Sam Baird is a Senior Communications Associate at ClimateWorks, acting as the communications focal point for the Cooling, Industry, and Power programs. He develops and executes communications strategies that elevate these programs, demonstrate the impact of their work, and help advance the field.
He joins ClimateWorks after a two-year stint as the communications officer at the Marine Megafauna Foundation, translating pioneering research to educate and influence the public and governments about long-lasting conservation strategies. Sam has also worked for the UN Human Rights division in Geneva, guiding digital communications campaigns and growth strategies. Sam brings years of client-facing experience from media firms, including Universal McCann and Assembly Global. He has run marketing campaigns for AMC’s Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Mad Men and led media strategy for Charles Schwab, Pfizer, and Zillow.
Sam has an MA in Global Communications from the American University of Paris and a BA in Film Studies from San Jose State University.
Jess Daniels is a Senior Associate on the Marketing and Communications team. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, she directed communications and a grassroots membership program at the nonprofit organization Fibershed, growing a global movement at the intersection of agriculture, climate, and textiles. She has a decade of experience advancing resilient and regenerative systems by creating strategic and educational messaging, producing digital media and events, launching advocacy campaigns, and supporting impact litigation. Her work has been published online and in the journals Agriculture and Human Values and Making Futures. Jess holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Visual Art from Brown University, where she completed coursework at Rhode Island School of Design and studied with the International Honors Program “Rethinking Globalization” field school in India, Tanzania, New Zealand, and Mexico.
As a Senior Communications Associate in Public Affairs, Tara amplifies the message of all teams at ClimateWorks through media engagement, thought leadership, and press support. Tara joins ClimateWorks from a public relations firm, where she led content strategy and digital storytelling for a diverse portfolio of clients. She previously was a freelance science journalist, a technology reporter at the Academic Times, and a press coordinator at the Good Food Institute. Tara holds a B.A. in Communications from the George Washington University and a certificate in Sustainability from the University of Melbourne.
As a Senior Associate of Marketing and Communications at ClimateWorks, Emily Espinosa helps to promote the important work of various program teams.
Prior to joining ClimateWorks, she specialized in donor communications at Room to Read, an education-focused international organization. There, she used her writing and marketing skills to engage supporters by creating compelling publications, informational materials, presentations, grant reports and proposals.
Emily earned dual B.A. degrees in English and Spanish from Santa Clara University and holds a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon.
Patty is an entrepreneurial, creative marketing leader, known for crafting and executing strategies that grow organizations and increase their profile in the market.
Before joining ClimateWorks, Patty was a marketing executive and consultant to both large, established software companies and emerging, high-growth businesses in the tech start-up world, including Autodesk, Intuit, Xora, and Neoforma. In this capacity, she’s led both corporate marketing and the launch, management, and promotion of dozens of products and services across multiple sectors.
Patty has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has completed Executive Education Programs at the Cranfield School of Management in Cranfield, England and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Tim is the Editorial Manager at ClimateWorks Foundation. Previously, he worked on editorial strategy and production at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Brennan Center for Justice, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Tim holds an MA in Geography from CUNY Hunter College and a BA in English Literature and International Relations from Wheaton College.
As a member of the Marketing and Communications department, Steven works to raise the profile of various programs at the ClimateWorks Foundation. Before joining ClimateWorks, Steven directed online engagement at a local book publishing nonprofit. He is also a veteran of the environmental health and justice fields, having served in development and communications roles. Steven earned a master’s degree in communication from San Francisco State University and taught communication at the same institution.