Heather McGeory tapped to lead climate & sustainability work for APCO Impact

by | May 3, 2021

Heather McGeory, an expert in climate change and sustainability issues with more than 20 years of experience working with businesses, investors, governments, non-profits and multilateral institutions, joined APCO Worldwide as global lead, Climate and Sustainability, Founder and Executive Chairman Margery Kraus announced.

“I’m very excited to welcome Heather to oversee APCO’s climate work through APCO Impact—the company’s global nerve center, supporting and accelerating our work on sustainability and social impact,” Kraus said. “With a proven track record of creating successful projects and partnerships across public and private sectors, Heather’s insight and expertise will help clients plan and achieve their strategic climate and sustainability strategies.”

As one of the first agencies to have a Sustainable Growth & Corporate Purpose practice, APCO has evolved with the changing world, continuously developing its social impact and sustainability capabilities to better serve its clients. APCO Impact—a fully integrated offer that coordinates APCO’s expertise across climate and sustainability, corporate purpose and ESG, equity and justice, and philanthropy—is the culmination of this growth and expansion, including the recent strategic partnership with water-climate intelligence pioneer Vector Center, as well as the acquisitions of the Global Philanthropy Group and the Tembo Group.

“Setting the ambition to a net-zero economy by 2050 is a collective challenge and opportunity. At APCO, we work with clients to act on climate—from setting ambition and targets, to implementing decarbonization strategies that include making organizational, governance and policy shifts through defining and executing on a just transition.”

McGeory joins other key leaders of APCO Impact, including Global APCO Impact Lead Denielle SachsCharlene Wheeless and Elle Arlook on Equity and Justice; Julie Jack on ESG; and Judit Arenas on Gender Equity. APCO Impact’s global operations are led by Jen Butte-Dahl in North America; Charlotte Higgo and Danuta Slusarska in Europe; Dr. Joyeta Ghoshal in India; Stephanie Tan in South East Asia; Elaine Yang in China; and Nic Labuschagne in the Middle East and Africa.

Prior to joining APCO, 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. She previously worked in environmental finance at Natsource Asset Management and was a faculty research fellow at NASA and an Aspen Institute fellow at the Albright Stonebridge Group.

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