who we are

The Climate Foundation is made up of people from all over the world who all have the same goal: to change the world for the better. 

Brian Von Herzen
Founder:  Brian Von Herzen, Ph.D.

Brian Von Herzen obtained his A.B. in Physics, Magna Cum Laude, from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Computer and Planetary Science from Caltech where he was the recipient of the prestigious Hertz Fellowship (http://www.hertzfoundation.org). While at Princeton, Brian spent four years working closely with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.  At Princeton, his dissertation on global climate models demonstrated how changes in the Earth's orbit affects climate.  During his Caltech years Brian worked on models being developed for terraforming Mars—a problem related to Earth’s climate change challenge.  From these experiences he acquired a detailed understanding of the Earth’s carbon cycle and envisioned a solution to global warming using a technology-based complex of natural biogeochemical interactions, including the use of biochar to sequester gigatons of carbon from the atmosphere for millennia.

Much of Brian’s career has been in Silicon Valley, where he developed innovative technical solutions for companies like Pixar, Dolby, Microsoft, and others. Among other projects, he designed field programmable gate array (FPGA) applications considered to be among the world’s fastest at the time.

Brian leads projects on land and sea with  individuals and groups in all parts of the world, including India, Africa, and the USA.