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The 2030 Fund

Building a better climate future in this decade


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About Us

The 2030 Fund is a private initiative focused on advancing a just transition to reach Louisiana’s climate goals for this decade. The Fund works with government, businesses, local organizations and community leaders to build a Louisiana that will remain vibrant, resilient, and successful in 2030 and beyond.

The Fund provides support through multiple investment portfolios including charitable grants, loans, equity, and other fit-for-purpose investments.

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Why Louisiana?

  • Louisiana is the 4th highest emitter of carbon in the United States.
  • Louisiana is the 5th highest emitter of carbon per capita (carbon per person) in the USA, emitting more carbon per person than California and Texas, combined.
  • Unlike the rest of the country where about 30% of emissions come from industry (i.e. oil & gas refineries, chemical and plastics manufacturing, etc.), in Louisiana industrial emissions make up 66% of the pie.
  • More disturbingly, industrial emissions from CCS-driven hydrogen, gas, and petrochemicals in Louisiana is currently set to significantly increase over the next decade – not decrease.
  • These industrial emissions are disproportionality concentrated in low-income, BIPOC communities.

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Dr. Laurie Michaels

Founding Partner

Dr. Michaels, PhD is an individual philanthropist based in Aspen, Colorado. She is the Founding Partner of The 2030 Fund and Founder of Open Road Alliance.

Through Open Road Alliance, Dr. Michaels actively advocated for change within the philanthropic sector by highlighting the need for better risk management in grant making. She is a frequent contributor to The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), as well as a speaker at forums such as Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Council on Foundations, and the Global Philanthropy Forum.

Dr. Michaels currently serves on the board of directors for Search for Common Ground. She previously served on the boards of PATH and the Aspen Community Foundation (ACF). During her 12 year-tenure at ACF, Dr. Michaels served as board chair for four years ending in 2013.

Prior to her work in philanthropy, she maintained a private practice in clinical psychology.

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Maya Winkelstein


As Partner at The 2030 Fund, Maya leads all the day-to-day activities of the initiative.

She is the founding CEO of Open Road Alliance and current Advisory Board Chair. During her 10-year tenure at Open Road, Maya led the organization’s evolution from a single-donor grant-making strategy to the world’s first impact bridge loan fund with over $15M AUM. During this time, Open Road made over $450 million in loans and grants to organizations across the globe.

Prior to Open Road, Maya worked as an Associate Director with the consulting firm williamsworks where her clients included the Eastern Congo Initiative, Nike Foundation, PATH, Tostan, and TOMS Shoes.

Maya speaks frequently about philanthropy, impact investing, and climate justice funding at forums including the Financial Times, Global Philanthropy Forum, and Skoll World Forum. Her written work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Foundation Review and more. In 2017, Maya was featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s ‘On the Rise’ series and Huffington Post’s ‘Women in Business.’

Maya holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan; MSc from the London School of Economics; and Certificate in Finance from Georgetown University.

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