Our People

Who we are

Our people are everything.  We come from all walks of life but share the common purpose of creating a sustainable planet.  We know what it takes to build businesses because we've done it many times, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing, but always adding to our knowledge base.  We believe that everyone has something to contribute.  We all can learn from one another. We humbly admit our mistakes, and we strive to grow through relentless curiosity and candid conversation.

Our work is just one way we define ourselves.  We are family men and women, who are passionate about the environment. We love spending time in the great outdoors; seeking out new experiences that help us grow and experience the world.  We are more than a team, at the Drawdown Fund, we are a family.

 
Management Team
Erik Snyder 
General Partner & CEO

Experienced CEO, Founder and investor with 19+ years of experience across operations, general management, and investing.  Prior to the Drawdown Fund, Erik worked on investments held in a multi-family office as Managing Director and was a former investor at Partners Capital. He was CEO of the largest privately-held ski company after earning an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Laura Witt
General Partner

Experienced growth equity investor with 22+ years of experience investing in high growth technology companies.  Prior to the Drawdown Fund, Laura served as a General Partner at ABS Capital where she led investments in applications and infrastructure software, systems, Internet, cloud, mobile, and consumer technologies. Prior to ABS Capital, Laura was a senior consultant at Monitor and received her MBA from Wharton.

Eric Turner, CFA
General Partner

Experienced investment professional with 12+ years of experience making direct private and public investments.  Former investor at Tekfen Ventures, WI Harper, Turner Investments, & Goldman Sachs. Experience Board Member and Advisor.  Graduated with an MBA from Wharton.

Brint Markle
Executive-In-Residence

Experienced CEO, Founder and investor with 12+ years of experience across operations, general management and impact investing.  Prior to Drawdown, Brint founded Mountain Hub, a global outdoor map-based information network acquired by Mammut Sports Group, and Avatech, a pioneer in proactive avalanche technology.  He was also the former Head of Strategy of Small Enterprise Assistance Funds, an emerging market impact investor and Senior Associate Consultant at Bain & Company.  Brint is a Guest Lecturer & Entrepreneur-In-Residence at MIT.

Founding Partners
Paul Hawken
Founding Partner

Renowned environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment.  One of the environmental movement’s leading voices, a pioneering architect of corporate reform and the environment.  Keynote speaker and author of seven books.

Jeff Rosenthal
Founding Partner

Co-Founder of Summit, an organization that is best known for engaging the world’s most dynamic dreamers and doers through curated events and initiatives.  Jeff is a co-owner of Powder Mountain in Eden, Utah.  Jeff also is the Co-Director the Summit Action Fund, which makes investments in startups that drive positive disruptive innovation.

It takes a village


At the Drawdown Fund, we are fortunate to work with world class organizations who share our mission and values.  Our community includes renowned global leaders in impact investing and climate change and are helping us create an unstoppable movement.

Project Drawdown is facilitating a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policymakers, business leaders and activists to assemble and present the best available information on climate solutions in order to describe their beneficial financial, social and environmental impact over the next thirty years.

 

To date, the full range and impact of climate solutions have not been explained in a way that bridges the divide between urgency and agency. Thus the aspirations of people who want to enact meaningful solutions remain largely untapped. Dr. Leon Clark, one of the lead authors of the IPCC 5th Assessment, wrote, "We have the technologies, but we really have no sense of what it would take to deploy them at scale." Together, let’s figure it out.

Want to join our growing team?

Send your resume and cover letter to careers@drawdownfund.com and we'll be in touch.

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