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Kimberly Henderson

Partner, Washington DC
Supports companies, investors, and public and social sector entities to address climate change

About Kimberly

Kimberly is a partner in McKinsey’s Washington DC office, which she joined after spending several years in our Chicago, London, and São Paulo offices. She serves investors, non-profits, energy and industrial players, and policy makers with her expertise in sustainability and climate-related challenges. She focuses on supporting organizations as they navigate the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

Examples of Kimberly’s recent client projects include the following:

  • creating a roadmap to scale up low-carbon hydrogen in the United States
  • developing future energy-demand scenarios and a decarbonization plan for an oil and gas company
  • supporting a major fashion brand to organize its sustainability function

Kimberly has also supported several investor and cross-sector coalitions that promote energy-system change and address sustainability-related challenges. She is a regular contributor to McKinsey’s knowledge development and has written several articles on topics such as how the global economy could achieve a 1.5 degree pathway, lowering carbon emissions for industries and countries, and low-carbon technologies. She also leads our social responsibility efforts related to climate action. Kimberly speaks French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Published work

It’s time for philanthropy to step up the fight against climate change,” McKinsey & Company, October 2021

Curbing methane emissions: How five industries can counter a major climate threat,” McKinsey & Company, September 2021

Organizing for sustainability success: Where, and how, leaders can start,” McKinsey & Company, August 2021

Valuing nature conservation,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

Driving CO2 emissions to zero (and beyond) with carbon capture, use, and storage,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2020

Leading the battle against climate change: Actions for China,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

How airlines can chart a path to zero-carbon flying,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Reducing agriculture emissions through improved farming practices,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Climate math: What a 1.5-degree pathway would take,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2020

Climate risk and decarbonization: What every mining CEO needs to know,” McKinsey & Company, January 2020

Agriculture plays a critical role in limiting the impact of climate change,” McKinsey & Company, September 2019

What every utility CEO should know about blockchain,” McKinsey & Company, March 2018

Why commercial use could be the future of carbon capture,” McKinsey & Company, January 2018

How companies can adapt to climate change,” McKinsey & Company, July 2015


London School of Economics and Political Science
MS, environment and development
BS, government and economics