This week, I have exciting news to share on the next steps in the Climate Collaborative’s work, though it is bittersweet for me personally. In late April, I will be stepping back from the Climate Collaborative to take on a new challenge and adventure—I’ll be able to share more on that soon.
Alongside that, we are excited to announce that we are seeking a new Executive Director for the Climate Collaborative. This person will be taking on leadership of a thriving nonprofit amid its busiest year yet; to meet that challenge, we are seeking an experienced, energetic, positive leader with a strong background in corporate climate issues.
You can see the full job description here. Feel free to share it far and wide. We have immense confidence that we’ll have a thriving pool of applicants well-equipped to lead our community’s work into its next phase of action and impact.
In the meantime, we won’t be slowing down our programming or work. You can expect to continue hearing from us about new resources, webinars, and advocacy opportunities, and we’ll be sharing our Expo West plans later this week. Our fantastic team of Caitlin Oleson, Programs and Operations Manager, CC intern Mackenzie Marcotte, and CC Co-founder and Advisor Nancy Hirshberg, who is building out incredible new programming for the fall, will be supported in the interim by the CC Board: Don Seville, ED of Sustainable Food Lab; Lara Dickinson, CC Co-founder and ED of OSC; Katherine DiMatteo of DiMatteo Consulting; Corinne Shindelar, Principal, All Natural Strategies; Amy Kirtland, EVP for Natural Channels and Fresh at KeHE Distributors; Neil Blomquist, President of Sustainable Solutions; John Tansey, COO at Happy Family Organics; and Alison Czegzuga, Sustainability & Social Impact Manager at Gaia Herbs.
On a more personal note, I must say that getting to know all of you and supporting this community’s commitment to climate action has been the honor of my career. The collaborative, inclusive spirit and the focus on impact that you have shown gives me immense hope in our work to transform how the food system tackles climate change.
Over the past four years, more than 700 companies have stepped up and committed to bold action, regenerative agriculture and packaging have seen unbelievable advancements due to your experimentation, innovation, and deep commitment to act. Hundreds of you have ensured the voice of our industry and of small- and medium-sized companies into critical climate policy discussions. I have been so proud to stand among you as that happens, and I truly feel like this community’s work is just getting started. I can’t wait to see where you go from here!
I’ll be here through most of April, so don’t hesitate to reach out in the meantime.