Team Members:
Annie Maxwell, President
Hania Abu-Eid, Marketing Communications Officer
Carina Barnett-Loro, Outreach Coordinator, Climate Advocacy Lab
Tim Billing, Director, Finance and Operations
Jane Bloch, Program Officer, Climate Change
Adam Crawley, Research Associate, Pandemics
Nomita Divi, Program Officer, Pandemics
Lauren Diaz, Program Assistant, Pandemics
Veronica Garcia, Executive Assistant
Alessandra Hartkopf, Administrative Assistant
Anna Kulow, Program Assistant, Climate and Water
Bruce Lowry, Director, Policy and Advocacy
Amy Luers, Director, Climate Change
Bessma Mourad, Program Officer, Water
Jennifer Olsen, Manager, Pandemics
Justin Rolfe Redding, Social Science Fellow, Climate
Diana Scearce, Director of Learning and Evaluation
Jessica Shao, Grants and Program Associate, Pandemics
Mark Smolinski, Chief Medical Officer and Director, Global Health Threats
Nathan Willcox, Manager, Climate Advocacy Lab
Alexander Wolk, Grants and Program Associate, Climate and Water

  • Annie Maxwell, President

    Annie Maxwell has driven national and global initiatives across the humanitarian, government, and international policy sectors throughout her career. Since 2014, she has served as President of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, mobilizing innovative approaches that address the most critical threats of our time.

    She joined Skoll Global Threats in 2010, as Chief Operating Officer, after serving as a White House Fellow in the Office of Vice President Biden, where she focused on the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    From 2002 to 2009, Annie was with Direct Relief, ultimately serving as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and 70 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies. From 2005 to 2006, Annie was seconded to the United Nation’s Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, led by Special Envoy President Bill Clinton. There, she served as Partnerships and Outreach Officer, focusing on environmental issues and the role of NGOs in the recovery effort.

    Annie is currently a board member of Muso, an NGO whose mission it is to eliminate preventable deaths in the world’s most impoverished communities. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the German Marshall Fund, a nonpartisan American public policy think-tank and grant making institution dedicated to promoting greater cooperation and understanding between North America and Europe.

    Annie received her Master’s in Public Policy and B.A. in English and Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Michigan. She attended the university on a full athletic scholarship and was captain of the university’s Division I volleyball team.

  • Hania Abu-Eid, Marketing Communications Officer

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHania Abu-Eid is the Marketing and Communications Officer at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. In her role, Hania manages all aspects of the organization’s internal and external marketing and communications strategies as well as across its threat-specific initiatives. Prior to joining SGTF, Hania was a Communications Manager at Kiva Microfunds where she conceptualized ongoing marketing, branding, and PR campaigns garnering the highest site traffic in Kiva’s history. Prior to Kiva, Hania worked at Edelman PR. At Edelman, she created Sprout, a global service providing PR counsel to early stage startups, VCs, and small entrepreneurial ventures. In July 2013, Hania was invited to join the White House Champions of Change program after successfully leading a nationwide campaign as part of the official National Day of Civic Hacking.

    Hania holds a B.A. in Communications and Marketing from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In her spare time, she serves as a mentor for organizations promoting the development of entrepreneurship in the Middle East. Hania also supports a variety of local and global humanitarian causes and believes that economic opportunity is a human right.

  • Carina Barnett-Loro, Outreach Coordinator, Climate Advocacy Lab

    CarinaCarina Barnett-Loro is the Outreach Coordinator for the Climate Advocacy Lab, a project of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, which supports climate practitioners in their efforts to build the public and political will necessary for U.S. leadership on climate change action. She leads workshops across the country that bring together advocates, social scientists, and data experts to share best practices around evidence-based engagement. Prior to joining the Climate team at SGTF, Carina organized climate and clean energy campaigns with the Union of Concerned Scientists, the North Carolina Sierra Club, and Green Corps.

    Carina holds a B.A. in Environmental Sciences and Policy and a certificate in Latin American Studies from Duke University. Carina volunteers with a number of organizations focused on ending homelessness in San Francisco.

  • Tim Billing, Director, Finance and Operations

    TimBillingHeadshotTim Billing serves as the Director of Finance and Operations at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. In this role, he is tasked with making sure that the Skoll Global Threats team has all the support needed to achieve maximum impact. Before joining SGTF, Tim spent 20+ years in design consulting. He most recently served as COO of Method Inc., a leading digital design and branding agency with offices in San Francisco, New York, and London. Tim also spent 13 years at IDEO, the global leader in innovation. He began there as an engineering consultant where he honed his abilities in design thinking. Tim then moved into a business management role as Director of Operations for IDEO’s 375 person Palo Alto office. There, he learned to adapt design thinking to business management yielding great results. Tim has also worked as an engineering manager for Siemens Medical, Toyota, and General Motors.

    Tim earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Dakota State and an M.A. in Engineering Management from Stanford University. Tim is active in the Episcopal Church where he has served as a lay minister and vestry member.

  • Jane Bloch, Program Officer, Climate Change

    JaneBlochJane Bloch is the Program Officer for Climate at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. She manages a portfolio of grants that cross multiple issues including climate risk communication, public engagement on climate change, clean energy, evidence-based advocacy, and the Climate Advocacy Lab. Prior to joining SGTF, Jane advanced efforts to price carbon and promote caps on greenhouse gas emissions at the Energy Foundation. During her time there, she worked with diverse stakeholders— including business groups, local governments, communities of faith, medical professionals, labor unions, and environmental groups — on state and regional climate and energy policies including California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  Before joining the Energy Foundation, Jane researched and evaluated coal-fired electricity generation facilities for the Northwest Energy Coalition and supported media and communications outreach at the Pacific Institute.

    Jane has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington. In addition to her passion for the climate and clean energy world, Jane supports advocacy programs that provide voices for children in foster care.

  • Adam Crawley, Research Associate, Pandemics

    Adam HeadshotAdam Crawley is the Research Associate for Pandemics at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. In this role, he manages grants for several research and evaluation-related projects. This includes efforts to measure the timeliness of outbreak detection and response across a number of countries and supporting the Flu Near You participatory surveillance project in collaboration with HealthMap at Boston Children’s Hospital and other partners. Adam also works closely with a number of Pandemics team grantees to support data analytics projects and broaden the evidence base that supports the Pandemics team’s strategies. Previous to SGTF, he served as Interim Supervising Epidemiologist at the San Mateo County Health System and as a Senior Research Associate at the UC Berkeley Center for Infectious Diseases & Emergency Readiness. Adam currently serves on the UC Berkeley Public Health Alumni Association Board of Directors.

    Adam graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in International Politics from the University of Rhode Island and also holds an M.P.H. in Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Adam volunteers at the Berkeley Humane Society providing care for dogs waiting to find their forever homes.

  • Nomita Divi, Program Officer, Pandemics

    NomitaDaviNomita Divi is the Program Officer for Pandemics at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. In her role, she oversees a variety of projects within the Pandemics portfolio including enabling of new disease surveillance networks, application of novel disease surveillance tools, and formulating innovative opportunities to engage technologists in disease surveillance. Her particular areas of expertise include stakeholder engagement, management, needs assessment, and program planning. Prior to joining SGTF, Nomita spent 8 years at Stanford managing various health policy programs. Most recently she served as Program Manager of the Stanford India Health Policy Initiative where she led the initiative from concept to a fully operational program.  Prior to that, she was at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she managed the application of a global HIV simulation model in India, South Africa, Cote d’Ivore, and the Caribbean.

    Nomita holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Ottawa, Canada as well as a M.S. in Public Health with a focus on International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. In her free time, she volunteers with various NGOs in the Bay Area that focus on children, public health, and human rights.

  • Lauren Diaz, Program Assistant, Pandemics

    IMG_5539-Cropped (1)Lauren Diaz is the Program Assistant for Pandemics at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. In this role, Lauren provides programmatic support for the Pandemics Team in the effort to end pandemics in our lifetime. She also coordinates the grants process for the organization at large. Prior to joining the Skoll Global Threats Fund, Lauren served as an Administrative Assistant at the Salvation Army, Golden State Division Headquarters, where she worked on fundraising activities in support of the Bay Area’s $56 million dollar operating budget. Prior to this work, Lauren taught intermediate and advanced English courses at the Escuela Politecnica Nacional University in Quito, Ecuador, through WorldTeach.

    Lauren holds a B.A. in Political Science and Communication Studies from the University of San Diego. For over a decade, Lauren has supported groups like Special Olympics and Friendship Circle because she believes in strengthening communities through inclusion.

  • Veronica Garcia, Executive Assistant

    Veronica is Executive Assistant to Annie Maxwell, President of SGTF. She has over a decade of experience in the healthcare industry through her work with MPM Capital, one of the world’s largest life science-dedicated venture investment firms and its portfolio companies. At MPM she assisted in the startup of four biotech companies and the development of drugs for cancer and pain management, actively participating in the clinical, regulatory, and commercialization processes. Veronica also has more than a decade of experience in advertising, marketing, and public relations.

    Veronica has a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from the University of San Francisco. In her spare time she volunteers in animal shelters and takes on the role of “adoptive mom” to members of the U.S. Armed Forces as they serve the country in war zones all over the world.

  • Alessandra Hartkopf, Administrative Assistant

    Sandra Hartkopf HeadshotAlessandra Hartkopf is the Administrative Assistant at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. She provides direct support for the Director of Finance and Operations, the Director of Learning and Evaluation, and the Pandemics team. In addition, Alessandra organizes and coordinates office operations and procedures to ensure organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and safety. Previous to SGTF, she served as Program Assistant for Catalytic Funding at the Sprout Fund in Pittsburgh, where she facilitated over 150 grants for innovative community programs. Alessandra is a founding member of The School Fund, a non-profit dedicated to providing opportunities for students in the developing world through educational scholarships. She served pro bono as the organization’s first Vice President of Operations from 2010 to 2012.

    Alessandra holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and a B.S. in Photojournalism from Boston University as well as an M.A. in Anthropology of Media from the University of London, SOAS. Alessandra volunteers as a College Coach at ScholarMatch because she believes everyone has the right to a quality education.

  • Anna Kulow, Program Assistant, Climate and Water

    annakulow2Anna Kulow is the Program Assistant for the Skoll Global Threat Fund’s Climate and Water programs. She provides programmatic and administrative support for the two teams and works closely with the Climate Advocacy Lab. Prior to joining SGTF, she was an independent consultant in San Diego, where she wrote a $5 million grant for Cleantech San Diego and nine regional partners to provide mentorship services to local clean energy start-ups. She also authored several articles for the National Geographic Voices: Ocean Views blog raising awareness of the impact of motor oil pollutants on marine organisms. Before coming to California, Anna attended graduate school at the University of Maryland, College Park, concentrating on waste-to-energy technologies. Previously, she was a Program Assistant for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Educational Resources Group.

    Anna holds a B.A. from McDaniel College in Environmental Science & Policy and Art History and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Outside of work, she volunteers as a judge for’s Future City competition, which encourages middle and high school students to envision sustainable solutions for urban design and development.

  • Bruce Lowry, Director, Policy and Advocacy

    Bruce Lowry is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. He engages across issues to drive policy change, a key element of scaling response to global challenges. Bruce directs SGTF’s nuclear nonproliferation and Middle East work. Prior to the Skoll Global Threats Fund, Bruce spent two years at the Skoll Foundation and nearly a decade in the technology sphere with Oracle and Novell, largely in communications roles.  He began his career in the U.S. State Department, serving overseas in Saudi Arabia, Swaziland, and Italy, and in various economic roles in Washington, D.C., working on, among other initiatives, the G-7 process, peace in the Middle East, and nuclear safety.

    Bruce holds a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College and a M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. A musician, Bruce chairs the board of Cazadero Music Camp, which delivers music education under the redwoods in Sonoma County.

  • Amy Luers, Director, Climate Change

    Amy_2014As of July 1, 2015, Amy Luers has been seconded to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she’ll spend the next year as Assistant Director, Climate Resilience and Information. Amy Luers has over twenty years of experience working at the interface of economic development and environmental sustainability. Dr. Luers came to the Skoll Global Threats Fund from Google where she was the Senior Environment Program Manager leading a series of information and communication technology initiatives for climate risk management, with efforts in Latin America, South East Asia, and Africa. Prior to her work at Google, Dr. Luers headed the Climate Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists California Office, where she led collaborative analysis and outreach efforts to inform alternative state and federal policy options.

    Dr. Luers started her career working on sustainable development in Latin America. She spent six years living and working throughout Latin America on development and resources management. She is co-founder and former executive director of Agua Para La Vida (Water for Life), a small NGO dedicated to enhancing sustainable access to potable water in rural Latin America.

    Dr. Luers has over three dozen publications in peer reviewed journals and edited books in the popular press on society’s vulnerability to global environmental changes and on climate policy. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and sits on committees of the National Academies of Sciences and the International Council for Science. A respected leader on issues at the intersection of big data, climate, and resilience, Luers was awarded a Bellagio/Poptech Fellowship for innovation in big data and resilience, and has served as an advisor to the United Nations and the White House on Data and Climate initiatives.

    She holds a Ph.D. in environmental science and an M.A. in international policy studies, both from Stanford University, and a M.S. and B.S. in environmental resources engineering from Humboldt State University.

  • Bessma Mourad, Program Officer, Water

    BessmaforWebBessma Mourad is the Program Officer for Water at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. In her role, she manages a portfolio of grantees working to identify and address the risks stemming from water and climate insecurity. Bessma also helps to identify and cultivate new projects that contribute to the strategic direction of the team. Prior to joining SGTF, Bessma worked with the United Nations Environment Programme’s Post Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, working at the intersections of natural resource management, conflict prevention, and peacebuilding. There, she helped to catalyze a project on women, natural resources, and peacebuilding with UN Women and UN Peacebuilding Office as well as helping to lead a project on climate change, migration, and conflict. Prior to that role, she worked in philanthropy at the Global Fund for Women, providing grant support to grassroots women’s rights organizations in the Middle East and North Africa.

    Bessma holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.S. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. Bessma serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Water Center, a non-profit that works toward community-driven water solutions in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

  • Jennifer Olsen, Manager, Pandemics

    JenforWebJennifer Olsen is the Manager of Pandemics at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. In her role, she manages implementation of the Ending Pandemics Initiative and supports development of strategy and partnerships for various pandemics projects. Jennifer also works directly with Pandemics grantees to support their implementation of innovative surveillance approaches, working side-by-side with government officials and technologists at events such as Epihacks. Prior to joining SGTF, Jennifer served as Division Director of Fusion within the Office of Emergency Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. In that role, Jennifer led efforts around data integration, analytics, and visualizations to support decision makers at all levels during outbreaks, natural disasters, and mass gatherings. Prior to that role, she worked on atmospheric dispersion and epidemiologic modeling efforts, focused on the impacts of weapons of mass destruction.

    Jennifer holds a B.A. in Biomathematics from Rutgers University, a M.P.H. in Epidemiology from George Washington University, and a Dr.P.H. from the University of North Carolina.

  • Justin Rolfe Redding, Social Science Fellow, Climate

    Justin_Rolfe-Redding_HeadshotJustin Rolfe Redding is the Social Science Fellow at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. He works closely with the Climate team and the Climate Advocacy Lab on a number of projects at the intersection of social science and climate advocacy, including fostering applied research collaborations between academics and advocates and translating social science results for non-experts. Justin also works with the academic community to synthesize research findings, advise on new research proposals, and promote the use of the new generation of survey and experiment platforms to drive data-driven best practices in climate advocacy. Previous to SGTF, he conducted research addressing a number of topics in the social science of climate change such as the psychology of hope, the role of political identity and values, and the effects of news coverage, social identity framing, and past behavior on attitudes and further behavior. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed and invited venues, including Communication Research, Public Understanding of Science, Oxford Bibliographies, and the recent Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication. Justin has conducted climate and environmental communication work and research with the National Wildlife Federation, Rainforest Action Network, ForestEthics (now Stand), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. National Park Service.

    Justin is a doctoral candidate under Professor Ed Maibach at George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) and received a M.A. in Communication from the University of Washington and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Justin has given to Doctors Without Borders because of their front-line efforts, including being the canary in the coal mine about the West African Ebola virus epidemic.

  • Diana Scearce, Director of Learning and Evaluation

    Diana ScearceDiana Scearce is the Director of Learning and Evaluation at the Skoll Global Threat Fund. In her role, Diana leads the organization’s efforts to learn and improve and provides leadership, tools, and hands-on support for learning and evaluation within each of the threat teams and organization-wide. Diana joined SGTF after four years as Director of Evaluation and Learning at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Prior to entering the field of philanthropy, Diana spent 13 years working as a consultant, strategist, facilitator, and researcher. She was a director at the social change consulting firm, Monitor Institute, and earlier in her career, she was a consultant at Global Business Network, a futurist think tank, learning network, and strategy consulting firm.

    Diana received a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from Vassar College, an M.A. in religious studies from University of London, SOAS, and a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. As the mother of two boys, Diana is an active volunteer at her kids’ elementary school and a supporter of San Francisco public schools.

  • Jessica Shao, Grants and Program Associate, Pandemics

    Shao_5557Jessica Shao is the Grants and Program Associate for Pandemics at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. She oversees the grants process for the Pandemics initiative and supports the team by developing effective systems and processes to advance its grantmaking strategy. She works closely with all Pandemics grantees through the grant application process and the subsequent grant cycle. Prior to SGTF, Jessica was the program associate at the James Irvine Foundation and supported the California Democracy program to administer a grantmaking portfolio of $15 million each year. Previously, she has worked at a number of non-profit organizations in Mexico, China, and South America on international development issues related to health, poverty alleviation, and economic development.

    Jessica holds an M.A. in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Public Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a B.A. in Global Economic Relations and Japanese at the University of Pacific. Jessica volunteers as a Spanish and Chinese interpreter for refugees seeking political asylum status in the U.S. because she believes everyone has the right to have their voice heard.

  • Mark Smolinski, Chief Medical Officer and Director, Global Health Threats

    Mark Smolinski is the Director of Global Health Threats and the Chief Medical Officer at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. As one of the founding directors at SGTF, Mark leads the Pandemics Team in its efforts to end pandemics in our lifetime. Mark’s current work includes engaging innovative ideas to apply technology to find, verify, and report outbreaks faster. He is leading efforts across the globe to put the public in public health through participatory surveillance. Mark has helped bring technologists and human and animal health experts together to co-create tools in Albania, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Tanzania, and Thailand to help each country create their own solutions to pressing local needs. Previously, Mark served as the Director of the Predict and Prevent Initiative at, when it was only a start-up organization. While at, Mark worked with a team of engineers to create Google Flu Trends, a project that had tremendous impact on the use of “big data” for disease surveillance. In 2009, he was stationed by in Cambodia to assist the countries of Southeast Asia dealing with highly pathogenic avian influenza. Before joining, Mark was the Vice President for Biological Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a public charity directed by CNN founder Ted Turner and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. There, he led the development of a regional disease surveillance system linking Israel, Jordan, and Palestine, demonstrating the power of health as a diplomatic tool even in areas of longstanding conflict. Additionally, Mark was listed as one of WIRED Magazine’s 2008 Smart List of ‘15 People the Next President Should Listen To.’

    Mark graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Biology and, later, with an M.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and holds an M.P.H. from the University of Arizona, where he was recognized as the 2016 Alumnus of the Year.

  • Nathan Willcox, Manager, Climate Advocacy Lab

    NathanforwebNathan Willcox is the Manager of the Climate Advocacy Lab at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. The Climate Advocacy Lab is a collaborative space for climate practitioners to share best practices about what works — and what doesn’t — for engaging Americans on climate. Nathan works with the rest of the climate team and leaders from the climate community to ensure that “the Lab” is as useful as possible to climate practitioners. Prior to joining SGTF, Nathan worked for 12 years for Environment America. He first worked on state-level clean energy and climate campaigns in Pennsylvania, then later spent three years serving as Environment America’s federal global warming program director in Washington, D.C.

    Nathan has a B.A. in Environmental Policy and Political Science from American University. Nathan is a strong supporter of Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization that works to build and mobilize grassroots support for sensible gun safety legislation, as he believes that politicians need to be held accountable for their inaction on this critical issue.

  • Alexander Wolk, Grants and Program Associate, Climate and Water

    Alexander Wolk is the Grants and Program Associate for Climate and Water at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. In his role, Alex provides project management, operations, and planning support while managing both teams’ grant portfolios. To that end, he assists in maintaining partner relationships and monitoring grants from concept to conclusion. Before joining SGTF, he served as a project manager for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection where he oversaw innovative urban water projects with a focus on green infrastructure, climate resilience, and water resource protection. Among his accomplishments, Alex worked with environmental advocates to rewrite the New York City’s Green Roof Tax Abatement policy and lead citywide efforts to adopt EPA water pollution control measures. Prior to his public sector work, Alex administered a $6 million grant fund for Microsoft’s Community Affairs program in Latin America, and served as a liaison to non-profit, government, and multilateral organizations in Washington, D.C., collaborating to finance digital literacy programs in 18 countries throughout the Americas. Alex was a September 11th Memorial Fellow at the New York City Department of Transportation where he researched sustainable transportation initiatives and is also an Envision Sustainability Professional.

    Alex holds a B.A. in the Social Sciences from the Residential College at the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in Urban Planning from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. Alex is a supporter of the International Rescue Committee because he feels it is critical that everyday citizens respond to ongoing refugee crises throughout the globe.