Holly Kaufman is a seasoned climate change, sustainability, corporate responsibility and clean technology leader. She managed the climate change & national security portfolio at the US Department of Defense as a President Bill Clinton appointee, and was the liaison to the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. She developed diplomatic strategy for the UN climate treaty negotiations as Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State, receiving a Superior Team Honor Award. Ms. Kaufman also served at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where she wrote President Clinton’s report to Congress on environmental trends, and served on the climate and energy team at the Clinton Global Initiative.
Holly’s current focus is the nexus between plastic and climate change. She presented recommendations to the InterAction Council (former heads of state including Gro Harlem Brundtland and Oscar Arias), and served as a mentor on the Closed Loop Partners/IDEO “Next Gen” cup challenge for Starbucks and McDonalds.
As founder of Environment & Enterprise Strategies, she provides strategic guidance to such organizations as the World Economic Forum, Hewlett Packard, Conoco, Proctor & Gamble, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the California Wind Energy Association. She developed the outreach strategy for the Natural Resource Defense Council’s coalition that led to the establishment of two California marine protected areas. Other positions include serving as Executive Director of an international ecological research network under the auspices of the US National Academy of Sciences, Acting Director of the Port of Oakland’s environment department, head of environmental planning for the fourth largest waste management company in the U.S., and Deputy Director of a renewable energy NGO. She taught ecological agriculture at the University of California at Berkeley and the California Academy of Sciences. She has led community development or research projects in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Her volunteer work includes serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ energy efficiency committee, as the mayor’s appointee overseeing green bonds at the city’s Public Utility Commission, and on the advisory councils of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and Carbon180 (formerly the Center for Carbon Removal). Holly was Leadership Fellow at Harvard for her Master’s studies in the integration of economic, social and environmental interests, and studied negotiation at Harvard Law School. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation of Natural Resources, with Highest Honors, from the University of California at Berkeley. She speaks fluent French and conversational Spanish.