Team

David Mann, Ph.D.

Co-founder, Board Director

David is a climate-focused advisor, investor, and consultant. He is a senior fellow at RMI, and co-founder and advisor to The Climate Map.

Previously, David led product teams at Dropbox, invested in climatetech at Khosla Ventures, and led climate-focused teams at McKinsey & Company. David studied Applied Physics at Stanford (PhD '06) and Physics at Harvey Mudd.

Erika Reinhardt

Co-founder, Board Director

Erika is a seasoned leader of engineering groups at high-growth software companies. Previously, she started and co-led U.S. Digital Response's work to provide local election offices across the country the products and technical expertise they needed to run a smooth election, led the Payments Experience engineering group at Stripe, served as the Director of Engineering at OpenAI, and was the Director of Product Engineering at Planet Labs after being an early engineer there. Erika studied computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering at MIT.

Eric Davidson, Ph.D.

Eric Davidson is Professor of the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. His research includes terrestrial nutrient cycling, greenhouse gas emissions from soils, global biogeochemical cycles, and sustainable agriculture. Davidson is Past President and Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher, and Senior Editor for AGU Advances. Davidson received his Ph.D. from the Department of Forestry at North Carolina State University. His book Science for a Green New Deal; Connecting Climate, Economics, and Social Justice was published in 2022.

Paige Brocidiacono (Brown)

Climate Solutions Scientist Fellow

Paige is doing her best to create a better world for her future children. She grew up surrounded by nature in Maine, inspiring her to pursue climate action. After receiving the Thiel fellowship, she dropped out of Stanford to found WindBorne, which uses the constellations of the team's balloons to access hard-to-reach atmospheric data and improve the weather forecast to better adapt to climate change. In early 2022, she felt called to do more to address climate change and left WindBorne to return to finish her undergrad in Materials Science and join Spark to help catalyze the methane removal field.

Laura Adams

Chief of Staff

Laura is a dynamic generalist and is excited to put her skills to work towards repairing the climate. Previously, she worked at Nike for 10+ years, first in sustainability, where she identified and accelerated the adoption of technologies to lower the environmental footprint of materials. She then helped build an internal incubator to test and build new businesses that expand beyond Nike’s core business. Laura studied English at Stanford University.


Advisors

Cooper Rinzler, Ph.D.

Founding Advisor, Board Director

Cooper is a technologist, entrepreneur, and investor with a history of building and leading teams to develop and commercialize technologies in early stage ventures. He has a background in methane mitigation as both an investor and operator. He brings a strong impact- and roadmap-driven frame to everything he does.

Cooper is also an ARPA-E reviewer, ambassador for Activate, and was an early advisor to the Prime Coalition.  He has more than 100 climatetech-related patent filings.

Cooper is a Hertz Fellow with a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and a joint AB in Physics and Engineering Physics from Harvard University.

Remi Bouteille

Co-founder, Advisor

Remi is passionate to discover and scale a wide array of solutions to ensure a stable climate. Remi is also the co-founder and Strategic Advisor for the Climate Pathfinders Foundation, and instigated the formation of Carbon Gap and The Climate Map.

Remi spent 20 years at JPMorgan Chase as Deputy CIO and CRO of the hedge fund business.  He has a Science and Engineering BA from the University of Paris VI and a double MBA from UMass and Neoma.

In the Media

Why methane matters

Catalyst with Shayle Kann

Spark co-founder Erika Reinhardt when on the Catalyst podcast to talk about two climate blind spots—methane and short-term warming—that Spark is working on. Shayle and Erika cover topics like: why we should consider different time-scale standards for measuring global warming impact, such as GWP100 and GWP20; how short-lived aerosols mask the full warming impact of greenhouse gasses; methane removal, including the process of oxidation and methane sink; different sources of methane, such as wetlands, livestock and fossil fuel production; ready-to-deploy solutions to fossil fuel methane emissions, such as flaring, detection, capture and storage; how flaring may be less effective than previously thought; and solutions under development for livestock methane, such as manure management, biogas digesters and feed additives like seaweed-derived bromoform.

Partners

Spark Climate Solutions was created with support from Climate Pathfinders Foundation and The Primordium Foundation

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