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Carissa Patrone

Carissa Patrone is a passionate connector who enjoys finding and amplifying the interconnectedness and synergies of all things. As the Program Coordinator of Drawdown Lift, Carissa advances partnership engagement and written communications that support the intersection of climate solutions, improvement of human wellbeing, and poverty alleviation particularly in emerging economies in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.  

Before joining Project Drawdown, Carissa served as a Peace Corps Volunteer working alongside three high school English teachers in the mountains of Telpaneca, Nicaragua. Her experience there deeply shaped her career and elevated the need for community development that is people-centered, equitable, and sustainable. Upon her return, she worked as the first Peace Corps Campus Recruiter in West Michigan. Most recently, Carissa worked as Equity Program Manager with the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and served on the planning committee for the City of Grand Rapids’ Community Collaboration on Climate Change and NAACP of Greater Grand Rapids’ Environmental Justice Community Coalition. 

Carissa earned a Master of Public Administration Degree with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Grand Valley State University where she focused her research on using a development lens to evaluate the sustainability and impact of a Ghanaian nonprofit organization in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. She also holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and Communications Studies. Outside of work, Carissa can be found running by one of the many lakes in the Twin Cities, playing soccer, or reading a good book outside.

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Mary Hoff

Communications strategist Mary Hoff works to enhance awareness of and engagement with Project Drawdown, its products, and the climate solutions it develops. Her responsibilities include developing communication projects and initiatives, enhancing Project Drawdown’s media presence, providing writing and editing support, and building partnerships with individuals and organizations around the world.

Mary co-founded Ensia, a solutions-focused nonprofit media outlet, in 2013, and served as editor in chief for its first eight years. In addition, she has more than two decades’ experience applying her communications expertise to improving understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of our environment through a variety of print and online media. She has published in a number of outlets, including Discover, Scientific American, The Guardian, and National Geographic Explorer, and has written more than 20 books on environmental topics for K–12 students. She holds a BA in zoology from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in mass communication with a science communication emphasis from the University of Minnesota. She currently is completing a master’s degree in strategic communication, also at the University of Minnesota.

Mary is passionate about applying her knowledge and skills to building a more just, healthy, and sustainable world. In addition to her work with Project Drawdown, she enjoys running, hiking, biking, canoeing, bantering, knitting, and strengthening her local community by catalyzing unlikely collaborations.

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