Jonathan Strauss is an Operating Partner at Lowercarbon Capital and leads the firm’s portfolio acceleration efforts.
Prior to joining Lowercarbon, Jonathan founded Climate Draft, a coalition of hundreds of climate tech startups — including many in the Lowercarbon portfolio — working together to attract top talent to the space. With Lowercarbon’s support as a founding member, over the last two years Climate Draft has helped thousands of people transition into climate tech as employees, advisors, investors, and even founders.
Jonathan started his career in technology, first in Corporate Strategy, Business Operations, and Product Management roles at Yahoo! before founding a social media analytics startup backed by leading tech VCs. After his company was acquired (and he took a fair amount of time off to recover), Jonathan was recruited to work for the Chief Digital Officer of LVMH, the world’s largest luxury conglomerate. There he worked on key corporate initiatives spanning dozens of global brands with hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Jonathan left LVMH in 2017 to work in electoral politics, ultimately as Head of Product for Swing Left in 2018, where he first got to know Clay Dumas, Lowercarbon’s General Partner. And when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Jonathan helped found and run Frontline Foods, a non-profit startup under the auspices of José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen.
As a fellow entrepreneur, Jonathan has deep empathy for founders and a passion for helping them. He has been an angel investor in and advisor to dozens of startups over the last 15 years as well as a Techstars All-Star Mentor. His own personal journey trying to transition into a climate career is what ultimately led Jonathan to create Climate Draft, which provided the opportunity to combine the mission to combat climate change with a focus on helping startups.
Jonathan holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He’s a member of the board of the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future and an advisor to Climate Cabinet, an organization using data to target downballot elections with maximum impact on climate policy.
One of several LA natives on the team, Jonathan returned home after a decade in the Bay Area and now resides in West Hollywood with his wife and two children. The only sport he was ever any good at is skiing, and he’s desperately trying to make his kids love it as much as he does.