Now is the time to invest in nature-based carbon removal solutions — for the planet and your business. Help protect and restore our ecosystems, and secure a stream of future removal credits to achieve net zero. In this session, Aspiration CEO, Andrei Cherny and Chief Sustainability Officer, Olivia Albrecht, will talk about the planet-scale impact that Aspiration’s nature-based restoration program will drive to remove carbon and benefit communities around the world.
About The Speakers
Andrei Cherny | CEO and Co-Founder, Aspiration
Aspiration CEO Andrei Cherny has spent more than twenty-five years working to make the financial system more sustainable and fair. He combines a background as an advisor to some of America’s top companies, the co-founder and president of a media start-up, a financial fraud prosecutor, historian, Navy reserve officer, and a nationally recognized economic policy expert. Before co-founding Aspiration, Andrei launched and grew Democracy Journal to one of the most widely read idea journals in America. There, he worked with Elizabeth Warren to help start the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A former Clinton White House aide, he was the youngest White House speechwriter in American history.
His 2000 book, The Next Deal, showed how business and government would be transformed by people’s demands for more and better choices. He is also the author of The Candy Bombers and is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of California Berkeley law school.
Olivia Albrecht | Chief Sustainability Officer, Aspiration
Ms. Albrecht is Chief Sustainability Officer at Aspiration, the leading sustainable fintech and carbon offset manager based in Marina del Ray, California. In the business of sustainability, Aspiration helps companies, consumers and communities profitably deliver on their decarbonization ambitions. Ms. Albrecht is also a Sustainability Advisory Board member at Persefoni, the prominent carbon accounting software platform based in Tempe, Arizona. In addition, she is involved with several geospatial data companies focused on the role of satellite imagery in tracking, monitoring and analyzing sustainability risks. Ms. Albrecht spent 10 years at PIMCO where she was most recently Head of ESG Business Strategy leading a diverse and integrated team of over 50 investment professionals across departments and functions.
Previously, Ms. Albrecht helped lead PIMCO’s Global Fixed Income product strategy team representing $100bn assets with clients spanning Asia Pacific, EMEA and the Americas split across institutional and retail investors. Ms. Albrecht currently serves on the Leadership Council of New America, a policy think tank in Washington DC, in addition to the Milken Institute’s Public Advisory Council. Ms. Albrecht earned a BA degree in Philosophy from Princeton University, an MBA from Columbia University’s Business School and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Ms. Albrecht played Division 1 Varsity Women’s Soccer at Princeton University.
Peter Knight | Chair, The Climate Museum
Peter Knight is the Board Chair of the Climate Museum and a Founder and Managing Partner at Cyan Capital Partners, which focuses on sustainable investing strategies in public and private markets. Previously he was a Founding Partner of Generation Investment Management. Prior to joining Generation, Mr. Knight was a Managing Director of MetWest Financial, a Los Angeles-based financial services company from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Knight started his career with the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. From 1977 to 1989, he served as Chief of Staff to former VP Al Gore when Mr. Gore was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and later the U.S. Senate. He served as the General Counsel of Medicis Pharmaceutical from 1989 to 1991, and then established his law practice representing numerous Fortune 500 companies as named partner in a Washington D.C. law firm. Mr. Knight has held senior positions on four presidential campaigns, including serving as the campaign manager for the successful 1996 re-election of President Clinton. He is a Director of the National Park Foundation. Mr. Knight holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Cornell University.