Over fifty climate leaders from around the Bay attended, from public agencies, nonprofits, and business associations, to discuss what was needed to form a regional collaboration that could connect and leverage the work that was being done, share best practices, and start implementing solutions quickly. We vetted ideas with key advisors and continued to iterate based on feedback. We're grateful to our circle of extraordinary advisors and supporters. The COVID pandemic changed our plans to launch in 2020, but gave us the opportunity to gather more data, assess economic and equity priorities, and engage a fiscal sponsor. We are seeking additional funding to further our research and outreach, and launch the 2030 Regional Climate Challenge, in early 2021.

How we got started and why

The idea for DRAWDOWN Bay Area was first explored by several people who were all working on different approaches to implementing climate solutions - science and technical data, community organizing, non-profit efforts, and government policies. What was clear was that there wasn't  coordination among all the different efforts and programs, and the general public had no idea what was possible.  In October 2018, just after the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, we hosted a Drawdown "salon" to discuss a regional approach to implementing climate solutions. 

We'd love to hear from you!

Please join our mailing list and send any questions, comments, and ideas to info@DrawdownBayArea.org

Leadership Circle


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Gil Friend, CEO, Natural Logic

Kirsten Liske, Vice President, Community Programs, Ecology Action 

Dr. Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, Project Drawdown

Patty Cook, Senior VP, ICF International

Ann Hancock, Founder & Chief Strategist, The Climate Center

Shawn Marshall, Founder, Local Energy Aggregation Network

Carleen Cullen, CEO, Drive Clean Bay Area

Cynthia Koehler, JD, Executive Director, WaterNow

Abby Young, Principle Environmental Planner, BAAQMD

Laura Neish, Executive Director, 350BayArea

Mark Westwind, Executive Director, The Praxis Group

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

Bill Weihl, Founder & Executive Director, Climate Voice

Debbie Raphael, Director, SF Department of the Environment

Lauren Wylie, Sustainability Director, Oliver Wyman

Crystal Chissell, VP, Operations & Engagement, Project Drawdown

Doug Karpa, Snr. Regulatory Policy Analyst, Peninsula Clean Energy

Kate Gordon, Director, Governor’s Office of Planning & Research

Bruce Riordan, Director, Climate Readiness Institute, UC Berkeley

Cyane Dandridge, CEO, Strategic Energy Innovations

Richard Schorske, Executive Director, Zero Net Energy Alliance

Nils Moe, Executive Director, Urban Sustainability Directors Network

Suzanne Reed, The Collaboration Connection

David Johnson, AIA, NCARB, Principal, SERA Design