ClimateWorks supports public policies that prevent dangerous climate change and catalyze sustainable global prosperity

Our Staff

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

Gretchen Rau
Associate Director of the Executive Office

Mark Quinn
Executive Assistant to the CEO

External Relations

Catherine Rondinaro
Associate Director of External Relations

Kelley Nelson
External Relations Manager

Programs

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

Joseph  Ryan

Joseph Ryan  | Bio »
Vice President, Latin America and Program Officer, Transportation

Joseph Ryan currently serves as Vice President, Latin America, and Program Officer, Transportation. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Mr. Ryan spent ten years in the Environment Program at the Hewlett Foundation as Program Officer and Managing Director for Latin America. In that role, he managed the foundation's international air quality and transportation grant making, which contributed to significant environmental policy changes in Mexico, Brazil, and China. Mr. Ryan has worked in Latin America for the past 15 years, six of which he spent based full-time in Brazil while working for the Hewlett Foundation. He has a Ph.D. in economic history from the University of California, Los Angeles and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

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Colin Kelly
Senior Program Associate

Laurie McManus
Executive Assistant

Prodipto Roy
Program Associate

Zachary Warnow
Communications Associate

Brad Weinrieb
Communications Officer

Strategic Planning and Network Health

Ann Cleaveland
Director of Strategic Planning

Jessica Brown
Senior Planning Associate

Global Research Team

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

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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Sean Scanlon
Accounting Manager

Makeeba Browne
Grants and Contracts Associate

Kathy Tryce
Grants and Contract Manager

Ken Yoshimoto
Staff Accountant

Operations & HR Team

James Kleven
Director of Human Resources and Operations

Chaquita Perkins
Operations Assistant

Information Technology

Kelly  Young

Kelly Young
Director of Information Technology

Travis Uhrig
Systems Administrator

Latin America Program

Joseph  Ryan

Joseph Ryan  | Bio »
Vice President, Latin America and Program Officer, Transportation

Joseph Ryan currently serves as Vice President, Latin America, and Program Officer, Transportation. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Mr. Ryan spent ten years in the Environment Program at the Hewlett Foundation as Program Officer and Managing Director for Latin America. In that role, he managed the foundation's international air quality and transportation grant making, which contributed to significant environmental policy changes in Mexico, Brazil, and China. Mr. Ryan has worked in Latin America for the past 15 years, six of which he spent based full-time in Brazil while working for the Hewlett Foundation. He has a Ph.D. in economic history from the University of California, Los Angeles and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

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