Jayant Kairam is a public policy and public management professional who cares deeply about public service and the critical role local governments play in advancing and scaling innovative solutions to improving quality of life.
Jay is currently Director, Global Public Policy – Environment & Sustainability for Walmart. He helps oversee and design the company’s public policy positions and engagement strategy with policymakers, trade associations and NGOs and functions as a lead policy advisor to internal business units in supporting the company’s pursuit of zero emissions by 2040. He has policy expertise in environmental issues across the areas of climate, waste, clean energy and biodiversity at all levels of government and internationally.
Prior to joining Walmart, Jay served in leadership roles in and out local government and environmental nonprofits. He was Director of Programs for the National Association of Counties and helped raise major philanthropic support for NACo’s technical assistance and best practice programs to member county governments. He has worked for the City and County of San Francisco, and interned for the Mayors of Boston and Louisville. Notably, Jay served as a Senior Advisor and Deputy Commissioner in the Bloomberg Administration leading efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of the solid waste system. As lead for Environmental Defense Fund’s clean energy campaign in California, he oversaw strategic advocacy at the legislature and PUC to advance the state towards a clean energy future.
He is a graduate of Vassar College and the Harvard Kennedy School and is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and is a board member of the Anacostia Watershed Society. He lives in Washington DC with his wife and daughter.