Leadership transition at ClimateWorks Foundation

Blog Post
Published April 13, 2021

On April 30th, Charlotte Pera will end her eight and a half year tenure as President and CEO of ClimateWorks Foundation and begin on May 1st as the Vice President for Strategy and Programs at the Bezos Earth Fund.

Under Charlotte’s leadership, ClimateWorks developed global intelligence, collaboration, and grantmaking services to amplify the impact of climate philanthropy and made important contributions to climate mitigation through global programs focused on large-scale, global climate solutions.

The Board of Directors of the ClimateWorks Foundation has appointed Chris DeCardy as the Acting CEO and is preparing to launch a global search for a new CEO. Working closely with the strong Executive Team that Charlotte built, Chris and the board will ensure that ClimateWorks continues to advance climate progress at the speed and scale needed to end the climate crisis.

During Charlotte’s tenure, ClimateWorks grew its staff over three-fold, expanded its donor base to more than 40 donors, built its budget to more than $140 million in 2021, and moved approximately $640 million in grants to organizations advancing climate solutions around the world.

Sue Tierney, the Chairperson of ClimateWorks’ Board of Directors said: “Charlotte’s leadership has strengthened ClimateWorks and its extraordinarily capable team in every way. We don’t want her to go, but if she has to go, we can’t think of a better place for her to land. She will be an asset to the Earth Fund and to Andrew Steer. We wish them the best, because we’re counting on them to have an enormously positive impact, addressing the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the benefit of the people of the world. And the board has great confidence that ClimateWorks will move from strength to strength as it continues its crucial work to end the climate crisis by amplifying the power of philanthropy.”

Our work continues: 2021 is critical for making consequential and enduring climate progress. While organizational transition is never easy, ClimateWorks’ board and staff are confident that Charlotte is leaving the organization in a strong, healthy position. ClimateWorks remains fully committed to helping climate philanthropy do all that it can to help end the climate crisis in the critical year and decade ahead.

For questions regarding ClimateWorks Foundation, please contact Jennifer Rigney at jennifer.rigney@climateworks.org.