Shereen D'Souza, Senior Program Officer, Climate Solutions for Skyline Foundation

Shereen D’Souza
Senior Program Officer, Climate Solutions

Shereen comes from a long line of smallholder farmers who were deeply connected to and dependent on the land and environment. This history drives Shereen to use her privilege to advance climate justice and durable climate solutions through philanthropy. She brings to Skyline over 20 years of experience, from grassroots food justice organizing in Oakland to international climate negotiations at the U.S. State Department.

“I am excited about collaborating with smart, dedicated people who are invested in solving the climate crisis, especially through an equity lens,” says Shereen. As Senior Program Officer for Climate Solutions, Shereen supports organizations that are focused on reducing the emissions that cause climate change, through policy, legal, technological, and power building approaches. As an appointee of Governor Newsom, Shereen led CalEPA’s climate efforts, helping to develop regulations and incentive programs to enable the world’s fourth largest economy (California) to achieve carbon neutrality no later than 2045, all while advancing the Administration’s equity priorities.

Shereen has a Master of Environmental Science and certificate in International Development from Yale University, a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and certificates in permaculture design and agroecology. She spent three and a half years as an agroforestry volunteer with the Peace Corps in Honduras.  

Shereen has lived in Oakland on and off for more than a decade, and she enjoys hiking, backpacking, and biking in the area’s natural splendor.