A lifelong environmental and human rights advocate, Lindsey Allen has engaged some of the world’s largest companies in cleaning up their environmentally destructive practices while inspiring powerful mobilizations for environmental and social justice.
Lindsey most recently served as Chief Program Officer at Greenpeace USA where she oversaw strategy and climate, forests, oceans, and democracy campaigns. Lindsey previously spent almost a decade with Rainforest Action Network, serving as the Executive Director during a time of significant growth and increased focus on diversity and justice reform. Lindsey began her career as a forest campaigner, working to end destruction of the Amazon rainforest and North American Boreal forest. Motivated by the urgency to accelerate justice and climate action,
Lindsey is deeply committed to protecting forests, lands, and the rights of Indigenous and frontline communities to create a just and liveable future. Lindsey graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Anthropology.
Siddarthan Balasubramania is a Principal Strategist at ClimateWorks Foundation, advising ClimateWorks and partner foundations on their strategies, programs, and partnerships.
He is an expert in climate change mitigation and adaptation, including green policy, international energy policy, and low-carbon development. Siddarthan was previously a Senior Advisor at ClimateWorks, where he acted as a bridge between international and Indian philanthropies around climate change and energy.
Siddarthan came to ClimateWorks after serving as the India Country Representative for the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), an international organization promoting global green policies. Siddarthan worked at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington, D.C., where he served as Director of the major emerging economies initiative in climate change and energy programs. He brings knowledge of techno-economic analysis of green growth opportunities from previous roles as a senior advisor on climate change to the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Royal Norwegian Embassy (NORAD). Siddarthan also managed an extensive portfolio of environment and natural resource management projects as a deputy program manager at the Department for International Development (DFID).
Siddarthan holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in India.
Dr. Alexander “Alex” Fisher is the Program Director of Climate Ambition at ClimateWorks Foundation. Alex is an expert in global and grassroots climate action, climate finance, and energy transition, especially in China, Germany, India, and the European Union. He oversees work at the Regional Action on Climate Change Conference (RACC) and is the liaison person for the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Partnership.
Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Alex was the director for Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change (SGCCC) at GIZ China. His portfolio included a variety of bilateral projects work in the field of climate change, low carbon development, carbon market mechanism, and non-CO2 emissions. Alex is an advisor for the Climate Governance Special Policy Study Group at the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED). He previously was an advisor on international climate finance and climate initiatives at Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMUV). Alex was also commissioned by the Presidential Office of the Republic of Korea to help set up an international climate organization in Seoul.
Alex received his PhD in Economics at the Viadrina in Frankfurt and worked at the European University Viadrina in academic teaching and economic research. He has multiple publications in the field of macroeconomics.
Rebecca Fisher is the Drive Electric Campaign Director. She has almost a decade of experience in sustainable international development, climate finance, and electric vehicle technology and policy.
Before joining ClimateWorks, Rebecca worked on light-duty EV grant programs and policy development at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Prior to moving back to the west coast, Rebecca was a climate finance negotiator for the Obama Administration, representing the United States during the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals negotiations. She serves on the National Board of Directors of the Electric Auto Association, where she supports the Association’s mission to accelerate widespread adoption of EVs.
Rebecca holds a Master of Environment Economics and Sustainable International Development from Duke University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Brandeis University.
Jan Mazurek, PhD directs the Aviation and Carbon Dioxide Removal initiatives. She has worked on energy and environmental initiatives at the federal and state level for 30 years. Prior to ClimateWorks, Dr. Mazurek was appointed by then-Governor Schwarzenegger to serve as Science and Technology advisor to the California Air Resources Board. Dr. Mazurek recently served in her spare time on the Biden Climate/Energy/Environment Policy Committee. Before CARB, Dr. 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 has testified on environmental policy matters before U.S. Congressional subcommittees. She holds a doctorate from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Dr. Surabi Menon is a leading climate scientist with over 20 years of experience in the field of climate change and vice president of Global Intelligence at ClimateWorks Foundation. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed publications and co-authored the 2007 IPCC report that was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
At ClimateWorks, Surabi’s work supports climate philanthropy by providing a global context for climate mitigation, identifying investment flows, funding gaps, and high-impact investment opportunities. She has helped to co-launch global consortiums such as Camda, a global community of over 30 organizations that seeks to support credible climate action in cities, states, businesses, and investors.
Surabi is currently a member of the advisory council of the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium, the Climate Leadership Initiative, the UN Emissions Gap Report, and the donor steering committee for the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency. She was a charter member of the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board (2012-2018) and a former board director of the Global Buildings Performance Network and the Institute for Industrial Productivity.
Before joining ClimateWorks, Surabi was a staff scientist and leader of the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California. She also started an environmental NGO in India in 2008. Surabi 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.
Helen Mountford is the president and CEO of ClimateWorks Foundation. She brings over 25 years of global experience at the intersection of environmental action, economic development, and climate policy to her role.
Before joining ClimateWorks, Helen was the vice president of climate and economics at World Resources Institute where she led global teams to advance policies and economic approaches to successfully address climate change. Helen was also the program director for the New Climate Economy project, a flagship initiative of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate that provides independent and authoritative evidence on actions which can both strengthen climate ambition and deliver social and economic benefits.
Helen previously was the deputy director of environment for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She worked at OECD for over 16 years advising governments on policy reforms and overseeing work on green fiscal reform, climate change finance and economics, fossil fuel subsidy reforms, green growth, water pricing, biodiversity incentive measures, and economy-environment outlooks and modeling. Prior to joining the OECD, Helen managed recycling schemes in England and worked for an NGO in Australia.
Helen holds Masters degrees in Environmental Economics from University College London and Environmental Management from the University of Melbourne. She has a BA in Philosophy and History.
Shilpa Patel is a Senior Advisor at ClimateWorks Foundation with expertise in development banking, financial structuring, international climate policy and blended finance. Shilpa served as the Director of Mission Investing for the past five years, working with partner foundations to design and implement mission investment strategies with the potential to catalyze private finance and drive investment in climate mitigation activities.
Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Shilpa 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 and financial sector reform in Vietnam. At the International Finance Corporation, she led several project finance transactions in the global south before creating an innovative incubator for environmental finance. She was asked to set up the IFC’s climate practice and headed its work on climate strategy and metrics, including understanding the impacts of climate change on private business and IFC’s operations.
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.