August 16, 2022

Faculty Spotlight: Leslie Rich

Faculty Spotlight: Leslie Rich

By Emily Tenaglia
|July 29, 2022

Leslie Rich

Leslie Rich, an adjunct professor with the Sustainability Management Program, will teach “Financing the Clean Energy Economy” this fall.

Leslie Rich is currently an assistant professor at Columbia University Sustainability management program, has more than 25 years of experience as an equity analyst covering the US service sector for major asset management institutions. He joined JP Morgan Asset Management in 2010 with responsibilities including primary coverage of companies in the electricity, gas and water sectors. In addition to research coverage, he works with utilities around the world.

Prior to JP Morgan, Rich held similar equity analyst roles at Columbia Threadneedle Investments and Neuberger Berman. In addition, he has been on the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute since 2018. He regularly speaks at industry conferences on topics including ESG, urban capital allocation and decarbonization strategies. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College and is a Certified Financial Analyst.

What initially led you to pursue the field of sustainability?

I was motivated by a deep love of the environment and wonder about the effects of climate change on species and society.

What attracted you to Columbia’s School of Climate and School of Professional Studies?

I was attracted by the extensive course offerings, degree programs, and the Global Energy Policy Center.

What course are you teaching this fall and what are you most excited about?

I will teach financing the clean energy economy. I am happy to speak directly to students about the economics of clean energy projects, economy-wide decarbonization challenges, and potential solutions.

What changes do you hope to see in the future in the field of sustainability?

I hope we will see more focus on climate adaptation while not giving up on efforts to mitigate it.

What advice do you have for students looking for a career in sustainability?

There are so many options and career opportunities. Find an area of ​​interest where you believe your talents can make the most impact.

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