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about Act Now Bay Area

WHY WE'RE HERE, and why we're glad you're here with us.

Mission, Vision, and Values

To go fast, go alone.  To go far, go together.  Okay, now do both.

Mission - Vision - Values


Act Now Bay Area connects Business, Community, and Government to leverage existing climate solutions, best practices, and policies that will dramatically reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

We strive to provide the information and resources that are needed

to achieve ambitious 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goals

in transportation, energy, and buildings. 

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We see a future where concerted citizen action, proactive business leadership, and strategic government engagement have achieved the essential

2030 climate goals that will help reverse global warming and that, collaboratively, 

the San Francisco Bay Area has made a world of difference

 for future generations.

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We’re focused.  

           We address the sectors that contribute the most greenhouse gas emissions.


We’re collaborators.

           We amplify the great work already being done, connecting everyone to available  
           resources so that no one has to start from scratch.


We’re inclusive.

           We respect diversity, build relationships, create trusted partnerships, and connect the dots.


We’re curious.

           We ask questions, like “How can we help?”, and curate existing solutions that are aligned              with up-to-date science, economics, and technology.


We’re pragmatic.

           We provide solutions and resources that are politically and technologically feasible, are  
           cost-effective, and scalable.


We’re practical.

           We promote solutions that address the needs and priorities of Bay Area residents,  
           businesses, and policy-makers.


We’re allies.

           We prioritize frontline communities and workers in the transition to a fossil-free future.

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If ever time was of the essence, it is now. 

If ever a region could meet the challenge, it is the Bay Area.

Together, the Bay Area can make a world of difference.

Join us - we want to hear from you

 It's never been easier to take action. Join our mailing list so we can keep you in the loop!

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Act Now Bay Area Climate Solutionists!

Please support the effort, it means a lot!

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Act Now Bay Area
is fiscally sponsored by
The Praxis Group, a 501(c)(3) 

EIN 94-3169015


Act Now/Drawdown Bay Area
PO Box 7042
Corte Madera, CA 94976

About our logo

About Our Logo

We don't believe that we live and work in isolation.​

Back to that familiar proverb: To go fast, go alone. To go far, go together. We need to go far and fast.


Collaboration is the key to to doing both.

We see the intersections where people, ideas, and lives overlap, where community, business, and government can and must work together.


Our logo represents that. We're committed to working across sectors, making the connections that help everyone take the climate actions that work for them, because we all have a part to play. 


The Leadership Team

Leslie Alden
Co-Founder and Chief Instigator 
Executive Director

Denise Donaldson

Co-Pilot and Director of Marketing

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Susan Wright 


and Senior Advisor

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Anjali Ponnekanti

Research Associate

Like everyone else, we've been working remotely.

(Pictured above: Denise Donaldson, Leslie Alden, and Mike Robinson)

And we are grateful to our generous and dedicated volunteers!

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Our Partnerships Matter

These are just some of the organizations, sponsors, and people working with us

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We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of volunteers along the way, without whom we would never have gotten this far:

Kiki La Porta of Descom Studios for our logo & identity design, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg of Moving Art for the video "What's Possible",    Mike Robinson, Mark Westwind, Charlie Chesney, Lynda Deschambault, Alejandro Moreno, Chris Yalonis, and Joel McKinnon

 and a special "THANK YOU" to all of our 


Herb Behrstock, United Nations Association

Patty Cook, Senior VP, ICF International

Carleen Cullen, CEO, Drive Clean Bay Area

Cyane Dandridge, CEO, Strategic Energy Innovations

Gil Friend, CEO, Natural Logic

Maura Fallon-McKnight, ED, Business Council on Climate Change 

Kate Gordon, Snr. Advisor to Energy Secretary J. Granholm, Dept. of Energy

Ann Hancock, Founder & Chief Strategist, The Climate Center

Paul Hawken, Founder, Project Drawdown, and Regeneration

David Johnson, AIA, NCARB, VP, AGI Avant Group

Cynthia Koehler, JD, Executive Director, WaterNow

Kirsten Liske, VP, Community Programs, Ecology Action 

Shawn Marshall, CEO, Peninsula Clean Energy

Nils Moe, Executive Director, Urban Sustainability Directors Network

Laura Neish, Executive Director, 350BayArea

Debbie Raphael, Director (ret.), SF Department of the Environment

Suzanne Reed, The Collaboration Connection

Bruce Riordan, Director, Climate Readiness Institute, UC Berkeley

Bill Weihl, Founder & Executive Director, Climate Voice

Mark Westwind, The Praxis Group

Susan Wright, Sustainability Program Manager, San Mateo County

Lauren Wylie, Sustainability Director, Oliver Wyman

Abby Young, Principal Environmental Planner, BAAQMD

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