Carbon Roots International Inc. is a US-based nonprofit organization, focused on supporting sustainable charcoal efforts in the developing world.
Since 2010, we have been supporting work in Haiti centered around the development and deployment of two sustainable charcoal innovations: green charcoal and biochar.
Originally drawn to Haiti to explore the prospect of biochar as a tool for growing sustainable agricultural practices, our work with smallholder Haitian farmers directly influenced our decision to expand focus to include sustainable charcoal used as fuel, which we call green charcoal.
Today, we boost awareness of sustainable charcoal technologies and support local organizations working with sustainable charcoal in the developing world.
Michael is a Manager of Corporate Strategy at The Climate Corporation, a company that aims to protect and improve farmers operations through the application of data science. Previously, Michael co-founded Encendia Biochar, a company that developed carbon-based soil amendments for the horticulture market. He began his career in equity research covering the Food sector for Prudential Equity Group and JPMorgan. Michael has a B.A. in Economics from Colby College, an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management and a Masters in Environmental Management (M.E.M.) from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Nan is Head of Product Supervision at Crisis Text Line. As a health care ecosystem specialist, Nan offers a unique and valuable perspective to individuals, non-profit organizations and companies working on health care issues, products and investments. Nan hold a MS in Health Policy and a BA in Public Health and Health Economics. She is also a clinical care provider with experience working as a Registered Nurse and Remote Medical Provider in the United States (UCSF & UWMC), West Africa and in Haiti. Through her work, Nan aims to better shape health promoting environments and technologies, and to ameliorate the economic, ethical and social impacts of heath disparity.
Nick is a Program Manager at Google.org, where he helps Google support innovative non-profits that are using technology to address social problems at scale. Before joining Google, Nick spent time at FundWell, a startup that matches small businesses to financing, and he was the first employee at Vittana, a non-profit that pioneered the development of a student loan product for the microfinance market. Nick has an MBA with honors from the Berkeley-Haas School of Business, where he was Co-Chair of the Global Social Venture Competition, and he graduated with a BA in American Studies from Columbia University.
Hannah is a Development Officer at Silicon Valley Community Foundation where she supports new donors to further their philanthropic interests with a focus on corporate relationships and consulting services. Prior to joining SVCF, Hannah served as the founder and principal at Adaptive Philanthropy. She also previously served as the program manager for Imagine H2O, as an analyst at both the American Carbon Registry and the World Wildlife Fund. Hannah holds a MS from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, where she was awarded the Glancy Climate Innovation Prize, and a BA from Whittier College.
Colin is the Principal and Founder at S-2 Consulting, as well as a faculty member at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Colin formerly served as the Senior Policy Advisor of Sustainability to Mayor Stanton of Phoenix, Arizona, where he oversaw the development of policy germane to sustainability over the 520 mile, 1.5 million person population of the City of Phoenix. Colin is charged with enabling organizational structure, culture, and operations to be more profitable and sustainability minded through business acumen and scientific rigor. His efforts impact all levels of systems from employees and managers to suppliers and customers.
Mike Cahill is the Director of Operations for CAST Centers, a health and wellness company in Los Angeles. Prior to this, he acted as general counsel for an IoT based technology company. Mike is an attorney licensed to practice law in California State and Federal courts. Mike has represented large financial institutions, hospitals, and businesses across Southern California in a wide range of litigation and corporate transactions. During law school Mike clerked for the Justice Department in the U.S. Embassy in London, England and the Constitutional Court of Uganda in Kampala. Mike has a B.A. in Politics from Occidental College, and a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.