Business Climate Leaders is run by a team of professional volunteers from corporate, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. We’re committed to building the political will for a climate solution among American businesses, associations and nongovernmental organizations in dozens of industries. We mobilize business people to take local and national climate action that will help ensure a healthy future while strengthening the American economy.
Harold Hedelman, Director of Engagement
Harold Hedelman, a co-founder of Business Climate Leaders, directs the organization’s strategic approach. He believes that solving the climate crisis requires both pricing carbon dioxide emissions and drawing them down from the atmosphere in order to return our planet to a healthy climate. Before starting BCL, Harold designed and ran a pilot program for the Natural Resources Defense Council, testing whether their membership in six midwestern states could effectively support the Clean Power Plan using the grassroots organizing methods of Citizens' Climate Lobby. Prior to that, Harold spent many years working in computer programming, animation, desktop publishing and environmental fundraising in for-profit and non-profit business sectors.
Bruce Hagen, Director of GO Team Programs
Bruce Hagen, a co-founder of Business Climate Leaders, is responsible for directing the activities of our Grasstops Outreach teams. These teams work to educate and mobilize local businesses and community leaders to lobby Members of Congress in their districts. Bruce’s energy and environmental policy efforts go back to Earth Day One, April 22, 1970. Since then, his work has included the California Coastal Commission and Nuclear Safeguards initiatives; federal solar tax credit legislation analysis in the U.S. Senate (Bob Packwood, R-Ore.); early and recent days of PG&E’s demand side management program; and four years at Petaluma’s Enphase Energy. Bruce is the co-chair of the CCL’s Sonoma County Chapter and he serves as the Electricity Sector engagement coordinator for BCL.
Steve Hams, Director of Engagement
Steve Hams, a co-founder of Business Climate Leaders, provides strategic oversight of BCL’s operations, including leadership of BCL’s industry sector teams, and coordination with Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s nationwide activities. Steve brings more than 30 years of management experience in human resources, high tech, medical technology, education, sports and non-profit fields to BCL and has consulted on climate change and education for nearly a decade. Before joining BCL, Steve was the Organizational Sustainability Officer at Skoll Foundation in Palo Alto, Calif. Previously he held senior HR positions at Kyphon, Epiphany, and Hewlett Packard, and was Co-founder of the American Basketball League, the first women’s professional basketball league in the ‘90s.
Rebecca Keller, CFA, Chief Information Officer
Rebecca Keller, a Chartered Financial Analyst, uses her investment knowledge, database experience, and analytical skills to identify business organizations likely to be enthusiastic and effective advocates for EICDA. Her search includes organizations at both the national (sector) and chapter (GO Team) levels. Earlier in her career, Rebecca started Retirement Strategies to help people make smarter 401(k) decisions and which she sold after three successful years to Aon Corp. As grandmother to three little sweethearts, Rebecca is thankful to CCL for providing a path to a healthier climate and to BCL for giving her a role to play in this enterprise.
Rich Lautzenheiser, Outreach Director, IT Sector
Rich Lautzenheiser is the co-leader of the IT sector team and brings 30 years of global sales and business development experience to the BCL team. In addition to co-leading the BCL IT Sector team, Rich is helping lead CCL's lobbying efforts in the Texas state legislature and is active in grass tops outreach in Central Texas. Rich has extensive experience in enterprise computing, storage and cloud computing segments, where he competed to win major business opportunities and market share, earned and retained customer loyalty and trust, drove predictable revenue growth, and developed teams and leaders. He has held executive leadership positions at Broadcom, LSI, Crossroads Systems and Hewlett Packard.
Steve Levin, Communications Consultant
Steve Levin helps Business Climate Leaders to find their voice to engage others to fight climate change. He supports BCL volunteers to create messages from the head and heart that move others to action. Steve is the principal of Leading Change Consulting & Coaching. With a background in Organizational Behavior (BA and MA from Yale University), he provides executive coaching and organizational change consulting to a wide variety of leaders across many industries. He regularly leads courses in Powerful Conversations, an advanced training for seasoned leaders and coaches to influence more effectively. At Business Climate Leaders, Steve helps leaders to find their voice to engage others to fight climate change. He supports Business Climate Leaders volunteers to create messages from the head and heart that move others to action.
Sarah Macgregor, Marketing Director
Sarah Macgregor manages BCL’s marketing communications, including ongoing, outreach, special event marketing, collateral, social media and website content and design for a broad range of publications. A writer, researcher and communications consultant, Sarah has worked for private companies and in academia. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in Education. Sarah believes that a healthy climate is the most important legacy issue we face today and that economic planning, business and changes in heart and education are key to reaching new paradigms.
Stephanie Miller, Business Development & Communications
Stef Miller has worked with Gotham Energy 360, LLC. in Business Development and Global Strategy, identifying projects that necessitate energy procurement, sustainability services, Corporate Social Responsibility stratagems, and appropriate accreditation. Previously, Stef was an Executive and Leadership Development Consultant, coaching senior and executive teams within Silicon Valley, nationally and globally. Stef has been a Strategic Advisor for a Health, Wellness and Special Opportunities Fund with Capricorn Investment, was an Associate Producer for Oceans 8 Films, and did marketing and public relations in the Outdoor, Adventure and Extreme Sports Industry. In addition to working with BCL, Stef leads The Climate Reality Project Global Education Group.
Randy Salim, Director of Volunteer Outreach
Randy Salim is responsible for recruiting, training and deploying hundreds of BCL volunteers across dozens of industry sectors. Since his days as an economics student at the University of Michigan he has believed that pollution needs to be properly accounted for—a belief that has led to his work with CCL and BCL. He has worked in senior management of media, internet and non-profit companies, including The Economist Intelligence Unit in Asia and Yahoo!, where he was involved in a variety of distribution, content and international partnerships and extensions. He is a certified Waldorf grades teacher, a ceramic artist and an avid surfer.
Joe Tedino, Communications Director
Joe Tedino leads BCL’s external and internal communications strategy across all channels. Joe believes we must solve climate change to give future generations the opportunity to enjoy a better, more sustainable world. Prior to joining BCL he was a communications and public relations executive at companies including Boeing, Loral Space and Communications, ICO Global Communications and The Washington Post. Earlier he was a reporter and editor at Gannett, Times-Mirror and Fairchild Publications. He is pursuing an encore career as a tennis coach.