Noah Deich

Executive Director 

Noah co-founded the Center for Carbon Removal with Giana Amador. Prior to the Center, Noah worked as a management consultant on clean energy and corporate sustainability projects for large companies across North America. Noah received his M.B.A from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and his B.A. from the University of Virginia. Follow Noah on Twitter at @TheCarbonSink.


Giana Amador 

Managing  Director

Giana co-founded the Center for Carbon Removal with Noah Deich. At the Center, she coordinates the research and operational work of the organization. Prior to joining the Center, Giana focused on the policy, technology, and political economy of renewable energy in the United States. She received her B.S. in Environmental Economics & Policy and B.S. in Society & the Environment from UC Berkeley. 

Jason Funk, PhD


Jason's experience ranges from analyzing the carbon dynamics of land use to developing domestic and international policies to serving as a spokesperson on climate impacts and mitigation opportunities in the land sector. Prior to joining CCR, Jason dedicated several years to science and policy work at the interface of land use and climate change. He received his doctorate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University, and earned his B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Science at the Ohio State University. 

Miriam Swaffer

Associate Director - COMMUNIcations

Miriam brings more than a decade of success leading strategic policy and communications campaigns.  Prior to joining the Center, Miriam was with the Union of Concerned Scientists.  At UCS, Miriam won policies that reduced climate change pollution from deforestation, transportation, and electricity. She holds a degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University. Follow Miriam on Twitter @MiriamSwaffer.

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Matt Lucas, PhD 

Associate Director -CCUS Technology

Matt's experience ranges from serving as a staff scientist to evaluating startup data analytics to founding his own innovative firm.  Prior to joining, Matt worked in both large corporate and small startup environments. Matt earned his M.S. and doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He received a B.S. in both Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry from Harvard University.

Rory Jacobson

Policy analyst

Rory focuses on actualizing negative emission through convening academic, industry, and policy stakeholders, and translating science into practical policy recommendations. His appreciation for regenerative agriculture, ecosystem services, and working landscapes has pushed him to explore land sector solutions to carbon pollution. He received his B.S. in Society & Environment and his B.A. in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley.

Jane Zelikova, PhD

Program Coordinator

Jane's experience includes spending 2 years as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy, working on climate change policy. Jane received her doctorate from the University of Colorado, worked at the USGS for several years at the interface of climate change and carbon science and is currently also a research scientist at the University of Wyoming. Jane also co-founded 500 Women Scientists, a grassroots organization that advocates for #womeninSTEM, and Hey Girl Productions, a production company that brings science stories to life.