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Bezos Earth Fund adds new leadership to growing team

WASHINGTON, February 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Bezos Earth Fund announced the addition of new senior staff to support its mission to fight climate change, protect and restore nature, and promote environmental justice and economic opportunities.

Cecilia Martinez joins this week as the newest addition to the Bezos Earth Fund’s leadership team as Senior Advisor for Resilience and Communities, after serving as the first White House environmental justice official. Dr. Martinez, one of Time the magazine’s most influential people in 2020, will lead efforts to build resilience and strengthen communities around the world, working to fight climate change and protect and restore natural ecosystems.

Additional senior executive hires in 2022 include the following:

  • Doug Varley joined as General Counsel. Varley was previously president of the washington d.c.Caplin & Drysdale law firm. He has worked with national and international environmental organizations for over 25 years.
  • Leon Clarke joins as Director of Decarbonization Pathways. Dr. Clarke was previously the University of Maryland Research Director of the Center for Global Sustainability. He is an author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and National Climate Assessment and holds a Ph.D. Stanford University.
  • Stacie Cobos joined as director of communications. Cobos previously led global communications and marketing at the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Climate Reality Project and managed communications on three U.S. presidential campaigns.
  • Tony Chan joined as Chief Financial and Operational Officer. Chan previously served as deputy chief executive of the Ford Foundation and previously held leadership positions at Habitat for Humanity International, Accenture and Arthur Andersen.
  • Valerie Blain-Smith joined as Chief People Officer. Blain-Smith has over 20 years of human resources experience and previously served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for World Wide Fund for Nature.

“We are thrilled to welcome a growing team of people who combine deep professionalism with genuine passion,” said the President and CEO of Bezos Earth Fund. Andre Steer. “Together with our partners and grantees, we look forward to helping drive bold climate action and address the challenges of this watershed decade.”

These new staff members join the current team, which includes Andre Steer (President and CEO), Charlotte Pera (Vice-President Strategy and Programs), Kelly Levin (Head of Science, Data and Systems Change), Danielle Deane-Ryan (Director of Equitable Climate Solutions), Brian Cimagala (Senior Film Producer), Fiona McRaith (responsible for commitment and delivery) and Eda Lee (Executive Assistant). Jeff Bezos is executive chair of the Earth Fund and Lauren Sánchez is vice-chair.

The Bezos Earth Fund also benefits from the deep expertise of its advisors and fellows. These include:

  • Amanda Eichel (Cities), former Executive Director of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and Advisor to the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate.
  • Amen Ra Mashariki (Data and Social Justice), former New York City Chief Analytics Officer and Chief Technology Officer of the Federal Office for Personnel Management.
  • Arun Majumdar (energy technology), professor of engineering, Stanford UniversityChairman of the Advisory Board to the US Secretary of Energy, Founding Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and former Google Vice President for Energy.
  • Cristian Samper (Senior Adviser, Nature), President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society and former Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
  • Pamela Matson (Food Systems), Professor at Stanford University, where she served as Dean of the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. She is a Fellow of the US National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of the MacArthur Prize.
  • Tom Rivett-Carnac (International Climate), co-founder of Global Optimism with Christiana Figueres and Advisor to the Macquarie Group and for the Earthshot Prize.

The Bezos Earth Fund awarded $1.4 billion because November 2020focused on five themes: nature, decarbonizing the economy, environmental justice, economics and finance, monitoring and accountability.

The Earth Fund continues to grow its team of experts, partners and grantees. Browse vacancies on

About the Bezos Earth Fund
The Bezos Earth Fund is Jeff Bezos’ $10 billion personal commitment to fund scientists, activists, NGOs and others to help find climate and nature solutions. By allocating funds creatively, wisely and boldly, the Bezos Earth Fund has the potential to exert a transformative influence in this defining decade. Funds will be fully allocated by 2030, by which time the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved.

SOURCE Bezos Earth Fund