Holly Kaufman is
founder and president of Environment & Enterprise Strategies, a consultancy that specializes in the design and management
of projects that integrate business, human and environmental needs.
clients include the Energy Foundation, Hewlett Packard, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the White House Council on
Environmental Quality, where she developed the President's twenty-fifth anniversary report to Congress on environmental trends.
She is widely recognized for her strategic and outreach skills, with great
aptitude at relationship development, organizational development, communications and negotiations, including persuading and
Ms. Kaufman was a Presidential appointee,
representing the United States at United Nations' climate change treaty negotiations for the Departments of State and Defense
under Bill Clinton. She developed diplomatic strategy as Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for
environment and the U.S. Ambassador for sustainable development.
She also managed
the climate change and national security portfolio for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and served as the Defense Department's
liaison to the President's Council on Sustainable Development.
Ms. Kaufman previously managed the environmental
planning and community outreach for multi-million dollar commercial and maritime projects at the Port of Oakland and the fourth
largest waste management company in the U.S. She taught ecological land management and sustainable agriculture at the University
of California at Berkeley and the California Academy of Sciences.
also served as the Executive Director of an international ecological research organization under the auspices of the National
Academy of Sciences, Executive Director of the Galapagos Conservancy Foundation, and Deputy Director of The Center for Resource
Solutions, a non-governmental organization that promotes renewable energy policy.
2015, the Sierra Club nominated and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors appointed Ms. Kaufman to serve on its inaugural
Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee. She advised the Board on energy efficiency policy and how to allocate funds
from California's greenhouse gas trading regime to benefit disadvantaged communities.
In 2012, San Francisco Mayor
Edwin Lee appointed her to the San Francisco Public Utility Commission's Revenue Bond Oversight Committee, where for six years
she helped oversee nearly $6 billion in bond expenditures for the utility's power, water and wastewater enterprises, including
green bonds for green infrastructure.
She is an advisor to Carbon180
(formerly the Center for Carbon Removal), and a former member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Advisory
Council and advisor to the San Francisco Department of the Environment. She was a founding member of Clean Energy for Biden
(CE4B) and served on its Finance Council and on the Climate Voters' Finance Council, and was a member of the Biden Policy
Committee. She was Northern California Co-director of CleanTech & Green Business for Obama
and CleanTech for Hillary, and Northern California Director of Environment2004 for the Kerry presidential campaign. She is
a founding member of the Clean Economy Network - the first trade association for all sectors of the clean economy, and served
on its Steering Committee.
Ms. Kaufman was awarded a Leadership Fellowship at Harvard for her Master's studies
in the integration of economic, social and environmental interests. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation of
Natural Resources, with Highest Honors, from the University of California at Berkeley. She speaks fluent French and
She has led community development projects
or conducted research in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Ms. Kaufman is also the recipient of a Superior Team Honor Award from the U.S. Department
of State for participation in the UN climate treaties delegation, and a 2009 award from the California Climate Action
Registry for her contribution to their work.
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