Matthew Cullinen plans and manages Carbon War Room’s research initiatives in partnership with some of the world’s top business, graduate schools, and NGOs. Prior to joining CWR, Matthew worked in electoral politics conducting policy and opposition research for several candidates, including Sen. Gillibrand, and served as deputy policy director for Reshma Saujani, a candidate for the U.S. Congress. In these roles he developed policy positions on local and national issues, composed policy literature for publication in a variety of mediums, provided briefings and advice to the candidates, and drafted legislation on a full range of issues including the creation of a federal innovation fund to increase investment in renewable energy.
Previously, Matthew worked for a political and market research firm in New York City, contributing to projects ranging from assessments of public opinion in Afghanistan for clients such as the Department of Defense, to studies on the effects of aquaculture in South Asia for clients such as the World Wildlife Fund.
Matthew is passionate about environmental conservation and back country hiking. After graduation he worked as an Urban Park Ranger Fellow for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, for whom he had worked previously as a member of the Park Conservation Corps, and during graduate school he led outdoor leadership programs for the New York University Office of Student Activities.
Matthew received a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Indiana University – Bloomington, and a master’s in international relations from New York University, where he focused on Islamic radicalism in Western Europe and the rise of the far-right in European politics, and was also the associate editor of the Journal of Political Inquiry.
Tayt Held is Governance Associate at the Carbon War Room, where he manages key aspects of the organization’s fundraising, administrative, and governance activities. Prior to joining the Carbon War Room, Tayt worked in environmental and clean energy advocacy. He spent time at the Truman National Security Project, working with Operation FREE – a coalition of veterans and national security experts advocating for clean, domestic energy production. In addition, he spent time as a community organizer for Environment America in California during the 2010 election cycle, where he successfully organized students and local communities to prevent the roll-back of California’s landmark global warming law, AB32. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Tayt graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, where he received his BA in international affairs, with a focus on international development.
Suzanne Hunt leads the Carbon War Room's work on aviation and renewable fuels. She is also the president of Hunt Green, LLC, based in Washington DC, which provides strategic advising on transportation, energy, agriculture, and the environment. In 2007, Science Magazine featured Suzanne as a “Pioneer” on these topics.
From 2005-2007 she directed the Worldwatch Institute’s bioenergy program, where she orchestrated the landmark research initiative and result¬ing book, "Biofuels for Transportation: Global Potential and Implications for Energy and Agriculture.” She was also a founding advisor to the annual Art Center Sustainable Mobility and the Climate Lab.
In 2011, Suzanne designed an alternative avi¬a¬tion fuels competition for the X PRIZE Foun¬da-tion, and has recently been working on a new prize, which has not yet been announced publicly. Other former clients include private equity firms, UN bodies, government agencies, clean tech start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, and other innovators.
Currently she sits on the advisory boards of the Latin America Council on Renewable Energy and the Regional Bio-fuels Technical & Knowledge Center, and is engaged with the ongoing implementation of sustainability practices at her family’s 7th generation farm and winery, Hunt Country Vineyards, in upstate New York.
Suzanne holds a BS in environmental science from Penn State and master’s degrees in international affairs and natural resource management from American University and the UN’s University for Peace in Costa Rica. She makes frequent speeches and media appearances around the world. You can find her on LinkedIn and follow her on Twitter @HuntGreen.
Tessa Lee manages research endeavors and develops new partnerships and strategies to ensure real-world implementation of research insights. She also ensures factual and consistent narratives across organization’s materials and in every area of work, and heads the development of content for the Creating Climate Wealth summit series.
Her professional career has included various roles as an educator and researcher in academia, as well as time in the nonprofit sector working for Amnesty International and the Rainforest Foundation. She comes to the Carbon War Room from Purpose Campaigns in New York City, where she supported a project on scaling renewable energy in the United States.
Tessa holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with minors in Spanish and social and economic justice. She also holds a master's degree in international development from the London School of Economics, where her work focused on the intersection of economic growth and conservation, and culminated in the design and execution of a community recycling program in the Sudan.
Justin Locke brings over 10 years of international development and project management experience to his current role at CWR – most of which was dedicated to addressing the unique development challenges of small island developing states in the Caribbean and Pacific regions. He has a wealth of technical and operational experience in the fields of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, distributed renewable energy systems, livelihoods, and social mobilization.
Before joining Carbon War Room, Justin held the position of Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank, where he managed one of the Bank’s largest per capita investment portfolios. He also led national planning processes for Eastern Caribbean countries which were designed to develop and deploy tailored national adaptation and mitigation strategies for achieving climate resilience at the country level.
Justin has also worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Regional Center in the Pacific Region, providing technical assistance to over 14 Pacific island countries, and also worked at the UNDP Multi-Country Office in Samoa where he designed and implemented the UNDP’s regional flagship program in the Polynesian sub-region.
Justin serves on the Board of Directors for a number of nonprofit organizations, including Sustainable Bolivia. He holds a master's degree in public administration in international management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California and a dual-bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis. From 2002 to 2004, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati.
Helen develops and implements engagement strategies for CWR initiatives, and engages with external stakeholders to incubate roadmaps that accelerate the deployment of solutions that reduce carbon emissions. She also leads the organization’s engagement through online communities, social media, and newsletters.
She joins the Carbon War Room from GBCHealth, a coalition of businesses focused on global health. This experience helped solidify her interest in promoting social good through entrepreneurship, commercial strategies, and corporate social responsibility. She worked the last two U.S. presidential campaigns as a director in California, Colorado, Connecticut, and Ohio. She has also spent time living and volunteering in Ghana, Morocco, and Malawi.
Helen holds a bachelor’s degree in global health from the University of Pennsylvania, with an additional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. She spent her senior year at the University of Oxford studying politics and philosophy.
James is an Operation Associate for Shipping Efficiency at the Carbon War Room. He manages relationships with industry stakeholders, undertakes research in support of the Shipping Operation, and maintains ShippingEfficiency.org.
He joins the team from the Stranded Assets Programme at the University of Oxford, where he researched and published on the nexus of climate policy, compensation, and investment risk in coal-fired power generation. Prior to that, James worked with the Oxford Microfinance Initiative. He led the development and implementation of a strategy to improve the social performance of microfinance banks in east Africa using geographic information systems. James has also worked with the City of Columbia, Missouri, where he managed the city's greenhouse gas emission inventory and developed emission reduction recommendations.
James received a master's in nature, society and environmental policy from Linacre College, University of Oxford in 2014. He specialized in compensation in a climate policy context and published on the use of compensation as a cost-effective tool to help ensure the success of climate policies. James also holds bachelor's degrees in environmental studies and cello performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and the Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City, respectively. He performs regularly in classical and folk settings.
Before joining Carbon War Room, Holly worked for a Top 15 U.S. accounting firm in Washington DC, where she developed the knowledge and skills required to maintain the necessary internal accounting of a nonprofit organization as well as prepare individual, nonprofit, and business tax returns.
Holly received her BBA in accounting and a BA in modern foreign languages with a concentration in Spanish from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Alisdair is a Senior Advisor to Carbon War Room and an expert contributor to media and analysts on maritime developments. He has over twelve years’ experience working in the marine and allied fuel and commodities markets, including six as a journalist.
Alisdair is a former Associate Publisher with Informa Group (owners of Lloyd's List) and a former director of Petromedia, where he founded the highly regarded environmental news and information site SustainableShipping.com. He is also co-founder of Blue Communications, an agency whose mission is to bring new strategic intelligence to reputation management and public affairs in industries that must alter perceptions of their economic and social value.
Alisdair has extensive contacts and networks within these industries, spanning international media to government and regulatory bodies, and has lobbied at the highest level, where he has been responsible for driving positive change within the marine industry. He has pioneered the development of powerful and farsighted public relations platforms in the marine, energy and environmental sectors, achieving major breakthroughs in reputation for clients and influencing policy on key industry issues.
Victoria Stulgis oversees the management of ShippingEfficiency.org; developing and maintaining stakeholder engagement relationships across the shipping industry; and managing events, webinars, and other key tasks focused on advancing the Carbon War Room's work within the shipping industry.
She first joined the War Room while she was still a student in Washington, DC, serving as an Aviation and Biochar intern, and becoming passionate about pursuing market-driven solutions to climate change. She is convinced that innovative nonprofits are capable of generating sustainable futures.
Victoria earned her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, studying history with a focus on science, technology, and international affairs. She graduated from the University of Oxford with a master’s of science in environmental change and management in 2012, where she researched biochar’s potential in both developing and developed world markets to create sustainable agricultural systems.
Bianca Wachtel supports the Carbon War Room’s full portfolio of active Operations, as well as the development of new Operations. She joined the CWR as Executive Assistant to the President and COO, a role she held for two years.
Bianca’s professional background is in communications, and she has spent time working as an account executive at start-up creative agencies in both New York and Melbourne. Having gained invaluable skills in the commercial sector, she transitioned to the non-profit world in order to apply her skillset to subject matters which she feels passionate about. This led Bianca to Virgin Unite, the charitable arm of Virgin Group, where she spent several months supporting the internal communications team before coming to the Carbon War Room.
Bianca has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degrees, majoring in communications and minoring in political science and international affairs.
2010, Katya joined Virgin Unite, the charitable foundation of the Virgin Group, and worked researching companies committed to sustainable initiatives for Richard Branson’s book Screw Business As Usual. This stimulated her interest in environmental causes and prompted her move to the Carbon War Room, where she currently supports and coordinates the Islands Operation, the third of her roles with the organization. Over the course of her tenure, Katya has acquired invaluable experience supporting CWR Operations, and she has a deep knowledge of all the key pieces that are integral to the implementation and success of a strategy.
Katya has travelled through most of the world, and her ambition is to make a difference for the better in society. She is still an active member of KIDS young people’s fundraising committee, and volunteers her time to Crisis as well as other nonprofit initiatives.
Katya was brought up in London, where she was educated at the French Lycee and is a native speaker of English, French, and Croatian, and also competent in Spanish. In 2004, Katya took her Baccalauréat in economics and social sciences and then attended UCL to complete a degree in East European studies including a year at the University of Zagreb in her native Croatia.