A directory of CS staff -- bios and photos
Jessica Finn Coven
Savitha Reddy Pathi
Eileen V. Quigley
Executive Director (Seattle)
Gregg brings more than 20 years of experience working on environmental and public policy issues, including 17 as an Executive Director. At Climate Solutions, Gregg oversees a staff of two dozen policy experts, campaigners, innovators, and researchers across three Northwest offices, providing strategic direction for one of the most effective regional climate and clean economy organizations in the nation.
Prior to coming to Climate Solutions, Gregg served as the Executive Director of the Washington Toxics Coalition for 7 years and as the Executive Director of the California-based Pesticide Watch for 5 years. During that time, he played a leadership role in creating and developing a number of leading coalitions working on environmental health issues, including the Toxic Free Legacy Coalition, Californians for Pesticide Reform, and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Bodies. For the past decade, he has been a leader in the Environmental Priorities Coalition, a collaborative of more than 25 of the leading environmental organizations in Washington working together to pass strong statewide environmental policies.
Gregg began his professional career as an organizer for Green Corps, working in Washington, DC, Vermont, and California. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Dickinson College.
When not at work, Gregg spends time with his family and raising awareness about Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease that his son Jude has and that he is passionate about finding a cure for.
gregg (at) climatesolutions.org
Office Manager & Help Desk (Seattle)
As the Office Manager & Helpdesk person at Climate Solutions, Eric works with our staff across all our offices to ensure smooth operation of many key administrative & accounting functions. He also resolves IT & computer equipment issues, and works to keep Climate Solutions looking & running at its best.
Eric graduated with a BA in Japanese & Chinese from Beloit College in Wisconsin in 2007. He speaks fluent Japanese, and after graduation he worked as a technical translator for Nintendo & Philips before spending time in Japan as an English teacher & interpreter.
Before coming to Climate Solutions Eric worked as Program Coordinator for GPI US in Seattle, where he created & ran a wide variety of educational study-abroad programs for students from East Asia.
Eric shares Climate Solutions’ vision of protecting our region & the world from climate change and environmental degradation. He is focused on streamlining & improving our daily operations so that every one of our staff members can better concentrate on advancing Climate Solutions’ core mission.
In his spare time Eric can always be found in his garage working on one of many projects. He collects vintage bicycles & motorcycles, and enjoys restoring them to useable condition. He also enjoys railway travel & downhill skiing whenever time allows.
eric (at) climatesolutions.org
Grants Manager (Seattle)
Owen manages Climate Solutions’ grants program and is the primary foundations contact. He joined Climate Solutions in 2008 with a background in nonprofit administration and policy advocacy on education and children’s issues. For six years, he worked for the Washington State PTA in a variety of roles, most recently as the interim Executive Director. Prior to entering the nonprofit field, he worked in the publishing business and spent ten years in the music industry.
Owen is dedicated to the profession of ethical fundraising. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Puget Sound Grantwriters Association, and serves on the board of EarthShare Washington. In 2013, he earned the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation.
Owen holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL) from Seattle University and a BA from University of Washington-Tacoma.
Owen is a veteran of several Northwest rock bands and can still sporadically be found making noise with his friends. He lives in Tacoma with his wife Jennifer Augé and their cat Alvy.
owen (at) climatesolutions.org
Business Partnerships Manager (Seattle)
Chris is a native Virginian with broad experience at the intersection of politics and policy.
As the Business Partnerships Manager, Chris brings research, communications and administrative support to the Business Leaders for Climate Solutions programs.
Prior to joining Climate Solutions, he worked in a variety of roles for the Governor of Virginia and the Virginia Division of Energy including managing the Governor’s Renew Virginia initiative to support energy efficiency and promote renewable energy production and sustainability.
He also has extensive experience working in fast-paced state, local, and national campaigns and organizations. He is a graduate of James Madison University, where he first got involved in political campaigns and issue-advocacy.
In his free time he enjoys hiking, traveling, and exploring the Northwest’s many opportunities for adventure with his wife and dog.
chris (at) climatesolutions.org
Washington State Director (Seattle)
Jessica serves as the Washington State Director of Climate Solutions where her worked focuses on developing legislative and policy strategies to reduce global warming pollution and grow an equitable clean-energy economy in Washington State. Jessica first joined Climate Solutions in 2007 as a policy specialist and has worked to further clean energy policy in Washington through the state’s Energy Independence Act, Climate Action and Green Jobs law and others.
Prior to joining Climate Solutions, Jessica worked as the program director for the U.S. Climate Action Network. From 2002- 2005, she was a global warming campaigner for Greenpeace in Washington DC. She also spent several months working in Beijing as a policy advisor for Greenpeace China.
Jessica received her MA in economics and energy policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and her BA in Mandarin from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Jessica currently sits on the board of Washington Conservation Voters. She lives in Seattle with her husband, young son and old dog.
jessica (at) climatesolutions.org
Campaign Director (Olympia)
Beth brings 20 plus years of campaign experience to Climate Solutions. As Campaign Director, she is responsible for integrating campaign strategy into Climate Solution’s flagship programs. She currently serves as the Regional Director for the Power Past Coal campaign.
She was the founding Executive Director of Washington Conservation Voters and served in that role from 1991 – 1995. In 1996 she was a field organizer for National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL). She also served as a campaign organizer and later the development director for Audubon Washington.
Beth has worked in public, private, non-profit sectors and served in leadership staff positions in numerous political campaigns. She has managed communications, has extensive organizing and direct advocacy expertise, and significant fundraising experience.
Beth has a BA from Indiana University in Political Science and Telecommunications. A mom of two young boys, she enjoys the outdoors, cycling, yoga, running, and traveling.
beth (at ) climatesolutions.org
Program Coordinator, Northwest Biocarbon Initiative (Portland)
Jenna coordinates the Northwest Biocarbon Initiative, working to establish our region as a leading laboratory and incubator for the science of biological carbon storage, and for the policies, best practices, and business models that we must scale globally to address climate change.
Jenna’s career spans 18 years in the environmental field, with extensive experience leading collaborative efforts, as well as creating and advocating for public policy. She hails from California and received her BA in Environmental Sciences with an emphasis on Natural Resources Management from UC Santa Barbara in 1994. After working as a land use policy planner for Santa Barbara County and as the Community Affairs Director for the Environmental Defense Center in CA, Jenna headed north to the University of Oregon, where she attained an MS in Environmental Studies & Graduate Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management in 2006. She wrote her thesis on Restoring oak savanna to Oregon’s Willamette Valley: Using alternative futures to guide restoration decisions. After graduate school, she directed stewardship and outreach activities for an Oregon watershed council, and worked to advance sustainable building practices for the City of Eugene.
When not working, she likes to play outside, listen to live music, and explore new places.
jenna (at) climatesolutions.org
Program Manager (Olympia)
Clark Gilman coordinates our Sustainable Advanced Fuels Program, working to accelerate the development of low carbon alternatives to petroleum fuels and advocate for sustainability standards in the emerging advanced fuels industry. He previously managed the Harvesting Clean Energy program for Climate Solutions.
Prior to joining the Climate Solutions team, Clark worked as a leader of a regional construction labor organization. He built a successful monthly newspaper for over 20,000 households in the Pacific Northwest and led initiatives to improve affordable housing construction. Prior to that, he worked for the Labor Education Center at The Evergreen State College and at the Washington State Institute for Public Policy helping to explain complex and divisive public policy issues to a broad variety of audiences.
Clark has construction and market gardening experience and received a BA in Ecological Agriculture from The Evergreen State College.
clark (at) climatesolutions.org
Senior Policy Advisor (Seattle)
KC shapes policy and communication strategies, with the goal of changing what's "possible" so we can do what's necessary. "Cynicism," he insists, "is capitulation."
He has served as a special assistant to the Mayor of Seattle for clean energy and climate protection initiatives and as an Assistant Director in Washington's Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development, where he directed the state's Energy Policy Office. From 1989 to 1994, he was Executive Director of the Northwest Energy Coalition, a regional alliance working for a clean, affordable energy future.
KC is a leader in the national climate movement, serving on the boards of 350.org and the US Climate Action Network. He has also been active in the utility industry, helping Seattle City Light become the first major carbon-free electric utility in the late 1990s, and as a Governor's representative to the Executive Board of Energy Northwest, a regional public power consortium.
KC was one of Seattle Magazine's "Power 25" most influential people, and it's #1 "Eco-Hero." In 2012, he received the Heinz Award for Public Policy for his lifetime achievement as a climate advocate and policy architect.
KC earned his Bachelor's Degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he received a Master's in Public Policy.
kcgolden (at) climatesolutions.org
Oregon Director (Portland)
Ann joined Climate Solutions in October 2011 as the Oregon Director.
Ann brings more than a decade of energy experience to Climate Solutions, working as a consultant, policy advocate and attorney. From 2002-2010, Ann was the Policy Director for the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP). At RNP, Ann was involved with key victories throughout the Northwest, including passage of renewable energy standards in Montana, Washington and Oregon. Ann also directed RNP’s state regulatory work, regularly appearing before the region’s utility commissions to advance strong clean energy policy.
Ann practiced natural resources and energy law for several years in Portland and Washington, D.C. She also has a background in candidate and ballot initiative campaigns and public affairs. Ann has a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. from the University of Richmond.
Ann and her husband, Brad Ouderkirk, are the parents to two young children and live in NE Portland.
ann (at) climatesolutions.org, (503) 701-9028
Solutions Stories & Media Manager (Portland)
Bobby works to identify and engage new audiences for our programs and campaigns throughout the Northwest, with a focus on the Solutions Stories.
Previously, Bobby spent six years as the National Representative at the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition (SOS), mobilizing support to restore the Columbia-Snake River Basin, a watershed home to some of the world’s best habitat for wild salmon and steelhead in a changing climate.
After receiving his degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon in 2003, he advocated on behalf of working people and the environment. In addition to SOS, Bobby has worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU Local 503) and America Coming Together, and volunteered for the Trout Unlimited, Elders in Action, and UNITE HERE.
Bobby hails from central Pennsylvania and has lived in Oregon since 1998. When he's not working, Bobby can be found with his partner Jenny and their cat Jove, playing music with friends, out and about on his bike, or working in the garden.
Oregon Business Partnerships Manager (Portland)
Carrie Hearne serves as the Oregon Business Partnerships Manager for Climate Solutions. Carrie has lived in Portland for over a decade and originally hails from the mountains of West Virginia. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Earlham College in Indiana and sustainability certificates from the University of Oregon and Willamette University.
Carrie successfully created and ran the first sustainability program at The Standard, a financial services company headquartered in Portland, Oregon. This program attracted new customers, reduced operating expenses, increased employee engagement. She is a current member of the Climate Action Plan Steering Committee for the City of Portland and Multnomah County and has served on the board of directors for the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) since 2008. She is also on the advisory board for Women in Sustainability and the Environment (WISE). While at The Standard, Carrie was active on committees with the Oregon Business Association and the Portland Business Alliance, influencing public policy on matters relating to economic development, carbon reduction environmental sustainability and social equity. She has been a frequent guest speaker at regional business conferences such as Go Green Portland.
In her spare time, Carrie enjoys photography, cycling, baking and getting outdoors with her dog Timber.
carrie (at) climatesolutions.org or (971) 295-8445
Director of Communications and Marketing (Seattle)
Kimberly oversees the organization’s marketing, messaging, communications, storytelling and media outreach. She also helps manage the communications with the Power Past Coal coalition, an ever-growing alliance of growing health, environmental, clean-energy, faith, businesses and community groups working to stop coal export off the West Coast. She has garnered coverage of public interest issues in outlets ranging from Time magazine to USA Today, network television programs to cable news, National Public Radio to Business Week.
Prior to joining Climate Solutions, she was the Media Director for the Public Interest Network, a family of organizations that includes Environment America and U.S. PIRG. In that capacity she developed communications plans, conducted outreach to national media outlets, and organized with the arts and entertainment community.
Previously, she was the Assistant Field Director for U.S. PIRG in Washington, D.C., directing national grassroots campaigns on federal policy issues such as clean energy, global warming, consumer protection and environmental health; she also conducted media outreach on a California campaign finance reform ballot initiative in the fall of 1996.
Kimberly was a 2008 Media, Communications, and Information Policy Fellow with the Rockwood Leadership Program. She started her career with Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing, where she ran several campaigns including one with a local community group in East Palo Alto, CA. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Environmental Studies in 1995.”
kimberly (at) climatesolutions.org
Digital Communications Manager (Seattle)
As Digital Communications Manager, Jonathan uses online tools to extend the reach of Climate Solutions programs, and to expand the community of people and organizations working together for clean energy and sustainable climate policies.
Before joining Climate Solutions, Jonathan served as Executive Director of the communications rights organization Reclaim the Media, where he played a catalytic role in fueling the growth of a national movement focused on media justice and democratizing media and communications policy. He also spent more than eight years providing communications strategy, digital communications and design to statewide labor organizations including SEIU and WFSE/AFSCME, writing op-eds by day and designing giant puppets by night.
A past board member of the Washington News Council and of Seattle Improvised Music, he is also a veteran of the Independent Media Center movement, and has worked in community radio since 1986. He currently cohosts the weekly creative music program Flotation Device on KBCS. His articles on media and communications issues have appeared in numerous northwest and national publications. Jonathan holds a masters degree in Theological Studies from Harvard University.
jonathan (at) climatesolutions.org
Senior Advisor, Business Partnerships (Seattle)
Ross manages Climate Solutions Business Partnership program, which helps build support in the region’s corporate community for strong climate and energy policy and private investment in solutions. He is active in promoting good climate and energy policy on a state and federal level. He also leads Climate Solutions' Sustainable Advanced Fuels Program, which is accelerating the adoption of low-carbon alternatives to petroleum fuels in transportation. Ross recently led Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest, the first stakeholder roadmap for cleaner fuels to power the next generation of flight. Ross was selected by business and community leaders as a “Pivotal Leader,” which recognizes a few individuals who are have the skills and experience to drive the region’s clean energy economy.
Ross brings more than 30 years of experience working on public policy and environmental issues. He was a partner at Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) where he managed the environmental law practice and represented a wide range of public and private clients. He was recognized as a “Superlawyer” in the areas of Environmental, Transportation and Public law. He also served on the management team for an agency working to build urban mass transit. A Northwest native, Ross is a graduate of Pomona College and University of Washington School of Law. He is passionate about climbing, hiking, skiing, and anything outdoors.
Database Associate (Olympia)
Jennifer re-joined Climate Solutions in 2012 and currently serves as the Database Associate.
Over the years, Jennifer has honed her skills in data improvement and administration working in such fields as non-profit management, computer consulting, conference planning, and education outreach.
Jennifer received her Master of Environmental Studies degree
from The Evergreen State College in Washington and her BA in Psychology from
Loyola University in Maryland.
jenn (at) climatesolutions.org
Events Director (Olympia)
Teresa oversees Climate Solutions' signature fundraising events. She is responsible for coordinating strategic planning efforts in event development as well as organizing the Climate Solutions Annual Breakfast in Seattle, Annual Dinner in Portland and Annual Reception in Olympia. She also provides support for our other development events.
From 1999 to 2009 she served as the Development Director for Climate Solutions. Over the last 14 years she has played an integral role in developing the fundraising program and growing the revenue stream for the organization. Prior to joining Climate Solutions, she worked in the financial industry as an independent financial advisor.
Teresa received her B.S. in Business Administration from Ohio State University, majoring in Economics and Marketing.
An avid cyclist, Teresa spent 1 1/2 years cycle touring around the world. She also enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing with her two young boys.
teresa (at) climatesolutions.org
Development Director (Seattle)
Savitha oversees the organization’s development, cultivation and fundraising efforts from individuals, foundations and corporate supporters.
Prior to joining Climate Solutions, she was a Program & Donor Services Officer for The Seattle Foundation. In this role, she served as philanthropic advisor and lead staff person to over 100 donor advised funds, providing strategy and structure to families’ grantmaking and overall philanthropic goals; in addition she was the Environmental grantmaking lead, reviewed grant proposals, facilitated funder-collaboratives and was a contributing strategist to the 2009 report “A Healthy Community: Strategies for Effective Giving.”
She has also worked with The Collins Group, providing fundraising counsel for feasibility studies and capital campaigns, at The Women's Funding Alliance in a fundraising and grantmaking role, and as a private consultant on philanthropic advising and fundraising. In Washington DC, she worked for the US EPA and Environmental Media Services (now Resource Media).
Savitha is a Brainerd Foundation Fellow to Social Venture Partners (SVP), and serves on the Boards of the Wing Luke Asian Museum and the Mize Family Foundation. She received a BA with Honors in Government and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College.
savitha (at) climatesolutions.org
Director of Strategic Innovation (Seattle)
Eileen V. Quigley directs the Strategic Innovation Program at Climate Solutions, which is developing a portfolio of programs that demonstrate nationally-significant models of public policy and private sector collaboration to advance broadly-shared carbon-free prosperity. Current programs include: New Energy Cities, which works with small- to medium-sized Northwest communities to reduce carbon emissions through climate-smart, clean energy solutions in deep energy efficiency, renewable energy, eco-mobility, and smart grid technology; Northwest Biocarbon Initiative, which is demonstrating the essential role that natural systems can play in reducing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere to ensure long-term climate stability; and Sustainable Advanced Fuels, which is working across various transport industries to build commercial scale supply chains for advanced low-carbon fuels in the Northwest and throughout the world.
Eileen co-authored Powering the New Energy Future from the Ground Up: Priorities in City-Led Energy Innovation a study of 34 American cities that are demonstrating how communities with fewer than 250,000 residents are reducing their dependence upon fossil fuels for energy. She also co-authored Natural Infrastructure: A Climate-Smart Solution, a paper on the role that natural infrastructure plays in reducing GHG emissions, removing carbon pollution, and building resilience to climate impacts called. Eileen regularly speaks and blogs about how the Northwest is pursuing a cleaner, carbon-neutral future.Eileen received her Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in 1983 and her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Yale University in 1980
Development Associate (Seattle)
claire (at) climatesolutions.org
Field Director (Seattle)
Joëlle engages citizens and diverse constituencies—faith, health, veteran, youth, parents, sportsmen, business—to make their voices heard for climate solutions. She led local field work collaboration with our partners toward passing a federal climate bill, and is currently working to ensure we stop any coal export from the U.S. West Coast.
Joëlle was the Regional Outreach Coordinator of National Wildlife Federation where she focused on mobilizing hunters, anglers and concerned citizens around solutions to global warming. Previous work with Climate Solutions includes the NW Climate Connections partnership, serving as the Field Assistant for the successful Clean Cars campaign, and Field Director of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which passed in April 2006.
She is a board member of Earth Ministry and on the Advisory Board for the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative. She previously served on the Solar Washington board and Sierra Club Executive Committee.
Joëlle is a Northwest native who loves to hike, bike, dance, paraglide, and travel. Her favorite quote is “Hope is borne of participating in hopeful solutions.” — Marianne Williamson.
joelle (at) climatesolutions.org
Shannon is responsible for maintaining Climate Solutions’ financial systems, managing services for both offices, and providing clerical and office administration services to all staff. She also maintains the organization’s central database.
Before joining Climate Solutions, Shannon worked for several local businesses helping them them set up efficient bookkeeping and business systems.
shannon (at) climatesolutions.org
Program Associate (Seattle)
Ben provides flexible research, communications and organizing support to Climate Solutions programs. He is currently staffing a suite of utility projects and supporting the organization's policy efforts during the 2013 Washington legislative session.
Ben started at Climate Solutions as a Business Partnerships Intern responsible for research, development and communications projects aimed at engaging the business community.
Before moving to Seattle, Ben has consulted for the Ministry of Commerce in Cambodia, studied economic development issues in Brazil, worked on carbon market policy for The Nature Conservancy in San Francisco and attended college in Walla Walla, Wash., where he received an honors degree in Politics-Environmental Studies from Whitman College.
Ben enjoys Seattle’s rain, coffee and forgiving clothing culture where anything plaid counts as a dress shirt.
ben (at) climatesolutions.org
Director of Administration and Finance (Seattle)
Conner oversees finance, human resources, information technology, facilities, and operational policies. He has worked consistently and effectively to maintain a high level of quality, functionality, and humanity at Climate Solutions.
Conner has worked in various nonprofit environments (agency, government, and faith-based) for 20 years in multiple capacities as an executive director, administrative director and in direct services, training, program management, and policy.
His volunteer time is spent as a trainer for a local anti-oppression organization. His spare time is spent hiking, remodeling his house with his fiancé, his cat, and watching his pound puppies re-landscape the back yard.
conner (at) climatesolutions.org
New Energy Cities Program Manager (Seattle)
Elizabeth is the program manager for the New Energy Cities program, working with cities to help them meet their carbon reduction goals through innovative programs and policies. She most recently co-authored Powering the New Energy Future from the Ground Up, a July 2012 report on small and medium-sized cities around the U.S. that are demonstrating leadership in local clean energy innovation.
Elizabeth knows and loves local government. As lead author of the World Bank’s 2011 climate change adaptation guide for cities in developing countries, co-author of King County’s 2007 adaptation guidebook with ICLEI and the University of Washington, climate change aide to former King County Executive Ron Sims, and project manager of the first King County Climate Plan in 2007, Elizabeth brings a deep and wide background in community climate planning to the New Energy Cities team.
The program’s focus on “carbon math” also bears Elizabeth’s signature. She first found religion in Excel spreadsheets as the Recovery Act performance and accountability lead for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, overseeing the results of $13.6 billion in grants to cities and communities around the U.S. Today her data-driven approach is most obvious in New Energy Cities’ energy maps and carbon wedge graphics.
Outside of work Elizabeth leaves ample time for gardening, biking, and movie-watching with her husband Andy. She holds a double degree in biology and Chinese language from Williams College and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School.
elizabeth (at) climatesolutions.org