About Us

ClimateWorks is a global platform for philanthropy to innovate and accelerate climate solutions that scale. We work to ensure that our planet is a thriving home for all living beings for generations to come. Our mission is to end the climate crisis by amplifying the power of philanthropy. Learn more at climateworks.org.

Our Team

Surabi Menon
VP, Global Intelligence

Surabi Menon is the Advisory and Research Senior Director at ClimateWorks. Her work supports climate philanthropy by providing a global context for climate mitigation and climate policy progress, identifying high-impact investment opportunities, supporting energy transitions that lead to a low carbon pathway and working on frameworks to identify the developmental and economic benefits associated with reducing climate pollution. Dr. Menon is a charter member of the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board and sits on the Board of the Institute for Industrial Productivity and the Global Buildings Performance Network. She has published over sixty peer-reviewed publications, and co-authored the 2007 IPCC report that led to a Nobel Peace Prize. She also started an environmental NGO in India in 2008.  

Dr. Menon has over 16 years of professional experience in the climate change field.  Before joining ClimateWorks in 2012, Dr. Menon was a staff scientist and the leader of the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Prior to that, she was a climate scientist at Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.  She has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, and an MBA in Sustainable Management.

Casey Cronin
Strategist, Global Intelligence

At ClimateWorks, Casey Cronin’s primary responsibilities include coordination and management of Advisory & Research team activities as well as providing a holistic view of ClimateWorks’ grantmaking portfolio and advice and insights into philanthropic opportunities and risks. As part of ClimateWorks’ Global View program, he works to build a deeper understanding of the broader economic, social and political implications of our collective work, and how this impacts strategic opportunities to advance climate solutions. 

Prior to ClimateWorks, he was a Senior Account Executive at Antenna Group, a strategic communications agency representing clean technology companies focused on alternative energy, energy efficiency, storage, pollution remediation, etc. While there, he developed industry experience with silicon and thin film PV, concentrating PV, utility-scale solar thermal, algal biofuels, and other emerging clean energy technologies. Mr. Cronin has an M.Sc. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and a B.A. in Development Studies and Economics from Brown University.

Seth Monteith
Associate Director, Global Intelligence

Seth Monteith is the CTI Program Manager for the Advisory & Research Team. He works on downscaling energy-climate models for examining low-carbon pathways, analyzing GHG mitigation policies, evaluating philanthropic portfolios, and designing and managing research projects including the carbon transparency initiative. Seth also designs data visualizations for the many Advisory & Research Team products.

Prior to joining ClimateWorks in 2013, Seth worked on privacy policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab, and spent two years in Kazakhstan as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He holds a B.A. in European History and Russian Language from Portland State University, and an M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University focusing on Policy Analytics. He is also fluent in Russian.

Dan Plechaty
Program Manager, Global Intelligence

Dan Plechaty is a Senior Associate in ClimateWorks’ Advisory & Research team, where his primary responsibilities include data analysis, policy modeling, economic valuation, and data visualization. This work spans across ClimateWorks’ program areas and includes investigating the multiple benefits of aligning health and climate initiatives and exploring the opportunities for cities to serve as a nexus for climate action as well as contributing to the development of the Carbon Transparency Initiative.

Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Dan was a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Analyst in the World Wildlife Fund’s Private Sector Engagement team and was an Economist at RCF Economic and Financial Consulting, where he focused on environmental and energy economics. Dan holds bachelor degrees in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of Chicago and received a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment with a concentration in Environmental Economics and Policy.

Josefina Cobián
Associate, Global Intelligence
Muniba Ahmad
Data Specialist, Global Intelligence
Elin Matsumae
Program Assistant, Global Intelligence

Elin Matsumae is the Program Assistant for ClimateWorks’ Global Intelligence team. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Elin was a research team member at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) Japan Program at Stanford University, where she conducted research on innovation and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and in Japan. She also worked at a refugee advocacy non-profit in Istanbul, and helped to launch a US-based branch in New York. Elin holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Kenyon College.

Deborah Mulvaney
Executive Assistant, Programs & Global Intelligence

Research Partners

All work is grounded in science. Our research partners, in particular, help to provide a range of actionable data and intelligence on the scientific, political, and socioeconomic landscapes that are necessary for effective climate action. Insights from these partners provide visibility into new dynamics and trends, help identify significant opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to our ability to track progress and adapt our efforts along the way.

Suggested Citations

Website: Carbon Transparency Initiative. November 2016. ClimateWorks Foundation, San Francisco, CA. Accessed on (date). Available at climateworkstracker.org.

Model Methodology: Monteith, S., Plechaty, D., Cronin, C. and Menon, S., “Carbon Transparency Initiative: Model methodology for all sectors.” November 2016. ClimateWorks Foundation, San Francisco, CA. Available at climateworkstracker.org.

Brazil Model Methodology: Azevedo, T., Tsai, D., dos Santos Cremer, M., Costa Jr., C., Brandao Jr., A., Coluna, I., Albuquerque, I., Monteith, S., Plechaty, D., Cronin, C. and Menon, S., “Carbon Transparency Initiative: Brazil.” December 2017. System for Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals Estimates (SEEG) and ClimateWorks Foundation. Available at climateworkstracker.org.

Brief (2015): Cronin, C., Menon, S., Monteith, S., Plechaty, D., Hagemann, M., Höhne, N., Sterl, S., van Breevoort, P., Wouters, K., Hare, B., Roming, N., and Sferra, F., “Faster and Cleaner: Decarbonization in the power and transport sectors is surpassing predictions.” December 2015. Available at climateworks.org.

Brief (2017): Cronin, C., Menon, S., Monteith, S., Plechaty, D., Sterl, S., Hagemann, M., Fekete, H., Höhne, N., Cantzler, J., Ancygier, A., Beer, M., Hare, B., Wouters, K., Deng, Y., Blok, K., “Faster and Cleaner 2: Kick-starting global decarbonization.” April 2017. Available at climateworks.org.