Jan Dell is an independent engineer with a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and founder of The Last Beach Cleanup. With experience extending across more than 40 countries, Jan has worked with global companies in the energy, chemical, manufacturing, food, beverage, footwear, apparel and entertainment industries to develop major projects, implement sustainable business practices and build climate resiliency in their business operations, their communities and their supply chains. Appointed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Jan was a member of the US Federal Committee that led the third National Climate Assessment from 2010 to 2014 and was the Vice Chair of the US Federal Sustained National Climate Assessment Committee in 2016-2017.
Ms. Dell has led collaborative business and energy industry initiatives on managing water risks and adaptation to the projected impacts of climate change, including the creation of the WBCSD Global Water Tool which has been used by hundreds of companies to measure their water usage and map their risks on a global level. As an Independent Engineer on a Quest to the Last Beach Cleanup, Jan is collaborating with environmental nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and socially responsible investment (SRI) funds to lead catalytic initiatives to move from awareness on plastic pollution to wide-scale action and achievement.