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About DRAWDOWN Bay Area

WHY WE'RE HERE, and why we're glad you're here with us.

Mission, Vision, and Values

To go fast, go alone.  To go far, go together.  Okay, now do both.

Mission - Vision - Values


Drawdown Bay Area connects Business, Community, and Government to leverage the best climate solutions, practices, and policies  

to dramatically reduce our reliance on fossil fuels in 

transportation, energy, and buildings. 

We strive to provide the information and resources that are needed

to achieve ambitious 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goals:

 80% by 2030 - and Fossil Free by '33. 

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We see a future where concerted citizen action, proactive business leadership, and strategic government engagement  has achieved the essential 2030 climate goals that will help reverse global warming, and that, collaboratively,

the San Francisco Bay Area

has made a world of difference for future generations.

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We’re focused.  

           We address the sectors that contribute the most greenhouse gas emissions.


We’re collaborators.

           We amplify the great work being done and help connect everyone to available resources


We’re inclusive.

           We respect diversity, build relationships, and create trusted partnerships.


We’re curious.

           We ask questions, like “How can we help?”, and curate existing solutions that are aligned              with science, economics, and technology.


We’re pragmatic.

           We provide solutions and resources that are politically and technologically feasible, are  
           cost-effective, and scalable.


We’re practical.

           We promote solutions that address the needs and priorities of Bay Area residents,  
           businesses, and policy-makers.


We’re allies.

           We prioritize frontline communities and workers in the transition to a fossil-free future.

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We don't believe that we live and work in isolation.​

We want to hear from you

 Please join our mailing list so we can keep you in the loop! Learn more, join up, and get involved

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Join the collaboration and take action in the Bay Area!

Taking climate action has never been easier...Join Us!


(Because failure is not an option.)

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DRAWDOWN Bay Area Climate Solutionists!

Please support the effort, it means a lot!

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Drawdown Bay Area is a 501(c)(3) under the fiscal sponsorship of
The Praxis Group EIN 94-3169015


Drawdown Bay Area
PO Box 7042
Corte Madera, CA 94976

About our logo

If ever time was of the essence, it is now. 

If ever a region could meet the challenge, it is the Bay Area.

Together, the Bay Area can make a world of difference.

We see the intersections where people, ideas, and lives overlap, where community, business, and government can and must work together.


Our logo represents that. We're committed to working across sectors, making the connections that help everyone take the climate actions that work for them, because we all have a part to play. 

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Back to that familiar proverb:

     To go fast, go alone.

     To go far, go together.

 We need to go far and fast.


Collaboration is the key

to to doing both.

About Our Logo

The Leadership Team

Leslie Alden
Co-Founder and Chief Instigator 
Executive Director

Denise Donaldson

Co-Pilot and Director of Marketing


Anjali Ponnekanti

Research Associate

Susan Wright 


and Senior Advisor

Like everyone else, we've been working remotely for the last two years (and still are).

(Pictured: Denise Donaldson, Leslie Alden, and Mike Robinson)

And we are grateful to our dedicated volunteers

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Our Partnerships Matter

These are just some of the organizations and people working with DRAWDOWN Bay Area:

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thank you to all of our 


Herb Behrstock, United Nations Association

Patty Cook, Senior VP, ICF International

Carleen Cullen, CEO, Drive Clean Bay Area

Cyane Dandridge, CEO, Strategic Energy Innovations

Gil Friend, CEO, Natural Logic

Maura Fallon-McKnight, ED, Business Council on Climate Change 

Dr. Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, Project Drawdown

Kate Gordon, Snr. Advisor to Energy Secretary J. Granholm, Dept. of Energy

Ann Hancock, Founder & Chief Strategist, The Climate Center

David Johnson, AIA, NCARB, Principal, SERA Design

Cynthia Koehler, JD, Executive Director, WaterNow

Kirsten Liske, VP, Community Programs, Ecology Action 

Shawn Marshall, COO, Peninsula Clean Energy

Nils Moe, Executive Director, Urban Sustainability Directors Network

Laura Neish, Executive Director, 350BayArea

Debbie Raphael, Director (ret.), SF Department of the Environment

Suzanne Reed, The Collaboration Connection

Bruce Riordan, Director, Climate Readiness Institute, UC Berkeley

Bill Weihl, Founder & Executive Director, Climate Voice

Susan Wright, Sustainability Program Manager, San Mateo County

Lauren Wylie, Sustainability Director, Oliver Wyman

Abby Young, Principle Environmental Planner, BAAQMD


The William H. Donner Foundation, the EMA Foundation, the Marin Community Foundation, 

Bank of the West, and Praxis in Action for their support.

We want to acknowledge the contributions of volunteers along the way, without whom we would never have gotten this far:

Kiki La Porta of Descom Studios for our logo & identity design, Mike Robinson for website development, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg of Moving Art for the video "What's Possible", Gil Friend, Kirsten Liske, Mark Westwind, Charlie Chesney, Lynda Deschambault, Alejandro Moreno, Chris Yalonis, Joel McKinnon, and the Marin Community Foundation for Catchafire's support.

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If ever time was of the essence, it is now. 

If ever a region could meet the challenge, it is the Bay Area.

Together, the Bay Area can make a world of difference.

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