Christiana Figueres

Global Covenant of Mayors and Mission2020

Christiana Figueres is a world authority on global climate change and was the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC from 2010-2016. Ms. Figueres is currently Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors and Mission2020 Convenor. During her tenure at the UNFCCC Ms. Figueres brought together national and subnational governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and communities of faith, think tanks and technology providers, NGOs and parliamentarians, to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to below 2C. The agreement entered into force in less than a year, breaking the record of the UN. For this achievement Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy. In addition to her remarkable diplomatic achievements over the past 20 years, she served as Director of Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) and in 1995 founded the non-profit Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA), which she directed for eight years.

Caio Koch-Weser

European Climate Foundation

From 2006 – 2016 Mr. Koch-Weser was Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank Group, with global responsibilities for strategy; government, regulatory and corporate advisory; and co-ordination and implementation of group-wide business initiatives. He also served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of BG Group (2010-2016)

From 1999-2005, he was German Deputy Minister of Finance (State Secretary). His responsibilities included international finance (G-7 Deputy), European economic and financial affairs, as well as capital markets, banking and insurance. From 2003-2005, Mr. Koch-Weser held the position of Chairman of the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee, a committee of treasury directors and deputy central bankers that prepares EU ministerial meetings (EURO Group and ECOFIN). He was also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BaFin (German Banking and Securities Supervisory Agency).

From 1973 until 1999, Mr. Koch-Weser held a number of high-level positions in the World Bank in Washington, notably as Division Chief for the China Program (1980-86), Director for West Africa (1986-90), Deputy Treasurer and Director Treasury Operations (1990-91), Regional Vice President for Middle East and North Africa (1991-95), and Managing Director Operations and Member of the Executive Committee (1996-99).

Other current activities include Member of the Board at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington; a Member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate(NCE); a Member of the Board of the Centre for European Reform (CER) in London; and Chairman of the Board of the European Climate Foundation.

Mr. Koch-Weser studied economics in Germany. He is a German and Brazilian national, born in Brazil. He is married with three children.

Larry Kramer

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Larry Kramer is president of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California.

Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Kramer served from 2004 to 2012 as Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School. During his tenure, he spearheaded significant educational reforms, pioneering a new model of multidisciplinary legal studies. His teaching and scholarly interests include American legal history, constitutional law, federalism, separation of powers, the federal courts, conflict of laws, and civil procedure.

Prior to his time at Stanford, Mr. Kramer served as professor of law at the University of Chicago and University of Michigan law schools and as Associate Dean for Research and Academics and Russell D. Niles Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.

Mr. Kramer is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Law Institute. He serves on the board of directors of Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit organization that helps advance public interest law.

Mr. Kramer received an A.B. in Psychology and Religious Studies from Brown University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review.

Carol Larson

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Ms. Larson has held the position of President and CEO since January 2004. Ms. Larson served as the Packard Foundation’s director of programs from 1995 through 1999 and was appointed a vice president of the organization in 2000. She is responsible for the overall management of the Foundation and its grantmaking activities. Ms. Larson serves on the board of the Sobrato Family Foundation and American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Larson was a partner in a Los Angeles, California law firm specializing in civil litigation. She also worked in the nonprofit sector on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Ms. Larson received her BA from Stanford University and JD from Yale Law School.

The Foundation has assets totaling $6.7 billion, annual giving of over $300 million, and environment programming annual giving of $140 million. The Foundation makes grants domestically and internationally in the program areas of Conservation and Science; Population and Reproductive Health; and Children, Families, and Communities.

Pamela Matson

Stanford University

Pamela Matson is the Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences and the Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies at Stanford University. She was an early contributor to the international global change research program, serving in leadership positions in the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, and on the National Academy Board on Global Change. More recently, she served on the National Research Council’s Committee on America’s Climate Choices and chaired its panel, ‘Advancing the Science of Climate Change.’ In her research and leadership roles, Dr. Matson also has worked in the emerging field of sustainability science, serving as a member of the National Academies Board on Sustainable Development and as the founding chair of the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability. Her contributions have been recognized through election to the National Academy of Sciences, as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and as a recipient of a MacArthur prize. Dr. Matson received a B.S. in biology from the University of Wisconsin in 1975, an M.S. in environmental science from Indiana University in 1980, and a Ph.D. in forest ecology from Oregon State University in 1983.

Kristian Parker

Oak Foundation

Kristian Parker is Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Oak Foundation and a member of its founding family. Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. He has overseen the Oak Foundation’s environment program since its inception in 1998, and has worked full-time for the programme since 2003. The Oak Foundation’s environment programme dedicates a majority of its resources to two of the world’s biggest challenges: climate change and collapsing fish stocks.

Kristian is both a British and Danish citizen, born in Aalborg, Denmark and raised in Switzerland. He graduated from Colby College (Waterville, Maine) and received a Doctorate in Environmental Sciences from the Duke Marine Laboratory (Beaufort, North Carolina). From 2001 to 2002 Kristian held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kewalo Marine Laboratory in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kristian is also a founding board member of OceansFive and a member of the Board of Oceana and ClimateWorks.

Charlotte Pera


Charlotte Pera joined the ClimateWorks Foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2012.

Before joining the ClimateWorks Foundation, Ms. Pera served as the Senior Vice President and Director of U.S. Programs at the Energy Foundation. Prior to this position, Ms. Pera directed the Energy Foundation’s U.S. Transportation Program. Ms. Pera helped launch the Energy Foundation’s transportation program in China and served as a special advisor during the start-up of the European Climate Foundation.

Before joining the Energy Foundation, Ms. Pera analyzed advanced vehicle technologies, developed new emissions inventory models for marine vessels and nonroad equipment, and designed innovative public programs to reduce vehicle pollution at engineering consulting firm Acurex Environmental (1991 to 1999). Ms. Pera sits on the board of the International Council for Clean Transportation and the European Climate Foundation. Ms. Pera holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

John D. Podesta

Center for American Progress

John Podesta is the founder and a board member of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Center for American Progress.

Mr. Podesta served as Counselor to President Barack Obama from January 2014 to February 2015. His duties included overseeing climate change and energy policy.

In 2008, he served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition team, where he coordinated the priorities of the incoming administration’s agenda, oversaw the development of its policies, and spearheaded its appointments of major cabinet secretaries and political appointees.

Prior to founding the Center for American Progress in 2003, Mr. Podesta served as White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton.

He also recently served on President Obama’s Global Development Council and the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Additionally, Podesta has held numerous positions on Capitol Hill, including counselor to Democratic Leader Sen. Thomas A. Daschle (1995-1996).

A Chicago native, Podesta is a graduate of Knox College and the Georgetown University Law Center, where he is currently a visiting professor of law. He is the author of The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate and Our Country.

Susan Tierney, Board Chair

Analysis Group

Sue Tierney is a Managing Principal at Analysis Group in Boston. She is an expert on energy and environmental policy and economics, specializing in electricity and natural gas. Formerly Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy and Secretary of Environmental Affairs and public utility commissioner in Massachusetts, she is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s energy project and the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board. She serves on the boards of directors of World Resources Institute, Clean Air Task Force, Energy Foundation, Alliance to Save Energy, and other non-profit energy/environmental organizations, and chairs the advisory council of the National Renewable Energy Lab. She is an ambassador for the U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment program, an initiative of the DOE and MIT. She received the 2012 Hall of Fame award from the New England Clean Energy Council and the 2013 Leadership Award for New England Women in Energy and the Environment. She has published widely, taught at the University of California at Irvine and at MIT, and received her Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Founding Chair

William K. Reilly

TPG Capital

William K. Reilly is a founding partner of Aqua International Partners LP, a private equity fund dedicated to investing in companies engaged in water and renewable energy. He is also a senior advisor to TPG Capital LP, an international investment partnership. Mr. Reilly served as the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1989-1993), president of the World Wildlife Fund (1985-1989), president of The Conservation Foundation (1973-1989), and director of the Rockefeller Task Force on Land Use and Urban Growth (1972-1973). He headed the U.S. Delegation to the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in Rio in 1992. He holds a B.A. degree from Yale, a J.D. from Harvard, and an M.S. in urban planning from Columbia University.