We are the sum of our actions, and therefore
our habits make all the difference. ~ Aristotle




Jackie is the Director of the Keeling Curve Prize and a contract employee for the Smithsonian Science Education Center for a pilot program about emergent scientific learning. After more than 20 years of an environmental and science advocacy career, she created the concept of the Keeling Curve Prize. In order to increase her academic strength she is currently working on a Masters in Energy Policy and Climate Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Though a native of Boulder, Colorado, Paula has also lived in Mexico City, Paris, the Bay Area, and more briefly, North West Africa. She is a painter, poet, and doula, and loves to be where critical, creative thinking and the natural world meet. She is particularly inspired by the magnificent projects and spirit of collaboration that come through, and are as a result of, the Keeling Curve Prize.

Denise is the Project Assistant for the Keeling Curve Prize and Executive Assistant for the Smithsonian Science Education Center's pilot program, ATLAS Aspen. She is also an English Composition Professor at Colorado Mountain College for developmental and college level writing courses. Her BA in Geology and MA in Composition give her a unique background for academically encouraging both the sciences and literary arts. Denise is constantly working to encourage her students to analytically think and demand evidence for their research.

Research Analysts

Ruth has a Master of Forestry and MBA from Yale University, and a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. In addition to working with the Azuero Earth Project, she has been a part of The Forests Dialogue, the International Society of Tropical Foresters, and the Governance, Environment and Markets Initiative at Yale. Ruth has written about sustainable agriculture and forest dynamics in Latin America in publications such as Manejo de Nutrientes y Seguridad Alimentaria en Huertos Caseros Mesoamericanos (2015) and Farm to Forest: Factors Associated with Protecting and Planting Trees in a Panamanian Agricultural Landscape (2015). Her field experience includes research projects with the Smithsonian in Panama, along with work in Costa Rica, Cuba, Honduras, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Peru, Venezuela and the United States.

Karthik Mukkavilli is a computational scientist whose research focuses on solar energy forecasting and atmospheric dust aerosols. His PhD research is affiliated with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering and the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Here he serves as an Office of Chief Executive Scholar with research collaborators including NASA, NREL and NCAR. He serves on the technical advisory board of the World Energy & Meteorology Council, the American Meteorological Society Committee on Artificial Intelligence Applications to Environmental Science, is a research co-author on the NY Times bestseller book on climate change, Drawdown, and was a visiting and affiliate research scientist at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Karthik is now an Entrepreneur in Residence candidate with a consumer technology and AI focused venture capital and angel investment firm.

Arash is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Davis. His research is focused on transportation infrastructure management through multiple projects on 1) development of models for assessment and improvement of transportation infrastructure sustainability using the life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology, 2) big data analytics of infrastructure performance indexes by performing ETL on California network databases and using machine learning for developing performance predictive models, and 3) developing frameworks and data models needed for informed decision-making considering probabilistic life cycle costs and environmental impacts.

Aven is a PhD student at the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute. His research aims to improve our understanding of energy consumption in US and UK households, focusing on how deeper insight into complex human-energy dynamics can inform energy policy and strategy for accelerating the low-carbon transition. Prior to starting his PhD, Aven received a Master's degree in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford. He was a research fellow and contributor to the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, published in 2017. Before enrolling at Oxford, he worked in both private and public-sector roles, first for a start-up that is now the top loan provider for residential solar installations in the US and then for the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change. He grew up in the US state of Montana and received a BS in environmental and political science from Santa Clara University.

Advisory Council



David is chief counsel at the Niskanen Center. Formerly Sierra Club’s chief climate counsel, he is one of the nation’s leading climate litigators. He has advised states on their greenhouse gas (GHG) regulatory authority, led efforts on federal GHG legislation and regulation, and may be the only person ever invited by both Barbara Boxer and James Inhofe to testify before the Senate on these issues. Website

Chad is the Vice President & Research Director at Project Drawdown, where he leads the Drawdown Coalition, Senior Research Team, and Fellowship Programs. He is the lead researcher and principal architect of the methodology and models used in Drawdown and all related publications. He has an interdisciplinary background in public policy, sustainable development, and environmental conservation. Chad has been with Project Drawdown since its inception in 2014, working as both head of research and operations. Previously, he was the Senior Program Officer at The Europaeum; taught at the University of Oxford and the University of California at Berkeley; and worked as a consultant and researcher for numerous organizations, from small grassroots non-profits to UN agencies such as UNESCO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Susan is the Director of Climate Communication where she works with scientists, journalists, and others. Susan was the writer on all three U.S. National Climate Assessments, has testified before Congress, written an HBO documentary, and much more. She was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012 for her exceptional contributions to the communication of climate change science to policymakers and the public. Website

Daniel is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. He is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. He recently served as the science envoy for the U.S. State department. Website


Ralph is professor of geochemistry in the Geosciences Research Division of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He was the first to demonstrate that the O2 content of air is decreasing due to the burning of fossil fuels and has directed a program to track this decrease since 1989. Since 2005 he has also directed the Scripps CO2 program which sustains the iconic record of carbon dioxide at Mauna Loa and other sites, begun by his father, Charles D. Keeling.Website

Bryan L. Martel is the Managing Director of Environmental Capital Group, which he founded with the goal of addressing global environmental problems by significantly expanding private equity investment in effective clean technologies. Bryan is appreciated as a vital link in the industry, fostering strategic connections and relationships between the investment communities, cleantech solution companies, scientific leaders and policymakers.Within ECG, Bryan provides strategic leadership and is growing a broad range of business development initiatives. He leads the team in working closely with limited partner trustees and executives, fund managers and general partner groups to provide environmental due diligence, performance monitoring, and reporting services that account for the real environmental impacts created by investments in clean energy and technology.

Surabi is a Senior Director of Advisory and Research at the ClimateWorks Foundation, a charter member of the U.S. EPA's Science Advisory Board and sits on the Board of the Global Buildings Performance Network. She has over sixty peer-reviewed publications, and co-authored the 2007 IPCC report that led to a Nobel Peace Prize. Surabi was a staff scientist and the leader of the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a climate scientist at Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. She has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, and an MBA in Sustainable Management. Website

Titiaan works as project manager on Rocky Mountain Institute's Shine Program, where he helps cities, communities, and utilities shift to solar energy. Titiaan joined RMI in 2014 as Special Aide to Amory Lovins, RMI's co-founder and chief scientist. Before joining RMI Titiaan founded Cool Schools, an initiative to install solar PV on Dutch schools, and worked in renewable energy in Europe and India. Titiaan holds engineering degrees from Delft, ETH Zürich, and MIT. Website



Sunita Narain is a Delhi-based environmentalist and author. She is currently the Director General of Center for Science and Environment (CSE) and Editor of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth. Dr. Narain plays an active role in policy formulation on issues of environment and development in India and globally. She has worked extensively on climate change, with a particular interest in advocating for an ambitious and equitable global agreement. Her work on air pollution, water and waste management as well as industrial pollution has led to an understanding of the need for affordable and sustainable solutions in countries like India where the challenge is to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth. She was a member of the Indian Prime Minister?s Council on Climate Change and has been awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour. Time magazine selected her as one of the most influential people in the world.

Robin L. Newmark brings over 30 years experience across the energy and environment innovation ecosystem, most recently working at the intersection of technology and policy. Currently Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), she has led or contributed to programs involving energy, climate and water issues, including the interdependence of water and energy systems. Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Newmark was at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she conducted research focused on energy, environment and national security. Newmark is a Fellow of research institutes in Colorado and California and was a lead author for the U.S. Climate Assessment. Among her awards are the U.S. EPAs Outstanding Remediation Technology Innovation Award and the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer Recognition Award. Dr. Newmark received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Phi Beta Kappa), a M.S. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.Phil and a Ph.D from Columbia University.

George Polk is the Managing Partner of Tulum Trust, a private equity firm which manages private equity investments on behalf a small number of large family offices with a focus on generating excellent returns while having a meaningful impact on climate change. Prior to Tulum, George worked with George Soros and was Senior Advisor on Climate Change to McKinsey. For most of his career, George was a technology entrepreneur, most recently founder and CEO of The Cloud, the leading broadband wireless network operator in Europe, which was sold to Sky/News Corporation. George has also founded a number of non-profit organizations and initiatives, including European Climate Foundation and the Carbon War Room, and is currently on the board of the Rocky Mountain Institute. George was recognized as Global Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber founded the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in 1992 and has been its Director ever since. He is a Professor for Theoretical Physics at Potsdam University and holds positions as Research Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Senior Advisor at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam. In 2017, he received the Blue Planet Prize from the Japanese Asahi Glass Foundation, which is considered the most important award for environmental sciences worldwide, as well as the Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Sustainability Award. Schellnhuber has been a long-standing member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is a member of numerous national and international panels addressing scientific strategies and sustainability issues. Schellnhuber has authored, co-authored or edited almost 350 articles and more than 60 books in the fields of condensed matter physics, complex systems dynamics, climate change research, Earth System analysis, and sustainability science.


Mr. Silver is one of the country's leading clean energy investors and advisors. He is the Managing Partner of Tax Equity Advisors, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor with $400 million AUM, investing in solar projects on behalf of large US companies and also serves as an advisor to several of the country's largest renewables investors, bankers and owners.

During the Obama Administration, Mr. Silver led the federal government's $40 billion clean energy investment fund, leading investments in some of the world's largest wind, solar, geothermal, biofuel and nuclear projects. He also headed the $20 billion fund focused on electric vehicles, which included the initial investment in Tesla. Collectively, those investments helped jump-start the clean energy revolution.

Named one of the country's top-ten "influencers" in green-tech, Mr. Silver is, or has been, on the boards of numerous companies and non-profit organizations, including the American Federation of Scientists, American Forests and, the Solar Electric Light Fund and the Wind Energy Foundation.

Mr. Silver co-founded venture firm, Core Capital Partners, a top-decile investor in software and advanced technology and was COO of Tiger Management, one of the country's largest and most successful hedge funds. He has held senior operating roles in several media companies and began his career at McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm.

Mr. Silver has served as senior policy advisor to four U.S. Cabinet Secretaries: Energy, Commerce, Interior and Treasury and served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards. He is a former Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, where he taught the 2nd year MBA course on entrepreneurship

Mr. Silver has written for, and been quoted in, nearly all the leading newspapers in the United States and has testified before Congress on energy, finance and tax matters on numerous occasions.

Mr. Silver is a graduate of Harvard University and the Institute for Political Studies (Sciences PO) in Paris and has received both Rotary and Fulbright Fellowships. Mr. Silver lives with his wife and two children in Washington, DC.

Qi Ye, a leading expert on China"s environmental policy, is a senior fellow and director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy (BTC) in Beijing. His research focuses on China"s policies on climate change, environment, energy, natural resources, and urbanization. His recent work examines low carbon development in China, including an annual report analyzing how China is balancing its economic growth and environmental challenges. Qi also headed up the design of China's first low carbon development plan for the city of Baoding in Hebei Province. Along with his duties as BTC director, Qi serves as the Cheung Kong Professor of Environmental Policy and Management at Tsinghua University's School of Public Policy and Management. He is principal investigator and chief editor of the Annual Review of Low Carbon Development in China which has been published in both English and Chinese since 2010.

Cathy Zoi has spent 30 years in the energy and environmental sectors at the nexus between technology, management, and policy. In November 2017, Cathy was appointed CEO of EVgo, America"s leading electric vehicle fast-charging company. She is also Executive Chair of Odyssey Energy Solutions, a software platform she co-founded that serves the energy access sector. Cathy was founding CEO of Frontier Power, a rural electrification company incubated by SunEdison. She served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary and Acting Under Secretary at the Department of Energy, where she oversaw more than $30 billion in energy investments. Cathy was the founding CEO of both the Alliance for Climate Protection, established and chaired by U.S. Vice President Al Gore; and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority, a $50m fund to commercialize clean energy technologies in Australia. Cathy has been an energy investor at Silver Lake and Bayard Capital, a board member for Ice Energy, SES and Pacific Solar, and a management consultant at ICF and Next Energy. In the early 1990s, she was Chief of Staff for Environmental Policy in the Clinton White House and she pioneered the Energy Star program while at the US EPA. Cathy has been an adjunct professor and Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University, where she taught and did research between 2012-17. Cathy has a B.S. in Geology (Honors/Magna cum laude) from Duke University and a M.S. in engineering from Dartmouth.


Jackie is the Director of the Keeling Curve Prize and a contract employee for the Smithsonian Science Education Center for a pilot program about emergent scientific learning. After more than 20 years of an environmental and science advocacy career, she created the concept of the Keeling Curve Prize. In order to increase her academic strength she is currently working on a Masters in Energy Policy and Climate Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Mike has been the Chairman of the Board of CoStar since its inception in 1987. He sits on boards involved with everything from civil injustice to arts organizations and issues surrounding global compassion. Recently, he has added global warming mitigation to his list of challenges. He is a founding member of the Keeling Curve Prize and has committed three years of resources towards this project. Website