Charlotte Pera is Vice President for Strategy and Programs at the Bezos Earth Fund, where she oversees Earth Fund programs and grantmaking and works closely with President and CEO, Andrew Steer, to build and lead the growing organization. From 2012 to 2021, Charlotte served as President and CEO of the ClimateWorks Foundation, a leading philanthropic organization that works globally to mobilize philanthropy and advance climate solutions. During Charlotte’s tenure, ClimateWorks made major contributions to climate mitigation with well over $600 million in grantmaking across ten global programs, provided intelligence and convening services to power international philanthropic collaboration, and grew rapidly to support a growing field.
Charlotte previously held leadership roles for more than a decade at the Energy Foundation, most recently as Senior Vice President and Director of US Programs. She helped build the Energy Foundation’s program in China and worked with donors to launch the European Climate Foundation. Earlier in her career (1991-1999), Charlotte analyzed advanced vehicle technologies, developed emissions inventory models, and designed public programs to reduce vehicle pollution at engineering consulting firm Acurex Environmental.
Charlotte serves on the supervisory board of the European Climate Foundation and the Stewardship Board of the World Economic Forum System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Environment and Natural Resource Security. She served for many years as a founding board member of the International Council for Clean Transportation. Charlotte holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.