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Tempest Advisors Staff

Sea Change Foundation and Sea Change Foundation International are advised by Tempest Advisors, which provides professional philanthropic consulting services to Simons family philanthropic entities.

Cliff Chen

Cliff is a Program Strategist at Tempest Advisors, where he focuses on strategies to accelerate the de-carbonization of the power sector. Prior to Tempest, Cliff was a Senior Energy Analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and an energy consultant at Synapse Energy Economics. Cliff has authored numerous reports and articles on electricity and climate policy and presented at several national energy conferences. He holds an M.S. in Energy & Resources from U.C. Berkeley and a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala.

Sandy Doyle

Sandy is a Program Strategist at Tempest Advisors, where she focuses on strategies to decarbonize the building and industrial sectors. Prior to Tempest, Sandy was a financial analyst at Bank America Robertson Stephens covering digital media and entertainment software. She has an MBA from U.C. Berkeley and a B.A. in Economics from U.C. Berkeley.

SATKARTAR KHALSA

SatKartar is a Program Strategist at Tempest Advisors, where she develops strategies on clean transportation, international climate engagement and reducing fossil fuel dependence. She worked as a strategy consultant in the energy and natural resources industries with Accenture, and has worked to promote corporate social responsibility in previous roles at Stanford University and in the private sector. SatKartar has a B.A. in economics from Wellesley College and an MBA and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University.

BRIGID MCCORMACK

Brigid is Deputy Director of Tempest Advisors, where she helps manage operations and a team of philanthropy experts focused on addressing climate change in the United States and internationally. Prior to joining Tempest Advisors, Brigid spent her career in the nonprofit sector, most recently as Executive Director of Audubon California and Vice President of the Pacific Flyway for the National Audubon Society. Brigid also served as Vice President for External Affairs at the ClimateWorks Foundation and spent almost a decade working at business schools. Brigid holds a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco and degrees in biology and history from Santa Clara University, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine.

Andrew McFarland

Andrew is the Grants & Knowledge Manager for Tempest Advisors. He leads the grantmaking process and knowledge practice, which includes both the mechanics of grantmaking and the conceptual frameworks that guide philanthropic strategy and learning. Andrew brings over twenty years of experience in philanthropic giving for a wide variety of charitable entities, including applicant research, full due diligence assessments, financial reporting, docket preparation, and assisting executive staff and board in fulfillment of organizational goals. He has a strong background in creating processes, implementing systems, and designing workflows for programs in early-stages of development. Andrew holds a BFA from combined study at Syracuse University and Middlesex University.

Jimmy Pearson

Jimmy is a Program Associate for Tempest Advisors, where he plays key support roles across programs and manages administrative functions for Tempest executive leadership. He works closely on docket production and grant reporting, and curates a monthly educational speaker series for Tempest staff. Jimmy holds bachelor’s degrees in politics and sociology from Ithaca College, and has over ten years of experience in government and philanthropy.

Kristin Pene

Kristin is the Program Coordinator for Tempest Advisors, managing projects and supporting Tempest’s Program Strategists and executive leadership. Before joining Tempest, she worked for former Vice President Gore’s Climate Reality Project and consulted for the Environmental Protection Agency. She holds a B.A. in political science and environmental science from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and has over ten years of experience in the environmental field.

Tom Steinbach

Tom is the Executive Director of Tempest Advisors, where he leads a team of philanthropy experts focused on addressing climate change in the United States and internationally. Tom is an expert in developing and implementing philanthropic strategies to address complex social and environmental challenges, and has more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy, the non-profit sector, and government. Prior to joining Tempest Advisors, Tom was Environment Program Director at the Hewlett Foundation and Executive Director of the Greenbelt Alliance. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Rochester and a Masters in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Tom also serves as Executive Director of Sea Change Foundation and Sea Change Foundation International.

Bill Weil

Bill is a Program Strategist at Tempest Advisors, where he focuses on sustainable finance. Prior to joining Tempest, Bill spent ten years in London leading teams investing growth stage private equity into European renewable energy, energy efficiency, and recycling/waste companies. Previous to that, he was based in the Netherlands as General Manager of Strategy and Portfolio for Royal Dutch Shell in their renewables and CO2 division and started his career with ERM, advising Fortune 100 companies on sustainability strategies. Bill holds an MBA from INSEAD and graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, with undergraduate degrees from both Wharton and the School of Engineering.

HANS WUERFMANNSDOBLER

Hans serves as the Senior Operations Manager at Tempest Advisors. In close coordination with Tempest management and key consulting partners, this work includes HR, finance, insurance, legal, and facilities. In addition, Hans supports the Tempest programs by reviewing grantee financial reports. Hans holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Cornell University and has over twenty years of experience in the nonprofit/philanthropic field.