Yu Ann serves as an associate on RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings team where she works on the Building Electrification Initiative. In this capacity, she works to eliminate fossil fuels from our buildings in a just and equitable manner. Yu Ann currently researches the co-benefits of whole-home retrofit packages, particularly for frontline and environmental justice communities. She works on these issues at both a state and local level, with a particular focus on New York State and city. Furthermore, she’s investigating the part that public and affordable housing programs can play in driving faster adoption of green building practices and leading the housing market to decarbonization.
Previously, Yu Ann has served as a trial monitor at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and on transitional justice and post-conflict resolution in Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia. In addition, she has in various capacities investigated forced labor and human trafficking in Hong Kong and across Southeast Asia to promote better migration standards, equitable worker rights, and abolish forced labor. Yu Ann earned an MPA in Energy and Environment from Columbia University and a BSocSc in Psychology and a journalism minor from the University of Hong Kong.