Caity Smith has over 12 years of experience in the geothermal industry. She began her career focused on drilling and project management in the United States before transitioning to work in East Africa. While working at the United States Energy Association, Caity coordinated with the United States Agency for International Development, East African stakeholders, the U.S. geothermal industry, and other international donors to organize information exchange visits, private sector forums and workshops, and policy/technology cooperation exchanges.

She has helped with other activities related to advancing geothermal energy development in East Africa and expanding business opportunities for U.S. geothermal companies as well. Caity joined NREL as the geothermal operations manager in 2019 with the goal of helping technologies grow to advance the geothermal industry in the U.S. and internationally.


M.A., Education, Sonoma State University

B.A., Environmental Studies and Planning, Sonoma State University

Featured Work

Sharing Best Practices in Community Engagement for Geothermal Development – Kenya/New Zealand Partnership, Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting (2018)

Geothermal Cooperation in KenyaPublic Utilities Fortnightly (2017)

The Sacred Nature of Geothermal, Power Africa Medium Blog (2017)