Team

At We Can’t Wait, we’re hacking individual giving and philanthropy, inspiring people to respond to our climate emergency at the scope, scale, and speed it demands. We are connectors — helping donors/investors learn about impactful projects, supporting meaningful conversations, sparking collaborations, and motivating people to invest and donate NOW to maximize our impact together.

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We’re hiring an Executive Director to advance We Can’t Wait!

The We Can't Wait Team

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Felix Kramer
Founder

I call myself a "Writer - Ideator - Networker - Solutionary.” I’m an ex-entrepreneur focusing on missing pieces. I had my roller-coaster leading the successful CalCars campaign that brought us plug-in-hybrids. I invite you to go all in NOW, responding with your time and money to address our immediate democracy emergency and our climate emergency, and all they connect. I’m committed to intergenerational campaigns to protect, rescue, improve, and restore our world and our prospects. More of my back-story at Active Allies.

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Mike Mielke
Senior Advisor

I’ve been working at the intersection of nonprofits, business, and policy for over twenty years, and on climate and clean energy in the US and abroad at various levels for twenty-five years.  I enjoy being an ideator and builder who has co-founded and led a number of different organizations focused on sustainability, climate, and clean energy.  When I’m not spending time outdoors or with my son, I enjoy working on and winning campaigns, and I’m passionate about advancing policies, programs, and initiatives that empower communities to address complex challenges. What’s more, I believe the democracy and climate crises are the most pressing issues facing us today, and that they must be addressed at the speed, scope and scale required. I’m done waiting for our institutions to save all that we hold dear, which is why I’m focused on hacking philanthropy and creating a like-minded leadership community. I hope you will join us!  

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From being a youth delegate at UN climate conferences to engaging in nonviolent direct action for racial justice, I’ve been imagining how the world can be better and trying to live from this vision my whole life. My superpower is bridging the day-to-day with the big picture and seeing possibilities. Climbing trees, learning about the history of my family & community, and caring for plants — especially eating food I’ve grown on land I love — are ways that help me resource & know who I am in the ecosystem of the earth and the flow of life through me. For We Can’t Wait, we’re finding new ways to build meaningful community, realize how interconnected our challenges are, and flow money to vital, on-the-ground solutions and towards systemic change. We can do this, humanity! We can rise to the crises of our time and bring the best of ourselves to birth the thriving, just, regenerative world our hearts know is possible.

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Jaime Bayo
Advisor

For more than 15 years, I’ve held various fundraising and executive leadership roles for local, national, and international nonprofit organizations. Most recently I served as the Head of Philanthropy for Action for the Climate Emergency. With less than 2% of global philanthropic resources dedicated to fighting climate change, I am fired up about We Can’t Wait’s potential to create a community of pro-climate donors with the capacity to transform the entire climate justice movement. Kailash Satyarthi – who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 for his work to combat child slavery around the globe – once told me a story of someone who asked him “What can I personally do to put an end to child trafficking?” His answer was “Nothing. You alone cannot solve this problem, or any global problem for that matter. You must find others who share in your passion, and work together. Only then can you make a meaningful difference.” That’s what We Can’t Wait is all about — bringing like-minded philanthropists together to move resources NOW to the organizations at the front lines of the climate justice movement. Together, we can shift the future of our planet!

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I’m excited to see We Can’t Wait’s unique strategy to inspire us to up our game: acting, investing, and donating way more.

—Jeremy Brewer, founding chair, Work On Climate; co-founder, Starshot Capital