Zola Berger-Schmitz

Target Validation Manager WRI


Zola Berger-Schmitz is a Target Validation Manager at the SBTi. Within the SBTi’s Target Validation Team (TVT), Zola focuses on evaluating corporate emissions reduction targets, and helps oversee key technical projects and engagement work. Over the past year, she has been involved in leading the adoption of the SBTi’s net-zero validation process.

Zola has a wide breadth of experience across the corporate sustainability arena and the public sector. Prior to her role at SBTi/WRI, she served as a sustainability analyst at American Honda Motor Company. At Honda, she helped spearhead the company's regional climate resilience strategy, and co-led the development of a green finance framework for North America. Before entering the private sector, Zola worked in local and national government at the Atlanta Mayor's Office of Resilience and the US Senate.

Zola holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation with distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. in Political Science and Music summa cum laude from Emory University, where she was a Robert Woodruff Scholar and a Udall Scholar.