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Executive Leadership

Charlotte  Pera

Charlotte Pera  
President and Chief Executive Officer

Charlotte Pera joined the ClimateWorks Foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2012.

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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 the European Climate Foundation. Ms. Pera holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

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Executive Office and Operations

Executive Office Team

Mary Raftery
Senior Advisor, Funder Collaborations

Gretchen Rau
Associate Director of the Executive Office

Mark Quinn
Executive Assistant to the CEO

External Relations

Jean-Louis Robadey  | Bio »
Director of External Relations

Jean-Louis Robadey leads the external relations function at ClimateWorks. He has 18 years of experience managing strategic development, business development, and communications—domestically and internationally—in support of social and environmental causes. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Mr. Robadey held senior positions with communications agencies Fenton Communications, a firm that specializes in campaigns in support of social and environmental issues, and Waggener Edstrom Communications, where he helped to launch and grow the Social Innovation practice. He also held an in-house position leading business development and communications activities with Pact, Inc., a Washington DC-based environmental non-profit. In the course of his career, Mr. Robadey has worked on campaigns and initiatives focused on environmental sustainability, economic development, global health, and information access. Mr. Robadey holds a masters in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University and a BA in International Relations from the University of Geneva.

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Catherine Rondinaro
Associate Director of External Relations


Charles  McElwee

Charles McElwee  | Bio »
Vice President, Programs

Charlie McElwee practiced environmental and energy law for over 25 years at an international law firm. Working for the last five years in Shanghai, he developed an expertise in Chinese environmental and energy law and policy and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Shanghai Jiaotong University’s School of Law. In 2009, he won the President's Prize, the University’s highest award, for extraordinary contributions to the University, and in 2008 was awarded the Shanghai Municipal Government’s Magnolia Award, the highest honor the city bestows upon foreigners. He is a board member of the Joint U.S.-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, and his book, Environmental Law in China, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. Mr. McElwee has a Juris Doctor from West Virginia University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science from Washington and Lee University.

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Melissa Nunan-Lew
Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Programs

Dan Hamza-Goodacre  | Bio »
Program Director

Dan joined ClimateWorks after working at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), where he was most recently the Deputy CEO of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), a $200m global program funded by the UK and Dutch governments that helps developing countries respond to climate change. Dan has over 16 years of experience working on climate change and sustainability in the public and private sectors in the UK, Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Before his time at PwC, Dan held various posts at Defra, (the U.K. Environment and Agriculture Ministry), including Head of the Secretary of State’s office, co-founder of the UK’s Adapting to Climate Change program, and adaptation policy lead on the UK Climate Change Act. Dan also worked for the UK Foreign Office as a climate attaché. Dan has an MSc in International Development from Bristol University, where he also was a lecturer and researcher in global environmental politics. He is completing an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School. In his early career Dan lived and worked in the rainforests of Latin America for 3 years.

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Stephen Linaweaver  | Bio »
Program Director

Stephen joined ClimateWorks with extensive experience consulting on energy, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility. He has helped clients around the world develop sustainability strategies, including Fortune 500 companies in the industrial, consumer products, and technology sectors. Stephen previously worked for Blu Skye consulting and GreenOrder, and is a veteran of McKinsey & Co., where he led projects related to resource productivity, financing, and operations. Stephen has an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of Virginia.

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Amy Malaki
Senior Program Associate

Laurie McManus
Executive Assistant

Manik  Roy, Ph.D.

Manik Roy, Ph.D.  | Bio »
Director of Political Assessment

Nikki joined ClimateWorks after 14 years with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES, formerly the Pew Center on Global Change). Most recently Nikki was the Vice President for Strategic Outreach, where he coordinated C2ES’s work with the federal government and co-chaired the government outreach committee of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership. Prior to his time at C2ES, Nikki was a legislative aide to Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, a legislative fellow to Representative Henry A. Waxman, and a pollution prevention specialist for the US EPA, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Nikki has a Ph.D. in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an M.S. in environmental engineering and a B.S. in civil engineering, both from Stanford University.

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Prodipto Roy
Senior Program Associate

Alex Rudee
Program Associate

Zachary Warnow
Program Manager, Communications

Brad Weinrieb
Communications Officer

Strategic Planning and Network Health

Ann Cleaveland
Director of Strategic Planning

Jessica Brown
Senior Planning Associate

Finance and Administration

Brian  McCracken

Brian McCracken  | Bio »
Sr. Director, Finance

Brian McCracken has over 15 years of experience in finance and business development roles, primarily in the internet and software industries. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Mr. McCracken worked as an independent financial consultant, helping establish financial and reporting infrastructure at for-profit start-ups in addition to several emerging San Francisco-based non-profits, including ClimateWorks Foundation, Taproot Foundation, and Tipping Point Community. Mr. McCracken was also a key member of the senior executive team at iSyndicate, a digital syndication company, where he built and launched a service that became the web’s largest content affiliate network. Through his positions as Interim CFO, Vice President—Products, and Vice President—Business Development, Mr. McCracken helped lead iSyndicate from pre-launch to $12 million in annual revenues, and then brokered the sale of the company. Earlier, Brian managed the budgeting process and financial planning for Adobe Systems Incorporated. Brian holds a M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and a B.A. in economics from Whitman College.

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Makeeba Browne
Senior Grants and Contracts Associate

Chaquita Perkins
Office Manager

Sean Scanlon
Accounting Manager

Kathy Tryce
Grants and Contract Manager

Ken Yoshimoto
Staff Accountant

Information Technology

Kelly  Young

Kelly Young
Director of Information Technology

Travis Uhrig
Systems Administrator

Global Research

Surabi  Menon

Surabi Menon  | Bio »
Director of Research

Surabi Menon is the Director of Research at ClimateWorks Foundation.  Before joining ClimateWorks in 2012, she was a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and also the leader of the Heat Island Group.  Prior to that, she was a scientist at Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.  Her research explores the intersection of climate change, renewables, energy efficiency, and economics.  Dr. Menon is a charter member of the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board and sits on the Board of the Institute for Industrial Productivity and the Global Buildings Performance Network.  She also started an environmental NGO in India in 2008.  Dr. Menon has published over fifty peer-reviewed publications, and co-authored the 2007 IPPC report that led to a Nobel Peace Prize.   She has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, and an MBA in Sustainable Management.

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Casey Cronin
Associate Director, Global Research

Seth Monteith
Associate, Global Research

Laura Segafredo
Senior Economist