Climate Advisers Trust

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Mission Statement

Climate Advisers Trust is the U.S. non-profit member of the Climate Advisers group. CAT implements major projects to increase climate action, particularly multi-year government grants. We work with governments, non-profit organizations, and private firms to advance the net-zero carbon economy through sound policy, strategic communications, and innovative advocacy efforts. We believe addressing the challenges of climate change requires ambition, commitment and collaboration to achieve transformative impact for national economies, local communities and indigenous people.

Our Board

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Frank Loy

Chair

Frank Loy represented the United States as Chief Climate Negotiator and Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. He served in senior roles at the State Department under four U.S. Presidents. He chaired the boards of the Environmental Defense Fund and League of Conservation Voters, where he also served as President.

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Julie Dressing

Julie Dressing serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for the Blank Rome law firm, which has 600 attorneys in 13 offices worldwide. Previously, she served in similar roles at two other AM Law 100 firms.

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Andrew Light

Andrew Light is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute and University Professor at George Mason University. Previously, he served on the Policy Planning staff at the U.S. State Department and as a Senior Adviser in the office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change.

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Nigel Purvis

Nigel Purvis is CEO of Climate Advisers Inc. Previously, he served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment & Science, Senior Vice President of the Nature Conservancy and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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David Gardiner

David Gardiner is the Principal and President at David Gardiner and Associates where he provides high-level strategic guidance to the corporate executives and non-profit leaders with whom the firm works. Previously, David served as the Executive Director of the White House Climate Change Task Force during the Clinton Administration. He has also held high-level positions at the Environmental Protection Agency and Sierra Club.

Our Advisors

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Tasso Azevedo

Tasso Azevedo was the foundering director of the Institute of Forest and Agriculture Management and Certification, director of the National Forest Program at the Ministry of Environment in Brazil, secretary general of the National Forest Commission, and the first chief and director general of the Brazilian Forest Service.

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Sue Biniaz

Sue Biniaz is a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation. She served as Deputy Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State and as a lead attorney and negotiator on global climate negotiations from 1989 to early 2017.

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George T. Frampton

George T. Frampton is the co-founder of the Partnership for Responsible Growth. He was Senior Counsel to the climate and clean energy practice at Covington & Burling LLP, and previously served as Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) as well as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

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Rezal Kusumaatmadja

Rezal Kusumaatmadja is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of PT Rimba Makmur Utama, the project proponent of the Katingan Mentaya Project in Indonesia. Before joining PT RMU, he co-founded Starling Resources. He served previously on the board of the Climate and Land Use Alliance.

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Russ Lamotte

Russ Lamotte is the Managing Principal of Beverage & Diamond, a leading environmental law firm. Before joining the firm, he served at the State Department as lead attorney on multiple international environmental treaty negotiations.

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Adele Morris

Adele Morris is Policy Director of the Climate and Energy Economics Project at the Brookings Institution. She served previously on staff of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and as the lead natural resource economist for the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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Susan Ruffo

Susan Ruffo is Managing Director of international initiatives at Ocean Conservancy. Previously, she served as Associate Director for Climate Preparedness and Resilience at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and led the Vibrant Oceans portfolio at Bloomberg Philanthropies. She served in the U.S. Foreign Service in Nigeria, Argentina and China earlier in her career.

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Michael Wolosin

Mike Wolosin, a PhD forest ecologist, is the founder of Forest Climate Analytics and a Visiting Scholar at Resources for the Future. He was Managing Director for forest policy at Climate Advisers and a senior member of the U.S. forest and climate policy team at The Nature Conservancy.

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