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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.

Board

Stephen W. Pacala, Chair

Stephen W. Pacala, Chair

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…

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…

Frances Beinecke

Frances Beinecke

Frances Beinecke is the former president of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading nonprofit environmental organization that works to curb global warming, protect…

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…

Randall Hack

Randall Hack

Mr. Hack is a 1969 summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University. He received his MBA from Harvard University in 1972 and began a career in commercial real…

Robert Litterman

Robert 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, Treasurer

Arthur Lupia, Treasurer

Dr. 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 co-founder and Managing Director of Sunstone Partners, a firm formed in 2015 to invest in and acquire growth stage technology companies. Sunstone spun out…

Michael Oppenheimer, Vice Chair

Michael Oppenheimer, Vice Chair

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.…

Wendy Schmidt, Corporate Secretary

Wendy Schmidt, Corporate Secretary

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

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…

Staff

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…

Heidi Cullen

Heidi Cullen

Dr. Heidi Cullen serves as Chief Scientist for Climate Central and leads the World Weather Attribution program. Before joining Climate Central, Dr. Cullen served as The Weather…

Benjamin Strauss

Benjamin Strauss

Dr. Benjamin Strauss serves as Vice President for Sea Level and Climate Impacts at Climate Central. He is a national expert and author of numerous scientific papers…

Steve Rush

Steve Rush

Steve Rush is the Vice President of Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Climate Central, Rush worked for many years in the banking industry,…

Karen Florini

Karen Florini

Karen Florini is Vice President for Programs at Climate Central, where her roles include developing and implementing communications strategies that reach and move large U.S. and…

Marcia Shackelford

Marcia Shackelford

Bio coming soon...

Development

Barbara Charbonnet

Barbara Charbonnet

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

Janice Sung

Janice Sung

Janice Sung is a Development Fellow at Climate Central. She holds a B.A. in Art and Archaeology and a Certificate in Environmental Studies from Princeton University. Prior to joining…

Editorial

John Upton

John Upton

John Upton is a Features Journalist at Climate Central. He has science and business degrees and more than a decade of international reporting experience. He has written for the New…

Abbey Dufoe

Abbey Dufoe

Abbey Dufoe is a Web Producer at Climate Central. Before arriving in Princeton, Dufoe earned her B.A. in Media Studies from Penn State in 2013 and her M.A. in Environmental…

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,…

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,…

Megan Martin

Megan Martin

Megan Martin is a Multimedia Designer and Meteorologist at Climate Central. She has a B.S. in Meteorology and a B.A. in Visual Arts, both of which are from Rutgers University.…

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…

Bernadette Woods Placky

Bernadette Woods Placky

Bernadette Woods Placky is an Emmy Award winning meteorologist and director of Climate Central's Climate…

Sean Sublette

Sean Sublette

Sean Sublette is an award-winning meteorologist working on Climate Central’s Climate Matters

Irina Feygina

Irina Feygina

Irina Feygina, Director of Behavioral Science and Assessmentintegrates behavioral science insights into Climate Central’s work and improves its tracking…

Robin Hauer

Robin Hauer

Robin Hauer is the Director of the World Weather Attribution program. Prior to joining Climate Central, she was the Assistant Director of Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership in the…

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 Princeton University's Andlinger Center…

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…

Jennifer Brady

Jennifer Brady

Jennifer Brady is the Manager of Analysis and Production. In her role she uses data to identify significant trends, patterns and notable climate events, while managing a team of…

Dan Rizza

Dan Rizza

Dan Rizza serves as Manager for External Relations and Business Development for Climate Central, Program on Sea Level Rise. Previously, he worked at the Climate Policy Center…

Scott Kulp

Scott Kulp

Dr. Scott Kulp serves as Senior Computational Scientist and Senior Developer for Climate Central's Program on Sea Level Rise, where his research interests include the impacts…

Dan Dodson

Dan Dodson

Dan Dodson serves as Developer for Climate Central’s Program on Sea Level Rise. Dan works with the team to transform data and create tools to visualize the impacts of changing…

Julia Langer

Julia Langer

Julia Langer is a Research and Communications Fellow at Climate Central working mainly with the Climate Matters program. Langer holds a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and…

Nishia Nieves

Nishia Nieves

Dyonishia (Nishia) Nieves is the Program on Sea Level Rise Fellow at Climate Central. She holds a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University.

Her senior…

Jeremy Zullow

Jeremy Zullow

Jeremy Zullow is a Data Science Fellow at Climate Central, producing digital content, research, and data insights to support programs across the organization. He obtained his B.A.…

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…

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…