Nature4Climate is supported by foundations, civil society and international organizations aligned around a single goal—to promote the role of nature as a climate solution.
Our steering group is made up of individuals from development, indigenous and conservation organizations. We work in partnership with international policymakers, national governments and private sector organizations to catalyse action on natural climate solutions.
Steering Group members and their organizations do not necessarily subscribe to or endorse every story or method highlighted as a natural climate solution, but do all support greater efforts to promote nature-based solutions to climate adaptation and mitigation.
Lucy is Project Director for Nature4Climate and Communications Director at The Nature Conservancy, where she leads on communications to raise ambition and accelerate action around natural climate solutions. Before TNC, she spent 18 years as a communications professional in the energy sector.
Jo is Editor-In-Chief and Communications Director at The Nature Conservancy where she leads on various global communications projects relevant to biodiversity, climate and deforestation. Before TNC, she worked at various think tanks, foundations and NGOs in multiple locations around the world.
Jamison Ervin is Manager of Nature for Development Program at United Nations Development Programme, where she leads the program that highlights the benefits of protecting, restoring and sustainably managing nature to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Tom Evans leads the Wildlife Conservation Society’s cross-cutting program on Forest Conservation and REDD+. He supports efforts by WCS field programs to link climate finance and better forest protection, and coordinates work on two broader programmes, the Intact Forests Initiative and Trillion Trees. He has worked extensively in on-the-ground conservation programs and field research in South-East Asia and Africa.
Bernadette Fischler is the Head of Advocacy for Our Planet / 2020 Project at WWF-UK. Her focus is on all things 2020 – be it in the UNFCCC, SDGs or CBD – and she is passionate about an integrated approach to climate, development and nature.
James is the Project Lead for Nature4Climate and Natural Climate Solutions stakeholder manager at The Nature Conservancy. Working at the interface of strategic communications and external affairs for nature and climate change. Before TNC, he worked for over a decade as an adviser, first in Westminster in the UK and then more broadly to other actors in the conservation sector.
Dave McGlinchey is Director of Communications at Woods Hole Research Center, where he directs the communications function and is responsible for telling the Center’s story to the world. He is a journalist and lawyer, and, prior to joining WHRC, served as the director of communications and marketing for the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.
Shyla Raghav is Climate Change Lead at Conservation International, where she oversees CI’s efforts to accelerate action on climate change. With her experience from the UN climate change negotiations, she works closely with partners to bring nature’s climate solutions to scale – through innovation, research, demo projects and amplification. Before CI, Shyla worked with the Adaptation Fund, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, the UNFCCC, and the UNDP.
Sandeep Sengupta is the Global Coordinator of IUCN’s Climate Change Portfolio, based in Switzerland, and leads IUCN’s institutional engagement on climate change. He has worked for over 15 years on a wide range of environment and development issues, both within and outside the government in India, and in international organizations abroad. He holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford.
Alison Smart is Vice President, Strategy & Advancement at Woods Hole Research Center where she oversees WHRC’s fundraising and communications, working closely with the board of directors, staff and partners to advance the Center’s priority initiatives. Prior to WHRC, she served as Vice President for Development & Marketing for the New Bedford Whaling Museum where she led initiatives to build financial capacity and expand its campus through a major capital campaign.
Juliet Taylor leads strategic communications for Redefining Value and Climate & Energy at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). She is also exploring WBCSD’s engagement with frontline CFOs and mainstream finance leaders. She holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Development and the Environment from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and has led grassroots development projects in Nicaragua and Nepal. Previously, she focused on corporate environmental commitment-making at the Clinton Foundation.
Will Turner is Senior Vice President of Global Strategy and Senior Scientist at Conservation International, where he drives the organization’s strategies to secure nature as the foundation of sustainable development. Having worked in both the tech sector and in conservation, he has written popular and scientific articles on topics such as climate change, technology, ecosystem services, biodiversity, animal behaviour and the relationship between nature and human societies.
Chris Zganjar is a Science Communications Specialist, at The Nature Conservancy where he acts as the conduit between the ‘science’ and ‘the story’, by developing content and visualization tools that make science relevant to people. He has designed climate change impact assessment applications and methods to support climate-change adaptation planning, and studied the role of Natural Climate Solutions in climate-change mitigation.
James Anderson | Communications Manager for the Forests Program at World Resources Institute
Rhys Gerholdt | Communications Manager for the Global Climate Program at World Resources Institute