I am delighted to share the news that the ClimateWorks Foundation is expanding its leadership team with the addition of two exciting new hires to fill two newly created positions. Sue Cook will become our Vice President, Systems and Planning, and Shawn Reifsteck our Vice President, Philanthropy. These two hires represent ClimateWorks’ belief that philanthropy is poised to play an even bigger role going forward to advance climate solutions. By adding senior level capacity — and people as skilled as Sue and Shawn — ClimateWorks is demonstrating its commitment to help the growing community of climate philanthropists scale, collaborate, and have even greater impact.
Sue Cook will ensure ClimateWorks is empowered by highly efficient and effective systems, processes, and operating practices, so that we can continue to provide high-value services that benefit our partners, grantees, employees, and mission. Because most of our systems and processes are in service to the broader philanthropic and climate communities, Sue will play both an internal and external role at ClimateWorks.
Sue has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of executive strategic and operational roles in high tech, including as Hewlett-Packard’s Vice President of Global Operations. She comes to us from Spearfish Innovation, a consulting company she co-founded to help clients — including for-profit start-ups, Fortune 50 companies, and non-profit organizations — achieve their goals through innovation in business products, services, and processes. We are delighted that Sue will bring her leadership experience and acumen to ClimateWorks beginning the week of September 26th.
Shawn Reifsteck will lead ClimateWorks’ engagement with the philanthropic community, including our work to facilitate high-impact funder collaborations, raise more capital for the field, enrich partnerships between philanthropy and other key actors in the climate mitigation community, and strengthen ClimateWorks’ corporate communications. He will work closely with key allies including foundation partners, regional partners, and others help ensure philanthropy achieves its maximum impact in the ongoing effort to address global climate change. Mary Raftery, our Senior Advisor for Funder Collaborations, will be a senior member of Shawn’s new team and will continue to lead much of our work supporting funder collaboratives.
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. In addition, he has held numerous leadership positions with organizations over the past 20 years including with Points of Light, Philanthropy Associates, The Ocean Foundation, and Hands On Bay Area. We are excited that Shawn will bring his talents and leadership capabilities to the ClimateWorks’ staff starting October 17th.
We look forward to engaging with partners as Sue and Shawn join the ClimateWorks leadership team and work to build critical new capacities that will help to mobilize the philanthropic community to solve the climate crisis and ensure a prosperous future.