We are a collaboration of local government, businesses, and residents helpingMenlo Park become climate neutral
WHO WE ARE
MenloSpark began when a small group of community members with diverse interests and experience joined together to explore opportunities to promote long-term economic vitality, equity, and quality of life in Menlo Park while addressing the urgent threat of climate change.
Menlo Park, with its highly engaged citizenry and unique resources in the heart of Silicon Valley, can be a national leader in sustainability and climate action, generating massive local benefits while serving as an example to similar cities and towns across the country.
Moreover, a large-scale community-led movement, including partnerships with business, government, and philanthropy, has the potential within a decade to put Menlo Park well on the path towards achieving the bold goal of climate neutrality.
MenloSpark is a nonprofit initiative that collaborates with the city government, businesses, and residents to ensure the success of the community’s efforts on climate and sustainability-related issues. By helping to weave together the network of projects and initiatives in the city that may contribute to sustainability, MenloSpark supports a more unified strategy for progress towards the ultimate goal of climate neutrality.
Diane is a climate and clean air advocate with a background in environmental science. She comes from the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she spent almost 14 years working at the local, state, federal and international level promoting improved air quality and public health through reduced fossil fuel use, advances in clean transportation, and pollution prevention in industry. Previously, Diane worked at Citizens for a Better Environment in Chicago and a local transportation planning agency in Houston. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Washington University and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Rice University.
Erik is an energy & environment consulting professional with strong business acumen and proven leadership in strategy and business development. He brings 20+ years work experience including successful startup, regional nonprofit, large public consulting firm, and industry think-tank. Erik has a broad yet substantial knowledge of residential & commercial energy efficiency projects, renewable energy policies & programs, clean-tech evaluation, green building practices, and broader sustainable organizational strategy.
He holds a graduate degree in energy & environmental policy from Duke University’s Nicholas School and a B.A. from UC Berkeley. Erik served in the Navy in the SF Bay Area in the early 1990s, and his grandfather owned a home in Menlo Park while flying for Transocean Airlines in the 1940’s out of Oakland, during the “early” years of commercial aviation.
SUSAN BELL, FINANCIAL ADVISOR
Principal, Susan Bell and Associates
Former Vice President, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Principal, Local Climate Solutions
Retired Executive Director, Acterra
CHRIS DECARDY, CHAIR
Menlo Park Environmental Quality Commissioner
Vice President and Director of Programs, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Menlo Park Planning Commissioner
Head of Community Relations, LinkedIn
Principal, Redstone Strategy Group
Visiting Scholar, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Managing Editor of Climatic Change
Former Menlo Park Environmental Quality Commissioner
MITCH SLOMIAK, VICE-CHAIR
Former Menlo Park Environmental Quality Commissioner (2007-2015)
Consulting Chief Financial Officer