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Members of the Climate Central staff and board are among the most respected leaders in climate science. Staff members are authorities in communicating climate and weather links, sea level rise, climate modeling, engineering assessments, graphic representations of climate data, and other climate science areas. Our journalists have extensive experience in mainstream print, television, digital and social media.

Leadership

Paul Hanle

Paul Hanle

Dr. Paul A. Hanle was elected President and CEO of Climate Central in April 2011.

From 2000 to 2011, he was president of the Biotechnology…

Benjamin Strauss

Benjamin Strauss

Dr. Benjamin Strauss serves as Vice President for Sea Level and Climate Impacts at Climate Central, a non-profit climate research and journalism organization based in Princeton,…

Heidi Cullen

Heidi Cullen

Dr. Heidi Cullen serves as Chief Scientist for Climate Central — a non-profit science journalism organization headquartered in Princeton, N.J. She is a Visiting Lecturer…

Richard Wiles

Richard Wiles

Richard Wiles is Senior Vice President for Program Strategy and Integration at Climate Central. Prior to joining Climate Central, Wiles was a co-founder and Executive Director…

Heather Seagroatt Pittman

Heather Seagroatt Pittman

Heather Pittman is Vice President for Development at Climate Central. Prior to joining the Climate Central team, Heather served as Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts at…

Barbara Charbonnet

Barbara Charbonnet

Barbara Charbonnet, Director for Development, is dedicated to growing Climate Central’s individual giving program. Prior to joining Climate Central, she was Director for Development…

Editorial

Geoff Grant

Geoff Grant

Geoff Grant is Director of Digital Media and Editorial for Climate Central, responsible for the organization's digital strategy, editorial direction and social media. Prior…

Bobby Magill

Bobby Magill

Bobby Magill is a Senior Science Writer for Climate Central, focusing on energy and climate change. Prior to joining Climate Central, Magill covered Western energy and environmental…

Andrea Thompson

Andrea Thompson

Andrea Thompson is a Senior Science Writer at Climate Central, focusing on extreme weather and climate change. Previously, Andrea was a writer and reporter for Live Science and Space.com,…

John Upton

John Upton

John Upton studied science and business in Australia, worked as a journalist in California, enjoyed an 18-month environmental reporting odyssey in India, then joined Climate Central's…

Brian Kahn

Brian Kahn

Brian Kahn is a Web editor at Climate Central. He previously worked at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and partnered with 

Lindsay Harmon

Lindsay Harmon

Lindsay Harmon is the lead web producer at Climate Central as well as a research assitant, playing a part in the analysis and production of the organizations research reports.…

Michael D. Lemonick

Michael D. Lemonick

Mr. Lemonick covered science and the environment for TIME magazine for nearly 21 years, where he wrote more than 50 cover stories, and has also written for Discover, Scientific American,…

Multimedia

Shari Bell

Shari Bell

Shari Bell is an experienced, award-winning journalist and strategic communications professional. For Climate Central, she provides guidance and leadership on strategic integration,…

Pat Austin

Pat Austin

Pat Austin is a multimedia designer focusing on graphics and animation for Climate Matters as well as Climate Central’s web and interactive efforts.

Before coming to…

Ted Blanco

Ted Blanco

Ted Blanco is a video editor, photographer, camera operator and content creator for Climate Central. Utilizing a vast array of film making tools and visual story telling techniques,…

Greta Shum

Greta Shum

Greta Shum is a Multimedia Journalism Fellow at Climate Central, focusing on video screenwriting, production, and editing. Prior to joining Climate Central, Shum worked as a research…

Science

Claudia Tebaldi

Claudia Tebaldi

Dr. Tebaldi collaborates with Climate Central's Climate Science and Impacts group and provides scientific oversight for the Climate Matters program. She is a climate statistician…

Eric Larson

Eric Larson

Dr. Larson leads energy research at Climate Central. He is a senior research faculty member with the Energy Systems Analysis Group at the Princeton Environmental Institute. He is…

Alyson Kenward

Alyson Kenward

Dr. Kenward manages the Climate Science research program at Climate Central. Her research interests include the connection between climate change and wildfires, as well as the potential…

Todd Sanford

Todd Sanford

Dr. Todd Sanford’s work focuses on climate impacts in the western U.S., including drought trends and impacts, changing wildfire behavior and impacts to ecosystems. His…

Dennis Adams-Smith

Dennis Adams-Smith

Climate Central's Senior Data Analyst, Dennis Adams-Smith, imports and translates vast amounts of climate data into more friendly, accessible, often graphical and interactive,…

Jennifer Brady

Jennifer Brady

Jennifer Brady is a data analyst for Climate Central's Climate Matters program. In her role she uses data to identify significant trends, patterns and notable climate events.

Dan Rizza

Dan Rizza

Dan Rizza serves as Manager and Research Associate for Climate Central’s Program on Sea Level Rise. Previously, he worked at the Climate Policy Center of Clean Air-Cool Planet…

Bernadette Woods Placky

Bernadette Woods Placky

Bernadette Woods Placky is an Emmy Award winning meteorologist and director of Climate Central's Climate Matters program. In her role, Bernadette works with fellow…

Scott Kulp

Scott Kulp

Scott Kulp serves as Senior Developer and Research Associate for Climate Central's Program on Sea Level Rise. He is currently focused on the development of Climate Central's…

Sarthak Gupta

Sarthak Gupta

Sarthak Gupta is a Research Associate at Climate Central, with a focus on Renewable Energy. He graduated with a B.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a certificate in…

Regina Wang

Regina Wang

Regina Wang is a Research Fellow at Climate Central. She holds a B.A. in Geosciences and certificates in Public Policy, Environmental Studies and Sustainable Energy from Princeton…

Operations

Iveta Weinberg

Iveta Weinberg

Ms. Weinberg has had a wide and varied career in business and public service on two continents. After receiving her bachelor's degree from the Ostrava Business Academy in her…

David Pontell

David Pontell

As Director of Finance and Administration, David Pontell is responsible for Finance, Human Resources and general office management at Climate Central. He has a diversified background…

Carolyn Bosak

Carolyn Bosak

As Accountant, Carolyn Bosak supports the Director of Finance and Administration in all aspects of the accounting and human resource functions at Climate Central. She has more than…

Radoslaw Slabinski

Radoslaw Slabinski

Radoslaw (Rad) Slabinski is Systems Administrator for Climate Central, and is responsible for maintaining and monitoring a wide range of systems from local networks to complex cloud…

Will Barrett

Will Barrett

Will Barrett is a Development Fellow at Climate Central. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Princeton University and was a four-year member of the Men’s Basketball team as well.…

Board

Decker Anstrom

Decker Anstrom

Decker Anstrom recently retired as President of Landmark Communications and Chairman of The weather Channel Companies (Cable TV Network, Weather.com, and WSI). He now serves on…

Sally Benson

Sally Benson

Dr. Benson was appointed to the position of Director of Stanford University’s Global Climate and Energy Project in January 2009 after holding the Executive Director post since…

Carl Ferenbach

Carl Ferenbach

Carl Ferenbach is Chairman & co-founder of High Meadows Foundation and High Meadows Fund. He is Chairman of the Board of Environmental Defense Fund, an international environmental…

Bob Litterman

Bob Litterman

Bob Litterman is the Chairman of Risk Committee and Advisory Panel. Prior to joining Kepos Capital in 2010, Bob enjoyed a 23-year career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he served…

Arthur Lupia

Arthur Lupia

Mr. Lupia is the Hal R. Varian Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and Research Professor at its Institute for Social Research. His research clarifies how…

John Moragne

John Moragne

John Moragne is Sr. Managing Director of Trident Capital. A detailed biography can be found at Trident Capital.

Michael Oppenheimer

Michael Oppenheimer

Michael Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University.…

Stephen W. Pacala

Stephen W. Pacala

Dr. Pacala is Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute. He also co-directs…

Wendy Schmidt

Wendy Schmidt

Wendy Schmidt is President of The Schmidt Family Foundation working to advance clean energy development and supporting the wiser…

Marshall Shepherd

Marshall Shepherd

Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a leading international expert in the area of weather, climate and atmospheric related sciences. Dr. Shepherd is past president of the American Meteorological…

Mary Evelyn Tucker

Mary Evelyn Tucker

Dr. Tucker is a Senior Lecturer in Religion and the Environment at Yale University, holding joint appointments in the Divinity School, the School of Forestry & Environmental…

Founding Board

Jane Lubchenco

Jane Lubchenco

Dr. Lubchenco serves as Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Prior to her Senate confirmation in early 2009, she resigned from the Board of Climate…

Stephen W. Pacala

Stephen W. Pacala

Dr. Pacala is Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute. He also co-directs…

Wendy Schmidt

Wendy Schmidt

Wendy Schmidt is President of The Schmidt Family Foundation working to advance clean energy development and supporting the wiser…