Maki Tazawa is an intersectional environmental professional and writer having spent her entire career in the environmental and climate space. Tazawa is a co-founder for ClimateRaise, which connects women-led climate companies with investors and other ecosystem partners to bridge the gap for women leaders in climate. She is focused on making systems-led changes through social innovation and investing, especially across nature-based solutions and novel financing approaches. Her writing has appeared in GreenBiz, Science Daily, the Conservation Finance Network and the Clean Energy Finance Forum.
Tazawa was a sector manager at the CREO Syndicate covering natural capital and circular economy investing for a network of family offices; and managed international sustainable development and wildlife conservation projects with the National Audubon Society. She completed a graduate program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies focused on impact investing, sustainable food systems and lived experiences; and holds an undergraduate degree from the George Washington University in International Affairs and Environmental Studies, where she was part of the first graduating cohort of GWU’s sustainability minor.