Who We Are

WHO WE ARE

Climate Access is a nonprofit organization building political and public support for equitable climate solutions through our learning network of climate leaders, pilot engagement projects and strategic services.

Our Story

Since 2011, Climate Access has demonstrated the value of going beyond environmental frames and using new narrative concepts that have since become widely used, such as illustrating the interconnectedness between energy use and climate change and emphasizing the need for carbon-free or low-carbon energy. We introduced the idea of shifting from a “should we act?” to a “we are acting” posture with the preparation frame that places a greater emphasis on the need for communities to ready themselves for current and future climate impacts.

Today we translate research into easy to use tips and tools on climate engagement; track and share best practices; promote problem solving, run a learning network for more than 3,000 members from nonprofits, government, academia and community based organizations; develop and pilot new engagement models; and provide technical services to help organizations implement effective engagement strategies. 

Our Team

CARA PIKE
Executive Director
Cara Pike is the founder and director of Climate Access, a nonprofit focused on building political and public support for climate solutions through its learning network for nonprofit and government leaders, pilot projects that test new engagement approaches, and communication research and strategy consulting services. Her work includes creation of the Preparation Frame: A Guide for Understanding and Engaging Around Climate Impacts; the Ecological Roadmap, a values-based approach to building support for environmental protection; Climate Communications Behavior Change – A Guide for Practitioners, and other widely used publications and toolkits. Cara regularly advises government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Clients have included the City of Boston, Ocean Science Trust, Union of Concerned Scientists, Province of Alberta, and others.

 

MEREDITH HERR
Deputy Director
Meredith plays a lead role in the production and curation of strategic communications and outreach tools for climate leaders. Her enthusiasm for the field began during her time at Earthjustice where she investigated the social values that influence environmental engagement. Previously, Meredith explored the dynamics of personal and societal transformation with grassroots social change leaders as an assistant research scientist at the Research Center for Leadership in Action. Meredith has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Vassar College and a Masters of Public Administration in Public Policy Analysis from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

 

LAUREN GRAHAM
Director of Innovation
Lauren works to develop Climate Access's virtual reality projects as a tool to increase community engagement and local action around climate change. She has an eclectic background as a consultant and communications strategist with experience using film, games, design, and public events for environmental education and organizational capacity-building. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Master of Arts in Sociology from Stanford University, a Master of Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a certificate in social impact strategy from the University of Pennsylvania.
 
 
JESSICA FYFFE 
Design & Administrative Associate
Jessica is a digital communication specialist working towards her goals of participating in global actionable change through design and community building. She is passionate about the environment, community, and social change. Having studied the importance of environmental awareness she believes that strategic communication on social platforms can create meaningful conversations. Jessica will use her passion for design and interactive media to elevate conversations around the environment through Climate Access’s network. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication and a minor in print and digital publishing from Simon Fraser University.
 

Our Advisors and Funders

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Nancy Hirshberg - Hirshberg Strategic
  • Jack Chin - Independent Consultant
  • Buck Parker - Former Earthjustice President
  • Cara Pike - Climate Access

ADVISORY BOARD

  • Tom Bowman - Bowman Global Change
  • Anna Fahey - Sightline Institute
  • Nancy Hirshberg - Hirshberg Strategic
  • Alnoor Ladha - Purpose
  • Cat Lazaroff - Resource Media
  • Rochelle Lefkowitz - Pro-Media Communications
  • Robin Leichenko - Rutgers Initiative on Climate and Society
  • Anthony Leiserowitz - Yale Project on Climate Change
  • Edward Maibach - Center for Climate Change Communication
  • Margery Moore - EHS Strategic Alliances, Bloomberg BNA
  • Jeff Nesbit - Climate Nexus
  • Suzanne Shaw - Union of Concerned Scientists

FUNDERS

Thank you to our supporters who make Climate Access possible:

  • The Kresge Foundation
  • Skoll Global Threats Fund
  • Del Mar Global Trust
  • FEMA