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Public Private Partnerships and Natural Climate Solutions with Gillian Caldwell of USAID

WHAT: An intimate discussion between leaders of the public and private sectors mapping out the need and opportunities to build functional, scalable, transparent, and replicable public-private partnerships for natural climate solutions.

WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 3-4 p.m. EET (GMT +2)


  • Gillian Caldwell, chief climate officer and deputy assistant administrator at USAID
  • Jad Daley, president and chief executive officer at American Forests
  • Ellen Jackowski, chief sustainability officer at Mastercard
  • John-O Niles, senior manager natural climate solutions at Salesforce


BACKGROUND: In order to leverage the funding and ambition to build a movement in both the public and private sectors, an enabling environment must be created with demonstrable leadership through programs such as These partnerships can serve as a catalyst for action – from policy interventions (i.e., Inflation Reduction Act), capital investments (i.e., zero-deforestation and conversion supply-chains), financial tools (i.e., carbon markets, green bonds), and accountability standards to on-the-ground interventions (i.e., conservation, agroforestry, improved forest management, reforestation, etc.).

This Fireside Chat will explore best practices in existing programs and best practices from USAID, as well as new initiatives being explored and launched at Salesforce. Specific care will be taken to define what “net-zero” means for both corporations and governments alike and highlight pathways beyond “net-zero” using natural climate solutions.