Laura Aldrete

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Laura is an Associate for ClimateWorks’ Global Intelligence team. She supports the maintenance, expansion, and integration of the Mitigation Landscape, a set of assets that map out the solution space of climate mitigation. In this role, she provides quantitative analysis and modeling on greenhouse gas emissions across sectors and geographies.

Laura has more than five years of experience in data analytics and research. Before joining ClimateWorks, Laura worked as a Data Analyst at Trying Together, and as a Jr. Researcher at the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (PIPE-CIDE). Laura has an M.S. in Public Policy and Management, with a concentration in Environmental Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. in International Relations from the Universidad de las Americas, Mexico.

Josefina Cobián

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Josefina is Program Manager for ClimateWorks’ Global Intelligence team. She co-manages a cross department initiative, the independent Global Stocktake which secretariat resides at ClimateWorks. As part of the Global Intelligence team, Josefina leads the development of new workstreams on climate impacts and the expansion of social, political, and economic work in Latin America and the Caribbean. She also manages exploratory work on AI and digital infrastructure and technologies. 

Josefina has more than 7 years of environmental work experience in government, private, and non-profit sectors in Mexico, Japan, Honduras, Ecuador and the US. Prior to ClimateWorks, she worked on climate change and forest policy as a project manager for the federal Commission of Forestry in Mexico and as an independent consultant with Mexico and Honduras. Additionally, she was a forest policy fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund where she co-wrote a paper published in Forests journal. Josefina holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and an Environmental Engineering degree from ITESO University in Mexico. When not working on climate change issues, she enjoys traveling, exploring the bay area, baking and painting.

Casey Cronin

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At ClimateWorks, Casey Cronin’s primary responsibilities include management of Global Intelligence team activities as well as providing a holistic view of ClimateWorks’ grantmaking portfolio and to provide advice and insights into philanthropic opportunities and risks. Further, he leads aligned Global Intelligence and programs workplans related to international policy and the UNFCCC, especially in areas related to Global Intelligence efforts tracking collective progress toward long term climate goals.

Prior to ClimateWorks, he was a Senior Account Executive at Antenna Group, a strategic communications agency representing clean technology companies focused on alternative energy, energy efficiency, storage, pollution remediation, etc. While there, he developed industry experience with silicon and thin film PV, concentrating PV, utility-scale solar thermal, algal biofuels, and other emerging clean energy technologies. Mr. Cronin has an M.Sc. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and a B.A. in Development Studies and Economics from Brown University.

Alexander Fisher

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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.

Jessica Hitt

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Karolina Janik

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As Senior Associate with the Global Intelligence team, Karolina works collaboratively using climate philanthropy related data to develop compelling, integrated, and accurate analyses and visualizations to meet the information needs of key internal and external audiences. Karolina joins us from New York City Parks, where she worked as an analyst with the agency’s Wildlife Unit. Karolina served as the primary data steward and analyst for New York City’s Deer Impact Management Plan and worked on issues related to NYC’s urban wildlife population, including for species threatened by climate change. She holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and a M.A. in Geography and Regional Studies from the University of Miami, where her thesis focused on quantifying forest loss and identifying drivers of deforestation the in Northeastern Ecuadorian Amazon.

Elin Matsumae

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Elin Matsumae is a Senior Associate for ClimateWorks’ Global Intelligence team. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Elin was a research team member at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) Japan Program at Stanford University, where she conducted research on innovation and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and in Japan. Elin holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Kenyon College.

Surabi Menon

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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.

Seth Monteith

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Seth Monteith joined ClimateWorks in 2013. He maps out the solution space of climate mitigation by directly engaging with the scientific & research community on extracting and communicating out insights. This includes developing scenarios in climate models, analyzing GHG mitigation technologies & policies, and evaluating the multiple benefits of climate action. His work allows for informed discourse on how and where philanthropic investments might be most effective.

Seth is a former Peace Corps volunteer having served in Kazakhstan.  He holds a B.A. from Portland State University and a M.Sc. in Policy Analysis from Carnegie Mellon University. And when not quantifying the many ways of addressing climate change, he is out climbing the mountains and exploring the trails of the Pacific Northwest with his adventurous wife and kids.