We turn hopes and worries into action to solve the world’s biggest problems. And we’re succeeding.


Pando has a unique way of bringing people and institutions together to help build a more just and sustainable world. We identify challenges and assemble incredible teams to meet them. Then develop a unique set of programs from the mix — often creating wholly new categories of opportunity in the process. Think of us as non-profit market makers for community resilience.

We look at things differently. Which allows us to increase the capacity of our partners, break down barriers between specialty silos, and thicken the connective tissue between environmental and social justice groups.

We focus our efforts at the intersections between organizations, where we can create new opportunities of social and environmental effectiveness.

Pando Populus is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in the fall of 2014. Our inaugural conference was held on the campus of Pomona College in Claremont, CA in June of 2015 for some 1,600 people. The event, titled “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization,” explored more than eighty different tracks in the sciences and humanities, rethinking civilization along ecological lines. John B. Cobb, Jr. was the intellectual architect of the conference and is Pando’s founding chair.

Our values reflect the interconnectedness of all things. We take our name from the largest organism on Earth, a giant quaking aspen and one-tree forest named Pando.