Axios Pro: Climate Deals

September 07, 2022

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1 big thing: CZI doubles down on climate science

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is doubling down on its climate investments and is looking to hire a special projects manager dedicated to building out a climate tech investment thesis, Megan has learned.

Why it matters: CZI is among the largest philanthropic groups investing in climate science, and it seeks to become even more active with a dedicated initiative.

Details: A job posting for a special projects manager appeared on the CZI website Tuesday.

  • The role's responsibilities include creating CZI's broader climate investing and grant thesis in what the organization calls a "new knowledge base" for the group.
  • The role is also tasked with managing CZI's current portfolio of grant recipients and investments, including an ongoing ag-tech project that wants to apply CRISPR technology to rice crops.
  • CZI hasn't returned Axios' request for comment and clarification about the role.

Of note: By hiring a dedicated climate manager, the multibillion-dollar organization is indicating its commitment to expanding its reach beyond its biotech roots into the world of climate science.

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