On Thursday, June 24, Climate Resolve’s annual Coolest in LA gala returns—a fun and flashy evening that honors local climate leadership. This year, we’re putting together a hybrid event on the grounds of the La Kretz Innovation Campus from 6:30-9:00 pm as well as the virtual events and networking platform, Remo. There will be great food and drink at our outdoor tented event or delivered to your home and a live performance—and there’s always a “great room” . . . a who’s who of Los Angeles.

Climate Resolve will also be celebrating recent big wins, like helping launch the State of California’s first-ever Partners Advancing Climate Equity (PACE) cohort to advance the impact of BIPOC climate leaders, and launching the second phase of our Southern California Resilience Initiative. Check out Climate Resolve’s website if you want to read about more of our recent accomplishments.

Climate Resolve and our events team will be following of-the-moment COVID safety guidelines to provide our in-person attendees with the most comfortable and enjoyable experience possible. Please check our safety protocols here.

We’re excited about gathering virtually and in-person safely for the first time in a very long time to celebrate a better future together! 


Alissa Walker is a writer and a walker in L.A. As the California correspondent for Curbed, she covers transportation, housing, and environmental policy affecting the region. She is also the co-host of LA Podcast, a weekly podcast covering news and issues facing the city. Alissa lives in Historic Filipinotown with her family and is a mom to L.A.'s two most enthusiastic public transit riders.

Alissa Walker



Wade Crowfoot was appointed California’s Natural Resources Secretary by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2019.


Secretary Crowfoot oversees an agency of 19,000 employees who protect and manage California’s natural resources. This includes the state’s forests and natural lands, rivers and waterways, coast and ocean, fish and wildlife, and energy development. As a member of the Governor’s cabinet, he advises the Governor on natural resources and environmental issues.


Secretary Crowfoot believes good natural resources management helps natural places thrive and allows communities and our economy to prosper. His key priorities include:

  • Building California’s resilience to climate change-driven threats, including wildfire, drought, flooding and sea-level rise.
  • Expanding access to parks, natural places and outdoor recreation for all Californians.
  • Preserving California’s world-renowned biodiversity of plants and animals.

Prior to leading the Natural Resources Agency, Crowfoot served as chief executive officer of the Water Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropy that builds shared water solutions across the American West. Before that Crowfoot served in Governor Jerry Brown’s Administration as deputy cabinet secretary and senior advisor to the Governor. He also previously served as West Coast regional director for the Environmental Defense Fund and a senior environmental advisor to then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.


Secretary Crowfoot received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 and earned a master’s degree in public policy from the London School of Economics in 2004, graduating with honors.


A native of Michigan, Crowfoot grew up spending his summers outdoors at a YMCA camp and at his family’s remote cabin in Northern Ontario. Upon moving to California in the mid-1990s, he became an avid hiker and backpacker and marks his first time in the redwoods at Big Basin State Park as one of his defining California moments. Now he spends his time outside of work hiking and camping with his wife, Lisa, and their young daughter.

Dr. Robert Garcia is an educator and the 28th mayor of Long Beach. Mayor Garcia has taken a leadership role in economic development, sustainability, and investing in technology. He is focused on making the City of Long Beach a leader in education, economic development, and climate protection. As Mayor, he has championed progressive education policy, launched an aggressive climate plan, supported workers by increasing the minimum wage and fought to expand and protect rights for women, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community.


Mayor Garcia is also a college and university educator, holds an M.A. from the University of Southern California and an Ed.D. in Higher Education from Cal State Long Beach, where he also earned his B.A. in Communication. Mayor Garcia is married to Matthew Mendez Garcia, a professor of political science at California State University, Long Beach.

Dr. Garcia

With a relentless dedication to improving the lives of others, Nichol Whiteman serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the award-winning Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). Under Nichol’s leadership, LADF tackles the most pressing problems facing Los Angeles with a mission to improve education, health care, homelessness and social justice for all Angelenos. During Nichol’s tenure, LADF launched the incredibly impactful Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), a youth development initiative serving more than 10,000 youth. The Spelman College alumna has cultivated partnerships resulting in more than $32 million in community investment in the form of direct programs and grant making, impacting over 2.3 million children.


A product of Nichol’s vision and unwavering dedication, the Los Angeles Dodgers is now the proud owner of an ESPY--having been named the 2020 ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year. She also helped pave the way to LADF receiving the 2020 Beyond Sport Award for Reducing Racial Inequalities. Garnering attention from acclaimed journalists, she has been featured in outlets including Forbes Magazine, NBC’s CA Live, and the LA Times to name a few. With a firm belief that each person has the power to positively impact a life, Nichol's journey continues to be full of inspiration and hope as she fights for young people to realize their dreams. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband Timothy and two sons, Timothy Jr. and Nicholas.

Martin Adams is the General Manager and Chief Engineer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest publicly-owned utility. He took over the leadership role in July 2019 after three years as the agency’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the City’s water and power systems.


He leads an organization of more than 11,000 employees delivering water and power to the 4 million residents of Los Angeles. Mr. Adams has over 36 years of experience with at LADWP, where he started in 1984 as an entry level engineer in the Water System, eventually leading that organization as the Senior Assistant General Manager of Water. During the course of his career, Mr. Adams worked throughout the Water System and was directly involved with the planning and implementation of major changes to water storage, conveyance, and treatment facilities to meet new water quality regulations. He has spent almost half of his career in system operations, including ten years as the Director of Water Operations in charge of the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the Los Angeles water delivery system, including the Los Angeles Aqueduct and other supply sources, pump stations, reservoirs, water treatment, and management of Water System properties.


Mr. Adams is a native of the greater Los Angeles area and lives with his family in Burbank, where he served for nine years on that city’s Water and Power board. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.



To become a partner of Coolest in LA this year, please contact:

Kristina von Hoffmann
Senior Operations Director
(213) 634-3790 X108