Vice President for the Americas and Chief Partnerships Officer, The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP)
Sundaa Bridgett-Jones is Vice President for the Americas and Chief Partnerships Officer at The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet. She drives an innovative partnership construct for the alliance and has leveraged global stakeholders in support of a just and clean energy transition in developing and emerging economies.
Most recently, Ms. Bridgett-Jones served as Managing Director for Policy & Coalitions at The Rockefeller Foundation. Across her portfolio priorities, she has executed strategies to grow coalitions for pressing global issues such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, equity and economic opportunity, financing development, and U.S.-China relations.
Ms. Bridgett-Jones has over 25 years of experience designing and leading high-impact global initiatives. Between 2010 and 2012, she led the Office of Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in groundbreaking advocacy on internet and religious freedoms. As a member of the White House National Security Staff interagency committee, she helped develop the Open Government Partnership, a featured public-private partnership launched by President Barack Obama’s administration and the Government of Brazil.
Previously, Ms. Bridgett-Jones managed c-suite affairs at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and devised preventive diplomacy plans in South Asia. As an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), she wrote about U.S. foreign policy and democracy promotion after a decade of leading governance initiatives at the U.S.
Agency for International Development (USAID). Ms. Bridgett-Jones served with the U.S. Foreign Service in the Middle East, Southern Africa, and Central Asia — her final assignment was as an USAID representative to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq, where she set up the first Transitional National Assembly.
Ms. Bridgett-Jones is a member of CFR and the U.S. Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee. She serves on the boards of the Leadership Council on Women in National Security, the Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training, and iMMAP. She is also a University of Pittsburgh Trustee. She holds a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and African studies from Georgetown University.