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.
A lifelong environmental and human rights advocate, Lindsey Allen has engaged some of the world’s largest companies in cleaning up their environmentally destructive practices while inspiring powerful mobilizations for environmental and social justice.
Lindsey most recently served as Chief Program Officer at Greenpeace USA where she oversaw strategy and climate, forests, oceans, and democracy campaigns. Lindsey previously spent almost a decade with Rainforest Action Network, serving as the Executive Director during a time of significant growth and increased focus on diversity and justice reform. Lindsey began her career as a forest campaigner, working to end destruction of the Amazon rainforest and North American Boreal forest. Motivated by the urgency to accelerate justice and climate action,
Lindsey is deeply committed to protecting forests, lands, and the rights of Indigenous and frontline communities to create a just and liveable future. Lindsey graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Anthropology.
Erin Anderson (she/her) is a Coordinator for the Funder Collaborations team. In this role, Erin supports processes, tools, and systems that help funders collaborate to drive climate impact.
Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Erin spent four years working in mental health publishing, where she utilized her project management and program coordinator skillsets to make mental health resources more accessible.
Erin holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Communication from the University of Colorado Boulder.
As a Senior Program Director, Jason Anderson oversees the Governance & Diplomacy and Super Pollutant programs at ClimateWorks. His work spans efforts ranging from implementing the Paris Agreement to cleaning up dirty shipping and preventing methane leakage.
Jason has over 25 years of experience in climate and clean energy, beginning in the solar energy conversion office at the U.S. Department of Energy, which led him to promote photovoltaics for rural electrification in Central America. Jason then worked in a range of climate organizations in Brussels for 15 years, ranging from Climate Action Network Europe to the Institute for European Environmental Policy to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). Jason was a lead author of the IPCC special reports on ozone and climate interactions, and on carbon capture and storage; in 2007 Jason was acknowledged for his contribution to the IPCC’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Jason holds a Masters in Public Policy degree and a Masters in Science in energy and resources from the University of California Berkeley, and a degree in biological anthropology from Harvard University.
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.
Siddarthan Balasubramania is a Principal Strategist at ClimateWorks Foundation, advising ClimateWorks and partner foundations on their strategies, programs, and partnerships.
He is an expert in climate change mitigation and adaptation, including green policy, international energy policy, and low-carbon development. Siddarthan was previously a Senior Advisor at ClimateWorks, where he acted as a bridge between international and Indian philanthropies around climate change and energy.
Siddarthan came to ClimateWorks after serving as the India Country Representative for the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), an international organization promoting global green policies. Siddarthan worked at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington, D.C., where he served as Director of the major emerging economies initiative in climate change and energy programs. He brings knowledge of techno-economic analysis of green growth opportunities from previous roles as a senior advisor on climate change to the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Royal Norwegian Embassy (NORAD). Siddarthan also managed an extensive portfolio of environment and natural resource management projects as a deputy program manager at the Department for International Development (DFID).
Siddarthan holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in India.
Michael helps lead ClimateWorks’ Programs team to scale transformative climate strategies and deliver on the Foundation’s mission to support and amplify the impact of the philanthropic community in tackling the climate crisis. Most recently, Michael was the National Program Director of the Sierra Club, the largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. During almost ten years at Sierra, Michael co-lead a team of more than 300 campaigners, lobbyists, organizers, lawyers, and other staff working to transform the United States’ energy economy, address climate and other pollution, protect natural lands, waters and wildlife and expand access to the outdoors. Michael supported Sierra Club’s teams that helped shape and pass critical federal legislation including the Inflation Reduction Act. He oversaw teams that facilitated clean energy development, shut down or stopped plans for billions of dollars of fossil fuel infrastructure, protected millions of acres of land, and advanced environmental litigation including in the Supreme Court.
Prior to joining the Sierra Club, Michael spent 13 years at Equal Access International, a media development organization. He was operational co-founder and served as Vice President of Programs and Operations overseeing more than a 100-person staff in seven in-country project offices and reaching an audience of tens of millions in Asia and Africa. Michael started his professional career as a lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills in Melbourne, Australia, and is a graduate of Australia’s Bond University where he served as President of the Student Union and earned degrees in Law and Journalism/International Relations.