Jeff Thiel is an experienced executive and entrepreneur who has built and launched new products and services in industries ranging from PC software to financial services, health care, and K-12 education. Recently Jeff participated in the Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship, which gave him time and focus to do a deep dive into the global climate crisis. He learned that he had grossly underestimated the severity and urgency of global warming and committed to doing everything in his power to promote market-based, scalable solutions. Previously Jeff lead the launch of Metria Learning, whose first product was named Best Classroom Management Solution by a national panel of K-12 educators. He co-founded Clarity Health Services to help independent physician practices improve patient care coordination. He also co-founded a financial services startup that developed an online bond trading platform. Jeff worked at Microsoft for 10 years leading product management and development teams in the Windows and Consumer Products Divisions. Jeff started his career with global management consulting firm Bain & Co. He was a Dean’s Medalist at the University of Washington and received his MBA with honors from the Wharton School.
Andrew Himes coordinated Carbon Smart Building Day in September 2018, a conference affiliated with the Global Climate Action Summit and focused on rallying the built environment to be net zero in carbon emissions, both from constructing and operating buildings. In the 80's he was founding editor of MacTech, the leading Apple technology journal, then in the early 90s co-founded the Microsoft Developer Network. He led the first web development project at Microsoft, and then led Microsoft's Platform Web Team. After leaving Microsoft, Himes founded Project Alchemy, an NGO focused on elevating the technology expertise and effectiveness of grassroots social justice advocates, and then founded the Voices Education Project, with the mission of using writing and literature to help a generation of students understand the human experience of war and violent conflict. He was founding director of Charter for Compassion International, a global movement of cities to practice compassion in every realm of community life and leadership. Himes produced the documentary Voices in Wartime and is the author of The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family, a history of American fundamentalism.
Scott Henson has a breadth of experience with the conception, design, development, and delivery of products used and loved by millions of people around the world including Xbox and FireTV. In addition to working on the product innovation side of the business, a great deal of his technology career has been working closely with top developers to take full advantage of the cutting-edge hardware, software and service platforms from Microsoft and Amazon. In late 2018, Scott made the decision to take a break and determine where he might be able to help change the world for the better. After a great deal of research and reading it became clear that his focus should be to do everything possible to aid with our increasing climate change challenges. A year prior, Scott had been introduced to "Project Drawdown" - a scientific study that identified 100 solutions that together, could actually reverse global warming by 2050. These are substantive solutions based in meticulous research by leading scientists and policy makers around the world and cover large scale solutions across every major sector including buildings and cities, energy, food, land use, materials, transport and women and girls.