Jay Carson serves as the Chief Executive Officer for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Senior Advisor to Bloomberg Philanthropies. In this capacity, Jay has overseen the integration of C40 and Clinton Climate Initiative Cities program to develop a premiere climate change organization committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will address climate change globally through a network of more than 40 cities.
Prior to joining C40 and Bloomberg Philanthropies, Jay was Chief Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa where he led a successful overhaul of the city’s economic development and job creation efforts.
A seasoned political strategist, Jay worked in government and politics for over 15 years for elected officials including Senator Charles Schumer, Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, Governor Howard Dean and now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as serving as Director of Communications for President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation during the creation of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Jay was recently named as one of Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40: Ones to Watch.”
Born in Macon, GA, Jay received his BA from Columbia University in New York City. He lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Board of Directors of Film LA and is a Senior Fellow at UCLA. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.
Michael V. Marinello
Director of Communications
Michael is responsible for global communications, social and digital media and media partnerships for C40 and serves as the organization’s primary spokesperson. Michael is also a Senior Advisor at Bloomberg Philanthropies. He comes to C40 from the Microsoft Corporation where he was Director of Communications for the Microsoft Office Division. He led worldwide PR/AR efforts, including strategic planning, team management, and social media strategy. Prior to his work at Microsoft, Michael served in the US Senate for Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan (NY) and Robert Kerrey (NE), ran global public affairs for The GCI Group, and ran WW Public Relations for Becton Dickinson and Company.
Michael is also the managing editor of the C40/National Geographic Blog "City Solutions" and sits on the editorial advisory board of Cities Today Magazine. He has won numerous PR industry awards for his work on brand communications, public affairs and crisis and issues management. He is a graduate of Lehigh University, where he studied International Relations and History.
Director of Initiatives and City Support
Amanda Eichel, Director of Initiatives and City Support, works with C40’s global staff to support C40 Cities on their delivery of climate actions and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In this capacity, she leads C40 efforts to provide direct assistance and facilitate peer-to-peer exchange; as well as overseeing the organisation’s research and knowledge management efforts.
Prior to joining C40, Amanda worked for Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, and served as Climate Protection Advisor to the Mayor of Seattle, Washington, under the administrations of Mayor Greg Nickels and Mayor Mike McGinn. In this position, she played a leading role in coordinating action among US mayors on the issue of climate change, staffing of the US Conference of Mayors’ efforts on climate change and co-founding the Urban Sustainability Directors’ Network.
Amanda holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Appalachian State University in her home state of North Carolina.
Chief of Staff
Jamie Staugler serves as the Chief of Staff for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. In this role, Jamie facilitates day-to-day management and administration of the organization with senior leadership and actively engages the C40 Board of Directors and Steering Committee on governance issues.
Prior to joining C40, Jamie served as chief of staff at the Goldman Sachs Foundation where she managed operations and strategic planning for the Foundation's signature initiatives 10,000 Women, 10,000 Small Businesses and Goldman Sachs Gives. Previous to her role at the Goldman Sachs Foundation, she was the External Relations Coordinator for Salem Enterprise Solutions, a conglomerate of non-profits united in a collective mission to find solutions to worldwide problems. In this role, Jamie managed SES' government relations practice and public-private partnerships.
Jamie holds a Masters in European Union Politics and Law from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in History from the University of South Florida.
Deputy Director, Regions and Initiatives
Sarah Potts serves as the Deputy Director of Regions and Initiatives at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40). In this role, Sarah oversees all partnerships, events, and drives core strategy efforts related to the organization's delivery of strategic support across all C40 cities.
Previously, Sarah served the organisation as the Los Angeles City Director, through the C40 partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). Operating at the nexus of business, politics, and environmentalism in Los Angeles, Sarah’s work focused on low-carbon transportation, outdoor lighting efficiency, building energy efficiency, and climate adaptation. Most notably, Sarah supported the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting and Mayor Villaraigosa’s Office to develop and launch a major streetlight retrofit project. Once complete, the project will reduce CO2 emissions by over 40,500 tons and save the city $10 million annually in street light maintenance and energy costs — a nearly 60% savings. In addition, Sarah worked with the City of Los Angeles to design and launch the Los Angeles Commercial Building Performance Partnership, a city run car share program, as well as the Climate Adaptation Framework with the City of Los Angeles. Sarah has also worked in the New York office of the Clinton Foundation where she coordinated the CCI’s External Communications, Marketing and Press.
Sarah holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in International Development from Brown University.
Johanna Gregory Partin
Director of City Programs
Johanna Gregory Partin is Director of City Programs for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
Prior to coming to C40, Johanna served as Senior Policy Advisor on Environment to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, where she advised Mayor Lee on citywide sustainable energy, climate, transportation, green building and other programs promoting sustainability for San Francisco. Johanna served in the same position under Mayor Gavin Newsom from 2009-2010. Johanna also served on the Board of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and is a Faculty Member for the Climate Leadership Academy.
Previously, Johanna worked as Renewable Energy Program Manager at the San Francisco Department of Environment, and as Program Manager for international clean energy programs at Winrock International. Johanna has over 20 years' experience in the fields of climate change, renewable energy, microfinance, sustainable development and gender equity, and has worked in more than 15 countries around the world.
Johanna has a Master’s degree in Energy & Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara.
Director of Global Initiatives
Terri is the Director of Global Initiatives for C40, and is responsible for the development and delivery of C40’s initiatives and networks. Before taking on this role, Terri served as the organisation’s London City Director – through the C40 partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) – working closely with the Mayor of London’s office and agencies on climate change mitigation programs and projects.
Before joining the organisation, Terri was a Senior Policy Advisor for the Ontario Government in Canada, supporting the administration of a large-scale cleantech demonstration fund. Terri has also worked as a consultant advising on the economic development of creative industries, and was a Head of Strategy at the British Broadcasting Corporation based in London.
Terri holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BAH in Political Studies from Queen’s University, Canada.
Director of Research
Seth Schultz is the Director of Research at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. In this role, Seth is responsible for organizational accountability and visibility through implementing a comprehensive and cohesive research strategy. Seth works to ensure that global best practices are applied locally through specific data analysis. He is also a frequent speaker about the breadth and depth of climate actions being taken by C40 Cities and their impact around the world.
Prior to this role, Seth served as the Director of the Climate Positive Development Program (CPDP) -- a program within the Sustainable Communities Initiative of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, developed in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative Cities Program and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). CPDP supports the development of large-scale urban projects striving to reduce the amount of on-site CO2 emissions to below zero.
Seth’s background includes more than 10 years of consulting experience in the environmental field, in which he was responsible for managing multiple contracts and clients at the city, state, regional and federal level. He has managed nationwide federal contracts with EPA and NOAA and overseen research projects on emergency response work conducted at the World Trade Center cleanup, after Hurricane Katrina and others. He holds a bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Binghamton University and is based in New York City.
Director of Administration
David Cusack is the Director of Administration for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. In this role, David oversees C40’s administrative, financial and annual budgeting operations in order to create a viable and sustainable organization in keeping with the strategic goals laid out by the Chair and the Steering Committee.
Prior to joining C40, David served as Chief Financial Officer for Bienvenidos, a community based nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, providing financial leadership for an organization that serves lower income families with medical and mental health needs in its wellness clinics as well as providing foster care for over 750 children. Previous to his role at Bienvenidos, David served as Director of Finance & Contracts for a similar nonprofit organization called Para Los Niño’s, also based in Los Angeles. David served as the Director of Operations for an international wholesale/manufacturer for eleven years and worked in public accounting for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Kansas City, Missouri prior to his arrival in Los Angeles where he redirected his career to the nonprofit industry. David served on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit serving intellectually challenged persons and is a long time volunteer coach for Special Olympics.
David holds a bachelors degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and is currently working towards a Masters of Science degree in Accounting.