Mary Raftery joined ClimateWorks Foundation in 2013, standing up and staffing flagship collaborations among philanthropies funding climate mitigation globally, including the Funders Table. Mary leads the Funder Collaborations department to strategically manage a suite of best-in-class collaborations that support climate funders to increase individual and collective impact.
Mary has more than 25 years of experience with organizational leadership and change management, developing and sustaining innovative collaborations, strategic planning, consulting, and executive coaching – specializing in supporting transformative growth and change in mission-based programs, coalitions, and start-ups. Mary is a natural “connector” and in her previous work, she developed and strengthened strategic new cross-discipline programs and campaigns, as well as innovative “unusual ally” collaborative efforts in local and international organizations, including at Stanford University, Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, Environment California, California Certified Organic Farmers, and the BlueGreen Alliance.
Mary holds a B.A. with honors in International Relations from Brown University. She grew up living in National Parks across the U.S., has been a meditation practitioner on several continents, and serves on the board of trustees for Green Century Funds, the first family of mutual funds to divest from fossil fuels.
Shawn Reifsteck is the Vice President of Strategy, Collaborations, and Brand for ClimateWorks Foundation. 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.
Anna Richter is the Director of Funder Collaborations at the ClimateWorks Foundation. She brings over fifteen years of experience at the intersection of social impact, technology, and community engagement.
Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Anna worked as the Client Experience Director and a Community Strategist helping clients such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and Walton Family Foundation develop community engagement visions and strategies to increase collaboration and their impact.
She holds a BS in Applied Engineering Science from Michigan State University and an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Presidio Graduate School.
Josh Smith joined ClimateWorks Foundation in 2019, serving as the Executive Assistant for the Funder Collaborations team. In this role Josh staffs leading funder collaborations.
Prior to joining ClimateWorks Foundation, Josh served six years in the United States Navy aboard the USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, operating in the western Pacific region. Josh was a Petty Officer First Class and Leading Petty Officer of the Combat Gunnery division, managing ship wide weapon systems, operations, related work-center teams, and weapon training of ship’s crew, as well as liaising with high-ranking officers on gun evolutions. Josh was the Assistant Boarding Officer for the Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure team during maritime security operations.
After leaving the Navy, Josh, with a love for Hawaii, decided to stay on Oahu and complete his degree. He received his BA in Geography and Environment, with a focus on paleoclimatology and earth systems, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Courtney Thomas (she/her) joined ClimateWorks Foundation in 2018 and is Manager, Funder Collaborations. In this role, Courtney supports the design and planning process for successful climate funder sessions and collaborations. She manages and leads on key collaborative systems, development of joint work as well as funder community engagement, all designed to meet the strategic needs of an increasingly complex ecosystem.
Courtney is a natural connector who believes that building empathic relationships and trust are critical to addressing the world’s most pressing problems. She brings over ten years of experience in consulting, community engagement, and strategic communications in the nonprofit and private sectors. In previous roles, Courtney facilitated inclusive dialogue across diverse stakeholder groups to solve complex environmental problems. She has served on the board of directors for multiple environmental education and regranting groups.
Courtney holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UCSB.
Kathy is a Coordinator for Funder Collaborations where she supports processes, tools and systems that help funders collaborate to drive climate impact.
Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Kathy worked in the insurance industry where she specialized in sales and product administration, and helmed various projects including product development, marketing strategies, and print design. She brings over six years of connecting and building interdisciplinary teams across geographies and cultures with a focus on effective communication and supportive relationships.
She holds a M.S. in Information Systems at Santa Clara University and a B.A. in Business Economics at UC Santa Barbara.