Paula DiPerna is a strategic international environmental and philanthropic policy advisor. Currently, she serves as Special Advisor-North America for the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a global organization that gathers environmental disclosure from public companies on behalf of asset managers and financial advisors. She also serves on the Board of Advisors of the NTR Foundation, a global environmental foundation based in Dublin, Ireland; Global Kids, whose mission is to develop global citizenship; and Rachel’s Network, which links women philanthropists who have environmental interests.
Formerly, DiPerna served as President of the Joyce Foundation, a major US-based philanthropy, where she oversaw annual grant making of roughly $40 million. Ms. DiPerna also served formerly as President of the International division of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), a company that pioneered emissions trading worldwide. With CCX Chairman financial innovator Dr. Richard L. Sandor, she helped negotiate the joint venture with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) that created the Tianjin Climate Exchange (TCX), China’s first cap-and-trade exchange.
DiPerna also worked closely with legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, as a writer and Vice-President for International Affairs, and as a consultant to the Global Environment Facility and LEAD-International, among other organizations. DiPerna is also a widely published author of articles, online columns, a novel and several non-fiction books.
Ms. DiPerna is a member of the Women’s Forum of New York, and the Council on Foreign Relations. (2014)