Jay Koh

Co-founder & Managing Director, The Lightsmith Group
The Lightsmith Group is a global investment platform that is the sponsor of the first private equity fund dedicated to climate resilience and adaptation. Mr. Koh has over 20 years of experience in private equity and government, including senior investment roles at Siguler Guff, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), R3 Capital, and The Carlyle Group.  Mr. Koh also served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter, United States Supreme Court, and to Judge Michael Boudin, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  Mr. Koh is the Founder & Chair of the Global Adaptation & Resilience Investment Working Group (GARI).  He serves on the Private Sector Advisory Group to the UN Green Climate Fund, the Board of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the advisory committee to the NY Green Bank.  Mr. Koh is also an adjunct professor at Columbia SIPA. Mr. Koh is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds an A.B. magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard College, a master’s degree in Management from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.