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 also thanks our Emeritus Directors for their guidance and support.

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.

Aimée Christensen

Christensen Global

Aimée Christensen has twenty-five years’ experience in climate, energy, sustainability and natural resources across policy, law, investment, and philanthropy. She is currently CEO of Christensen Global Strategies, the founder of the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience, and manager of the Christensen Family Office and Christensen Family Foundation. She previously worked at the U.S. Department of Energy, (DOE) World Bank, Baker & McKenzie and Google where she guided the company’s first climate change initiatives including a commitment to carbon neutrality, successfully lobbying for passage of California’s climate change legislation, and launching the first climate project for Google.org to accelerate the electrification of transportation. She is a strategic, entrepreneurial leader: at the DOE she drafted and negotiated the first bilateral climate change agreements (U.S. – Costa Rica 1994, et al.), while in law school she wrote and gained adoption of the first university endowment investment policy on climate change (Stanford University, 1999), she helped build the climate and energy agenda for the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meetings, CGI America, and CGI Latin America, and she advised then-Mayor Cory Booker in greening the City of Newark, NJ to meet job creation and crime reduction goals (2006-2009). At CGS, she advises corporations, investors, governments, philanthropists and organizations worldwide, including the Clinton Global Initiative, Duke Energy, FEMSA, Microsoft, Ogilvy, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swiss Re, The Elders, the United Nations and Virgin. In 2012 she served as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General's High-level Group on Sustainable Energy For All; in 2010 and 2011, she was the founding program chair of the World Climate Summit, gathering over 800 business leaders to act on climate. She advised Virgin Unite in shaping three of Sir Richard Branson’s initiatives: The Elders, The Carbon War Room, and The B Team. In 2009 she moved home to Sun Valley, Idaho where she manages her family’s investments including in several solar energy projects, companies, and funds. In that role, she serves on the founding Steering Committee of the Climate Solutions Collaborative, a partnership between two impact investment networks, CREO (Cleantech, Renewables and Environmental Opportunities) and Confluence Philanthropy, mobilizing investment into climate solutions. Locally, she serves on the Ketchum Energy Advisory Committee and founded the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience to protect regional quality of life and to serve as a model and resource to communities everywhere, convening the annual Sun Valley Forum on Resilience to share strategies and catalyze action. In recognition of her accomplishments, Aimée was the 2011 Hillary Laureate and a 2010 Aspen Catto Fellow. She has a BA from Smith College and a JD from Stanford Law School.

Leah Missbach Day
Photographer & Co-Founder, World Bicycle Relief

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.

Leah's work is found online at: www.leahmissbach.com  l www.worldbicyclerelief.org

Antonio Flores

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

On February 26, 1996, Antonio R. Flores became the third president and chief executive officer of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). Prior to his position at HACU, Flores served as director of programs and services for the Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority. During his tenure as president of HACU, the association has nearly tripled its membership and its budget, expanded its programs three-fold, significantly improved legislation for HSIs, increased annual federal funding for HSIs from $12 million in fiscal 1995 to over $220 million for fiscal 2011, and secured millions of dollars in new private funding for HSIs and associate members, including a $28 million HSI Kellogg initiative. HACU’s strategic plan calls for even greater gains for its membership in the years ahead. More than $1.7 billion in federal funding has been allocated to HSIs during Flores’ tenure. Flores is a member of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, American Educational Research Association, Independent Sector, and others. He is Chairman of the Board at ¡Adelante! Leadership and Scholarship Fund and past chair of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility. Flores has also served on the boards of the American Council on Education, Mexican American Cultural Center, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and National Commission on the Workforce of the American Hospital Association.

Richard Louv

Author

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of nine books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder; The Nature Principle;Vitamin N; The Web of Life; and America II. Translated and published in 24 countries, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect children, their families and communities to nature. He is co-founder and chairman emeritus of the nonprofit Children & Nature Network, which supports a new nature movement. In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society. Prior recipients have included Rachel Carson, E. O. Wilson and President Jimmy Carter. Among other awards, Louv is also the recipient of the Cox Award for 2007, Clemson University's highest honor, for "sustained achievement in public service." He has written for the New York Times, the Times of London, Parents Magazine and many other publications. and has appeared on CBS This Morning, NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and other programs. He speaks frequently around the world, including keynote addresses at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, the first White House Summit on Environmental Education, the Congress of the New Urbanism and the national Friends of Nature Conference in Beijing, China. Married to Kathy Frederick Louv, he is the father of two young men, Jason and Matthew. He would rather hike than write.

Frank Loy

Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs

Frank Loy was Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs from 1998 to January 2001.  His portfolio included human rights, the promotion of democracy, refugees and population issues, international law enforcement, the environment -- and he served as chief U.S. climate negotiator.  He was a senior official in the State Department in two earlier administrations.  From 1981 to 1995 he was president of The German Marshall Fund of the U.S., an American foundation dealing with political, economic and environmental issues concerning the U.S. and Europe.  From 1989 on much of GMF's program was focused on the Central and Eastern European nations that had been under Soviet domination.  From 1970 to 1979 he was engaged in the business sector, first as Senior Vice President of Pan American Airways and then in the successful effort to bring the bankrupt Penn Central Railroad Corp., then the largest bankruptcy in U.S history, out of bankruptcy.  He ended as president of the solvent, New York Stock Exchange-listed successor company.  He has been chair of a number of non-profit boards, including the Environmental Defense Fund, the League of Conservation Voters, Resources for the Future, and PSI, a family planning and health organization operating in almost 60 developing countries (current chair).  He remains currently on the boards of EDF, RFF, and PSI, and serves also on the boards of The Nature Conservancy and C2ES.  He is a graduate of UCLA and the Harvard Law School.  He is married to Dale Haven Loy, a painter, and has two children and four grandchildren.

Matt Mullenweg

Co-Founder, Wordpress; Founder & CEO, Automattic

Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of the open-source blogging platform, WordPress, the most popular publishing platform on the web, and the founder & CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, and Jetpack. Additionally, Matt runs Audrey Capital, an investment and research company. He has been recognized for his leadership and success by Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Inc Magazine, TechCrunch, Fortune, Business Insider, Fast Company, Wired, University Philosophical Society, and Vanity Fair. Matt is originally from Houston, Texas, where he attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and studied jazz saxophone. In his spare time, Matt is an avid photographer. Matt splits time between Houston, New York, and San Francisco.

Hon. Greg Nickels

51st Mayor, City of Seattle

Nickels was the 51st mayor of Seattle, Washington from 2002-2010, served as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and represented U.S. Mayors at the Montreal and Copenhagen Climate Summits. As Seattle's Mayor, Nickels became a national leader in advancing local solutions to climate change. He spearheaded the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, an accord between over 1,050 U.S. cities (and growing) committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to meet or exceed the levels stipulated in the Kyoto protocols. In Seattle, Nickels' Environmental Action Agenda increased building energy efficiency and supported zoning that encouraged compact urban centers. He invested heavily in bike and pedestrian planning and infrastructure, which led to Seattle recently receiving the nation's only Platinum-level designation from Walk Friendly Communities. Under his direction, Seattle opened its first light rail line, stage one of a broader, regional rail plan that Nickels considers a signature achievement. Nickels won the 2006 Climate Protection Award from the Environmental Protection Agency, the 2006 Edgar Wayburn Award for Environmental leadership from the National Sierra Club, and the 2006 National Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation. In May 2011, CO2 Impact named Nickels one of the Top 10 Elected Officials Leading the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy.

Carl Page

Entrepreneur

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

President, ecoAmerica

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 Renstrom

Director, Bonwood Social Investments

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

The Nature Conservancy

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

Partner, Redwood Grove Capital

Ted Roosevelt is a Founding Partner at Redwood Grove Capital, a concentrated value equity fund that seeks out-performance in an era of climate change. Prior to Redwood Grove Capital, Ted served as a Managing Director at GoldenTree Asset Management, a $24 billion hedge fund specializing in high yield, distressed and structured credit investments. From 2001 to 2010, Ted worked as a Senior Vice President in Lehman Brothers’ and Barclays Capital’s Distressed Research and Leverage Finance Groups. Ted received a bachelor of arts in political science from Princeton University and a Masters in Business Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Rand Rosenberg

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.

Phil Sharp

President, Resources for the Future

Dr. Phil Sharp became president of Resources for the Future in 2005. He served as director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics from 1995 to 1998 and again from 2004 until 2005. He also was a senior research fellow in Harvard’s Environmental and Natural Resources Program from 2001 to 2003. He served 10 terms as a U.S. Congress member from Indiana, from 1975 to 1995. Following his decision not to seek an 11th consecutive term in the House, Phil joined Harvard’s Kennedy School, where he was a lecturer in Public Policy from 1995 to 2001. Earlier, he taught political science at Ball State University, from 1969 to 1974.

Phil earned a B.A. from Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Department of Government, also at Georgetown.

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.

Meighen Speiser

Chief Engagement Officer, ecoAmerica

Meighen is ecoAmerica's Chief Engagement Officer, overseeing the strategy and management of marketing, programs, and research for ecoAmerica and ecoAmerica initiatives. Before joining ecoAmerica, Meighen was the Brand Director for (RED). She was integral to the conception, launch and continued growth of the (RED) brand, and led collaboration with partners (Gap, Hallmark, Windows and more) on all consumer-facing expressions of their (PRODUCT) RED partnership. Meighen also worked at Mattel, Inc. where she held roles in brand and marketing for their consumer products division with over 1,000 worldwide licensees of the Barbie other Mattel brands. Previously, Meighen achieved success in financial services as VP Marketing for Robertson Stephens Investment Bank. As Chief Engagement Officer at ecoAmerica, Meighen fulfills her long-time goal of a career in sustainability and to lead marketing for an eco-progressive organization. Meighen lives in San Francisco with her husband and two young children.

John Walter

Ashlin Management

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.

Paul Junger Witt

Witt-Thomas Productions

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.

Erik Blachford

Technology Crossover Ventures

David Fenton

Fenton Communications

Scott Galloway

Clinical Professor of Marketing, NYU Stern School of Business

Daryl Hannah

Actress

Bobbi Hapgood

Founder, Philanthropic Ventures

Danny Kennedy

California Clean Energy Fund

James A. Kohlberg

Kohlberg & Company, LLC.

Norris Lozano

CEO, BusinessUS

Ruth Shaw, PhD.

Former President, Duke Power

Holly Welch Stubbing

Foundation for the Carolinas

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