Deputy Managing Director, Global Climate Strategies
Jennifer Tabola is deputy managing director of global climate strategies for the Climate Leadership Initiative (CLI), bringing her climate expertise to the urgent and collaborative work of shaping climate solutions that speed equitable and just systems change.
Prior to joining CLI, Jennifer oversaw strategy and implementation of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) climate action agenda as the acting managing director of its “Global Tackling Climate Change” team, following her role as TNC’s global lands deputy managing director. Previously, Jennifer held leadership roles at ecoAmerica’s “Climate for Health” program and the National Environmental Education Foundation. She also served in the federal government as the education director for the National Civilian Conservation Corps and helped establish the agency itself, serving as an inaugural program officer in the early days of AmeriCorps. Early in her career, Jennifer served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador where she developed the country’s first urban environmental youth service corps.
A Las Vegas native, Jennifer holds a BA in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine, and an MEd in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University. Jennifer is a board member of the Green Schools National Network, the Climate for Health Leadership Circle, serves on her local municipal Environmental Services Council, and is a certified master naturalist.
Jennifer has spent the last couple decades raising two environmentally conscious, now-college-aged sons as well. These days, when they aren’t exploring the great outdoors of their new environs or pulling off band gigs, they are passionately pursuing public policy and environmental science, presumably readying for their generation’s mantle of climate leadership.