About Giving Green

Who We Are
We find high-impact climate initiatives. You can turbocharge them. 

Giving Green makes high-impact climate giving easier, for everyone. We perform rigorous research and recommend cost-effective climate initiatives, so you can give with confidence. 


Giving Green is an initiative of the nonprofit IDinsight. We are a team of economists, data scientists, and climate experts with decades of experience working at the intersection of evidence-based policy and the environment. We created Giving Green with the objective of directing dollars and volunteers towards evidence-backed projects that combat the climate crisis.

Our work is funded by the support of generous donors who believe in our mission. If you are interested in our mission to bring data and evidence to the fight against climate change, please consider supporting our team directly. We also provide consulting services, through which our experts answer your organization's climate questions with data and evidence and create bespoke recommendations. If interested in this, please contact us!

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To guide our search for effective climate projects, we strive to uphold four values. These are our commitments to teammates, supporters, and the planet. 


1. Truth-seeking

We ask challenging questions and perform rigorous research, guided by evidence and reason. 

2. Humility

We value different perspectives and acknowledge our own limitations. 

3. Transparency

We share research and deliberations publicly to encourage dialogue. 

4. Collaboration

We foster catalytic partnerships to amplify climate actions and maximize impact. 



Dan Stein co-founder of Giving Green at IDinsight

Dr. Dan Stein

Dan Stein is Giving Green's co-founder and director and the Chief Economist at IDinsight.

Dan is passionate about using evidence-based approaches to fight the climate crisis. Prior to IDinsight, Dan worked as an Economist at the World Bank, where he launched a program of impact evaluations in energy and environment. 

Dan holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Physics and Political Economy from UC Berkeley.

Emily Thai

Emily Thai

Emily Thai is Giving Green's manager.

Prior to joining Giving Green, Emily worked at the University of Chicago’s Center for RISC, conducting climate research and managing social impact partnerships between academics and social media platforms, and at Rhapsody Venture Partners, investing in sustainable technology. 

Emily holds bachelor’s degrees in Materials Science and Engineering and Women’s and Gender Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Justin Labeille

Justin Labeille

Justin Labeille is the Associate Director of Climate Research.


Prior to joining Giving Green, Justin identified and evaluated new funding opportunities for GiveWell. Justin has held positions at MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Living Goods, Innovations for Poverty Action, and The Motley Fool.


Justin received an MA in Economics from the University of Auckland as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and dual BAs in Environmental Studies and Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar.

Kimberly Huynh

Dr. Kimberly Huynh

Kimberly Huynh is a Climate Scientist for Giving Green.

Prior to joining Giving Green, Kimberly worked as a Content Editor and Summer Research Analyst at GiveWell and conducted environmental fieldwork in Canada, New Zealand, Chile, and the United States.

Her PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley focused on estimating methane emissions from wetlands. She earned both a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering & a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University.

Lucia Simonelli

Dr. Lucia Simonelli

Lucia is a Senior Climate Researcher for Giving Green.


Prior to joining Giving Green, Lucia was a Senior Policy Fellow at Carbon180 where she specialized in federal policy for direct air capture (DAC) and other carbon removal pathways. She also served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, working on climate initiatives and learning about the legislative process. Before pivoting to policy, Lucia was a postdoc in mathematics at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy.


Lucia holds a BSc in mathematics from the University of Texas and PhD in mathematics from the University of Maryland. 

Sunnie Huang

Sunnie Huang

Sunnie Huang is Giving Green's communications and development officer.

She began her career as a journalist, first at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto, then at The Economist in London. After moving to the nonprofit sector, she worked with Generation Pledge to grow the community of ultra-high-net-wealth inheritors who want to do good with their resources.

Sunnie holds degrees in journalism and environmental economics. She is passionate about helping impact-oriented organizations grow.


Olivia Bird

Olivia Bird is a Student Research Intern for Giving Green.

She is currently undertaking her Masters in Ecological Restoration at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her thesis research focuses on alpine plant community responses to climate warming, and she is passionate about finding evidenced-based strategies to address climate change.

Olivia holds a BSc in Ecology and Biodiversity and Development Studies from Victoria University of Wellington.


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Dan Plechaty

Dan Plechaty is an Associate Director at ClimateWorks. As part of the Global Intelligence team, his work involves data analysis, policy modelling, economic valuation, and data visualization.

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Daphne Yin

Daphne Yin is the Head of Climate and Sustainability at Indufor. She advises on investments and programs to strengthen the resilience of rural landscapes, combat climate change, and ensure sustainable sourcing of forestry and agricultural products.

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Dr. Jae Pasari

Jae Pasari is the Program Manager for Climate Action at Preston-Werner Ventures. He leads research to identify high leverage climate investment opportunities in non-profit, political, and business spheres.

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Michelle Levinson

Michelle Levinson is a Manager in eMobility at the World Resources Institute. She has over a decade of experience working on US climate policy and electricity markets.

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Dr. Neil Buddy Shah

Neil Buddy Shah is the CEO of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and previously the Managing Director of GiveWell. Buddy has a decade-plus track record of taking cutting-edge ideas from academia and industry and applying them to the needs of the social sector.

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Dr. Ruth Levine

Ruth Levine is the CEO of IDinsight. She is a development economist with more than three decades of experience working on the design and implementation of policies and programs related to global health and education, social protection, gender equality, and labor markets.

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Shu Dar Yao

Shu Dar Yao is the Founder of Lucid Capitalism, an advisory firm that educates and guides VC and PE funds and their portfolio companies on ESG issues, including climate change and social inequality. Her career has spanned finance and nonprofit ecosystems; she led the Investment Committee at RSF Social Finance and previously has worked at Social Finance, Citigroup's Inclusive Finance, the World Bank Group's IFC, and JPMorgan.


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