Margot Kenney

Director of Business Development - San Francisco

My family designed and built an off-grid rental house on Block Island, RI, in 1991, and during the off-season, we would work on it, so I grew up power-washing solar panels and working with batteries. As a child, it made perfect sense that buildings should use energy from the sun. Years later, when the first commercial offshore wind farm was installed in the United States, Block Island continued to lead in climate innovation. This experience, coupled with a ‘biophilic childhood,' instilled a passion for stewardship – each day at AEI, I get to live the dream and practice my values.”

Margot is the director of business development in our San Francisco office, covering partnerships, project pursuits, and strategic initiatives across Northern California. She has worked at the intersection of decarbonization, water stewardship, and innovation in the built environment for over a decade. She loves building cohesive, creative teams of like-minded industry leaders to tackle complex projects that positively impact society, regenerate the natural world, and advance humankind. Margot's curiosity, integrity, and openness are integral to creating and maintaining lasting relationships with industry partners. "Be curious, not judgmental" is a code she lives by.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and serves on the board of Friends of Casa Generación, a 501 (c) (3) that provides housing, education, and resources to protect street children and teens in Lima, Peru. In addition, Margot is on the board of the CARE Group and sits on Urban Land Institute (ULI)’s Sustainability and Resilience Committee and CoreNet NorCal’s Mentorship Committee. When she's not attending industry events, Margot enjoys spending time with her family and their dog, Baxter.