Carissa Patrone Maikuri

Program Coordinator, Drawdown Lift

Carissa Patrone Maikuri is a passionate connector, communicator, and advocate who enjoys working with others to forward intersectional action and solutions that support both people and the planet. As the Program Coordinator with Drawdown Lift, Carissa leads partnership engagement and communications to advance climate solutions that have proven benefits for boosting human well-being, strengthening resilience, and contributing to poverty alleviation, particularly in rural communities in Africa and South Asia.

Carissa has a multidisciplinary background with ten years of experience in community-led development, sustainability, education, equity, communications, and research. Before joining Project Drawdown she worked to encourage sustainably-oriented businesses and organizations in Michigan to embed equity and justice in all layers of their work. From 2013-2015, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the mountains of Telpaneca, Nicaragua, which deeply shaped both her career path and drive to ensure that development is community-led and does not perpetuate harm.  

She earned a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in nonprofit management and leadership and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and communications studies from Grand Valley State University. Carissa also holds a certificate in climate change and health from the Yale School of Public Health and is a professionally trained Spanish interpreter.

Outside of work, Carissa enjoys gathering with family and friends, playing soccer, hiking, and journaling.

Photo by Kyra Lee Photography.