Yeou-Rong Jih (she/her/hers) serves as a program officer for The Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program, which helps communities build resilience in the face of climate change. Yeou-Rong supports the foundation’s Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) initiative grantmaking efforts, which advance equitable solutions to climate-related urban flooding.
She joined the foundation in 2021, bringing a history of engagement in urban climate resilience efforts and a commitment to action on equity and racial justice. Previously, Yeou-Rong served as the director of urban initiatives at Greenlink Analytics, where she co-led equity mapping and clean energy planning efforts, working with cities and community-based organizations to create climate plans, policies and programs that center the equity and energy justice needs of residents. She has also worked with the City of Atlanta, supporting the development and implementation of its resilience, energy and equitable water strategies.
Yeou-Rong earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and behavioral biology from Emory University and a master’s degree in research psychology from the University of Oxford. In 2021, she was named a Grist 50 Fixer, which recognizes emerging leaders in climate, sustainability and equity, who are creating change across the nation.