About Us

Our mission is to rapidly and exponentially increase climate philanthropy by connecting donors with peers, experts, and high-impact solutions that restore our planet.

Solving climate change is hard and deciding where to invest is complex. The Climate Leadership Initiative was created to provide philanthropists with expert guidance and insights into impactful climate solutions. We advise new climate philanthropists and engage those with experience to connect with their peers.

With a sophisticated staff and a network of trusted, seasoned advisors, world-class climate experts, and philanthropist-ambassadors, CLI is ready to help interested philanthropists get started quickly and effectively. Learn more about the CLI story.

Our Board

Multidots Tom Steinbach Chair, CLI Board of Directors & Executive Director, Tempest Advisors
Multidots Jorgen Thomsen Director of Climate Solutions, MacArthur Foundation
Multidots Kate Hampton CEO, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
Multidots Larry Kramer President, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Multidots Sue Tierney Senior Advisor, Analysis Group

Our Team

Multidots Danielle Alvarez Manager, Events and Communications
Multidots Cameron Bradley Manager, Special Projects, President's Office
Multidots Bob Calhoun Senior Research Analyst
Multidots Giulia Marchiori Ceresa Senior Philanthropy Advisor
Multidots Celeste Chan Associate, Philanthropic Engagement
Multidots Chelsea Crandall Associate, Philanthropic Engagement
Multidots Ulla Erhardt Senior Philanthropy Advisor
Multidots Christina James Associate, Philanthropic Engagement
Multidots Jennifer Kitt President
Multidots Katharine Koshie Senior Philanthropy Advisor
Multidots Eric Kostegan Managing Director, Philanthropic Advising
Multidots Claire Lewis Executive Assistant
Multidots Anna Liao Executive Assistant
Multidots Jennifer Marlow Chief Communications Officer
Multidots Frank Nguyen Knowledge Manager
Multidots Joan Ochi Editor
Multidots Rachael Petersen Global Climate Strategies Partner
Multidots Athena Ronquillo-Ballesteros Managing Director, Global Climate Strategies
Multidots Robynn Steffen Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Multidots Jessica Weber Executive Assistant


We’re Growing

CLI is filling new positions on our team as we advance the most promising solutions to the climate crisis. 

Senior Philanthropy Advisor (2) – CLI is recruiting two senior philanthropy advisors to join a team responsible for designing and implementing creative and comprehensive plans for cultivating and expanding climate philanthropy. These advisors work directly with individuals, families, and foundation staff and play a key role in helping CLI achieve its mission of rapidly and exponentially increasing giving to tackle the climate crisis. They also will engage with CLI’s ambassadors—existing climate philanthropists—the wider CLI team, and expert advisors to provide strategy support, develop giving opportunities, and curate resources to help new donors move to action. Ideal candidates must have deep experience engaging with philanthropists and helping them match and scale their interests with exceptional opportunities to have a meaningful impact on ameliorating climate change.

Locations for these positions are flexible, with a preference for the San Francisco Bay Area or New York City metropolitan area

This search is being handled by Meng Peeps. For more details and to apply, contact:

Stephen Peeps, Senior Partner
(650) 787 6543 | stephen@mfpsearch.com

Cami Wisowaty, Senior Partner
(650) 269 8200 | cami@mfpsearch.com

Deputy Director of Global Climate Strategies – This newly created position provides general support on vision, strategy, and leadership of the Global Climate Strategies (GCS) team, with key responsibilities focused on project execution and team operations. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced climate specialist to join the growing GCS team to deliver world-class, systems-oriented expertise to accelerate high-impact climate philanthropy. Location is in San Francisco or flexible within the U.S. or Europe.

Director of Operations – This position, based in CLI’s San Francisco office, will help to build and maintain the operational backbone of a fast-growing non-profit start-up. CLI seeks an operations leader who can move seamlessly between strategy and tactical execution, expertly managing third-party partners to cover the full breadth of CLI’s operational needs.