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 coordinates the research and operational work of the organization. Prior to joining Carbon180, Giana focused on renewable energy policy in the United States. She received her B.S. in Environmental Economics & Policy and B.S. in Society & the Environment from UC Berkeley. 


Our Team

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


Jason Funk
Associate Director, International Policy

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Matt Lucas
Associate Director, Carbontech


Erin Burns

Associate Director, Policy


Jane Zelikova

Senior Scientist


Rory Jacobson

Research Associate


Elizabeth Reali

Creative Content Specialist


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


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.

Ali Zaidi, Vice President

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. As OMB's chief policy official, he led implementation of the administration's economic and environmental policy across infrastructure, technology, science, and conservation. Before that, he served as the Deputy Director of Energy Policy for the White House Domestic Policy Council.


Ali recently joined Morrison & Foerster LLP, a leading global law firm, where he advises clients on corporate governance, regulation, litigation, and project development matters. 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 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

They say it take a village to fight climate change. Right?



 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  KPCB

Swati Mylavarapu

 Zach Knight  Blue Forest Conservation

Zach Knight
Blue Forest Conservation

 Brook Porter  KPCB

Brook Porter


 Jonah Busch  Center for Global Development

Jonah Busch
Center for Global Development

 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  Paulson Institute

Kate Gordon
Paulson Institute

 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  Carnegie Institution for Science

Dan Sanchez
Carnegie Institution for Science

 Julio Friedmann  LLNL

Julio Friedmann

 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  Carnegie Institution for Science

Katharine Mach
Carnegie Institution for Science

 Jennifer Wilcox  Colorado School of Mines

Jennifer Wilcox
Colorado School of Mines

 Elizabeth Cantwell  ASURE

Elizabeth Cantwell

 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  Nest

Kristen Virdone

 Jennifer Boynton  3BL Media

Jennifer Boynton
3BL Media

 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