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Project Drawdown announces Stephan Nicoleau as new board chair

Jennifer Caldwell re-elected as board secretary

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Project Drawdown is pleased to announce the election of Stephan Nicoleau, partner and managing director at the impact investment firm FullCycle, as its next board chair. 

Nicoleau, an investor, advisor, and founder with nearly two decades of experience in social and environmental impact, rises to board chair during an exciting time for Project Drawdown. 

“All of us at Project Drawdown congratulate Stephan on being elected board chair,” says Project Drawdown executive director Jonathan Foley, Ph.D. “Since joining the board in 2021, Stephan has been more than generous with his time and expertise on climate solutions, particularly those around reducing methane emissions. We look forward to his continued leadership as board chair as together we work to stop climate change as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible.” 

“Our collective response to climate change is mostly an exercise of implementing and scaling solutions as effectively as possible. Making policy, investment, and infrastructure decisions based in science is critically important,” Nicoleau says. “Project Drawdown has been at the forefront of a science-based approach to climate solutions for nearly a decade, and I’m thrilled and honored to have been elected chair of the board during this pivotal moment of our growth and the larger global effort to stabilize the climate.” 

Project Drawdown is also thrilled to announce the re-election of Jennifer Caldwell, president of the Caldwell Fisher Family Foundation, as board secretary. Among other achievements, Caldwell has been instrumental in the launch and success of the Drawdown Capital Coalitionwhich aims to guide private capital to strategic, science-based climate solutions.

“It’s critical that we do all that we can to champion climate solutions informed by science and Project Drawdown provides that,” Caldwell says. “Through our Capital Coalition, we invite funders to join us in building funding portfolios that meet their philanthropic as well as professional climate goals.”

Lastly, Project Drawdown and its Board of Directors would like to extend a warm thank you to Brad Palmer, the outgoing board chair, for all of his hard work on behalf of the organization. During Palmer’s tenure, Project Drawdown experienced tremendous growth, building a world-class science team while expanding the scope and impact of the organization’s programs. 

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