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.
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.