Cindy Nguyen

Cindy Nguyen

RAY Clean Energy Fellow - Africa, Islands, and Southeast Asia Program 
Rocky Mountain Institute 

Cindy Nguyen is a RAY Clean Energy Fellow in RMI’s Africa, Islands, and Southeast Asia program, where she works to develop clean energy pathways, accelerate electricity access, and build resilience in these geographies. As a RAY Clean Energy Fellow, Cindy also strives to center equity and justice as well as champion diverse and underrepresented voices in the clean energy sector.

Prior to joining RMI and her work as RAY Fellow, Cindy supported environmental advocacy efforts and a number of environmental and climate-justice initiatives with several nonprofits, including the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at Northern Arizona University, the Natural Resources Defense Council, ECOSS, and Citizens’ Climate Lobby. These experiences have cultivated her expertise and desire for working alongside diverse, often marginalized, communities and advocating for them through environmental work.

As a scholar, Cindy has extensively studied and approached environmental issues through an equity and social justice lens. At Colby, she completed an honors thesis assessing attitudes toward environmental-health concerns in Vietnamese nail salons. Her scholarship also focuses on climate change and sustainable development in countries with emerging economies. In Vietnam, she studied the relationship between rapid urbanization and climate-related flooding in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7. Lastly, she has researched climate vulnerability and adaptation in Caribbean small island developing states and has published an article in Caribbean Geography on varying climate risk profiles in the Lesser Antilles.