Noah Deich

Executive Director 

Noah co-founded Center for Carbon Removal with Giana Amador. Noah previously 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 Center for Carbon Removal with Noah Deich. At CCR, she coordinates the research and operational work of the organization. Prior to joining CCR, 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

ASsOCIATE DIRECTOR -LAND USE

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 CCR, 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.


Jane Zelikova, PhD

Program Coordinator

Jane's experience includes two years as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy, where she worked 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 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. 


Rory Jacobson

Policy analyst

Rory focuses on actualizing negative emissions 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.


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Elizabeth Reali

Communications Intern


Elizabeth greases the communications and creativity motors at CCR. As an intern, they devise and execute social content that makes the work of carbon removal intelligible to the broadest possible audience. When Elizabeth isn’t transcribing tweets from the mouths of CCR’s canine mascots, they are developing clear, engaging media for online channels, churning out weekly newletters, and collaborating with team members to form and sharpen narratives from the carbon removal field. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley.