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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 Baille

    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 — an economist by training, but a programmer by trade. 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 the 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.

Fabien Laurier

STRATEGY
Contributing Partner

Fabien can inspire anyone, and he knows everyone. Universally beloved, he is connected to every technological and policy innovation in climate change and conservation. He previously served as the Executive Director of the US Global Change Research Program, Director of the 3rd National Climate Assessment (OSTP), Senior Policy Advisor for Climate Adaptation (CEQ), Deputy Director of the National Ocean Council (OSPT, CEQ). More recently, Fabien was VP for Technology and Innovation at National Geographic, and holds a PhD in Oceanography from Université Paris-Sorbonne.

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. Gardner is now a contributing partner at Earthrise Media, leveraging data science and satellite imagery for investigative environmental journalism. Gardner was named a 2014 Folio 100 for Disruption and ‘defying current media climates to start Modern Farmer.'

Bronwyn Agrios

PRODUCT
Contributing Partner

Bronwyn is as rare and valuable as a unicorn — a product designer 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.

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.

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.

Kasie Coccaro

PRODUCT
Sr. Associate

Kasie is the most organized and meticulous digital strategist on the planet. She was formerly the Deputy Director of Digital Programs in the White House Office of Digital Strategy. Prior to joining the Office of Digital Strategy, Kasie was the Online Communications Manager at the Center for American Progress. Kasie received a bachelor's degree in Public Administration from Elon University in North Carolina.

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.