Savanna is the Director of the Climate Breakthrough Project, an initiative that provides large, multi-year, unrestricted awards to exceptional leaders with high-risk, high-reward strategies for mitigating climate change. She has served in this role since 2017 and has supported Climate Breakthrough since its inception in 2015. Prior to devoting her efforts entirely to Climate Breakthrough, Savanna spent nearly a decade supporting CEA’s nonprofit and foundation clients on program strategy and recruiting. In CEA’s philanthropic services practice, Savanna led and supported strategic planning efforts related to climate, wildlife conservation, and renewable energy. As a search lead in CEA’s recruiting practice, Savanna attracted the best talent in the environmental field to dozens of positions in a wide array of issue areas including climate change, sustainable agriculture, and land and wildlife conservation. Her clients have included, among others, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Goldman Environmental Foundation, the ClimateWorks Foundation, Bat Conservation International, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
Prior to joining CEA, Savanna served as an assistant editor at Island Press, a nonprofit organization that is the nation’s leading publisher of books on environmental issues. Savanna holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and writing (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude) and minors in geology and biology from Whitman College, and a Master of Fine Arts in writing from the University of San Francisco. She is a two-time recipient of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship.
Savanna is a writer and a volunteer docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. You can read more about her writing at savannaferguson.com.