California Agency Secretary and Government Relations Exec Join Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors

May 29, 2013

Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and Marnie Funk add more depth, experience to a diverse group of Board members

LOS ANGELES, CA  – The Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors elected two new members who strengthen the organization’s ties to the State of California and together add new perspectives and depth to the Board.  The new members join at an exciting time as the Board advises on the organization’s strategic direction and operations while it serves California’s cap-and-trade program and looks to support other regulatory programs.  John Laird, Secretary for the California Natural Resources Agency, brings a wealth of experience in and commitment to environmental conservation and public service.  And, Marnie Funk, Senior Government Relations Advisor at Shell, brings a strong background in government relations and communications where she has worked on supporting Federal climate change legislation.

“We are extremely honored to have Secretary Laird and Ms. Funk join the Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors.  Both have accomplished careers and will bring unique insight and perspectives to the Reserve.  Their contributions will be valuable in helping chart our future growth and development,” said Linda Adams, Chair of the Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors and Founding Partner of Clean Tech Advocates.  “These two individuals further demonstrate the balance of corporate, environmental, academic and government perspectives that is a cornerstone of the Reserve’s Board and which is truly unique.”

Secretary Laird was appointed to his position by Governor Jerry Brown on January 5, 2011.  As Secretary, he oversees the California Natural Resources Agency’s work to restore, protect and manage the state’s natural, historical and cultural resources.  Secretary Laird has served the public for 35 years of his career, including serving the maximum three terms in the California State Assembly.  During his terms as an Assembly member, he authored 82 bills that were signed into law, including the bills that established the landmark Sierra Nevada Conservancy and significantly expanded water conservation

“The Climate Action Reserve has deep roots in California, and while I have interacted with it over the past several years, I have consistently been impressed with its work to protect our environment and its commitment to offset integrity. I am pleased to join its Board of Directors and be a part of its ongoing mission,” said Secretary Laird.

Ms. Funk has been a leader in Shell’s public presence and government affairs since she joined the corporation in 2007 as Vice President of Communications.  Currently, she serves as Senior Government Relations Advisor and Director of CO2 Advocacy.  Prior to joining Shell, Ms. Funk managed communications for the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee and the House Resources Committee.

“I am honored to join such a stellar Board. I have been impressed by the Board members’ individual reputations and the Board’s collective reputation for ingenuity, leadership and vision. I am pleased to join the effort, under Gary’s inspired leadership, to navigate the next steps for the Reserve,” said Ms. Funk.