President and CEO, ClimateWorks Foundation
Charlotte Pera is pioneering bold, collaborative climate action. She is the President and CEO of the ClimateWorks Foundation, a leading philanthropic organization that has been recognized for its inclusive approach to mobilizing philanthropy globally and advancing climate solutions. Under her leadership, ClimateWorks has grown its funding base and broadened its strategy to include more diverse local and national policy approaches.
Charlotte previously held leadership roles for more than a decade at the Energy Foundation, including Senior Vice President and Director of U.S. Programs, and U.S. Transportation Program Director. She helped launch the Energy Foundation’s program in China and supported the creation of the European Climate Foundation. Earlier in her career, Charlotte analyzed advanced vehicle technologies, developed emissions inventory models, and designed public programs to reduce vehicle pollution at engineering consulting firm Acurex Environmental.
Charlotte serves on the supervisory board of the European Climate Foundation and the Stewardship Board of the World Economic Forum System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Environment and Natural Resource Security. She served for many years as a founding board member of the International Council for Clean Transportation. Charlotte holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.