About 350 Bay Area
To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of over 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it’s a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.
Learn more at 350 FAQs
- The climate crisis is the biggest problem facing the world. Unchecked climate change means more natural disasters, more outbreaks of disease, more food shortages, and more sea level rise.
- We need to make large-scale changes. The climate crisis is so big that we can’t solve it with small, personal actions alone. We need to think bigger and bolder.
- Large-scale change means changing policy. We need laws that rewire the way the world produces and consumes energy so that clean power is cheap, dirty power is expensive, and people everywhere can live sustainable lives.
- Getting strong climate policy won’t be easy. It means fighting the wealthiest and most powerful group on the planet: the fossil fuel industry.
- We can win with a people-powered movement. We’ll never have as much money as the fossil fuel industry, so we need to overpower them with our numbers and our determination instead. From the Civil Rights movement to women’s suffrage, social movements have changed the course of history—so we’re building a movement of people to solve the biggest problem in the world.
Meet the Governing Board
President of the governing board of 350 Bay Area, Nan is a retired non profit administrator, a global leader and long-time activist for the rights of children in-need and their families. In 2013 she was honored by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for her dedication and service as an advocate for the transformational power of childhood enrichment. She became involved in the climate crisis movement because she was deeply concerned that the children of the world would have a healthy, safe and livable future.
Laura is the Executive Director of 350 Bay Area and 350 Bay Area Action. After a long career providing strategy and marketing consulting to large corporations and startups, Laura left the corporate world to pursue her passion: addressing injustice. Because the changing climate amplifies injustice everywhere, it was a natural fit to work with the 350 Bay Area family to work on getting real climate solutions passed. Laura has long volunteered with community organizations, and in her spare time, she spends time outdoors, frequently with her adult daughter.
Roopak is a volunteer leading the Business Engagement Program: an initiative to engage businesses & corporations on taking action around climate change, and build resilience to climate risks. He brings corporate finance and operations from both a large corporation and start-up perspective to help improve 350 BA operations.
Jack is a retired transportation engineer/planner with about 30 years experience. Jack was also a bookkeeper, child care worker, community organizer, and truck assembler for a total of about 10 years. He works hard to put an end to fossil fuel vehicles by leading the Transportation Program of 350 Bay Area and also participating in the organization’s fundraising as treasurer and organizing mobilizations.
As the Operations Director of 350 Bay Area, Nan supports all programs and local groups with the distributing tools, creating processes, and recruiting team members needed for effective climate action across the Bay Area and beyond. A UC Berkeley honors graduate, she has received many awards for her research and speaking. She narrowed in on climate activism after researching causes which have far reaching beneficial social impact – and kept coming back to climate justice.
Ken oversees our Clean Energy Campaign, is active on the Fund Development team and consults with 350 Bar Area Action’s Legislative Team. He is a leader with our local group 350Marin since its beginning. Before retiring early to be a full-time climate activist, he has been a high school teacher, MFT therapist, and non-profit administrator. He has worked with us since our beginning on fossil fuel resistance, divestment, and encouraged youth climate activism. Environmental justice activism and wondering how nature does not have rights has been a part of his life since high school. He’s an avid reader of Cli-Fi novels when he can’t be out hiking, hugging trees, or playing tennis
Robert (Bob) Zdenek
Bob served as president of the National Congress for Community Economic Development, executive director of the Alliance for Healthy Homes, and VP for Community Building at United Way of America. He has also served on The Federal Reserve Board Consumer Advisory Council, visiting scholar at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and has been a consultant to over 40 organizations. Currently, Bob is an independent consultant and principal investigator at the Public Health Institute in Oakland, CA working to align investment strategies among health care institutions, CDCs, CDFIs, and financial institutions.
More about us
Adopted 2/8/2014 1. The 350 Bay Area will conduct itself in a professional manner in all public and private actions; respecting the rights and beliefs of all parties. 2. The 350 Bay Area will make every effort to ensure the information provided to its members and the...
To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 410 parts per million to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet. So, what is global warming...