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Our Story

Earthrise, the most famous photograph taken from space, did more than change the way we look at the planet. It changed the way we see ourselves.

All great stories do this, to some degree. The most persuasive climate stories today cause us to reflect on our role on this planet. They expose destruction. They offer hope. They help us see things from a different point of view.

At Earthrise, we provide a unique perspective on addressing global environmental change through the use of data and design.

We see a future where people everywhere are engaged in digital environmental products, and they’re moved to take informed action for a better world.

Who We Are

At our core, we’re data scientists, designers, and developers with expertise in sustainability and environmental change. We make things that matter.

Smart, unconventional, and full of moxie, we’re independent thinkers motivated to effect change. We buck the rules—not because they don’t apply to us, but because we’re driven to find better ways.

Fundamentally, we believe that data and design are key to saving the planet.

Advisors

  • Lori Garver

    CEO, Earthrise Alliance; Deputy Administrator, NASA; General Manager, ALPA

  • Cady Coleman

    NASA Astronaut; Former US Air Force Officer; Global Explorer in Residence, ASU

  • Steve McCormick

    Former CEO of The Nature Conservancy; Former CEO of The Moore Foundation

  • Andy Revkin

    Journalist; Environmental Author; Director of the Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at The Earth Institute of Columbia University.

  • Megan Smith

    CEO shift7; Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer; Former VP at Google[x]

  • Glen Low

    Former Principal Bain & Company; Lecturer Haas, UC Berkeley

  • Jonathan Baillie

    Former Chief Scientist at National Geographic

  • Andy Karsner

    Managing Partner, Emerson Collective; Space Cowboy at Google[x]; Former Assistant Sec for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at DOE

Team

Dan Hammer

TECHNOLOGY
Managing Partner

Dan is a data scientist — he once had a great idea, but turned it into a "dad joke." He was the inaugural winner of the Pritzker Environmental Genius Award; a Climate Fellow at X; a National Geographic Fellow; a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA; and a Senior Policy Advisor in the Obama White House. Dan was the Chief Data Scientist at the World Resources Institute, where he co-founded Global Forest Watch. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley in environmental economics, where he was a Fellow at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science and received the top young alumnus award.

Stephen Downs

CREATIVE
Managing Partner

Stephen can make the Code of Federal Regulations read like a chapter from Harry Potter — he takes complicated and half-baked products and makes them seem effortlessly usable. He was previously the Managing Director of Ruder Finn Interactive, a leading creative agency, where he led digital product initiatives for the NFL, PepsiCo, and Johnson & Johnson. Stephen was also the Director of Digital Strategy for the University of California System, and Director of Product at TSG Consumer Partners.

Edward Boyda

SCIENCE
Managing Partner

Ed is a big brain. He doesn’t consume food or water, subsisting only on electricity and ideas. Ed graduated from Harvard with a degree in Physics but then went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in English Literature. He received both his masters and doctorate from UC Berkeley in Physics. Ed taught the NASA quantum computer to count every tree in California from satellite imagery, and was a professor of physics. His publications in Reuters, The Guardian, and many other outlets have received critical acclaim, including honors from the Webby Awards and the Malofiej International Infographic Gold Medal.

Glynis Lough

OPERATIONS
Managing Partner

Glynis is a scientist-at-heart, who converts big ideas into reality before breakfast. She leads small teams to accomplish things that were previously thought to be impossible. She was previously a Vice President at National Geographic in charge of global grantmaking, a Deputy Director at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Chief of Staff for the National Climate Assessment. She holds a PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a AAAS Fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Caleb Kruse

MACHINE LEARNING + AI
Sr. Associate

Caleb’s curiosity may one day cure cancer. He tinkers his way into truly amazing projects, guided by an unnatural wisdom and fueled by an interest in just about everything. He was the former Machine Learning Manager at Leap Motion, a hand tracking technology company. Caleb was also a National Geographic Explorer, where he drove an ice cream truck across the country, talking to people (especially kids) about conservation. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Oceanography.

Hutch Ingold

TECNOLOGY
Sr. Associate

Did you ever build models out of Balsa wood when you were a kid? Hutch didn't. Hutch built his models out of wrought iron. Hutch now builds digital infrastructure that won’t fail. He was the Interim President and led engineering for Planet Labs (Federal), a small sat company that, through acquisition, delivered satellite imagery to the US Federal Government until it was rolled up into the mothership. He was the CTO of Boundless and a software engineer at Booz Allen and Northrop Grumman. Hutch holds a Bachelors in Natural Sciences from Harvard.

Bronwyn Agrios

PRODUCT MANAGEMENT
Contributing Partner

Bronwyn is as rare and valuable as a unicorn — a product leader in the world of space-based imagery. She currently runs the platform development for Climate TRACE on behalf of Earthrise. Bronwyn was previously Head of Product and Co-Founder at Astro Digital, a satellite infrastructure company with roots in agriculture monitoring, and a Fellow at National Geographic. Bronwyn was also a product manager and strategic business advisor for Esri and Planet Labs.

Tom MacWright

TECHNOLOGY
Sr. Associate

Tom has built the thing behind the thing you used today. He was previously the Principle Engineer in the founding team at Mapbox, the company behind the maps on Uber, OpenTable, and many other common applications. He has a long history of building widely used geospatial products like geojson.io, and is further developing them for wide use. Tom helped to build, design, and grow Observable — an indispensable piece of technology for modern infographics — as the first hire and Principal Scientist.

Maria Edwards


PRODUCT & OPERATIONS

Maria can nail jello to a tree. She is our resident cat herder and ensures that both our products and our teams are able to deliver on our clients' wildest hopes and dreams. Previously she worked at the National Geographic Society supporting a wide range of complex global programs with brilliant analyses and phenomenal insights.

Jisoo Lee

CREATIVE DESIGN

Jisoo makes the magic of David Copperfield look like childs play. With a cool head and an eye on what’s innovative, Jisoo brings a diverse toolkit of creative capabilities to breath life into solutions that transition organizations from where they are now to where they need to be tomorrow. Jisoo has graduate degrees in both Design and Technology, as well as 3D animation. She has led creative initiatives for Pepsico, Mountain Dew, Citi, MetLife, Mondelez, Samsung, HomeDepot, Pfizer, and ESPN.

Jose Valenzuela

PRODUCT DESIGN

Jose thought about the button that delighted you during your last online transaction so that you left, well, delighted and not frustrated. As a UX designer, Jose translates human factors into design solutions that address needs. Jose has led design teams for big brands, creative agencies and academic institutions. Most recently, Jose led UX design at Bloomberg, improving some of the most influential business tools on the planet. 

Ann Marie Gardner

STORYTELLING
Contributing Partner

Ann Marie was once profiled in The New Yorker, holding a goat. She single-handedly outcompeted National Geographic for the National Magazine Award. She sold her latest company — Tempest, a weather-focused media start-up — to WeatherFlow in 2019. She is now a contributing partner at Earthrise Media, leveraging data science and satellite imagery for investigative environmental journalism. She was named a 2014 Folio 100 for Disruption and ‘defying current media climates to start Modern Farmer.'

Matt Yarri

DATA SCIENCE
Associate

Matt may well solve the graph isomorphism problem out of pure modesty, humility, and goodness-of-heart. He was previously a Data Science Manager at Lyft and Biden for President. Matt was an Associate for IDinsight in Zambia, Uganda, and Kenya, where he worked on applications in education, nutrition, and sanitation. He recently hiked a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail and has rededicated his data science skills in the service of protecting the natural world. Matt holds a BS in Engineering Sciences from Harvard.

 

Mason Grimshaw

DATA SCIENCE
Associate

Mason is a data scientist for all the right reasons — family, justice, and sports. He was raised on the Rosebud Reservation as Sicangu Lakota in South Dakota, and was the grandson of a rancher and a mechanic. Mason chose data science as his craft. He graduated from MIT with a Bachelors and Masters in data analytics. Mason has been profiled in the New York Times for being a talented data scientist and a generally good person. It doesn’t sound newsworthy — but it definitely is. He also runs a community called Indigenous in AI, with the intention of expanding knowledge of artificial intelligence and data science in Native American communities.

 

Sara Khalid

Academic Associate

Sara is a superhero. By day, Sara uses machine learning to detect disease in humans. By … another part of the day, Sara uses machine learning to detect disease on Earth — specifically, using satellite imagery to find and monitor plastic waste. She is a Rhodes Scholar and a Qualcomm Scholar and received a PhD and MSc at Oxford in engineering sciences, with a focus on biomedical engineering. She recently became a National Geographic Fellow for her work to track plastic pollution from land to sea.

Evan Munro

Academic Associate

Have you heard the Ballad of Fairy Creek? The one about the mathematician who stood for the forests in British Columbia? It’s the story of Evan — and most has yet to be written. Evan is a PhD candidate at Stanford studying machine learning and econometrics, where he is advised by the 2021 Nobel Laureate in Economics. He has earned a Masters from Oxford and a Bachelors from Columbia. Evan is an avid environmentalist and outdoorsman who recently attended the protests at Fairy Creek

Colorado Reed

Academic Associate

Colorado is an outdoorsman that ran headlong into a computer — and ended up as an artificial intelligence researcher at UC Berkeley.  I mean, what would you expect him to be with a name like Colorado Reed?  A lawyer?  Colorado is a PhD student at the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) lab, where he runs the Berkeley AI+Climate Reading Group to focus on understanding real-world, impactful ways that machine learning can help address climate change. He previously founded a tech startup called Fraction, and received a Masters in Bayesian nonparametrics from Cambridge. With all his publications on unsupervised learning, you’d think he could get a computer to do his PhD for him. Well, maybe that’s what a PhD in computer science is, actually.

 

Sara Beery

Academic Associate

Some people go to the zoo and think, “I love looking at animals.”  Sara goes to the zoo and thinks, “I love looking at computers that look at animals.” Sara is a PhD Candidate in Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Caltech, where she builds computer vision methods that enable global-scale biodiversity monitoring. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation, Amazon’s AI4Science, Google Research, and Microsoft’s AI for Earth. Her only allegiance is to wildlife — not any single tech company. Sara also founded the AI for Conservation slack community, which now has over 600 members to brainstorm on how to better use tech for the environment.