Our Team

Our team comprises highly qualified professionals with backgrounds in climate and environmental science, economics, finance, data analytics, engineering, policy analysis, and international development.

Leadership

Emilie Mazzacurati, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

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EducationMaster of Political Science, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris; Master of Public Policy, The Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

As a pioneer of the incorporation of climate science into decision-making in the private and public sectors, Emilie founded Four Twenty Seven in 2012 to help businesses and communities understand the risks from climate change and develop effective resilience strategies.

An expert in climate adaptation and resilience, she is a frequent speaker at international events on climate risks and opportunities, has published extensively on climate policy, and teaches at the University of California, Davis on Business & Climate Change. She served as a member of California’s Technical Advisory Group for the implementation of Governor Brown’s Executive Order on climate change (EO B-30-15) and was Head of Carbon Analysis at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon. Emilie received the Visionary Award from the City of Berkeley, CA in 2016 and was a finalist for the Cartier Women’s Global Initiative for women entrepreneurs in 2014.

Colin Shaw, Chief Operating Officer

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EducationMaster of Development Practice, University of California, Berkeley; Certificate of “Engineering and Business for Sustainability,” University of California, Berkeley; Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Enrolled Actuary with the Internal Revenue Service

As Four Twenty Seven’s Chief Operating Officer, Colin oversees operations, finances, and leverages his dual background in business and climate change to coordinate the development of Four Twenty Seven’s climate risk intelligence platform

Prior to Four Twenty Seven, Colin spent eight years in Transaction Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, working on over 200 mergers and acquisitions ranging in size from $5 million to $40 billion in enterprise value. He has over 15 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, business risk and exposure, and actuarial science in the private sector.

Yvonne Burgess, Chief Systems Architect

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EducationMaster of Science in Systems Management in organization development and information technology, University of Southern California; Bachelor of Business Administration, National University

As Chief Systems Architect, Yvonne leverages her 25 years of experience in strategic systems planning to guide the development of data architecture and the development of secure online business intelligence solutions.

Prior to Four Twenty Seven, Yvonne supported all phases of systems development, from design through implementation across a variety of startups, blending deep technical expertise with strategic planning and thought leadership.

Yoon Hui Kim, Ph.D., Director of Advisory Services

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EducationMaster and Ph.D. in International Development, University of Oxford

At Director of Advisory Services, Yoon works with local and state governments to deliver climate vulnerability assessments and adaptation policy consulting, and also supports partnerships and business development.

Yoon is an adaptation expert with ten years of experience supporting the integration of climate change into decision-making. She is a member of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals and served as a reviewer for the Asia chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). Previously, she supported several projects at the U.S. Agency for International Development focused on integrating adaptation into planning and policy-making.

Nik Steinberg, Director of Analytics

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EducationMaster in Water Resources Management, American University; Master in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, United Nations Universidad para la Paz

As Director of Analytics, Nik leads the research team, guiding modeling of the impacts of climate change on human health, supply chains, infrastructure and the natural environment.

Nik brings an expertise in impact modeling and climate risk analysis, using advanced statistics, climate change modeling, life-cycle, input-output and footprinting methods to assess climate and development induced risk. Previously, Nik supported research at NASA, U.S. Department of State, Pacific Gas & Electric, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Pete Dickson, Director of Business Development

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EducationBachelor of Science in Business, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

As Director of Business Development, Pete is responsible for developing and executing Four Twenty Seven’s business and sales model, focusing specifically on financial institutions.

Pete brings over 20 years of experience working with some of the largest financial services and asset management firms in the U.S. and abroad. He’s worked with both the buy-side and sell-side to develop and execute business plans and build revenue, products, and services.

Team

Katy Maher, Manager, Advisory Services

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EducationMaster of Environmental Science and Management, Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, College of Wooster

At Four Twenty Seven, Katy works closely with public and private sector clients to conduct vulnerability assessments, develop resilience strategies, and facilitate stakeholder workshops.

Katy has over ten years of experience supporting climate change impacts and resilience projects at international, federal, state and local levels. Prior to joining Four Twenty Seven, Katy coordinated resilience projects at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and at ICF International.

Natalie Ambrosio, Climate Adaptation Analyst

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EducationBachelor of Science in Environmental Science, University of Notre Dame; Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy, University of Notre Dame

At Four Twenty Seven, Natalie supports publications and product development, clarifying the link between climate change and its tangible impacts.

With a background in environmental science, communications and climate adaptation, Natalie translates the implications of scientific research for a wide range of audiences. Previously, Natalie worked at the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) where she helped to develop a nationwide assessment of cities’ vulnerabilities to climate change and their readiness to adapt.

Alejandra Calzada Vázquez Vela, Climate Adaptation Senior Analyst

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EducationMaster in Conservation, Colorado State University & El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mexico; Bachelor in Biology, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Mexico City.

As a member of the advisory team, Alejandra supports adaptation and resilience processes for local governments, while supporting Four Twenty Seven’s ongoing research.

Previously, Alejandra consulted for several non-profits and government institutions in the U.S and Mexico. She brings experience designing and facilitating workshops for participatory planning, creating guidance materials for climate adaptation and using mixed research methods to inform better decision-making for organizations.

Colin Gannon, Climate Data Analyst

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EducationMaster of Arts in Climate and Society, Columbia University; Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Bryant University

At Four Twenty Seven, Colin assesses clients’ specific climate risk over space and time, helping to build products which integrate the most recent climate change datasets and research into a user-friendly interface.

Previously, Colin worked at the Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Centre where he authored a report on near-term climate change in Zambia and its sector-specific impacts. Colin has a background in applied climate science, using computational statistics, geospatial analysis and business intelligence applications to process, analyze and communicate climate data.

Kendall Starkman, Climate Adaptation Senior Analyst

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EducationMaster of Environmental Management, Nicholas School of Environment, Duke University; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, UCLA.

At Four Twenty Seven, Kendall specializes in translating technical information and data into compelling and actionable reports and policy recommendations.

Kendall has worked with utility, nonprofit and local government clients to help visualize and action-orient their goals and strategies. Her graduate research, on how proven energy efficiency financing mechanisms can inform innovative financing models for voluntary green stormwater infrastructure projects, motivated her deep understanding of resilience finance.

Josh Turner, Climate Data Analyst

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EducationMaster of Arts in Climate and Society, Columbia University; Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and Applied Mathematics, University of Miami

As a Climate Data Analyst, Josh curates datasets, applies data analysis and develops written and visual materials to convey clients’ specific climate risks.

Prior to Four Twenty Seven, Josh worked with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre to establish a preliminary climate risk assessment for anticipatory humanitarian action in Lomé, Togo. Josh has a background in meteorology, climate data analysis and communication of complex scientific information.

Sara O’Connell, Operations Manager

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EducationBachelor of Art in Communications, Portland State University

At Four Twenty Seven, Sara keeps operations running effectively and supports business development and product management.

Sara has over five years of operations management experience in the technology sector and is passionate about building strong foundations and improving company systems. In addition to her role with the company, Sara works as a research assistant at Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory. Previously, she held operational roles at startups ApplePie Capital and Pixalate.

Advisors

Camille LeBlanc, Co-founder and former CEO, Roubini Global Economics

Camille LeBlanc has over 25 years of experience in creating next-generation content experiences as founder, investor, board member, and CEO of start ups that are at the intersection of independent research, media, and technology. s a strategic advisor, Camille brings to Four Twenty Seven extensive expertise in developing and growing innovative information-based businesses that range from global macro economic analysis and advisory services in financial markets to social content distribution platforms in consumer online publishing markets.

A serial entrepreneur, she has founded companies including Roubini Global Economics, the leading independent global macroeconomic research and advisory firm serving public and private sector financial institutions around the world, including central banks, treasury ministries, hedge funds, asset managers, private equity firms, banks, and corporations.

She also founded an award winning B2B social news and marketing technology platform, Blancspot Media, publisher of an industry-first social news application that rose to the No. 2 top selling news app in the U.S., ranked the top No. 5 top selling in 26 countries, promoted as App of the Week worldwide. The company was selected as a top developer by Google, Apple, and Verizon. Investors in her companies include well-known financial sector and financial policy investors as well as a leading Hollywood film producer.

She serves on the board of both Roubini Global Economics and Blancspot Media. Camille has been working with or founding early stage companies since 1992 and is an advisory board member of the Berkeley Startup Cluster, a founding member of Women’s Entrepreneurs of Berkeley and the Proxy Board initiative. She has a BA in economics from the University of Massachusetts and an MA in Information Management Systems from UC Berkeley’s iSchool.

Kate Gordon, Founder and former Executive Director, Risky Business

Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development. She advises Four Twenty Seven on climate risk for the economy, corporate resilience, and occasionally works directly as a senior consultant on client projects. Kate also a Senior Advisor at the Paulson Institute, a nonresident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal as one of the paper’s “Energy Experts.” She also serves on the boards of the American Jobs Project, Vote Solar, and the Center for Carbon Removal.

In 2013, Kate helped to found and lead the “Risky Business Project,” co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer, and focused on the economic risks the U.S. faces from unmitigated climate change. Ms. Gordon took on the role of Executive Director of the Risky Business Project as part of her broader role as Senior Vice President for Climate and Energy at The Center for the Next Generation, a non-partisan think tank based in San Francisco, where she worked on California policy development as well as large-scale national communications and research projects.

Earlier in her career Ms. Gordon served as Vice President of Energy and Environment at the Washington D.C.-based Center for American Progress, where helped develop and author policy recommendations related to the Congressional cap-and-trade negotiations, Gulf oil spill, and American Reinvestment and Recovery Act implementation. Prior to CAP, Gordon was the Co-Director of the national Apollo Alliance (now part of the Blue Green Alliance).

Ms. Gordon earned a law degree and a master’s degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.