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.

Lindsey Allen

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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.

Jennifer Alley

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Jennifer Alley has more than 20 years of fundraising and leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. She has a track record of securing transformational gifts for institutions, building and leading major gifts and development programs, and training and partnering with volunteer leadership and staff at all levels.

Jennifer joins ClimateWorks Foundation from Campbell & Company, where she served as a senior consultant, working with a number of nonprofit organizations, including the UC Berkeley School of Law, serving as interim Dean of Advancement, and the Seattle Symphony, working as Campaign Director.

She has strong experience in the environmental community, having served as the Director of Development, Northern California at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and leading the regional major gifts program for the Trust for Public Land’s Mid-Atlantic Region. While at NRDC, Jennifer created the “Growing Green Awards” and led regional fundraising efforts and solicitations for the organizations $400 million “Partnership for the Earth” campaign.

Jennifer’s professional background also includes experience in the arts and culture and higher education sectors, having held key development positions at 92nd Street Y, Sarah Lawrence College, the New York Botanical Garden, and the French Institute/Alliance Francaise. Jennifer is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College.

Beth Benyishay

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Laura Birx

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Laura Birx is the Director of Planning for ClimateWorks Foundation. She is responsible for priority setting, learning and evaluation, and strategic planning processes. Laura joined ClimateWorks in 2022 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she was the Deputy Director for Strategy, Planning, and Management on the Agricultural Development team. In this role, she led the development of a strategic plan for the foundation’s climate adaptation efforts in agriculture, and oversaw their work on monitoring, learning, and evaluation. Prior to her 8 years at the Gates Foundation, she worked for the United States Agency for International Development on food security issues and served in Washington DC and Tanzania. Laura has a Master of Public Health from George Washington University and a BA from Colby College.

Jessica Brown

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Jessica Brown is an internationally recognized expert and policymaker with over 15 years of experience working at the nexus of climate change, development, and poverty reduction in the global South. She has led policy, finance, grantmaking, research, and consulting activities for foundations, NGOs and the United States government.

At ClimateWorks, Jessica supports the Foundation’s efforts to advance racial and social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion across all aspects of the organization. Jessica’s interests lie in building equitable and unbiased internal systems and grantmaking approaches as well as people-centered climate solutions. She previously was director of the Clean Cooling Collaborative (formerly named Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program), a $60M+ global program to advance efficient, climate-friendly cooling for all.

Before joining ClimateWorks, Jessica was a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. State Department, where she led the international climate finance negotiations. She has also held various positions at the Overseas Development Institute, Climate Policy Initiative, and California Environmental Associates.

Examples of Jessica’s work include: designing equitable governance arrangements for bilateral and multilateral climate funds; leading efforts within the U.S. government to increase overall contributions to international climate aid, including the Obama Administration’s initial $3 billion pledge to the Green Climate Fund; managing the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative; and research commissioned by international development agencies critiquing the distributional benefits of REDD and carbon offset projects to local communities.

Jessica holds a Masters in International Development Studies from the London School of Economics, a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs, and a Bachelors in Political Science from Barnard College.