Heather McGeory is global lead, Climate and Sustainability, in the APCO Impact team and is based in New York. She has more than 20 years of experience working on climate change issues with business, governments, foundations, non-profits and multilateral institutions through the enablers of communications, campaigns, finance, policy and philanthropy. She has worked to create successful projects and partnerships in and across the public and private sectors in climate change, social innovation and social justice.
Ms. McGeory specializes in working with clients to develop and execute climate and sustainability strategies. She works with clients on their strategic plans through investor and stakeholder dialogue, ESG assessments and actions, policy and stakeholder analyses, building partnerships and developing thought leadership and external engagement.
Prior to APCO, Ms. McGeory served as the chief operating officer of the We Mean Business coalition and was instrumental in building the organization from 2015-2021. We Mean Business is a global nonprofit driving the world’s most influential companies to Net Zero by 2040. She was an early advocate of the Science Based Targets Initiative, the Science Based Targets Network and the Climate Pledge.
Prior to that, Ms. McGeory co-founded the Purpose Climate Lab, that was created to mobilize public voices on climate change. At Purpose, a social impact agency, she worked closely with clients on campaign and marketing strategy, organizational development, digital engagement and incubating new organizations.
Ms. McGeory spent four years working in environmental finance at Natsource Asset Management, leading on structured finance global carbon emissions reduction projects, working with the World Bank, the United Nations, sovereign governments, and the banking sector. She also was a Faculty Research Fellow at NASA, studying climate impacts and developing adaptation and mitigation strategies and an Aspen Institute Fellow at the Albright Stonebridge Group, working under former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Ms. McGeory has a BA in Religion from Barnard College and an MIA in Energy and Environmental Economics from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. She serves on the Corporate Advisory Group for the We Mean Business coalition and the Advisory Committee for the UNFCCC Momentum for Change.