The concept for Drawdown Bay Area germinated in the spring of 2018. In September 2018, we hosted a Drawdown "salon" to include climate leaders from public agencies, nonprofits, and business associations to join the dialog about what a regional collaboration leveraging the Project Drawdown framework could look like. In the months that followed, we vetted ideas with key advisors and continued to iterate based on feedback. We're currently seeking funding in order to launch the campaign on Earth Day 2020.
Leslie Alden has worked for the County of Marin for over thirteen years as an Aide to Marin County Supervisors Charles McGlashan and Kate Sears, at the nexus of public policy, community engagement, and communication. She’s been part of some breakthrough initiatives, including Marin Clean Energy (MCE) — the first Community Choice Energy program in California and the first in the nation focused on 100% renewable energy, and the 2015 “Here-Now-Us Project” — a partnership of Marin County, Climate Access, Antioch University, Autodesk, Dr. Susanne Moser, and funded by FEMA, which tested a VR tool designed to engage the community on sea level rise. Most recently, she was instrumental in launching DRAWDOWN: Marin, a countywide campaign to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the community level. She was a guest of the Green Party's foundation, touring Bavaria to see Germany's energy transition first-hand, and has had the opportunity to speak in the US and Canada on community-based climate action. A former art director and writer at agencies in Los Angeles and San Francisco, she brings a multi-disciplinary approach to climate solutions, combining communications, strategic planning, project management, public policy, and a commitment to outreach and education, all essential elements to move from “talk” to “action.” Born and raised in San Francisco and a graduate of UC Berkeley, she is the mother of one and a long-time Marin resident.
Susan Wright is currently a Program Manager at Ecology Action, an environmental nonprofit. In this role, she launched “WaterLink,” a water and energy conservation program serving disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before that, she worked with the County of San Mateo’s Office of Sustainability coordinating the San Mateo County Energy Watch program, helping “hard-to-reach” customers such as schools, nonprofits, small businesses, farms, and public agencies implement energy efficiency retrofits. She also hosted a monthly working group to help cities collaborate to develop, implement, and track climate action plans. Earlier in her career, Susan was Editorial Director of Sunset Magazine’s Custom Publishing division, where she led teams to create communication programs for corporate clients such as Safeway, Acura, and Procter & Gamble. The web content and custom magazines established a two-way dialog with consumers, taught them about product offerings, and influenced behavior. As a result of working in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors for nearly 30 years, she has insights as to how all three can work together to scale up impact. Susan will complete a Masters in Public Administration at Presidio Graduate School in May 2019.