Leslie Labruto & Justin Locke

Director of Resilient Communitites, Clinton Climate Initiative and Director of Islands, Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room

Leslie Hayes-Labruto is the Director of Resilient Communities with CCI.  Leslie joined CCI in February 2013 as an Analyst on the CCI-Islands team based in South Africa. During her time in Cape Town, she assisted East African and Indian Ocean island nations with technical assistance in solar deployment and worked with UNDP to develop Seychelles Solar Rebate Program to kickstart the solar market. She also consulted on a number of private sector projects in the region.Prior, Leslie earned her Masters Degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering in London at Imperial College and interned for the UK Green Building Council to implement the sustainability plan for the London Olympics. She earned her Bachelors of Civil Engineering at Vanderbilt University. 

Justin Locke, MPA, is Director of Islands at the Carbon War Room. He brings over 10 years of international development and project management experience to his current role – most of which was dedicated to addressing the unique development challenges of small island developing states in the Caribbean and Pacific regions. He has a wealth of technical and operational experience in the fields of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, distributed renewable energy systems, livelihoods, and social mobilization.

Before joining the Carbon War Room, Justin held the position of Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank where he managed one of the largest per capita investment portfolios in the World Bank. He led national planning processes for Eastern Caribbean countries designed to develop and deploy tailored, broad-based national adaptation and mitigation strategies for achieving climate resilience at the country level. He has worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Regional Center in the Pacific Region, providing technical assistance to over 14 Pacific island countries, and also worked at the UNDP Multi-Country Office in Samoa where he designed and implemented the UNDP’s regional flagship program in the Polynesian sub-region.

Justin serves on the Board of Directors for a number of nonprofit organizations, including Sustainable Bolivia. He holds a master's degree in public administration in international management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California and a dual-bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis. From 2002 to 2004, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati.