Holly Kaufman is founder and president
of Environment & Enterprise Strategies, a consultancy that specializes in the design and management of projects that integrate
business, human and environmental needs.
Representative clients include the Energy Foundation, Hewlett
Packard, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where she developed the
President's twenty-fifth anniversary report to Congress on environmental trends.
She is widely
recognized for her strategic and outreach skills, with great aptitude at relationship development, organizational development,
communications and negotiations, including persuading and recruiting supporters.
was a Presidential appointee, representing the United States at United Nations' climate change treaty negotiations for the
Departments of State and Defense under Bill Clinton. She developed diplomatic strategy as Special Advisor to the
Assistant Secretary of State for environment and the U.S. Ambassador for sustainable development.
also managed the climate change and national security portfolio for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and served as
the Defense Department's liaison to the President's Council on Sustainable Development.
Ms. Kaufman previously
managed the environmental planning and community outreach for multi-million dollar commercial and maritime projects at the
Port of Oakland and the fourth largest waste management company in the U.S. She taught ecological land management and sustainable
agriculture at the University of California at Berkeley and the California Academy of Sciences.
Kaufman also served as the Deputy Director of The Center for Resource Solutions, a non-governmental organization that promotes
renewable energy policy, and as Northern California Co-director of CleanTech & Green Business for Obama. She is
a founding member of the Clean Economy Network - the first trade association for all sectors of the clean economy, and served
on its Steering Committee.
In 2015, the Sierra Club nominated and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
appointed Ms. Kaufman to serve on its inaugural Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee. She advised the Board on energy
efficiency policy and how to allocate funds from California's greenhouse gas trading regime to benefit disadvantaged communities.
In 2012, San Francisco Mayor
Edwin Lee appointed her to the San Francisco Public Utility Commission's Revenue Bond Oversight Committee, where for six years
she helped oversee nearly $6 billion in bond expenditures for the utility's power, water and wastewater enterprises, including
green bonds for green infrastructure.
She is an advisor to Carbon180 (formerly the Center
for Carbon Removal), and a former member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Advisory Council and advisor
to the San Francisco Department of the Environment.
Ms. Kaufman was awarded a Leadership Fellowship at Harvard for her Master's studies
in the integration of economic, social and environmental interests. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation of
Natural Resources, with Highest Honors, from the University of California at Berkeley. She speaks fluent French and
She has led community development projects or conducted research in Asia, Africa,
Latin America and the Caribbean.
Ms. Kaufman is also
the recipient of a Superior Team Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State for participation in the UN climate treaties
delegation, and a 2009 award from the California Climate Action Registry for her contribution to their work.