Sundaa Bridgett-Jones is the Chief Partnership and Advocacy Officer for the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, a new enterprise to accelerate and scale equitable energy transitions in low- and middle-income countries. She leads a new partnership construct for the Alliance, spearheaded by The Rockefeller Foundation, the IKEA Foundation, and the Bezos Earth Fund, in support of ending energy poverty and spurring just energy transitions in developing and emerging economies.
Prior to this role, Bridgett-Jones served as the Managing Director for Policy & Coalitions at The Rockefeller Foundation. Across her portfolio priorities, she has executed a strategy realizing institutional aims to grow coalitions for pressing issues such as Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, equity, and economic opportunity, financing development, and U.S.-China relations.
Bridgett-Jones has over 25 years of experience designing and executing high-impact global initiatives. Between 2010 and 2012, she led the Office of Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in groundbreaking advocacy on internet and religious freedoms. As a member of the White House National Security Staff interagency committee, she helped develop the Open Government Partnership, a featured public-private partnership spearheaded by the Obama administration and the Government of Brazil.
Previously, Bridgett-Jones managed c-suite affairs at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and devised preventive diplomacy plans in South Asia. As an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, she analyzed, researched, and wrote about U.S. foreign policy and democracy promotion after a decade of leading governance initiatives at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Bridgett-Jones served in the Foreign Service with USAID in the Middle East, Southern Africa, and Central Asia — her final assignment was as an USAID representative to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq, where she set up the first Transitional National Assembly.
She holds a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and African studies from Georgetown University.