Who We Are


Our Story

Climate Access is a nonprofit organization focused on building political and public support for climate and clean energy solutions by developing and promoting effective communication and engagement approaches. 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 are applying and refining climate engagement best practices to reach thousands of people in communities across the United States including those most at risk from the impacts of climate change and often left out of local decision-making, increase their awareness of climate risks and motivate them to take steps to prepare for impacts and cut emissions. To do this, Climate Access runs a resource and training center for more than 3,600 members from nonprofits, government agencies and academic institutions; breaks down polarization and motivates action through strategic framing and narrative development; and creates activation and engagement models that involve a diverse range of community members in creating and implementing climate action plans and programs. 


View our 2019 Impact Report to learn more about how we are building political and public will, and the social capital needed to spur equitable climate action.




Our Team

Executive Director

Cara 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.


Deputy Director

Meredith (she/her) 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.


Senior Communication Strategist

Mariana (she/her) focuses on storytelling and engaging community members towards climate action in their communities. To Mariana, the world feels larger when she is able to to reimagine what it would look like if people’s needs were met and we were all free to thrive. She is energized by being in community with folks and building power alongside them. Her background includes community organizing and civic engagement through digital communications in her hometown of Miami, occupied land of Tequesta, Seminole and Miccosukee indigenous nations. As an immigrant from Peru, Mariana also has a traditional media focused communications background in immigrant rights. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Florida International University. 



Communication Strategist
Lauren collaborates with Climate Access on innovative community engagement projects to spark local action around climate change. With a background as a communications strategist and consultant to social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and mission-driven startups, she has 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.



Our Advisors and Funders


  • Nancy Hirshberg - Hirshberg Strategic
  • Jack Chin - Independent Consultant
  • Buck Parker - Strategic Advisor, Earthjustice
  • Elena Marszalek Bekmyrza - Del Mar Global Trust
  • Apollo Gonzales - Nimbus Strategies, Inc.


  • Tom Bowman - Bowman Global Change
  • Anna Fahey - Sightline Institute
  • 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



Thank you to our supporters who make Climate Access possible:

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