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Richard Raya, Director


As Director of ClimatePlan, Richard sets ClimatePlan’s strategic direction and works with network partners on state and regional policy to help California communities become more healthy, equitable, and sustainable. Before joining ClimatePlan, Richard held senior positions at nonprofits including PolicyLink, California Forward, and Youth Radio; helped win a $10.4 billion California education ballot measure; and managed a $100+ million annual budget as Director of Administration at the Alameda County Public Health Department. He  earned his BA and a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley.

Email:  richard “AT” climateplan “DOT” org


Carey Knecht, Associate Director


As the Associate Director for ClimatePlan, Carey works to increase the size and strength of its statewide network and mobilize coalition partners around key policy debates. Before joining ClimatePlan, Carey served as Policy Director at Greenbelt Alliance, an advocacy group that promotes inclusive, climate-friendly cities and healthy natural areas in the San Francisco Bay Area. There, she led the research for Grow Smart Bay Area. She has researched and/or written six reports on city planning and land use. Carey received a Masters in City Planning from U.C. Berkeley and studied environmental biology at Yale University.

Email:  carey “AT” climateplan “DOT” org




Chanell Fletcher, Policy and Engagement Manager

Chanell leads ClimatePlan’s state and regional policy efforts while deepening engagement in ClimatePlan activities. In 2012, Chanell was selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s internship program; she worked in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation analyzing the new transportation bill, MAP-21, and how it connects to states’ performance measures and overall funding needs. Chanell received a Master’s in Public Administration from San Francisco State University and studied history at the University California, Santa Cruz.

Email:  chanell “AT” climateplan “DOT” org

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