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.

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.

Makeeba Browne

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Makeeba Browne is the Associate Director of Equity and Justice at ClimateWorks Foundation. She brings over 16 years of experience working with foundations, academic institutions, nonprofits to transform ideas into effective strategies and policies that address pressing social issues. Makeeba applies her leadership and operational acumen to engage stakeholders and support programs firmly rooted in equity and justice.

Makeeba rejoined ClimateWorks in 2021 after five years of consulting with various institutions. Through her consulting practice, Makeeba has facilitated small and large group sessions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion for nonprofit, academic, philanthropic, and private organizations. She has also worked with institutions to revamp strategic plans, implement new programs, and design initiatives across many topics, including youth leadership development, equitable climate solutions, accessing arts in youth detention centers, and equitable evaluations for environmental philanthropies in the U.S. and abroad. From 2008-2016, Makeeba was at ClimateWorks, where she provided strategic portfolio management, grantmaking, and operations support.

Makeeba holds a BS in American Studies with an emphasis on race and pop culture from Dickinson College and a certificate for grant writing from Temple University. Outside of the climate and philanthropy space, Makeeba advocates creating inclusive environments on college campuses. She is also a storyteller, using narratives to imagine equitable, thriving futures for BIPOC communities across the globe.

Poe Browne

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Poe Browne manages CLUA’s planned funder proposals and reporting, as well supports teams through coordinating planning and monitoring activities.

Before joining CLUA, Poe worked as Development Manager at Bread and Roses Community Fund, a small non-profit that seeks to make grants to grassroots organizers doing work that is often underfunded by larger foundations and organizations. Prior to that, Poe managed and oversaw internal systems and donor databases as Deputy Director of Grants & Compliance at Justice at Work.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in dystopian and utopian literature, poetry, and their relevance to current social unrest. Poe believes deeply in the power of youth, community, and resistance in the form of joy. She is based in Philadelphia, PA.

Yi Chen

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Avery Cohn

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Avery Cohn leads food and agriculture activities at ClimateWorks as well as the Healthy Diets/Healthy Planet workstream of the Climate and Land Use Alliance, a grantmaking strategy promoting a future for protein consistent with climate and development goals. Avery joined ClimateWorks in 2019, following over 15 years of research and policy work on a food system compatible with a livable climate. During the period, Avery served as a professor at Tufts University, where he retains an affiliation, advised international organizations, and held additional roles at Stanford, Brown, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Avery holds a B.S. from the University of California Davis, a master’s from the Yale School of Forestry, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Matt Daggett

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Liesel Davis

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Liesel Davis is the Climate and Land Use Alliance’s Grants Associate. Before joining CLUA, Liesel served as International Programs Coordinator with Eden Reforestation Projects, supporting global efforts to restore forest habitats and protect existing ecosystems. With a strong interest in environmental conservation, she also previously worked with the Environmental League of Massachusetts and Costa Rica Wild Sun Rescue Center.

Liesel graduated with a Bachelor’s of Ecology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is based in Pasadena, California.