ecoAmerica relies on a dynamic Board of Directors for strategic guidance. Our Directors are cultural, environmental, business, and marketing leaders who offer the diversity of viewpoints and keen insight vital to advancing ecoAmerica’s mission.
ecoAmerica relies on a dynamic Board of Directors for strategic guidance. Our Directors are cultural, environmental, business, and marketing leaders who offer the diversity of viewpoints and keen insight vital to advancing ecoAmerica’s mission.
Ed Begley, Jr.
Actor, Environmental Leader
As environmental issues become more pressing, there are two possible responses: forget it and hope that government and corporations will figure it out, or take action yourself. In the “take action yourself” camp, a few individuals are leading the way. One such person in California is Ed Begley, Jr.
Turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, Ed has been considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years. He serves on the boards of The Coalition For Clean Air, The Thoreau Institute, The Environmental Media Association, and The Earth Communications Office, among many others.
His work in the environmental community has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper, and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation. Ed currently lives near Los Angeles in a self-sufficient home powered by solar energy. He has his own website at www.edbegley.com.
Technology Crossover Ventures
Currently a Venture Partner at Technology Crossover Ventures, Erik is also Executive Chairman at Terrapass, Inc., a leading provider of high quality carbon offsets, and a partner at Butterfield & Robinson, Inc, a leader in international active travel. Previously, Erik has served as CEO of Expedia, Inc. and as CEO of IAC/InterActiveCorp's travel division, IAC Travel, including online travel businesses Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Classic Custom Vacations and Interval International.
Erik also serves as a board director at Zillow, Inc, and Glassdoor, Inc, and is on the U.S. National Council of the World Wildlife Fund and a member of the Board of Cutting Ball Theatre in San Francisco.
Erik holds a bachelor's degree in English and certificate in theater from Princeton University and a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business.
Aimée Christensen is founder and CEO of Christensen Global Strategies (www.christensenglobal.com), collaborating with industries, investors, governments, organizations and individuals worldwide to develop solutions for a strong clean global economy, healthy communities and protection of our natural resources. Her clients have included the Clinton Global Initiative, Duke Energy, Microsoft, Ogilvy, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swiss Re, The Elders, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of Energy, Virgin Unite and Wolfensohn & Co. Trained as an environmental and energy lawyer, she has two decades’ experience in policy, law, investment, and philanthropy including with Google.org, the World Bank, Baker & McKenzie, and the U.S. Department of Energy where she drafted the first bilateral and regional climate change accords. In 2012, Aimée served as a Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy For All and she also served as the founding Program Chair of the 2010 and 2011 World Climate Summits, which brings together business leaders to collaborate on building the global clean economy. In addition to her advisory work and investments, Ms. Christensen has contributed to building the global clean economy by playing a central role in the founding of a number of organizations, campaigns, and businesses including the Clean Economy Network, the Global Observatory, EKO Asset Management Partners, and the Newark (N.J.) Green Future Network. She is responsible for a number of critical firsts including drafting and negotiating the first U.S. bilateral agreements on climate change and writing and successfully advocating for the adoption of the first university endowment investment policy on climate change (Stanford University). She serves on the Advisory Boards of EKO Asset Management Partners, FuseCorps and one4all, and the Board of ecoAmerica and the International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development. She was the 2011 Hillary Laureate and a 2010 Aspen Catto Fellow and graduated from Smith College and has a JD from Stanford Law School.
Leah Missbach Day is a documentary photographer based in Chicago, IL. Leah completed her MFA in Photography at Columbia College in Chicago, where she also served as adjunct faculty member for 8 years. Leah's work showcases her ability to connect with subjects and capture everyday moments that are simultaneously remarkable and common. Leah's work has been exhibited across the U.S. and internationally.
In 2005, Leah co-founded World Bicycle Relief, a global non-profit organization, which has since provided over 75,00 bicycles to families rebuilding livelihoods, caregivers combating disease and students seeking access to education. Leah frequently speaks on behalf of World Bicycle Relief, and as the organization's primary photographer, her images and storytelling often serve as the crux of their international campaigns.
Leah's artistry extends to the written word with notable accomplishments including the forward to National Geographic's book, Wheels of Change: How Women Road to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) and a rebuttal to the book, Why Save Africa? Additionally, Leah serves on the boards of ecoAmerica and Chikumbuso, a Women's and Orphan's Project in Zambia.
Jay Faison is the Founder and Managing Partner of the ClearPath Foundation, a newly formed foundation whose mission is to share ideas, information and resources that inspire and enable groups to have world changing, measurable impact. He is also founder and Chairman of SnapAV, a high growth company that engineers, manufactures and distributes more than 1,400 audio-video related products to businesses worldwide. A serial entrepreneur, Jay has started, managed and sold two businesses prior to SnapAV. In 2013 Jay won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Southeast region.
Jay received B.A. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of Virginia. Jay resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife and three children.
David Fenton, named as "One of the most influential P.R. people of the 20th Century" by PR Week magazine, founded Fenton Communications in 1982 to create issue-oriented public relations campaigns focusing on the environment, public health and human rights. Over the course of two decades, he has pioneered the use of professional P.R. and advertising techniques by nonprofit public interest groups in the United States and around the world. David is also co-founder of three independent nonprofit organizations: Environmental Media Services, New Economy Communications, and the Death Penalty Information Center. He was formerly director of public relations at Rolling Stone magazine and co-producer of the “No-Nukes” concerts in 1979 with Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, and other artists. He is a native of New York City.
James A. Kohlberg
Kohlberg & Company, LLC.
Mr. Kohlberg co-founded Kohlberg & Company in 1987 and was its sole Managing Partner from 1993 to 2007. Currently he is Chairman of the firm, which raised its sixth private equity fund of $1.5 billion with over $5 billion of equity under management and focuses on value acquisitions as well as underperforming companies in a variety of industries. In addition, Jim has been an active venture investor in internet, media, entertainment, and alternative energy, having founded Kohlberg Ventures in 2008. Kohlberg Ventures investments include ClearEdge Power, a fuel cell company of which Jim is Chairman, Open Road Media, an ebook-centric publisher and Halogen Media Networks, a digital media publisher and advertising network. He is also Chairman of Essential Entertainment, a film finance and foreign sales company. In addition to ecoAmerica, Jim is on the Board of Directors of the New York Times Company.
Richard Louv is the author of eight books about family, nature and community, including "The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder." Louv has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including NPR's, "Morning Edition,” "Good Morning America", "PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer", and the "CBS Evening News." In addition to being a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune, he has written for The New York Times and other newspapers, and has served as a columnist and member of the editorial advisory board for Parents magazine. He is also an adviser to the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World award program and the Scientific Council on the Developing Child. He is married to Kathy Frederick Louv and is the father of two young men, Jason and Matthew. He prefers fishing to writing.
Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs
Norris Lozano is CEO of BusinessUS, a national non-bank lender bringing capital to American small businesses that cannot get credit elsewhere. BusinessUS provides a deeply experienced lending team with the most advanced technology tools and processes to deliver SBA 7(a) loans of up to $5 Million quickly and efficiently. Prior to forming BusinessUS, Norris served as President of RebuildUS, which worked to stabilize American neighborhoods during the Great Recession by purchasing over 3,000 repossessed homes from banks for sale to homebuyers who could no longer qualify for traditional mortgages, at payments equal to rent. Before leading RebuildUS, Norris was the Managing Director of Pure Power Distribution, Inc., a company that provides economically viable and environmentally sensible alternatives to fundamental energy needs through clean energy alternatives. Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer of Urban Development & Finance, LLC, missioned to develop impactful real estate projects in low-income communities. From 2004 until 2007, Norris was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Portland Family of Funds and its parent, United Fund Advisors, and led those teams in consulting on, or managing the structuring and closing of, financing transactions throughout the United States with a combined total project cost in excess of $1 billion using new markets tax credits and additional tax-advantaged financing tools. From 2000 to 2004 he was Resource Development Director of the Portland Development Commission. From 1995 to 2000 he was CEO of Hanna-Sherman International, Inc. From 1991 to 1995 he was President of Peoples National Mortgage in Dallas, Texas, as well as a partner in the private equity firm of CoWest Capital in Dallas, Texas, which was formed with the former Deputy Director of the Resolution Trust Corporation and which acquired numerous assets from the FDIC and RTC. From 1988 to 1992 he was a partner of the Dallas, Texas law firm of Short, How, Lozano, Frels & Tredoux; from 1982 to 1988 he was a partner in the Dallas law firm of Rhode, Chapman, Ford and How, and of the firm of Denton & Guinan. Norris holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Texas (1979) and a JD, Southern Methodist University School of Law (1982). He is a Member of Texas State Bar and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Tax Court.
Carl was a co-founder of eGroups, Inc., where he helped build a network of 14 million users who relied on eGroups to support Web-based collaborative work efforts. eGroups was eventually acquired by Yahoo! and is today known as Yahoo! Groups. A serial entrepreneur and investor based in the Bay Area, Mr. Page's experience ranges from hardware to Internet companies, and from startups to large multinationals. He has previously held positions at Microsoft and Mentor Graphics. He sits on various boards, including the Michigan State University Computer Science and Engineering Advisory Board, the National Advisory Committee to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute at University of Michigan, and the Business Advisory Board of Insilicos LLC. Carl is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with a BSE in computer engineering (1986) and an MSE (1988).
Bob Perkowitz is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, writer, investor and distance cyclist. Over the past 25 years Bob has been President of direct marketing and manufacturing organizations with revenues ranging to $600 million, including Cornerstone Brands, Smith+Noble and Joanna Western Mills. He currently is Managing Partner of VivaTerra LLC, Chairman of Potenco, Inc., President of Paradigm Management, Inc., a Director of SRAM, Inc., and a partner in Firebrand Partners, LLC and Arqua Equity Partners, LLC. In the non-profit sector, in addition to his work with ecoAmerica, Bob is also on the board of the Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Defense Fund of North Carolina and the Queens University Learning Society. He also serves on the Sierra Club’s National Advisory Council and served a Trustee of the Sierra Club Foundation from 2001-2007. Bob received a B.S. in Social Thought from Lake Forest College and an M.B.A. from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He resides in San Francisco and Charlotte, NC with his wife Lisa Renstrom. Bob has ridden his bike across North and South America, Australia and Europe and is currently trying to figure out how to ride across Africa and Asia.
Lisa grew up on a Nebraska farm where crops were grown with the help of every pesticide and herbicide available. The concept of environmentalist was not a in the region's lexicon. When she ran the family hotel business in Mexico in the 1990's her decisions were defined by the bottom line, and not by green. Nonetheless, a love of the land planted in Nebraska burgeoned into a career in environmental advocacy.
Lisa owned and operated two family hotels in Acapulco, Mexico from 1983-1993 when she moved to Charlotte, NC, with her husband Bob Perkowitz. Seeking to ensure that Charlotte became neither Atlanta nor Mexico City, she became a force in greening Charlotte. She Co-Chaired the 1997 Charlotte Regional Environmental Summit, was the Interim Executive Director of Voices & Choices.
Shifting from local to national as the President of the national Sierra Club from 2005 to 2007 Lisa transitioned the Sierra Club from its traditional focus on land and toxics to a people-focused approach on energy & climate.
Lisa currently serves on the boards of ecoAmerica and Earth Justice. Her educational background includes the Owner Presidents Management Program at Harvard University, a B.S. in Business Administration at the University of Nebraska and a Master in Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She and her husband Bob Perkowitz created Bonwood Social Investments, investing in organizations that engage the public in environmental and climate solutions.
Geof Rochester joined The Nature Conservancy as the chief marketing officer in July 2010. He is responsible for steering the organization's marketing, membership and visibility strategies. Geof has a deep and varied marketing background. Most recently, he was the executive vice president for marketing at World Wrestling Entertainment. Prior to that position, he served as senior vice president for marketing at Showtime Networks. He held senior marketing positions at Comcast Communications, Radisson Hotels International and Proctor and Gamble. Geof has consulted with several non-profit organizations, helping them advance their missions through strategic marketing efforts. A graduate of Georgetown University, Geof received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Theodore Roosevelt V
GoldenTree Asset Management
Theodore Roosevelt joined Golden Tree Asset Management as Managing Director in 2010. Prior to that, he served as a Senior Vice President in Barclays Capital's Leverage Finance Group. Previously, he worked as a management consultant at Accenture, and as a high yield analyst at Lehman Brothers. He is currently a board member of the New York League of Conservation Voters. Ted appeared in “In The Blood” a documentary that argues safari hunting helps preserve African Wildlife. He graduated with an AB from Princeton in 1998. He is also the great-great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt.
Former Senior VP of Corporate Strategy and Development at PG&E
Rand Rosenberg most recently held the position of Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development at PG&E Corporation. PG&E, which oversees one of the country's largest and greenest generation portfolios, is recognized as an industry leader on the issue of climate change and the importance of reducing manmade greenhouse gases.
Prior to his work at PG&E, Rand spent several years in the field of investment banking. In addition to being a partner of Montgomery Securities he held senior positions at Goldman Sachs and Salomon Brothers where he was a Managing Director and Head of Global Telecommunications Investment Banking. Rand also served as executive vice president and CFO of InfoSpace, an Internet search engine enterprise.
Rand is currently a director of Students Rising Above (www.studentsrisingabove.org), a San Francisco based educational organization and a member of the Board of Overseers of Whitman College. Additionally he is a board member WildAid (www.wildaid.org), which focuses on the protection of endangered animals. He has previously served on the boards of the Anti Defamation League and the End Hunger Network. Rand received his BA from Whitman College and MBA from the University of Chicago.
Guy E. Snyder
Vedder Price P.C.
Guy E. Snyder joined Vedder Price P.C. in 1996 as a shareholder and is a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Area. Guy concentrates his practice in the areas of business, corporate and securities law. He works extensively in mergers and acquisitions, financings and general business matters. Guy acts as outside general counsel to a variety of middle market and upper middle market companies including several foreign-based multinational companies operating in the U.S. and abroad. Guy is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jon G. Shedd Aquarium and serves on the Board of Directors of ecoAmerica. He is also active in numerous other business and social organizations, including the Association for Corporate Growth, The Economic Club of Chicago, The Chicago Club, and the Chicago chapter of The Entrepreneurship Institute's annual President's Forum and the Association for Corporate Growth. He has also been retained to provide expert witness testimony on corporate securities issues. Guy has been recognized by his peers in Illinois Super Lawyers. Guy is a 1976 graduate from Marquette University and received his law degree from Loyola University in 1979. He lives in Glenview, Illinois with his wife and three children.
John R. Walter is Chairman of Ashlin Management Company, a private investment and
management services firm. He is the retired president and COO of AT&T Corporation, a position
he held from 1996 to 1997, and retired Chairman and CEO of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, a
position he held from 1989 through 1996. Mr. Walter has been a director of Manpower Inc. since
1998, and served as Non-Executive Chairman of the company from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Walter also
serves as Director for Echo Global Logistics and uBid, Inc. He previously served on the boards of
other companies, including Groupon, InnerWorkings, Inc., Deere & Company, Abbott Laboratories,
Inc., SNP Corp., Target Corporation and Jones Lang LaSalle. Mr. Walter is on the Board of
Trustees for Steppenwolf Theater and Northwestern University, and also a Director of NorthShore
University HealthSystem (formerly Evanston Northwestern Healthcare). Mr. Walter previously
was a Director of the African Wildlife Foundation. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Management and holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Holly Welch Stubbing
Foundation for the Carolinas
Holly Welch Stubbing leads Foundation For The Carolinas client services and scholarships team, which includes oversight of an over $10 million annual competitive grantmaking portfolio consisting of corporate and family foundations, scholarship funds and corporate disaster relief funds. As Senior Vice President - Client Services, Holly serves as a lead relationship manager for the Foundation’s largest corporate, nonprofit and family relationships. She also supervises the Foundation’s efforts related to public policy, compliance and advocacy.
Holly is a member of the North Carolina and Tennessee Bar Associations and currently serves on the Legislative and Public Policy Committee and the Legal & Regulatory Action Committee of the Council on Foundations, as well as the Government Relations Committee for the Southeastern Council on Foundations and the Public Policy Committee of the North Carolina Network for Grantmakers. She serves on the John M. and James L. Knight Foundation Charlotte Advisory Board and the Boards of Directors of ecoAmerica and The Philanthropic Collaborative. Her experiences include grant making strategy, marketing and fundraising, legislative affairs and advocacy, governance and fiduciary matters. Prior to joining Foundation For The Carolinas in 1998, Holly worked as a Planned Giving Officer for the East Tennessee Foundation in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. Holly holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law.
Paul Junger Witt
Mr. Witt is a founder of Witt-Thomas Productions, Witt-Thomas-Harris Productions, and Coast Ridge Films. His companies have produced numerous popular and award-winning television series as well as several award-winning and critically acclaimed films.
Mr. Witt is a former Chairman of the California State Park and Recreation Commission and continues to serve as a Commissioner. He is a board member of Environmental Media Association, The USC School of Cinematic Arts, The UCLA Executive Board for the Medical Sciences and The University of Virginia Council for the Arts. He serves on the Board of Advisors of the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, and Environmental Defense Fund.
Witt, father of five, resides in Los Angeles with his wife, writer Susan Harris.
National Audubon Society
On September 1, 2010, David Yarnold became the 10th president of the National Audubon Society, bringing extraordinary new leadership in solution-oriented conservation, communications, and fundraising. Yarnold will lead Audubon's powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local Chapters, state offices and Audubon Centers across the country. Prior to joining Audubon, Yarnold served as the executive director of the Environmental Defense Fund, overseeing all operations -- from programs to development -- and played a leading role in expanding EDF's partnerships with corporations. Yarnold helped EDF go from $52M to $117M in revenue, and led the organization's political action arm. He is well known for his expertise on climate issues, among the most series threats to birds, habitats, and sustainable communities. A Pulitzer Prize winning editor, Yarnold worked for more than a quarter century at the San Jose Mercury News, one of the nation's premier newspapers. He managed a complex, global newsroom of more than 400 people where environmental coverage was always a priority. The newspaper's stated mission was to cover Silicon Valley and its global impact and the changing demographics of America. He was honored with the Catalyst Award, the highest honor given to a print journalist by the National Association of Miniority Media Executives, and named the Distinguished Alumnus from San Jose State University's school of journalism and mass communication in 1996. He has served on the guest faculty of the Poynter Insititute and the American Press Institute, and is on the board of ecoAmerica and LINK TV and has served on the board of directors of the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley and Stanford University Graduate School of Businesses' Center for Social Innovation Review.
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