ABOUT DIVEST-INVEST PHILANTHROPY
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.
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
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