Bruce Nilles is Executive Director of the Climate Imperative, a project to secure just and ambitious climate wins at the scale and pace needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. For the prior two years Bruce was a managing director at Rocky Mountain Institute focused on accelerating the building sector off of fossil fuels. Before that he spent 15 years building and leading the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, a nationwide effort to replace coal plants with clean energy. He holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and spent the first four years of his career at the US Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division. He is the 2018 recipient of the Packard Foundation Climate Breakthrough Award and in 2015 was recognized by Politico as “one of the thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics.” Bruce currently resides in Oakland California with his wife and two children and enjoys running among the redwoods whenever he can find the time.