We are:

a new breed of climate-focused NGO on a mission to fundamentally rethink carbon. We partner with policymakers, scientists and businesses around the globe to develop policy, promote research, and advance solutions that transform carbon from a liability to an asset.


Our Values


Carbon-focused — Our focus is carbon. We talk about its effects on our planet, the necessity to undo decades of misuse, and its potential as an innovative resource.

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Solution-oriented — Sound science and thinking are a great start, but change can only occur when ideas are studied, developed and put into practice in the real world.

Forward-thinking — We are not confined by precedent. We are constantly asking if there is a better way.

Collaborative — We know we can’t do this on our own. We are at our strongest when we work alongside people with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

Clear — Time is short and the world is a noisy place. Our messages are simple and easy to understand. Our goals and purpose are always transparent.

Bold — We are passionate, fearless, and ambitious—but also open-minded to those who see things differently than we do.


Dedicated experts with a proven record of success.


Our Founders

Work started in 2015 when these two formed a powerful bond. 


Noah Deich 

Executive director

Noah is a recovering management consultant on clean energy and corporate sustainability projects for large companies across North America. He earned his M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.


Giana Amador

Managing Director

Giana Amador is the cofounder and Managing Director at Carbon180. At the organization, she wears many hats — from guiding the team’s strategy and communications to more recently, building out the organization’s agriculture policy program. In all of her work, Giana is focused on connecting economic development, social justice, and climate action. Her past research focused on the political economy of climate change, with an emphasis on green industrial policy and coalition building. Follow her on Twitter at @GianaAmador. 


Our Team

An interdisciplinary problem takes a team with a wide range of expertise. Meet our experts in everything from soil carbon dynamics to sorbents.


Jane Zelikova
Senior Scientist


Erin Burns
Director of Policy


Elizabeth Reali
Communications Associate


Nikki Levine
Operations Manager


Thea Walmsley
International Policy Intern


Vanessa Ishimwe
Policy Intern


Emily Turkel
Policy Intern


Marvin Zelikova
Chief Borker


Some of the brightest minds in climate, energy, and business advise our team.


Our Board

Meet the powerhouses helping Carbon180 set strategy and stay on course.

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Matt Rogers, Chair

Matt is founder and VP of Engineering at Nest Labs, creator of the Nest Learning Thermostat. By applying modern design and technology, Nest has made the thermostat sexy and revitalized a stagnant – yet very important – industry. Matt is responsible for all product development at Nest, ranging from mechanical design to software to web services, and everything in between. Most recently, Matt led the creation of the second-generation Nest Learning Thermostat, which was released in early October – less than a year after the launch of the first-generation Nest thermostat. Matt also serves on Nest’s board of directors.

Prior to Nest, Matt was responsible for iPod software development at Apple, from concept to production. He was one of the first engineers on the original iPhone, and involved in the development of 10 generations of iPod, 5 generations of iPhone, and the first iPad. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.


Jan Mazurek, Secretary

Jan has over 25 years of experience working on energy and environmental policy at the federal and state levels. She is a program director at the ClimateWorks Foundation, where she oversees their Buildings, Industry, and Power portfolios. Appointed by then-Governor Schwarzenegger (R-CA), she served as Senior Policy Advisor to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Prior to CARB, Mazurek was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, advising on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency toxics, pesticides, and children’s health issues.

 Jan has published two books with the MIT Press and Johns Hopkins University presses, respectively, and more than 100 other publications, including op-eds in major U.S. newspapers. She also has testified on environmental policy matters before U.S. Congressional subcommittees. She holds a doctorate from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.

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Gabriel Kra, Vice President

Gabriel Kra co-founded Prelude Ventures in 2013, after almost 25 years as an investor, entrepreneur, scientist, and activist. He is responsible for overseeing the firm’s investments in advanced energy, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, advanced materials and manufacturing, and advanced computing. Gabriel serves on the Board of Directors for Renew Financial, Ripple Foods, Sense Labs, PLANT PV, Natron Energy, ClearMetal, Raxium, and Form Energy, and is active with Metalenz, Zymergen, Planet, QuantumScape, Catalog and Spark Thermionics. Gabriel also serves on the Board of Directors of Activation Energy and The CREO Syndicate, and on advisory boards for Cyclotron Road, Prime Coalition, and Carbon180.


Ali A. Zaidi, Director Emeritus

For eight years, Ali served in key roles within the Obama Administration. In 2014, President Obama appointed him the Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he led a team of experts overseeing a wide array of policy, budget, and management issues. In this role, Ali served as OMB’s chief policy official for implementation climate change. Ali also led on various efforts across the administration's economic and environmental policy on infrastructure, technology, science, and conservation. Before OMB, he served as the Deputy Director of Energy Policy for the White House Domestic Policy Council.

 Ali is a transactional and regulatory attorney. His practice is focused on clients with interests in the climate, clean energy, advanced transportation, and water. He is a Precourt Energy Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Stanford and a non-resident Fellow at Columbia, where he engages in research, writing, and teaching at the interdisciplinary intersection of policy and technology innovation as it relates to energy, water, and climate change. Ali previously served as Vice Chair of Carbon180 and on the Board of Trustees of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Ali holds an A.B. and J.D. from Harvard University and Georgetown University, where he was editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.


Our Advisory Board

It takes a village to fight climate change.



Mike Biddle  Evok Innovations

Mike Biddle
Evok Innovations

Etosha Cave  Opus12

Etosha Cave

Marcius Extavour  XPRIZE

Marcius Extavour

Gabriel Kra  Prelude Ventures

Gabriel Kra
Prelude Ventures

Sasha Mackler  Enviva

Sasha Mackler

Frans Nauta  Climate Launchpad

Frans Nauta
Climate Launchpad

Matt Rogers  Nest

Matt Rogers

Swati Mylavarapu  Incite Labs

Swati Mylavarapu
Incite Labs

Salim Kassam  Google

Salim Kassam

Zach Knight  Blue Forest Conservation

Zach Knight
Blue Forest Conservation

Brook Porter  G2VP

Brook Porter


Jonah Busch  Earth Innovation Institute

Jonah Busch
Earth Innovation Institute

Danny Cullenward Carnegie Institution for Science

Danny Cullenward
Carnegie Institution for Science

Hank Love  American Jobs Project

Hank Love
American Jobs Project

Veery Maxwell  Energy Innovations

Veery Maxwell
Energy Innovations

Jake Levine  Covington & Burling LLP

Jake Levine
Covington & Burling LLP

Kate Gordon  Consultant

Kate Gordon

Janie Thompson  Cassidy & Associates

Janie Thompson
Cassidy & Associates

Suzanne Hunt  HuntGreen LLC

Suzanne Hunt
HuntGreen LLC

Ali Zaidi  Kirkland & Ellis

Ali Zaidi
Kirkland & Ellis

Dan Sanchez  UC Berkeley

Dan Sanchez
UC Berkeley

Julio Friedmann  Energy Futures Institute

Julio Friedmann
Energy Futures Institute

Holly Kaufman Environment & Enterprise Strategies

Holly Kaufman Environment & Enterprise Strategies


Roger Aines  LLNL

Roger Aines

Tim Flannery  Climate Council

Tim Flannery
Climate Council

Sabine Fuss  Mercator Institute

Sabine Fuss
Mercator Institute

Klaus Lackner  ASU CNE

Klaus Lackner

Jane Long  LLNL (Retired)

Jane Long
LLNL (Retired)

Katharine Mach  Woods Institute

Katharine Mach
Woods Institute

Jennifer Wilcox  Worcester Polytech Institute

Jennifer Wilcox
Worcester Polytech Institute

Elizabeth Cantwell  ASU Research Enterprise

Elizabeth Cantwell
ASU Research Enterprise

Dan Kammen  UC Berkeley

Dan Kammen
UC Berkeley

Philip Duffy  Woods Hole Research Center

Philip Duffy
Woods Hole Research Center

Communications & Strategy

David Addison  Virgin Earth Challenge

David Addison
Virgin Earth Challenge

Jennifer Barnette  Cooley LLP

Jennifer Barnette
Cooley LLP

Amanda Ravenhill  Buckminster Fuller Institute

Amanda Ravenhill
Buckminster Fuller Institute

Caroline Venza  MissionCTRL Communications

Caroline Venza
MissionCTRL Communications

Kristen Virdone  Thumbtack

Kristen Virdone

Jennifer Boynton  Triple Pundit

Jennifer Boynton
Triple Pundit

Rachel Pritzker  Pritzker Innovation Fund

Rachel Pritzker
Pritzker Innovation Fund

Sarah Goldberg  U.S. Department of Agriculture

Sarah Goldberg
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Joel Makower  Greenbiz

Joel Makower

Amy Aines  Damiankes Communication

Amy Aines
Damiankes Communication