Michaela Koke is an Associate in the Philanthropy Services Practice at CEA. Her work focuses on climate change mitigation and resilience and she has worked across environmental issue areas such as conservation, biodiversity, and agriculture. Michaela is a Project Associate with 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. In this role, she leads the candidate scouting and evaluation processes and supports the Director in management of the organization. Michaela’s clients have included the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Erol Foundation, and the Environmental Defense Fund, among others. Recently, Michaela had a lead role in developing a monitoring and evaluation system for a grant making program of one of her foundation clients. The process incorporated significant input and direction from grantees.
Prior to joining CEA, Michaela worked with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Merck Family Fund, and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School. Michaela has bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College and a master’s degree with distinction in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.
Michaela’s favorite book on the environment is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.