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Bessie Schwarz

2020 Fellow

Co-Founder, Cloud to Street

Echoing Green Finalist Portrait
United States

Bessie Schwarz is the CEO and Co-founder of Cloud to Street, the leading platform for monitoring, mapping, and analyzing floods and flood risk around the world for the most climate vulnerable communities and governments. She is an expert in designing and implementing products for low and middle income countries and communities, as well as in Human-Centered Design for empirically based disaster response tools. Her technical training is in geospatial analytics and social psychology, with a focus on risk and climate change communication.

Bessie serves as the Senior Strategy Advisor to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, where she founded a consulting practice to support campaigns with climate communication research and models. She has a Masters of Science from Yale University and a BA in Philosophy and Environmental Science and Technology from Carleton College, and is an Echoing Green Fellow, Draper Richard Kaplan Entrepreneur and Miller Center Scholar.

Bessie is a community organizer by training and at heart. She has worked with communities vulnerable to climate change across the US and led national campaigns on climate and energy policy.

Sustainable Development Goals 2 (Zero Hunger), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), and 13 (Climate Action).