Christi Electris

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  • Christi Electris


    Christi Electris is co-founder and Fellow at Croatan Institute. She has done consulting and research on a variety of environmental and social issues, including projects on energy, climate, agriculture, well-being, sustainability indicators, and corporate redesign. A computer scientist and quantitative policy analyst by training, she has designed policy scenario analyses with environmental and social impacts, including the most recent update of Tellus Institute's global sustainability scenarios. Ms. Electris was project leader for the Institute’s recent research report, “DivestInvest Philanthropy: Five Years after Launch”, as well as co-author of “Climate-Related Investment for Resilient Communities: DivestInvest Opportunities in Community-Oriented Climate Solutions.” . She led a project to help the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) develop a new framework for guiding impact investors to select appropriate impact metrics for meeting their investment characteristics and goals, and in 2020, co-led the development of the sustainable agriculture theme for IRIS+. Since 2009, Electris has been a member of the team tracking trends in sustainable and responsible investing for US SIF Foundation. While at Tellus, she designed place-based scenarios in recycling and solid waste management, job creation, and energy efficiency, and developed cost modeling exercises, and she analyzed company practices and policies in worker equity at large public and private food and agriculture companies in a major report for the Rockefeller Foundation. She helped to develop a new framework for social and environmental impact investing across asset classes, known as Total Portfolio Activation, and regularly contributes to the thematic application of the Total Portfolio Activation framework to the Institute's Clean Portfolio Project and its work on sustainable food and regenerative agriculture. As part of the Ford Foundation-funded WealthWorks rural development program, she has developed and conducted several trainings on crowdfunding to support new investment into place-based rural value chains. She also serves on the CDFA Food System Advisory Council.

    Christi has worked as a researcher at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and a research assistant at MIT's Global System for Sustainable Development group, Laboratory for Energy and the Environment, and Sloan School of Management. 

    Born and raised in a cosmopolitan Greek family in Minnesota, she has spent many summers visiting her family in Greece. She also conducted graduate field research on environmental policy and technology in Greece and the Balkans.

    Christi is a trained Climate Reality Leader, and serves on the board of Climate Action Brookline, a chapter of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, where she is leading efforts to integrate schools and businesses into climate action town-wide. She also is an elected Member of the Brookline Town Meeting. She is interested in local and sustainable food and frequents the farmers markets in the area. She enjoys snowboarding in the New England winters, and is learning how to grow her own food in the summers.

    She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.


    M.A., Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School at Tufts University

    M.S., Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    B.S.E, Computer Science, University of Pennsylvania
    Minors in Mathematics and Cognitive Science


    French, Greek

    "Transformative Investment in Climate-Smart Agriculture: Unlocking the Potential of our Soils to Help the U.S. Achieve a Net-Zero Economy," U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action (USFRA), The Mixing Bowl, Croatan Institute, and World Buisiness Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), February 2021 (with David Bennell, et al). 

    "Report on US Sustainable and Impact Investing Trends 2020." Washington, DC: US SIF Foundation, November 2020 (with Joshua Humphreys et al).

    Divest Invest Philanthropy: Five Years After Launch,” Croatan Institute and Divest Invest Philanthropy, October 2019 (with Kristin Lang and Olive Watkins).

    "Soil Wealth: Investing in Regenerative Agriculture across Asset Classes," Croatan Institute, Delta Institute, and OARS, 2019. (with Josh Humphreys, Kristin Lang, David LeZaks, and Jaime Silverstein).

    "Report on US Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing Trends 2018." Washington, DC: US SIF Foundation, October 2018 (with Joshua Humphreys et al).

    "Climate-Related Investments for Resilient Communities: DivestInvest Opportunities in Community-Oriented Climate Solutions." Durham: Croatan Institute, December 2016 (with Ophir Bruck and Joshua Humphreys).

    "Mobilizing More for Mission: The Evolution of Wallace Global Fund's Endowment." Durham: Croatan Institute, November 2016 (with Kristin Lang and Joshua Humphreys).

    "Report on US Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing Trends 2016." Washington, DC: US SIF Foundation, November 2016 (with Joshua Humphreys et al).

    "Raising Resources in the Rural South." New Economy Week, November 12, 2015.

    "Investing for Positive Impact on Women: Integrating Gender into Total Portfolio Activation." Durham: Croatan Institute and Trillium Asset Management, November 2015 (with Joshua Humphreys and Kristin Lang).

    "Fixed Income Investing in Climate Solutions: Green Bond Opportunities for Philanthropic Foundations." Durham: Croatan Institute, June 2015 (with Joshua Humphreys and David Roswell).

    "Report on US Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing Trends 2014." Washington, DC: US SIF Foundation, November 2014 (with Joshua Humphreys et al).

    "WealthWorks Crowdfunding Action Learning Program: Key Findings and Takeaways." Durham: Croatan Institute, November 2014 (with Becky Johnson and Kristin Lang).

    "The Impact of Equity Engagement: Evaluating the Impact of Shareholder Engagement in Public Equity Investing." Durham: Croatan Institute, November 2014 (with Joshua Humphreys, Becky Johnson, Sandra Korn, and Kristin Lang).

    "Barn Raising the New Economy." New Economy Week, October 17, 2014.

    "Guide to Crowdfunding for WealthWorks Value Chains: Understanding Options, Getting Started." Boston: Tellus Institute, WealthWorks Initiative, January 2014.

    "Worker Equity in Food and Agriculture: Practices at the 100 Largest and Most Influential U.S. Companies." Boston: Tellus Institute, Sustainalytics, October 2012 (with Marjorie Kelly, H. Lang, G. Bhandal).

    "Total Portfolio Activation: A Framework for Creating Social and Environmental Impact across Asset Classes." Boston: Tellus Institute, August 2012 (with Joshua Humphreys and Ann Solomon).

    "Environmental, Social and Governance Investing by College and University Endowments in the United States: Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Stakeholder Relations." Boston: Tellus Institute, 2012 (with Joshua Humphreys, Anne Solomon, and Catie Ferrara).

    "The Century Ahead: Searching for Sustainability." Sustainability 2, no.8 (2010):2626-2651: (with Paul Raskin and Rich Rosen).

    "Global Agenda! Version 1.0: Toward Web-Based Gaming and Simulation of World Politics." In Mapping Sustainability: Knowledge e-Networking and the Value Chain, ed. N. Choucri, T. Mezher, F. Haghseta, W.R. Baker, C.I. Ortiz and D. Mistree, 379-394. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2007 (with Dinsha Mistree).

    "The Role of the US-Greek Initiative for Technology Cooperation with the Balkans in Constructing a Unified Environmental Technology Plan in the Region." Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies 6, no. 3 (2006): 391-397 (with Nicholas A. Ashford).

    "A Case of Trilateral Cooperation for Sustainable Development: The Prespa Lakes." Citizen Science Online Journal, SustainUS, 2006. Presented at UN Commission on Sustainable Development side event on May 11, 2006.

    "Understanding & Modeling State Stability: Exploiting System Dynamics." Working Paper CISL# 2006-02, Composite Information Systems Laboratory, Sloan School of Management, MIT, January 2006 (with Nazli Choucri, Daniel Goldsmith, Dinsha Mistree, Stuart E. Madnick, J. Bradley Morrison, Michael D. Siegel, and Margaret Sweitzer-Hamilton).