Jennifer Alley

Director of Development

Jennifer Alley has more than 20 years of fundraising and leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. She has a track record of securing transformational gifts for institutions, building and leading major gifts and development programs, and training and partnering with volunteer leadership and staff at all levels.

Jennifer joins ClimateWorks Foundation from Campbell & Company, where she served as a senior consultant, working with a number of nonprofit organizations, including the UC Berkeley School of Law, serving as interim Dean of Advancement, and the Seattle Symphony, working as Campaign Director.

She has strong experience in the environmental community, having served as the Director of Development, Northern California at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and leading the regional major gifts program for the Trust for Public Land’s Mid-Atlantic Region. While at NRDC, Jennifer created the “Growing Green Awards” and led regional fundraising efforts and solicitations for the organizations $400 million “Partnership for the Earth” campaign.

Jennifer’s professional background also includes experience in the arts and culture and higher education sectors, having held key development positions at 92nd Street Y, Sarah Lawrence College, the New York Botanical Garden, and the French Institute/Alliance Francaise. Jennifer is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College.

Hélène Altmann

Executive Assistant, Funder Collaborations & Planning

Hélène Altmann joined ClimateWorks in 2015.  She has over 20 years of senior administrative experience. Shortly after she moved from Lyon, France to San Francisco she started to work at the corporate headquarters for Bechtel Group, Inc. During her 15 years with the engineering and construction company she assumed a number of different roles. Her responsibilities included contracts staffing, future assignment planning, salary planning, and the administration of the rewards programs. She was also assigned to information technology as contract administrator of the vendor agreement for information services in support of the entire Bechtel Group. These responsibilities included the review of new packages and the negotiations and final approvals of the invoices in excess of $1 million monthly. Hélène also provided input to and supervised the design and implementation of a new corporate online testing software for virtual management.  Hélène holds a Brevet de Technicien Supérieur (BTS): Secrétariat de Direction.

Jason Anderson

Director, International Engagement and Non-CO₂ Initiatives

Siddarthan Balasubramania

Senior Advisor — Strategy

Cameron Bradley

Program Assistant, GO BIG

Cameron Bradley is a Program Assistant for the GO BIG Campaign. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, she was a Consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation, where she led an investigative analytical report focused on strategic investment opportunities in global emergency care systems. Cameron also worked as a Development Associate for the African Rainforest Conservancy, and a Partnerships Fellow for Kangu, an international organization focused on maternal healthcare service delivery. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having facilitated various community development and environmental projects in Tanzania for two years. Cameron holds an MS in Nonprofit Management from The New School for Public Engagement, and a BS in Environmental Science from UC San Diego.

Jessica Brown

Associate Director, Systems & Planning

Leigh Ann Bustamante

Business Applications Training Specialist

Thomas Chamberlin

Planning Associate

Jennifer Cherry

Executive Assistant

Ann Cleaveland

Senior Director, Strategic Planning

Ann is a business manager and analyst with over ten years of experience in strategy and partnership development, program management, and operations. She leads the Strategic Planning team at ClimateWorks, where she has built and managed ClimateWorks’ global planning, program operations, and data strategy, and she is the architect of the Foundation’s learning and evaluation systems.  Ann worked on financial models at Lucid Energy Technologies, an early-stage company developing renewable energy systems. She also managed programs to launch and grow sustainable supply-chain partnerships at TCHO Ventures, a chocolate manufacturer. Earlier in her career, she directed Latin America operations at a global travel company, and she is fluent in Spanish. Ann received her B.A. from Rice University and her MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School, where she also served as support faculty in economics.

Sue Cook

Vice President, Systems and Planning

Sue manages ClimateWorks Systems and Planning functions, to ensure the organization is empowered by highly efficient and effective systems, processes, and operating practices. In this role she works with internal teams, as well as the broader philanthropic and climate communities. Sue has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of executive strategic and operational roles in high tech. She was the co-founder of Spearfish Innovation, helping clients — including for-profit start-ups, Fortune 50 companies, and non-profit organizations — achieve their goals through innovation in business products, services, and processes.

Chelsea Crandall

Program Assistant, GO BIG

Chelsea Crandall is a Program Assistant for the GO BIG campaign. Prior to joining ClimateWorks Foundation, she consulted on a $44 billion trust fund and financial intermediary fund portfolio at the World Bank. She’s previously held positions at Strategic Energy Innovations, a small environmental nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area, and The Nature Conservancy’s office in Quito, Ecuador. Chelsea is a proud alumna of American University’s School of International Service, based in Washington D.C., where she studied international development.

Casey Cronin

Strategist, Advisory & Research

At ClimateWorks, Casey Cronin’s primary responsibilities include coordination and management of Advisory & Research team activities as well as providing a holistic view of ClimateWorks’ grantmaking portfolio and to provide advice and insights into philanthropic opportunities and risks. As part of ClimateWorks’ Global View program, he works to build a deeper understanding of the broader economic, social and political implications of our collective work, and how this impacts strategic opportunities to advance climate solutions.

Prior to ClimateWorks, he was a Senior Account Executive at Antenna Group, a strategic communications agency representing clean technology companies focused on alternative energy, energy efficiency, storage, pollution remediation, etc. While there, he developed industry experience with silicon and thin film PV, concentrating PV, utility-scale solar thermal, algal biofuels, and other emerging clean energy technologies. Mr. Cronin has an M.Sc. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and a B.A. in Development Studies and Economics from Brown University.

Kevin Currey

Program Officer

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Kevin Currey is a Program Officer for CLUA’s Global and Mexico and Central America Initiatives. Kevin has worked with CLUA since 2013, first as a Ford Foundation Program Analyst, focused on expanding community land and forest rights and promoting climate change policies that benefit low-income rural communities, and later as a consultant supporting CLUA’s Global and Mesoamerican work. Kevin has also consulted for the United Nations Development Programme, advising on the creation of its biodiversity strategic plan and developing new work on sustainable development in the Amazon. He began his career in rural Kenya, working with communities to address conflicts with large carnivores. Kevin holds a masters of environmental management degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where he studied the anthropology of development and conservation, and an undergraduate degree from Yale in environmental studies. He is based in New York.

Arturo D’Brot

Senior Desktop Support Analyst

Anthony Eggert

Program Director, Transportation

Anthony Eggert is a director at ClimateWorks Foundation which mobilizes philanthropy to solve the climate crisis and ensure a prosperous future. Anthony comes to ClimateWorks with 20 years of public and private sector experience working on clean energy technologies and policies. Prior to ClimateWorks, Anthony served as the founding director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy dedicated to leveraging university expertise to inform better policy. Anthony public sector experience includes serving as an appointee of Governors Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger including as Senior Advisor to the Chair of the California Air Resources Board, Commissioner of the California Energy Commission and Deputy Secretary of California Environmental Protection Agency where he helped implement California’s landmark clean energy and climate policies. Anthony’s started his career as an automotive engineer and program manager at Ford Motor Company working on regulatory compliance and advanced vehicle technology development. Anthony received a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison and master degree in transportation technology and policy at UC Davis.

Chris Elliott

Executive Director

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Chris Elliott is the Executive Director of the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA). Before joining CLUA, he worked for WWF in a variety of capacities for over twenty years, initially as China Program Coordinator, and most recently as Executive Director, Conservation at WWF International. Before joining WWF, he worked for The World Bank, the Bank of Boston and for a Swiss foundation focusing on organic agriculture and natural medicine. Chris has been closely involved in major forest conservation initiatives in the Congo Basin and the Amazon, and led the development of a global partnership between WWF and IKEA. He worked on the establishment of the Forest Stewardship Council and was the organization’s first Board Chair. His education is in plant sciences, forest policy and ecosystem management at the universities of London, Yale, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. His doctoral dissertation was on forest certification as a policy instrument. He is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia.

Ulla Erhardt

Senior Philanthropy Manager, Go Big

Ulla Erhardt has extensive nonprofit, fundraising, and ultra-high net worth relationship management experience. For the past six years, she worked at WWF-International, where she managed major donor relations before heading up the Philanthropy team. She helped raise tens of millions of dollars each year for WWF’s annual budget and special campaigns and achieved the $100 million target of WWF International’s first fundraising campaign for conservation, thereby contributing to significant impact on the ground. For nearly a decade before that, Ulla served as Bespoke Trips Manager, Senior Trip Designer, Regional Director and Guide for Butterfield and Robinson, a leading, luxury travel company, based in Canada and operating worldwide. In addition to her professional experience, Ulla holds a Master of Arts in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, as well as German & French undergraduate degrees in Business Management. Ulla has a bicultural background, coming from German parents and growing up in France. She is trilingual in French, German, and English and fluent in Italian and Spanish. She now lives in Switzerland.

Lina Fedirko

Program Associate, Transportation, Advisory & Research

Lina Fedirko is a Program Associate on the Transportation and Advisory and Research teams at ClimateWorks Foundation.

Lina’s research, writing, and programmatic implementation to date has focused on global urban climate change and rapid development impacts. Most recently, Lina contributed policy research to the Urban Transportation Chapter of Climate Change and Cities, Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), a state-of-knowledge publication examining 16 urban sectors with respect to climate issues.

Operating locally, Lina assisted a New York City Economic Development Corporation in planning a three-year, $1.2 million program to expand access to healthy food options to low income neighborhoods of Central Brooklyn. In the wake of Hurricane Irene, Lina led a transit-oriented development zoning study for a housing non-profit examining post storm flood impact and adaptation options of a local municipality. Acting globally, Lina has collaborated with UN Habitat Cities and Climate Change initiative to evaluate the effectiveness of Participatory Climate Change Risk Assessments in small towns of South-East Asia and the Pacific.

Lina earned an MS in Urban Policy Analysis and a Professional Certificate in Sustainability Strategies from Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at the New School University. She holds a BFA in Apparel Design from School Art and Design at Pratt Institute. Lina is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian and speaks basic Polish.

Chris Fielder

Associate, Grants and Contracts

Meagan Fox

Project Manager, Business Applications

Ilmi Granoff

Director, Sustainable Finance

Ilmi Granoff is the Director of ClimateWorks Foundation’s Sustainable Finance Program. He is an attorney and policy expert with a decade and half of experience in environmental law and policy, sustainable development, energy and infrastructure finance, and public-private partnerships. Previously, Ilmi headed the Green Growth Business Unit at the Overseas Development Institute, served as the Special Counsel for Climate and Environment and the African Development Bank, and practiced law in the global energy and infrastructure group at Freshfields.  He holds graduate degrees in law, international relations, and environmental science from New York University and Yale University, and a BA from Swarthmore College. 

Suzanne Greva

Controller

Suzanne Greva comes to ClimateWorks with over 20 years of experience in accounting and auditing roles, including seven-plus years of experience at the Controller level in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Suzanne served as the Director of Financial Services and Controller at both Golden Gate University and Dominican University of California. Suzanne also held various accounting positions at Sonoma County wineries including Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates. Prior to joining the private sector, Suzanne served as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche in their San Francisco office focusing on the Wine Industry. Suzanne is a Certified Public Accountant and earned her BS degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Justin Guay

Portfolio Director, Clean Energy, Clean Air

Dan Hamza-Goodacre

Executive Director, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program

Dan Hamza-Goodacre is the Executive Director of the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program. Dan has over 20 years of experience working on climate change and sustainable development in the public and private sectors. His work spans all major continents. Previously Dan was Director of Buildings and Industry at ClimateWorks. Before working in philanthropy, Dan was with PwC, where he was the Deputy CEO of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), a global program funded by the UK and Dutch governments that helps developing countries respond to climate change. 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; Adaptation Policy Lead on the UK Climate Change Act and Sustainable Agriculture Advisor. Dan also worked for the UK Foreign Office as a Climate Attaché. He is a regular speaker and moderator at conferences and events and has written widely on climate and development. Dan has an MSc in International Development from Bristol University, where he also was a lecturer and researcher in global environmental politics. In his early career Dan lived and worked in the rainforests of Latin America. He volunteers regularly in schools in support of their ‘green’ teams.

Jessica Harris

Senior Associate

Jessica Harris is a Senior Associate for the External Relations team. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, she was a Program Assistant in the Urban and Higher Education Program at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where she helped to manage a large portfolio of grants focused on teacher and principal training, support, and development. Jessica also served as a Policy Fellow for the New York City Council, and as a Technical Advisor and Systems Reviewer for Pure Earth, an international organization focused on the remediation of toxic pollution sites worldwide. Jessica holds a BA in English from Skidmore College, and received an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University, with a focus on environmental policy.

Martina Hartlieb

Executive Assistant

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Martina Hartlieb is based in Geneva, Switzerland and serves as Executive Assistant to CLUA. Previously, Martina was an Administrative Assistant to the Director of WWF’s International Species Program from 2009 to 2017. Prior to that, she worked in the airline industry. Martina is passionate about wildlife and travel, and enjoys walking in the Swiss Alps with her dogs, reading, theater and ballet.

Harpreet Kaur

Salesforce Administrator

Katharine Koshie

Senior Philanthropy Manager, GO BIG

Katharine Koshie has over 15 years of experience in program management, grants management, fundraising, and donor stewardship in the nonprofit sector. Her area of expertise is women’s health and rights, particularly throughout South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. After serving as an Americorps member early in her career, Katharine has worked at the Women’s Global Health Imperative, the PI Foundation at Johns Hopkins University, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, Venture Strategies Innovation, and most recently with the Global Fund for Women. In addition to her professional experience, Katharine holds a dual MPH/MBA from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, as well as a B.A. degree from UC Berkeley. She currently serves on the Bay Area Leadership Council for the International Women’s Health Coalition.

Jess Lam

Program Manager, Clean Power

Jess Lam is the Program Manager of the Clean Power program. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Jess worked at ICF International supporting climate change and sustainability projects focusing on state, federal, and international GHG accounting. Ms. Lam has also worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council on building energy efficiency and UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies on sustainable transportation research. Jess holds a master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University and a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of California, Davis.

Janene Lucero

Grants and Contracts Associate

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Janene joined CLUA in 2015 and serves as its Grants and Contracts Associate. Prior to joining CLUA, Janene worked for Humana Insurance Company in an outside sales executive role for Northern California. Janene studied Business with a concentration in Marketing at San Francisco State University and California State University, Hayward.

Amy Malaki

Program Manager, Transportation

Jan Mazurek

Program Director, Clean Power

Jan Mazurek, PhD directs ClimateWork’s Buildings, Industry, and Power portfolios. She has worked on energy and environmental policy at the federal and state level for more than 25 years. Prior to ClimateWorks, then-Governor Schwarzenegger (R-CA) appointed her to serve as Senior Policy Advisor to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Before CARB, Mazurek was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, advising on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency toxics, pesticides, and children’s health issues. She has published two books with the MIT Press and Johns Hopkins University presses, respectively, and more than 100 other publications, including op-eds in major U.S. newspapers. Dr. Mazurek also has testified on environmental policy matters before U.S. Congressional subcommittees. She holds a doctorate from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Brian McCracken

Vice President, Finance & Administration

Brian McCracken leads the finance and administration functions at ClimateWorks. He has over 20 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.

Charles McElwee

Vice President, Programs

Charlie McElwee is the Vice President of Programs at ClimateWorks Foundation. At ClimateWorks he helps direct funding to support public policies that prevent dangerous climate change and promote prosperity in the geographic regions that have the greatest potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. McElwee practiced environmental and energy law for over 25 years at an international law firm, including 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. He won the President’s Prize, the University’s highest award, for extraordinary contributions to the University, and was awarded the Shanghai Municipal Government’s Magnolia Award, the highest honor the city bestows upon foreigners. He is a board member of the International Council on Clean Transportation, the Climate and Land Use Alliance, and serves on the China Advisory Board of the Environmental Defense Fund. His book, Environmental Law in China, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

Georgia McIntosh

Director, Marketing and Communications

Laurie McManus

Executive Assistant, Programs

Surabi Menon

Senior Director, Advisory & Research

Surabi Menon is the Advisory and Research Director at ClimateWorks. Her work supports climate philanthropy by providing a global context for climate mitigation and climate policy progress, identifying high-impact investment opportunities, supporting energy transitions that lead to a low carbon pathway and working on frameworks to identify the developmental and economic benefits associated with reducing climate pollution. 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 has published over sixty peer-reviewed publications, and co-authored the 2007 IPCC report that led to a Nobel Peace Prize. She also started an environmental NGO in India in 2008.  

Dr. Menon has over 16 years of professional experience in the climate change field.  Before joining ClimateWorks in 2012, Dr. Menon was a staff scientist and the leader of the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Prior to that, she was a climate scientist at Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.  She has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, and an MBA in Sustainable Management.  

Seth Monteith

Program Manager, Carbon Transparency Initiative

Seth Monteith joined the Advisory & Research Team at ClimateWorks in 2013. He works on developing the core products and sets of insights that make up the ClimateWorks Global View. This includes downscaling energy-climate models for examining low-carbon pathways, analyzing GHG mitigation policies, evaluating philanthropic portfolios, and designing and managing research projects including the Carbon Transparency Initiative (CTI). Seth also designs data visualizations for the many Advisory & Research Team products.

Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Seth worked on privacy policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab, and spent two years in Kazakhstan as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He holds a B.A. in European History and Russian Language from Portland State University, and an M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University focusing on Policy Analytics.

Symone Moore

Program Assistant

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Symone became a part of Climate and Land Use Alliance in 2018, working with the core staff as a Program Assistant in Washington, DC. Previously she worked with the Center Climate Change Communications at George Mason University in Virginia, working to broaden and improve climate change communications in mainstream media. Additionally, she was a part of the TerraScapes Environmental Consulting team based in Virginia Beach working with local organizations to promote their agendas of sustainable energy, air pollution control and coastal ecosystem preservation. Symone holds a B.S in Environmental Science and Policy and is pursuing an M.S in Environmental Management.

Negar Naraghi

Director, Human Resources

Melissa Nunan-Lew

Executive Coordinator

Melissa Nunan-Lew is the Executive Assistant to the VP of Programs at ClimateWorks. She has over 15 years of experience supporting executives in addition to experience in operations management and human resources. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Ms. Nunan-Lew was the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO and board liaison for the Global Fund for Women, a non-profit grantmaking foundation supporting women’s human rights worldwide.  She holds a BA in Education from San Francisco State University.

Shilpa Patel

Director, Mission Investing

Shilpa Patel comes to ClimateWorks Foundation with a development banking, project finance, and climate policy background. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, she was an independent consultant for a number of organizations on climate finance and was Principal Advisor to the Finance Center at the World Resources Institute. Shilpa started her career in the World Bank, where she worked on private sector development across a number of sectors, regions, and economies in transition, including agriculture in the Maghreb. She headed the International Finance Corporation’s work on climate strategy and metrics, including understanding the climate change impacts of its activities, as well as the impacts of climate change on private business and IFC’s operations. She has also managed IFC’s investments in petrochemicals, as well as health and education, and run an experimental incubator for environmental business. She helped launch IFC’s first green bond and worked with institutional investors and other stakeholders to define green bond criteria and standards. Shilpa holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught courses on Project Finance at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Charlotte Pera

President & CEO

Charlotte joined the ClimateWorks Foundation as president and chief executive officer in 2012. Prior to ClimateWorks, Charlotte served as senior vice president and director of US programs at the Energy Foundation. Charlotte also directed the Energy Foundation’s US transportation program, helped launch the Energy Foundation’s transportation program in China, and served as a special advisor to the European Climate Foundation during its start-up phase.

Earlier in her career, Charlotte analyzed advanced vehicle technologies, developed emissions inventory models for marine vessels and non-road equipment, and designed public programs to reduce vehicle pollution at engineering consulting firm Acurex Environmental (1991 to 1999).

Charlotte serves on the supervisory board of the European Climate Foundation and served for many years as a founding board member of the International Council for Clean Transportation. Charlotte holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Chaquita Perkins

Facilities Manager

Helen Picot

Program Associate

Helen Picot is the Program Associate on the Buildings and Industry program. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Helen spent three years working in PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change consultancy in London. There she worked on a range of climate and international development projects, including the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), a DFID and Dutch-funded global program that supports developing countries in the climate negotiations. Helen holds a BA and MSci in Natural Sciences (Geology) from Cambridge University, and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

Dan Plechaty

Senior Associate, Advisory & Research

Dan Plechaty is a Senior Associate in ClimateWorks’ Advisory & Research team, where his primary responsibilities include data analysis, policy modeling, economic valuation, and data visualization. This work spans across ClimateWorks’ program areas and includes investigating the multiple benefits of aligning health and climate initiatives and exploring the opportunities for cities to serve as a nexus for climate action as well as contributing to the development of the Carbon Transparency Initiative.

Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Dan was a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Analyst in the World Wildlife Fund’s Private Sector Engagement team and was an Economist at RCF Economic and Financial Consulting, where he focused on environmental and energy economics. Dan holds bachelor degrees in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of Chicago and received a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment with a concentration in Environmental Economics and Policy.

Mark Quinn

Executive Assistant to President & CEO

Mary Raftery

Senior Advisor, Funder Collaborations

Gretchen Rau

Associate Director, Executive Office

Gretchen Rau joined the ClimateWorks Foundation in 2008. In her current position Ms. Rau manages the activities of the board of directors and internal leadership teams, coordinates the annual organizational goal-setting process, and contributes to other cross-functional projects on an ad hoc basis. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Ms. Rau’s diverse professional experience included a career in civil engineering with a specialization in geotechnical structures. She served a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Zen Center and holds three degrees related to civil engineering: a B.S. from Humboldt State University, an M.S. from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Shawn Reifsteck

Vice President, Philanthropy

Shawn Reifsteck is the Vice President of Philanthropy for ClimateWorks Foundation, where he leads the funder collaboratives, development, and communications teams. Shawn has extensive leadership experience in the fields of philanthropy, environmental conservation, and civic engagement, and has built a reputation in the climate philanthropy community over much of the past decade as a strategic and collaborative leader. He has held numerous leadership positions with organizations over the past 20 years including with Points of Light, Philanthropy Associates, The Ocean Foundation, and the food bank system in the US. Shawn earned his Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco, holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Macalester College, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School—University of Pennsylvania.

Hannah Roeyer

Planning Manager

Lindsay Roitman

Senior Philanthropy Director, GO BIG

Lindsay Roitman has extensive experience fundraising in nonprofit organizations and political campaigns, executive and ultra-high net worth relationship management, and strategic planning. Lindsay was the Deputy National Finance Director for the Hillary for America campaign in 2016 and served as a leader on this historic fundraising team. As Vice President of Development and Sr. Advisor to the CEO for the American Association of Justice, she ran all aspects of the Development department, led strategic partnerships resulting in increased capital year after year and advised the CEO on board-related and strategic initiatives. While at Microsoft, Lindsay spent six years managing relationships with top engineering universities as a  senior member of the external relationships team for MS Recruiting and Research. Lindsay is an advocacy, political and development consultant who’s past clients include the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Clinton Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Senators Cantwell, Warren, Bradley, Wellstone, EMILYs list and several elected official and business leaders.

Prodipto Roy

Program Manager

Prodipto Roy is the Senior Program Associate of the Energy Efficiency program. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Prodipto worked at the Mayor’s office in Los Angeles where he focused on a variety of projects including supporting the Port of Los Angeles & Long Beach move towards a zero-emissions future and stimulating the water infrastructure sector in Southern California to modernize and create jobs. Prodipto holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Environmental Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Michael Ryken

Staff Accountant

Ruth Sego

Program Associate, International Engagement and Non-CO2 Mitigation

Ruth Cherono Sego is a Program Associate in the International Engagement and Non-CO2 portfolios where she brings over four years of experience in global environmental policy and multi-lateral environmental engagement. At ClimateWorks, Ms. Sego co-ordinates the Non-CO2 Initiative’s campaign to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and Black Carbon from maritime transportation and shipping and helps to co-ordinate strategic climate policy initiatives for the International Engagement portfolio. She also provides technical assessments for grant-making in both portfolios. Ms. Sego was previously based at the global headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi where her work focused on strategic communications and global environmental policy.

Ms. Sego holds a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a concentration in Energy and Climate.

Sachi Singh

Communications Associate, GO BIG

Sachi Singh is the Communications & Marketing Associate for ClimateWorks’ GO BIG campaign. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, she worked with private and philanthropy partners to develop systems change solutions for climate and oceans issues at Yale’s Science Communication with Impact Network. Sachi has extensive research and communications experience having worked at several international organizations including NRDC, Environmental Law Institute, and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. She earned a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a BA in Biology from Claremont McKenna College.

Elisa Siu

Senior Accountant

Tim Stumhofer

Associate Director, Sustainable Finance

Tim brings a background spanning the private, public, and nongovernmental sectors to the ClimateWorks sustainable finance program. Most recently he was stationed in Germany where, with the support of a Robert Bosch Foundation fellowship, he worked in the international climate finance unit of the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) and the climate competence center in Germany’s state development bank (KfW). Prior to his time in Germany Tim spent five years at the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute developing emissions measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) capacity building interventions for a range of global applications including carbon trading, low emissions development planning, and international treaty compliance. Tim has also worked in the private sector commercializing emission reduction projects under the Clean Development Mechanism. He holds a BA from Willamette University and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Kathy Tryce

Associate Director, Grants Management

Kathy Tryce joined ClimateWorks in 2012 as Grants and Contract Manager. She has more than 15 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector, including Project S.I.S.T.E.R. and the Healing Woman Foundation, which she transitioned from a sole proprietorship to a public charity. Ms. Tryce also worked for 10 years at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, first in the Conservation and Science Program and later in Grantmaking Operations, where she developed her deep love of tax-code compliance. She has a B.A. in Government from Pomona College and a J.D. from Santa Clara University.

Tao Wang

China Strategist

Tao Wang is a China Strategist at ClimateWorks Foundation, where he advises the organization and its partners on climate and energy philanthropy in China. Dr. Wang is also a guest lecturer at Tsinghua University.

Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Dr. Wang was assistant dean of the Yicai Research Institute; a scholar in the energy and climate program of Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy; senior program manager at World Wildlife Fund’s China program; and a researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Dr. Wang holds a PhD in Environmental Economics from the University of York and a BA in Environmental Science from Fudan University. He is author of articles in journals such as Climate PolicyEnergy Policy, and Science of the Total Environment, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times, Financial Times, the DiplomatPeople’s Daily, China Daily, and other publications.

Frances Wang

Program Associate

Rees Warne

Director, Evaluation and Learning

Johanna Weaver

Senior Program Associate

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Johanna joined the Climate and Land Use Alliance in 2012 and currently serves as Program Associate. Prior to joining the CLUA team, she spent two years coordinating clinical research at UCSF, studying the effects of meditation on blood pressure, and Ayurveda on improving quality of life in breast cancer survivors. Previously, she helped conduct a variety of ecological entomology research, including projects at Oberlin College, Cornell University, and Harvard Forest. She additionally spent a semester studying wildlife management and land use conflict in the Kwakuchinja wildlife corridor in Tanzania. Johanna currently serves on the Student Conservation Association’s Alumni Council, an organization with which she has worked in a variety of capacities over the past decade. Johanna holds a B.A. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Dance from Oberlin College.

Brad Weinrieb

Associate Director, Marketing and Communications

Brad Weinrieb leads corporate communications for ClimateWorks Foundation. He has more than 12 years experience helping social sector organizations around the world tell their stories, develop partnerships and resources, and achieve results.

Prior to ClimateWorks, Brad was an associate director for donor communications at the Sierra Club, the US’s largest grassroots environmental organization, where he helped to launch the Beyond Coal campaign to end America’s reliance on dirty coal and shift the US to a cleaner, healthier future.

Brad began his career in the entertainment industry, working on films directed by Steven Spielberg and Robert DeNiro, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley.

Pamela Wellner

Communications Director, Clean Energy, Clean Air

Stephanie Westbrook

Executive Assistant, Programs

Catherine Witherspoon

Senior Advisor

Catherine Witherspoon advises ClimateWorks on the linkages between air quality management, short lived climate pollutants, and climate mitigation. Previously, she served as the program director for ClimateWorks’ non-CO₂ fast action campaign. She has 26 years of regulatory, legislative, and management experience in the air quality field. Ms. Witherspoon started as a student assistant at the California Air Resources Board in 1981, and eventually rose to Executive Officer (2003-2007). In that role, she managed a staff of 1,100 and an annual budget of $350 million. Ms. Witherspoon was directly involved in the drafting of the California Clean Air Act and California’s landmark Greenhouse Gas Solutions Act.  In the mid-1990s, she left state government and served briefly as an Expert Consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 9), Legislative Director for the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and sole proprietor of her own consulting firm, before returning to CARB in 1999 as Senior Policy Advisor to the then-Chairman Dr. Alan Lloyd.  Ms. Witherspoon has a BA in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Emily Wood

Development Associate

Kelly Young

Senior Director, Information Technology

Kelly Young has been ClimateWorks’ Director of Information Technology since December of 2011. She is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of information and communications technology solutions. Kelly is a business-minded, quality-focused IT leader with 15 years of experience driving technology strategies in diverse sectors including corporate retail, finance, software, healthcare, consulting, and philanthropy. Her areas of expertise include business intelligence, disaster recovery, active directory, cloud computing, and social media technologies. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, she served as Director of IT at Circlepoint Consulting and at The Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from San Francisco State University and earned technology certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, Red Hat, and Linux.  She is also a member of the Technology Affinity Group (TAG).

Daniel Zarin

Director of Programs

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Daniel Zarin is Director of Programs of the Climate and Land Use Alliance since its inception in 2010. He was previously Senior Advisor to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. From 1995-2009, Dan was a university professor, first at the University of New Hampshire and subsequently at the University of Florida. He has a B.A. in History, a Master’s of Forest Science from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dan has published widely on forest ecology, management, and policy, and the interface between deforestation and climate change.