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WE ARE

An impact advisory firm focused on advancing the human condition through radical innovation and collective action. Based in San Francisco, California, our clients are investors, governments, corporations, NGOs, and other key influencers around the world.

  • We are global citizens, committed to innovation, action, and impact. 
  • We help our clients to deliver on their impact goals with urgency and at scale while maximizing their triple-bottom-line returns.
  • We move seamlessly between disciplines and geographies, with expertise and experience rare in depth and diversity. 
  • We guide the genesis and implementation of strategies for a more vibrant, just, and regenerative world. 
 

Leadership Team

Mark de Groh, Principal An internationally recognized urban innovation strategist and organizational design expert, Mark has been in the cities and climate vanguard for nearly two decades. He specializes in finding solutions to complex systems challenges while connecting people, ideas, and opportunities. READ MORE

Mark de Groh, Principal

An internationally recognized urban innovation strategist and organizational design expert, Mark has been in the cities and climate vanguard for nearly two decades. He specializes in finding solutions to complex systems challenges while connecting people, ideas, and opportunities.

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Ruth Yomtoubian, Principal Ruth is a full spectrum strategist and cross-cultural guru, with experience running programs at the cusp of large brands and start-ups. As former director of the AT&T Foundry, Ruth spearheaded innovation efforts for the company while helping a diversity of companies in the tech ecosystem to scale.  READ MORE

Ruth Yomtoubian, Principal

Ruth is a full spectrum strategist and cross-cultural guru, with experience running programs at the cusp of large brands and start-ups. As former director of the AT&T Foundry, Ruth spearheaded innovation efforts for the company while helping a diversity of companies in the tech ecosystem to scale. 

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Ben Bartlett, General Counsel Ben is an environmental lawyer, a Berkeley City Council Member representing District 3, and former director of strategic partnerships for the California Clean Energy Fund. His mission is to leverage industry and government to deliver innovation, expand opportunity, and protect the environment. READ MORE

Ben Bartlett, General Counsel

Ben is an environmental lawyer, a Berkeley City Council Member representing District 3, and former director of strategic partnerships for the California Clean Energy Fund. His mission is to leverage industry and government to deliver innovation, expand opportunity, and protect the environment.

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CORE COLLABORATORS

Change makers. Industry shakers. Future shapers. We love talented collaborators. 

Kaz Brecher Kaz founded Curious Catalyst to marry investigation with action. She drives breakthrough change for business innovation and social impact, in emerging platforms and larger cross-disciplinary problem areas. Her consultancy practice applies agile methods from digital innovation to urban challenges.

Kaz Brecher

Kaz founded Curious Catalyst to marry investigation with action. She drives breakthrough change for business innovation and social impact, in emerging platforms and larger cross-disciplinary problem areas. Her consultancy practice applies agile methods from digital innovation to urban challenges.

Monica Chadha Monica founded Civic Projects, a hybrid architecture practice in Chicago, where she focuses on bringing high-quality design to underserved communities. Her current work includes partnering with Ralph Applebaum Associates on the Exhibition and Interpretive Planning for the Obama Presidential Center. 

Monica Chadha

Monica founded Civic Projects, a hybrid architecture practice in Chicago, where she focuses on bringing high-quality design to underserved communities. Her current work includes partnering with Ralph Applebaum Associates on the Exhibition and Interpretive Planning for the Obama Presidential Center. 

Gordon Feller Gordon is an internationally recognized pioneer of the smart cities movement. He is Co-Founder of Meeting of the Minds (a global collaboration of city leader),  the former director of urban innovation for Cisco Systems, and founder of Urban Age at the London School of Economics. 

Gordon Feller

Gordon is an internationally recognized pioneer of the smart cities movement. He is Co-Founder of Meeting of the Minds (a global collaboration of city leader),  the former director of urban innovation for Cisco Systems, and founder of Urban Age at the London School of Economics. 

Deon Glaser With more than 11 years of management experience in the green building industry, Deon is the former Director of LEED International Technical Development for the U.S. Green Building Council. She is currently a scholar of public policy at George Washington University.

Deon Glaser

With more than 11 years of management experience in the green building industry, Deon is the former Director of LEED International Technical Development for the U.S. Green Building Council. She is currently a scholar of public policy at George Washington University.

Daniel Gross Daniel is an investor focused on renewable energy and clean tech. He has served as a managing director at Pegasus Capital Advisors and Oaktree Capital Management, a founding partner of Hudson Clean Energy, the head of PV investments for Goldman Sachs, and the founder of GE Capital's renewable energy investment business.

Daniel Gross

Daniel is an investor focused on renewable energy and clean tech. He has served as a managing director at Pegasus Capital Advisors and Oaktree Capital Management, a founding partner of Hudson Clean Energy, the head of PV investments for Goldman Sachs, and the founder of GE Capital's renewable energy investment business.

Mika Kania Now a senior executive for a green building engineering firm based in Shanghai, Mika worked at the U.S. Green Building Council, where she played a critical role in expanding LEED into Asian markets and overseeing development of LEED v4 requirements and supporting resources for international projects.

Mika Kania

Now a senior executive for a green building engineering firm based in Shanghai, Mika worked at the U.S. Green Building Council, where she played a critical role in expanding LEED into Asian markets and overseeing development of LEED v4 requirements and supporting resources for international projects.

Claire McKenna Claire is a senior engineer and national focus area leader for supply side systems at WSP USA, including alternative electric and water utility deployment, embedded energy generation and storage at the district scale, and district thermal energy solutions for campuses and new developments. She is expert in full-scope PV and energy storage system design.

Claire McKenna

Claire is a senior engineer and national focus area leader for supply side systems at WSP USA, including alternative electric and water utility deployment, embedded energy generation and storage at the district scale, and district thermal energy solutions for campuses and new developments. She is expert in full-scope PV and energy storage system design.

Todd Scherzer Todd has applied his multifaceted experience in supply chain, finance, and international digital tax to address financial challenges arising in a changing global business landscape. Todd was on the Tax Strategy and Planning team at Uber Technologies where he designed the tax and supply chain structure for the company's global expansion. Todd worked at both EY and PwC in International Tax. 

Todd Scherzer

Todd has applied his multifaceted experience in supply chain, finance, and international digital tax to address financial challenges arising in a changing global business landscape. Todd was on the Tax Strategy and Planning team at Uber Technologies where he designed the tax and supply chain structure for the company's global expansion. Todd worked at both EY and PwC in International Tax. 

Sari Stenfors Sari is a futurist and strategist passionate about innovative technologies and their potential to support new solutions for business and society. She is Executive Director of the Augmented Leadership Institute and a European Commission Blockchain Innovation Fellow.

Sari Stenfors

Sari is a futurist and strategist passionate about innovative technologies and their potential to support new solutions for business and society. She is Executive Director of the Augmented Leadership Institute and a European Commission Blockchain Innovation Fellow.

Katie Van Geffen With eleven years of experience in the media, publishing, marketing, advertising, sales, and event marketing industries, Katie has worked with all categories of business. Her specialities include branding, marketing, publishing, event conceptualization, event production, event marketing, marketing collateral creation, sponsorship sales, and strategic partnerships. 

Katie Van Geffen

With eleven years of experience in the media, publishing, marketing, advertising, sales, and event marketing industries, Katie has worked with all categories of business. Her specialities include branding, marketing, publishing, event conceptualization, event production, event marketing, marketing collateral creation, sponsorship sales, and strategic partnerships.