Clara Vondrich, Global Director
Clara Vondrich is the Global Director of Divest-Invest Philanthropy. In this role, she manages the foundation sector for the broader Divest-Invest movement, which now spans universities, sovereign wealth funds, cities, pension funds, insurance companies, health organizations, faith groups and individuals.


Until June 2015, Clara served as Account Director for Climate & Energy at Fenton Communications. There, she led client efforts on a range of campaigns, including divest-invest, anti-fracking, defending climate science, and the clean energy transition. Before joining Fenton in June 2013, Clara was Director of Leadership Initiatives at the ClimateWorks Foundation, where she worked with thought leaders to further ClimateWorks’ mission of promoting global and national policies to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.

Clara is a frequent speaker and writer on climate change. She sits on the Board of Directors of 2 Degrees Investing Initiative, a multi-stakeholder think tank working to align the financial sector with 2°C climate goals, as well as the Dogwood Alliance, a nonprofit working to preserve and restore native forest ecosystems in the southeastern United State. She is a member Steering Committee of 350NYC, the local affiliate of the national climate advocacy group 350.org.

An attorney by training, Clara served as Counsel to the President’s Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, focusing on ecological restoration and environmental justice. Before that, she worked for three years at the Washington DC office of Arnold & Porter, where she focused on international arbitration and energy policy. Clara clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit after graduating from the University of Virginia Law School in 2006. She continues to collaborate with visionary litigators Matt Pawa, who brought Connecticut v. AEP and Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil and David Bookbinder, former climate counsel for the Sierra Club now devoted to carbon pricing.

Clara is the author or co-author of a number of energy-related publications, including:
· Harvey, Orr & Vondrich, A Trillion Tons, Daedalus Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Winter 2013, Vol. 2.

· National Commission on BP Oil Spill, Staff Working Paper No. 16, Rebuilding an Appetite for Gulf Seafood after Deepwater Horizon, February 2011.

· Frederick R. Fucci, Clara Vondrich, and Annette Nichols, book chapter Alternative Energy Options for Buildings: Distributed Generation — Power Generation On or Near Buildings, in The Law of Green Buildings 125 (jointly published by ABA and ELI), August 2010.

· Jonathan Martel and Clara A. Vondrich. Ramifications of Massachusetts v. EPA: Will Congress or EPA Act First? LexisNexis, Research Solutions, Emerging Issues Commentary, January 2008.


Jenna Nicholas, Project Manager
Jenna has been Project Manager of Divest-Invest Philanthropy since March 2014 helping Divest-Invest Philanthropy grow from seventeen foundations to over one hundred.
Jenna is CEO of Phoenix Global Impact, a consulting company that specializes in impact investing, social entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy. Through her consultancy, she has project managed Divest-Invest Philanthropy and worked with the World Bank Treasury on green bonds and other sustainability projects and with Toniic helping to support an impact investing community.  She works closely with the Calvert Special Equities team and is an advisor to the Nexus Global Youth Summit, High Water Women and the Washington DC Impact Hub. Jenna graduated from Stanford University with an International Relations Honors Degree during which time she also read International Development at Oxford University. Jenna is a Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2017 MBA candidate. Jenna has also been selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Jenna has special links with China and co-taught a course at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management on Business Ethics, Sustainability and Impact Investing in 2013. She is an active member of the Bahá’í Faith.

Jenna also talked about Divest-Invest at TedX Portland.

Steering Committee

This Committee reviews and sets strategic goals, discusses strategy, supervises the project manager, provides oversight to budget expenditures and staffing hired by the manager, and contributes to fundraising activities. Along with the program manager, it serves as the key interface to the other sectors involved in the wider movement. Members: Ellen Dorsey, Ellen Friedman, Richard Woo, Tom VanDyck, Melissa Beck, Jenna Nicholas, Farhad Ebrahimi

Energy and Equity Working Group

This group supports Divest-Invest Philanthropy’s engagement in broader conversations about systemic inequality and the new energy economy. Members: Farhad Ebrahimi, Ellen Friedman, Ellen Dorsey, Vic de Luca, Jenna Nicholas

Organizing Working Group

This group supports outreach to foundations domestically and internationally. Members: David Gordon, Florence Miller, Peter Martin, Ellen Dorsey, Jenna Nicholas

Investment Working Group

This group provides support for and mentoring between CIOs and investment advisors to allow information sharing, identification of opportunities for and barriers to investment, and collaboration in investment deals. Members: Anne Stetson, Tom Vandyck, Jon Jensen, John Goldstein, Shally Shanker, Ginny Quick, Ellen Dorsey, Jenna Nicholas

Allies and Advisors

A broad and expanding network of stakeholders helps the Divest-Invest campaign succeed. Advisors and allies keep core campaign staff informed on various financial, business, community and legal trends relevant to the pledge and/or steps for follow-through. Advisors and allies do not actively manage the campaign or assume any liability for Divest-Invest or advice offered. Divest-Invest is not responsible for content provided on external sites linked below.

Black Mesa Water Coaltion


Carbon Tracker


Clean Yield

Croatan Institute

Divestment Student Network

Energy Action Coalition

Health Care Without Harm

Hip Hop Caucus

imprint Capital

Management Assistance Group

New Economy Coalition

Our Power Campaign

Partners Healthcare

Responsible Endowments Coalition