Carlos Vicente Pineda
1971 - 2017
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1971 - 2017
Carlos Vicente Pineda passed away on March 24th, in the arms of his wife, Sasha, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Carlos was a natural leader; a triathlete; a thoughtful and effective pioneer in clean energy and conservation; and a lot of fun. He put 110% of himself into everything he did, from developing innovative projects in North & South America, to long distance open water swimming, to just plain eating. Carlos had a clarity of purpose and a generosity of spirit that drew people to him. He was a force of nature.

At the time of his death, Carlos served as Senior Director for Conservation Areas Financing for World Wildlife Fund. He previously founded and served as CEO of Foresight Renewable Solutions, and there and with other companies he led the development and financing of over 900 megawatts of operating power projects valued at over US$1.7 billion. His finance background was shaped by work at the World Bank and BNP Paribas, and his commitment to conservation was evident in his time at Conservation International and the Stanford Center for Conservation Biology. He was a fluent speaker of Spanish and Portuguese, and started his career as a bilingual biology teacher with Teach for America in Oakland, CA.

Carlos was born in Los Angeles and raised in Redding, CA, where he was valedictorian and student body president of Enterprise High School. He graduated from Stanford in Human Biology with honors, with a concentration in Latin American Studies. He later earned his MBA with a focus on Finance and Emerging Markets Strategy from the Yale School of Management, where he was a Dean's Scholar, and his master's degree with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he focused on environmental finance and public private partnerships. As an alumnus, he co-founded the first Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit in 2015.

Carlos was a triathlete, a force on the Ultimate Frisbee field, and a devotee of mountain biking, yoga and long distance open water swimming at Aquatic Park in San Francisco. He had an appetite that matched his gusto for physical activity, and many of his friends' fondest memories of him revolve around food. His relentless energy and passion inspired his travels around the globe. His kindness and compassion, and infectious sense of humor lifted up countless friends and colleagues. Carlos was animated by a deep commitment to social justice, a dedication to the planet and all living things, and above all Big Love.

The love of his life was his wife Sasha, whom he married on Christmas Day in 2014. Their love was the kind that few are lucky to know, and it made him complete.

In addition to Sasha, he leaves behind his mother, Adele; his father, Charlie; his sister, Adelina; his beloved niece and goddaughter, Chloe, and nephew, Cameron; his aunt Kathy; three other godchildren; many cousins and other family members; and legions of friends around the world, who will celebrate his life on April 22nd in San Francisco.

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Published in New York Times from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2017.
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April 22, 2017
I can't believe he's gone. He was such a force -- such a giving spirit. He lit up every room. I wish he could have met my daughter. I feel so lucky that I got to know him even the small amount that I did. His extended frisbee family will keep his spirit alive always.
Meredith Martin
April 12, 2017
One of the nicest human beings I ever had a chance to meet in life. I knew him since 4th grade, with a happy smile and super intelligent personality. While I will miss his light being out there in the world, I feel the world was honored to have the time his life gave us.
Clint Cerro
April 11, 2017
It breaks my heart to know that the pure spirit that was Carlos is no longer in this world. His passing is a great loss for his family, friends, and everyone whose life he touched. Prayers for strength go to all of us who loved Carlos.
Erin Stuart
April 10, 2017
Dear Adele, We are holding you in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Bill and Kathy
April 9, 2017
Carlos was such a kind and generous soul. I met him in graduate school where his drive and motivation to succeed was born of a love of the natural world and balanced by a yoyful and playful spirit. It didn't take much prodding to get Carlos to come out for a pickup ultimate frisbee game. What a devastating loss for those lucky enough to have Carlos in their daily lives and for the rest of us who knew and loved him. Not to mention the planet. I trust his spirit will live on and guide us toward a more harmonious coexistence, both amongst ourselves and with our mother earth.
Ramsay Ravenel
April 8, 2017
Where are the words that can describe such a loss to family, friends, community, and those who were yet to benefit from what Carlos had to offer. I've had the good fortune to teach many wonderful youngsters, yet Carlos has always had a special place in my memories. It wasn't just his exceptional abilities and talents, but more his thirst for learning- always looking for a bit more- and his joyous personality that set him apart. My condolences to his family at this difficult time-
Allan Craig
April 8, 2017
My sincere condolences. It must be so hard to suffer a tragedy like this. May you find comfort from the Bible. James 1:13
April 8, 2017
Carlos's living legacy,

Just hearing his name always brought a smile to my face and laughter in my heart. I graduated from Enterprise High School with Carlos and had the pleasure of attending our senior ball with him in 1989. His love and passion for our planet and all it's creatures pushes me even more to advocate and educate in his memory. Thank you dear Carlos for gracing our lives with your spirit, your kindness, your energy. You will never be forgotten!!!
Tiffany Sbarbaro
April 8, 2017
Adele, So sorry to hear about your son's passing. He sounds like he was a wonderful man--for many people and for the planet. Sending love to you and your family.
Don and Lee
April 8, 2017
I have fond memories of Carlos when he was one of our students at Parsons Junior High in the 80's. So sad to see his life cut short after so many accomplishments in his young life. My sincere condolences to his family and obviously world-wide friends. He will surely be missed.
Jeff Gibson
April 8, 2017
Oh My Lord, Adele & Adelina, I was so stunned to see Carlos in the paper this morning, I cried & asked God why he took such promising young men like Carlos & Erik from us at such an early age. I know he must have his need for them & I know that Erik was there in Heaven to greet Carlos, so we can find some peace in that thought. I am so sorry for your loss, no words can ease it, though please know that Keith & my thoughts & love are with you both. Karen
Karen Griffith
April 7, 2017
As his coach and teacher in high school, I had the opportunity to work with a rare, gifted and extremely focused young man who I knew then would make a difference in the world....thank you Carlos!
Michael Moynahan
April 7, 2017
Gone and will not be forgotten, precious memories live on in the hearts and prayers of love ones bringing comfort. Look forward to the time when God's will is done on earth as it is in heaven, removing the effects of sin and death, making eternal life in paradise possible.
April 6, 2017
Heartfelt condolences to Sasha, family, and friends. I was a classmate of Carlos's at the Yale Forestry School, and still remember his passion and energy. Gone way too soon! Carlos accomplished so much in such a brief time! He will remain an inspiration to me in my life and career.
John Wickham
April 6, 2017
Rest in Peace Carlos .. It was privilege to be part of your extended family, even though we didn't see to much of you through-out the years .. May God bless and comfort your family during this sad time .. See you on the other side
Julie Carnell
April 6, 2017
Sorry for your family's loss and all who knew him sounds as if he accomplished quite alot while here I can see he will be missed
Julie Van Riper
April 6, 2017
Viva la vida! Carlos lives forever in his family's and friends' hearts. Condolences and love from Adelina's cousins.
Chris and Stan Edmonds
April 6, 2017
A bright shinning star in life here on earth,he will hold the same position in the heavens above. Just look up, find the brightest star and say, "Miss you Carlos". He's gone way to soon. Stay strong family. Keith and Margo
April 6, 2017
It was my pleasure to teach Carlos in the 7th grade.
Wonderful, charismatic leader. Sorry to hear of his passing.
Tony Ten Broeck
April 6, 2017
You had such a big heart. You will be missed dearly my friend.
Erika Reinhardt
April 6, 2017
What a beautiful tribute to an amazing young man. He will be missed in so many ways! I am so very sorry for your loss.
Tanya Gebauer
April 6, 2017
What a loss for this planet.
April 6, 2017
Carlitos you are larger than life and will for ever live in our hearts and memories... THANK you for the gift you were to this World and to us. To Sasha and the Pineda family, may time bring healing to the pain of his too soon departure. Sending you love, peace and strength.
Paula Lazo Rivera
April 6, 2017
Very sorry for your loss, I will remember Carlos' energy and kindness forever.
April 6, 2017
With ALL of Carlos' accomplishments... humble human and BIG love... that sums it up. Carlos will be missed, at the same time, his positive energy will ALWAYS be with me. Hugs to the fam.
April 5, 2017
Dear Mrs. Pineda.
I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved husband.
Please accept my deepest sympathies and condolences,
May the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart during this grievous time.
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