Our Team

Larry Kopald
Founder & President

Larry Kopald has been a communications and branding professional for over twenty-five years, working at some of the world’s top advertising agencies. He has overseen the advertising for brands ranging from McDonalds to American Express to Honda, and has helped launch multibillion brands like Acura, Oracle, and Huggies. Larry has also been a lifelong environmentalist serving on boards like Oceana, the National Marine Sanctuaries, 1% For The Planet and others. He has done the environmental communications for the UN and the Olympics, and his work for the Earth Communications Office was seen in over 100 countries by over a billion people. Larry has been nominated for both Emmy and Grammy awards.

Tom NewmarkTom Newmark

Founder & Chair

Tom Newmark has spent fourteen years in the natural vitamin and supplement industry, building New Chapter into the number one company in the industry before it was sold to Procter & Gamble. Tom is Chairman of the Greenpeace Fund USA, chairman of the American Botanical Council, founder of Sacred Seeds (a plant conservation project administered by United Plant Savers), and co-owner of Finca Luna Nueva, a biodynamic and regenerative farming operation in Costa Rica that administers a tropical farming systems trial. In his past he was a corporate attorney and entrepreneur, from which he claims to be recovering.

Randi Fiat

Director of Development

Working at the intersection of advertising, marketing and design, before she professionally pivoted to work in the non-profit sector to focus on solving complex global challenges, Randi was irresistibly drawn to the work of The Carbon Underground because the mission is audacious and the possibility for success, within reach. In addition to running the day to day operations of TCU, she engages diverse stakeholder groups working together to tackle key initiatives such as TCU’s Adopt-A-Meter program.

Paul Harris

Project Manager

Paul Harris has managed complex projects for over 30 years. His work has included business development, project development and finance for energy infrastructure and clients in the United States, Canada and France. Paul has served on the boards of Sustainable South Bronx and The HOPE Program, two workforce development organizations located in New York City. He is currently on the Board of Raey Hiwot, an organization that helps girls in rural Ethiopia stay in school.