Program Officer, Climate Resilience
Kalila joined Barr as the Climate Resilience Program Officer in 2018. Kalila has over a decade of experience in community organizing around affordable housing, land development, and environmental justice. She served as the Executive Director at Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) for eight years. Before joining ACE in 2009, she worked as a Senior Organizer at Community Labor United. Kalila has a Bachelor’s degree from Bates College, where she studied American Studies and Spanish, and a Master of Public Policy from the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning School at Tufts University. Kalila currently lives in Roslindale and enjoys walking in the Arboretum, listening to podcasts, and cooking for friends.
Deputy Director/Director of Policy Initiatives
Cecil Corbin-Mark is the director of programs for WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT). Founded in 1988, WE ACT was New York’s first environmental justice organization created to improve environmental health and quality of life in communities of color. He works on campaigns that seek to: remove carcinogenic diesel soot from school bus cabins, bring fresh locally grown food into NYC public schools, combat global warming, and build market-based and legislative solutions to protect New York communities from toxic chemicals. Cecil comes from a family that is no stranger to the pursuit of social justice. He is the great nephew of Louis E. Burnham, a co-editor with Paul Robeson of the journal Freedom and a leader of the Alabama-based Southern Negro Youth Congress in the 1940’s. Cecil continues the work of his great uncle and several other family members today as he helps to lead WE ACT in its work with residents and the political establishment to create a more just and sustainable future. A lifelong resident of Harlem’s Hamilton Heights Historic District (aka Sugar Hill), Cecil holds a BA from Hunter College and a MPhil from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Entrepreneur and Investor
Dr. Dorsey is a serial organization builder and leader in for-profit, non-profit, scholarly and governmental realms. In the for-profit arena, Dr. Dorsey is an active investor and co-founder and principal of Around the Corner Capital—an energy advisory and impact finance platform. Through Around the Corner, Dr. Dorsey maintains active relationships and agreements in the US and beyond with various partners from Barrett Capital, to the California Clean Energy Fund, to Silverleaf Partners, the Royal Bafokeng Holdings (South Africa), Univergy (Japan/Spain), the World Bank and many other institutions and high net-worth individuals driving the global renewable revolution. Over decades Dr. Dorsey has been featured or provided his insights on environmental matters in the world’s leading lay television, radio and print outlets from Al Jazeera, the Associated Press, South Africa’s Business Day, CCTV, CNN, Democracy Now!, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the Orlando Sentinel, The Sacramento Bee,The Thom Hartmann Show, US News and World Reports and many other outlets.
Co-Founder, Finance the Future
Bobbi Dunphy is an Australian social entrepreneur, angel investor and mentor living in San Francisco who has worked at the nexus of water, food & climate security for the past 15 years. As a Founding Member & Strategic Director of the Global Peace Index published by The Economist annually since 2009, Bobbi worked closely with Heads of State, Nobel Peace Laureates, CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, renowned humanitarians & celebrities. These deepening relationships continue to play a role in her on-going work of finding practical, sustainable solutions to some of the most intractable issues facing humanity today. She recently compiled a comprehensive report on Post Harvest Food Loss in Emerging Economies and its relationship to Food Security & was named one of 50 Global Achievers by the Australian Government for her outstanding work in the water security sector.
Being a connector of people and dots, Bobbi helps bring resources & knowhow to mission-driven companies solving big global challenges. She is deeply involved in both the impact investment and philanthropic sectors in the US and internationally & sits on a number of Boards/Advisory Boards including High Water Women’s summit, Communitere International & WaterTrust. She is an advisor to the Nexus Global & lead the Nexus delegation to Burning Man where as part of the overall program, she co-convened the first ever Impact Investment/New Economy workshop held there. She also works as a Strategic Advisor to RePower Capital, Drever Family Office, Ethic, the Keeling Curve Prize and Ingressive, a company with offices in Silicon Valley & Nigeria that guides global capital and experience-driven mentorship to Africa’s top entrepreneurs.
Bobbi is also a Co-Founder of Finance the Future, a diverse consortium of investors, innovators, lawyers and creatives with a shared mission to transform financial markets for the betterment of people and the planet. She is a believer in the Blockchain and has a deep connection to the ocean.
Kathy Gerwig (Board Vice Chair)
Kathy Gerwig is Vice President, Employee Safety, Health and Wellness, and Environmental Stewardship Officer for Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans serving about nine million members. Kathy is responsible for developing, organizing and managing a nationwide environmental initiative for the organization. Under her leadership, Kaiser Permanente has become widely recognized as an environmental leader in the health care sector. Kathy has testified twice to Congress on the need for federal chemical policy reform, and she has appeared at numerous hearings on environmental issues. Kathy is also responsible for eliminating workplace injuries, promoting healthy lifestyle choices, and reducing health risks for the organization’s 185,000 employees and physicians. She is on the boards of several leading non-governmental organizations focused on safety and environmental sustainability in health care.
Geoscientist; Pro-Environment Organizer, Advocate, and Advisor
Eliza Nemser is an earth scientist, environmental advocate, and organizer with over 15 years of technical, research, and consulting experience. Motivated by a desire to elevate scientific proficiency within the political arena, Eliza transitioned from a corporate career in environmental consulting as an induced seismicity expert to the realm of environmental politics. As a consultant with the NRDC Action Fund, Eliza works to promote science-based, health-protective environmental policies; organize advocacy events; and advance public health-centered environmental messaging tactics for political candidates. Eliza is also a GiveGreen Ambassador, working strategically to support pro-environment candidates and accelerate progress on the climate crisis. A native New Yorker, Eliza has a PhD and MS in Earth and Space Sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle; a BA from Williams College; and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal.
President and CEO
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)
Matt Petersen is the President and CEO at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a nonprofit organization with the mission to create an inclusive, green economy by unlocking innovation, transforming markets, and enhancing the community. Prior to joining LACI, he was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti as the first ever Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles. Serving as CSO for four years, Petersen was the chief architect of the groundbreaking Sustainable City pLAn, led efforts to make LA a global leader in EVs, and helped create Climate Mayors.
Petersen co-founded Global Green USA and led the organization for 19 years as President and CEO. The organization was a pioneer in greening of affordable housing, schools, and cities as well as helping grow the solar sector. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Petersen put forth a vision and mobilized resources to green the rebuilding of New Orleans, including schools, the Lower 9th Ward, and more.
Petersen is chair of the Climate Mayors board, and a board member of Global Green USA, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Center for Environmental Health, and the Sir Edmund Hilary Institute for International Leadership. Petersen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the LA Sustainability Leadership Council, and served as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative on energy and the environment while a CGI member for 10 years. He has a son, and is a retired AYSO coach.
Arlene Rodriguez (Board Secretary)
In her philanthropic advising capacity, Arlene has assisted foundations, individual donors, and philanthropic affinity groups to establish strong board leadership and governance structures, build strategic vision, create clear and effective grant guidelines, tactically develop and implement major programmatic investments, and organize deep and effective funder-grantee collaborations. Previously, Arlene served as Senior Director of Programs and External Relations of the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN, responsible for the leadership, marketing and management of GLSEN’s core program areas. Prior to GLSEN, Arlene oversaw Living Cities’ knowledge management and evaluation work, and led the organization’s external relationships, communications and public relations. Arlene also directed the Environment program for The San Francisco Foundation for eight years. She has extensive experience in organizational development, program planning, and building extensive collaborative efforts. She has served as senior program officer for the environment at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, was the director of community programs and founding director of the Crissy Field Environmental Center with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and served as Urban Program Director for the Western Region of The Trust for Public Land. Arlene has volunteered on many boards and was a commissioner for the city of San Francisco’s environment department for six years. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois; a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Horticulture and completed Masters’ level training in Landscape Architecture, with a minor in Urban Planning, at North Carolina State University.
Marni Rosen (Board Treasurer)
Marni Rosen is a philanthropic and non-profit consultant with over 25 years of experience in philanthropy, non-profit and inter-governmental work. Marni served for over 16 years as the Executive Director of the Jenifer Altman Foundation (JAF), a private foundation supporting creative work in health, education, the environment and justice. Under Marni’s leadership, JAF provided advisory services to foundations and donors on environmental health and justice grants totaling over $50 million. While at JAF, Marni partnered with NGOs and other funders to create innovative funding vehicles that empower community leaders to participate in philanthropic decision-making. In 2005, in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Marni co-founded the Gulf Coast Fund, to support the sustainable and just recovery of the region. In partnership with the Global Greengrants Fund and four international NGO networks, she initiated the Global South + Program to support environmental health and justice work globally. Marni has co-founded numerous initiatives at the intersection of health, environment and justice, and continues to play a leadership role in the field.
Marni is co-founder of the Health and Environmental Funders Network (and a past co-chair) and the Funders Network on Trade and Globalization (now EDGE Funders Alliance). Currently, she serves on the Board of the Center for Environmental Health (former Board Chair), the Board of Clean Production Action, and the National Advisory Board of Healthy Babies Bright Futures. She has served on the Board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, and as Environment Section Council member for the American Public Health Association. Marni also worked for the United Nations as an NGO Liaison for the City Summit, a global conference on urban development issues. Marni holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPA in Policy Analysis from New York University.
Monica Silva-Gutierrez (Board Chair)
Sr. Program Manager, Google
Monica Silva-Guiterez has been at Google for almost three years, and in her short time there she has been Chief of Staff in a Product Area helping to launch the company’s innovation lab, Area 120, along with initiating important work along the lines of inclusion and diversity. Monica’s current role is helping to run a program that bolsters tech startup ecosystems in emerging markets. She likes to call it Strategic Philanthropy for Startups by Google. Prior to Google, Monica has dedicated the majority of her career working in nonprofit with organizations related to girls education, mindfulness in schools, environmental and social justice causes as well as democracy reform. Early in her career, she worked in politics and was part of the Bill Clinton campaign for President and subsequently working in the Clinton Administration at the DOE and White House Political Office. Originally from South Texas, she is also the first in her family to graduate college. Currently, Monica lives in Mountain View, CA with her husband Peter, daughter Anna Clara and son Jason Cameron, and her two cats. One simple philosophy that guides her work: “Take a chance on others, because someone took a chance on me”.
In her spare time, Monica likes to go for long hikes, spend time reading trashy romance novels in front of a beach and she loves creating new and delicious dishes in the kitchen. Monica and her husband love sailing, being on the water to her is “the most freeing and expansive feeling on earth.” She loves traveling and her current job at Google allows her to travel all over the world. The most recent places Monica has visited are Singapore, Krakow, Poland and Tel Aviv, Israel.
Executive Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
Miya is the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. She has an extensive background in community organizing, and a long history of working in the environmental justice movement. APEN has been fighting – and winning – environmental justice struggles for the past 25 years and remains one of the most unique organizations in the country explicitly developing the leadership and power of low-income Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrant and refugee communities. Through many years of leadership, Miya has supported APEN’s growth and expansion from a powerful local organization in the Bay Area, to having a statewide impact through an integrated API voter engagement strategy, a statewide Asian Pacific American Climate Coalition, and winning transformational state policy for equitable climate solutions and transitioning the state to a clean energy economy for all Californians. A movement leader in many key local, state, and national alliances, APEN is helping to shift the center of gravity of what is possible when the health and economic well being of working families, immigrant and communities of color are put at the center of solutions to the economic and climate crises. Miya has been Executive Director since November 2013 and proudly supports APEN to be a leading force for climate justice for all communities.