WASHINGTON – March 19, 2024 | Verra, the world’s leading nonprofit standards setter for climate action and sustainable development, today announced that Joe Dell’Orfano has joined the organization as its first chief technology officer (CTO). In this role, Joe will work closely with Verra’s leadership team to spearhead the organization’s digital transformation and technology efforts as a catalyst for high-quality and sustainable growth.

Joe brings more than 20 years of senior technology leadership experience helping drive customer-centric technology strategies and solutions. Prior to joining the Verra team, Joe served in key roles at publicly traded organizations including Total Wine and More, REI, and Safeco Insurance. Most recently, Joe spearheaded the technology department at Cava, where he assembled a dynamic team, established core practices, and led the overhaul of its mobile app, website, and data infrastructure platforms. These efforts were instrumental in leading Cava to a successful initial public offering (IPO). Dell’Orfano received an MBA from the University of Washington and a BA from California State University at Fullerton.

“As someone deeply passionate about climate action, I’m excited by the opportunity to collaborate with the team at Verra to drive technological advancements and foster innovation in support of Verified Carbon Standard Program processes and broader organizational objectives,” said Dell’Orfano. “I am enthusiastic about leveraging technology to streamline processes, enhance transparency, and extract more robust insights, in contributing to the effectiveness of Verra’s initiatives.”

“Verra is excited to welcome Joe during this critical time. Joe brings an impressive track record and diverse experience in leading the development and implementation of critical technology strategies, and he will be an integral part of advancing Verra’s work to more effectively drive finance to high-integrity projects that address the climate challenge. Digital transformation to improve operational efficiency and speed is a core tenet of our New Era for Verra, and Joe will help guide these integral efforts.”

Judith Simon, president and interim CEO at Verra

Joe will report directly to Judith and will oversee Verra’s new standalone technology department.

For questions and inquiries, please contact:
Jeremy Warren, Senior Manager, Media Relations
jwarren@verra.org | 512-851-9133


Verra is a global leader helping to tackle the world’s most intractable environmental and social challenges. As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, Verra is committed to helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve livelihoods, and protect natural resources by working with the private and public sectors. We support climate action and sustainable development with standards programs and tools that credibly, transparently, and robustly assess environmental and social impacts and enable funding for sustaining and scaling up projects that verifiably deliver these benefits.