Jay Carson – Executive Director, C40

Jay Carson serves as the Executive Director for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Senior Advisor to Bloomberg Philanthropies. In this capacity, Carson has overseen the integration of C40 and Clinton Climate Initiative Cities program to develop a premiere climate change organization committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will address climate change globally through a network of more than 40 cities.

Prior to joining C40 and Bloomberg Philanthropies, Carson was Chief Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles under Mayor Antonio Villaigrosa where he led a successful overhaul of the city’s economic development and job creation efforts.

A seasoned political strategist, Carson worked in government and politics for over 15 years for elected officials including Senator Charles Schumer, Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, Governor Howard Dean and now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as serving as Director of Communications for President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation during the creation of the Clinton Global Initiative.


 Carson was recently named as one of Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40: Ones to Watch.”

Born in Macon, GA, Carson received his BA from Columbia University in New York City. He lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Board of Directors of Film LA and is a Senior Fellow at UCLA. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.


“Achieving a sustainable future requires that we work together in new ways, forging links across all levels of government and economic sectors. Innovative businesses and cities are natural partners in this critical endeavour, as we have seen through landmark efforts right across the global network of C40 Cities.”


About C40

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) was created by cities for cities. Founded in 2005, it is now a preeminent global organization and network of 59 cities committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks. C40 helps cities identify, develop, and implement local policies and programs that have collective global impact. Working across multiple sectors and initiative areas, C40 convenes sub-networks of cities with common goals and challenges, providing a suite of services in support of their efforts: direct technical assistance; facilitation of peer-to-peer exchange; and research & communications. C40 is positioning cities as a leading force for climate action around the world, defining and amplifying their call to national governments for greater support and autonomy in a creating a sustainable future.