Climate Solutions Bolsters its Leadership As It Gears up for 20th Year in Action

Release Date
October 5, 2017

Seattle, WA:  Climate Solutions is deepening its bench of seasoned leadership with the addition of Duncan Marsh as Director of Programs.  Marsh comes to the organization after 11 years at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as its Director of International Climate Policy.  There he led international policy work on issues such as reducing emissions from forests and land use, adaptation and climate finance. Prior to joining TNC, he served on the U.S. Department of State’s climate change negotiating team and subsequently led the climate and energy program at the United Nations Foundation.

As a clean energy economy nonprofit founded in 1998, Climate Solutions has a long history of working in the region to create a thriving, equitable Northwest, powered by clean energy, and inspiring the transition to sustainable prosperity across the nation and beyond.   

“We’re thrilled to have Duncan join our team as we chart our strategic focus for the Pacific Northwest to become the first region in the country to be 100% clean,” stated Gregg Small, Executive Director of Climate Solutions.  “We need to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, and Duncan’s leadership will help get us to that vision even faster and more effectively.”

Climate Solutions also announced the addition of five new board members this year:

  • Nitin Baliga, currently the Director and Senior Vice President at the Institute for Systems Biology;
  • Annika Berman, currently a Senior Program Officer in the Foundation Strategy Office of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;
  • Jackie Dingfelder, a former state legislator, who most recently served as the Environmental and Planning Policy Director for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales from 2013-2016.
  • Phil Jones, who served on Washington’s Utilities and Transportation Commission from 2005-2017; and
  • Ross Macfarlane, a former partner at Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) who most recently managed Climate Solutions’ Business Partnership Program until spring of 2016. 

“We are adding great strength both in our team and on our board – for the ever-more urgent work of addressing the climate crisis and moving toward a 100% clean economy,” said Tim Miller, CEO of Enhabit and President of the Climate Solutions Board of Directors.

The organization will mark its 20th anniversary in 2018.  Founded in Olympia, WA the organization now has over 20 staff and offices in Oregon and Washington. 

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Climate Solutions is a Northwest-based clean energy economy nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate clean energy solutions to the climate crisis.