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.
Onyinye Chukwuanu is Associate Director, Development at ClimateWorks Foundation. She has more than 11+ years’ experience working to increase the impact of rights-based organizations that center the wellbeing and health of people, communities, and the planet by delivering impactful development and fundraising strategies that sustain and support the financial health of organizations.
Most recently, she worked to advance the global climate movement through strategic development and donor relations and was responsible for managing a large portfolio of funders to support climate mission-based initiatives. Prior to this, Onyinye has worked across social justice movements including environment, Indigenous rights, women’s rights, and food sovereignty.
Onyinye has also worked and consulted with large scale public education institutions including universities and school districts, working as part of a contracts and grants department team at University of San Francisco. She holds a JD from University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and a BS in Business Administration from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Sara Dermody is Development Manager of Operations, where she manages key elements of the department’s stewardship, funder/prospect proposals and reporting activities; overseeing, and leading the Development team’s work with the Program and Finance teams to track and report grant-related activity. She also identifies opportunities to streamline processes to support the Development and Program teams in achieving fundraising goals.
Sara spent the last five and a half years at the San Francisco Foundation in the Philanthropic Advising and Fundraising team, leading the transition from Raiser’s Edge to Salesforce CRM for the organization, as well as process improvement across the Finance, Program, and Development departments. Prior to the San Francisco Foundation, she spent four years working in fundraising at museums around the bay area including the Museum of Craft and Design, the DeYoung, the Legion of Honor, and the Oakland Museum of California.
Sara received bachelor’s degrees in History, Anthropology and Sociology with an emphasis on Archaeology from the University of Redlands, and a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester in England.
After hearing Al Gore speak on his documentary on the Inconvenient Truth at her University and reading Living Green: A Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability, she has always strived to live as green as possible. She is excited to finally mesh her personal interests with her professional career.
Jessica Harris is an Associate Director of Developmentfor the Philanthropy 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.
Jihoon Im serves as a Development Manager with the ClimateWorks Foundation. He joins ClimateWorks from the global development organization, BRAC, where he helped mobilize resources from private philanthropy to underpin the organization’s international poverty alleviation and humanitarian response programs. Jihoon previously worked in higher education advancement at the University of California, San Diego, and in partnerships for the International Food Policy Research Institute’s HarvestPlus program, which supports farmers and fights malnutrition in the global South through the development of more nutritious, climate-smart staple food crops. Jihoon earned a B.S. in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis, where he worked with the Agricultural Sustainability Institute and the Land Use and Natural Resources extension program.
Ashley Kiel is a Senior Associate on the Development team. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, she was a Development Operations Manager at the Institute for Sustainable Communities. In this role, she supported organization-wide fundraising efforts to foster equitable climate solutions that build healthy, resilient communities. Ashley holds a Master of Environmental Policy from Vermont Law School and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Delaware. When not working on climate change issues, you can find her on mountain trails with her two pups. She is based in Montpelier, Vermont.
Irene leads development and donor relations, working with generous philanthropists to ensure that ClimateWorks’ programs and services have the resources to address the climate crisis. She has decades of experience working with major philanthropists to realize visionary goals and solve complex problems, collaborating with diverse colleagues, and managing large organizations. Irene came to ClimateWorks after a long career in development at UC Berkeley, where she played a number of leadership roles, and was part of three university campaigns. Irene played a pivotal role in the $120 million Hewlett Challenge committed during Berkeley’s last campaign and the creation of the Berkeley Endowment Management Company. As Associate Vice Chancellor – Advancement and Executive Vice President of the UC Berkeley Foundation, Irene led a team of 100 staff, and was part of the leadership team that doubled annual fundraising totals over four years. Irene served as the campaign director for the quiet phase of Berkeley’s current $6 billion Light the Way Campaign, working with academic and programmatic units, development and campus leaders, faculty, Trustees, and donors to develop campaign infrastructure, set priorities, and raise the nucleus fund of the campaign. Prior to UC Berkeley, Irene worked at Project Athena at MIT. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College.