Climate Advisers Trust

Mission statement

Climate Advisers Trust (CAT) is the U.S. non-profit member of the Climate Advisers group.

CAT implements major projects to increase climate action, particularly multi-year government grants. We work with governments, non-profit organizations, and private firms to advance the net zero carbon economy through sound policy, strategic communications, and innovative advocacy efforts. We believe addressing the challenges of climate change requires ambition, commitment and collaboration to achieve transformative impact for national economies, local communities and indigenous people.

Our Board

David Gardiner

David Gardiner is the Principal and President at David Gardiner and Associates where he provides high-level strategic guidance to the corporate executives and non-profit leaders with whom the firm works. Previously, David served as the Executive Director of the White House Climate Change Task Force during the Clinton Administration. He has also held high-level positions at the Environmental Protection Agency and Sierra Club.

K. Russell Lamotte

Russ Lamotte was Beveridge & Diamond's firm-wide Managing Principal from 2017 to 2020. Prior to joining the firm, he served for over ten years as an international lawyer at the United States Department of State, representing the U.S. Government in designing, negotiating, or implementing most of the major multilateral environmental and oceans agreements.

Frank Loy

Frank Loy represented the United States as Chief Climate Negotiator and Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. He served in senior roles at the State Department under four U.S. Presidents. He chaired the boards of the Environmental Defense Fund and League of Conservation Voters, where he also served as President.

Astrid D. Vermeer

Astrid Vermeer has served as Chief Financial Officer of World Education Services since September 2020. Prior to that she served in the same role with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). She brings over 10 years of operational leadership experience in international development.

Nigel Purvis

Ex Officio
Nigel Purvis is CEO of Climate Advisers Inc. Previously, he served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment & Science, Senior Vice President of the Nature Conservancy and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.