ClimateWorks is governed by a board of directors that includes leaders of some of the world’s top scientific, regulatory, business, environmental, and academic institutions. With home bases on four continents, ClimateWorks’ board members are respected international authorities in their respective fields.
Susan Tierney | Chair
Sue Tierney is a Managing Principal at Analysis Group in Boston. She is an expert on energy and environmental policy and economics, specializing in electricity and natural gas. Formerly Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy and Secretary of Environmental Affairs and public utility commissioner in Massachusetts, she is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s energy project and the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board. She serves on the boards of directors of World Resources Institute, Clean Air Task Force, Energy Foundation, Alliance to Save Energy, and other non-profit energy/environmental organizations, and chairs the advisory council of the National Renewable Energy Lab. She is an ambassador for the U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment program, an initiative of the DOE and MIT. She received the 2012 Hall of Fame award from the New England Clean Energy Council and the 2013 Leadership Award for New England Women in Energy and the Environment. She has published widely, taught at the University of California at Irvine and at MIT, and received her Ph.D. from Cornell University.
Jamshyd N. Godrej | Board Member
Mr. Jamshyd N. Godrej is the Chairman of the Board of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, USA. Mr. Godrej is the Chairman Emeritus of Aspen Institute India. He is the Trustee and President Emeritus of World Wide Fund for Nature – India. He is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation. He is a Director of World Resources Institute, USA. He is the Past President of Confederation of Indian Industry and also the Past President of the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association. Mr. Godrej is the Chairman of the CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre. The Centre is housed in a LEED Platinum demonstration building which is the first green building in India and the greenest building in the world at the time when it was rated. The Green Business Centre is a Centre of Excellence for green buildings, energy, energy conservation, non-conventional energy sources, water policy, water conservation, etc. Mr. Godrej is an ardent yachting enthusiast and has done extensive cruising along the west coast of India.
The President of India conferred on Mr. Godrej the “Padma Bhushan” on 3rd April 2003.
Larry Kramer | Board Member
Larry Kramer is president of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California.
Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Kramer served from 2004 to 2012 as Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School. During his tenure, he spearheaded significant educational reforms, pioneering a new model of multidisciplinary legal studies. His teaching and scholarly interests include American legal history, constitutional law, federalism, separation of powers, the federal courts, conflict of laws, and civil procedure.
Prior to his time at Stanford, Mr. Kramer served as professor of law at the University of Chicago and University of Michigan law schools and as Associate Dean for Research and Academics and Russell D. Niles Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.
Mr. Kramer is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Law Institute. He serves on the board of directors of Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit organization that helps advance public interest law.
Mr. Kramer received an A.B. in Psychology and Religious Studies from Brown University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review.
Carol S. Larson | Board Member
Carol S. Larson is president and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a position she has held since January 2004. Ms. Larson served as the Packard Foundation’s director of programs from 1995 through 1999 and was appointed a vice president of the organization in 2000. She is responsible for the overall management of the Foundation and its grantmaking activities. In 2012, the Foundation awarded over $250 million in grants domestically and internationally in the program areas of Conservation and Science; Population and Reproductive Health; and Children, Families, and Communities.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Larson was a partner in a Los Angeles, California law firm specializing in civil litigation. She also worked in the nonprofit sector on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities.
Ms. Larson currently serves on the Board of the Council on Foundations and is the immediate past chair of the Board. She also serves on the board of the American Leadership Forum — Silicon Valley. Previously, she was a board member of Northern California Grantmakers and Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families.
Pamela Matson | Board Member
Pamela Matson is the Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences and the Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies at Stanford University. She was an early contributor to the international global change research program, serving in leadership positions in the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, and on the National Academy Board on Global Change. More recently, she served on the National Research Council’s Committee on America’s Climate Choices and chaired its panel, ‘Advancing the Science of Climate Change.’ In her research and leadership roles, Dr. Matson also has worked in the emerging field of sustainability science, serving as a member of the National Academies Board on Sustainable Development and as the founding chair of the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability. Her contributions have been recognized through election to the National Academy of Sciences, as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and as a recipient of a MacArthur prize. Dr. Matson received a B.S. in biology from the University of Wisconsin in 1975, an M.S. in environmental science from Indiana University in 1980, and a Ph.D. in forest ecology from Oregon State University in 1983.
Charlotte Pera | Ex-officio
Charlotte Pera joined the ClimateWorks Foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2012.
Before joining the ClimateWorks Foundation, Ms. Pera served as the Senior Vice President and Director of U.S. Programs at the Energy Foundation. Prior to this position, Ms. Pera directed the Energy Foundation's U.S. Transportation Program. Ms. Pera helped launch the Energy Foundation’s transportation program in China and served as a special advisor during the start-up of the European Climate Foundation.
Before joining the Energy Foundation, Ms. Pera analyzed advanced vehicle technologies, developed new emissions inventory models for marine vessels and nonroad equipment, and designed innovative public programs to reduce vehicle pollution at engineering consulting firm Acurex Environmental (1991 to 1999). Ms. Pera sits on the board of the International Council for Clean Transportation and serves on the ClimateWorks Management Council. Ms. Pera holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
William K. Reilly | Chairman Emeritus
William K. Reilly is a founding partner of Aqua International Partners LP, a private equity fund dedicated to investing in companies engaged in water and renewable energy. He is also a senior advisor to TPG Capital LP, an international investment partnership. Mr. Reilly served as the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1989-1993), president of the World Wildlife Fund (1985-1989), president of The Conservation Foundation (1973-1989), and director of the Rockefeller Task Force on Land Use and Urban Growth (1972-1973). He headed the U.S. Delegation to the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in Rio in 1992. He holds a B.A. degree from Yale, a J.D. from Harvard, and an M.S. in urban planning from Columbia University.