics, magna cum laude, from Yale University.