Lea plays a leading role in connecting the Woods community to policymakers and other key federal and international constituents. Lea previously worked as director of operations and business strategies at Climate Advisers, a Washington-based organization focused on achieving a low-carbon economy. Prior to that, Lea was at the Brookings Institution, where she managed multi-disciplinary programs and helped launch the Energy Security Initiative, one of Brookings's first institution-wide policy initiatives. Lea has also served as a program officer at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where she played a key role in administering the fund’s climate and energy program. Lea holds a master’s degree in public management with a focus on environmental policy from the University of Maryland.