Bob Stout is a Senior Fellow (non-resident) with the Duke Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability and helps lead their Energy Pathways USA program. He is also a Senior Fellow with Future 500, a non-profit consultancy focused on building relationships and trust between companies, advocates, investors, and philanthropists. Bob advises a variety of businesses and institutions on the development and implementation of effective and enduring policies to promote secure, affordable and lower emissions energy solutions, including by leveraging the ingenuity and operational expertise of the private sector. He has been actively engaged for nearly ten years in advocating for policies to drive down GHG emissions across the natural gas value chain by using advanced technologies for detection, measurement and mitigation, collaborating closely with government officials, ENGOs and industry stakeholders. He currently sits on the Coordinating Subcommittee for the National Petroleum Council’s ongoing study of GHG emissions pathways for natural gas.
Ashleigh has 18 years of experience in CCS across a broad range of disciplines that include strategy, technology, policy, economics, commercial and project development, and deep subsurface. Previously, she was responsible for development of BP’s CCUS strategy and portfolio in the western hemisphere. She was also a reservoir engineer at ConocoPhillips. Ashleigh loves wide open spaces with nothing but fields and sky from horizon to horizon. Fortunately, those are often great sequestration locations. She has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University as well as an MS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Technology and Policy from MIT. She also holds an MS in Philosophy in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge.
Barbara Eastwood Coombs has facilitated the implementation of recycling programs since 1988. This includes working with Corporations, City and County facilities, Military Installations, Universities and School Districts. With a background as a mill broker she understands the quality standards of the mills and how to teach that message to the users through signage, training and outreach. Following the work as a broker she developed outreach material for the City of San Jose California to reach a 64% recycling rate.
Recognized for vision and helping nonprofits grow and excel, Beth has 30 years' experience in nonprofit management. She understands that building relationships between businesses and nonprofit organizations leads to real social change, and that the grassroots efforts of youth is as important as established major donors. Beth is currently the Senior Director of Philanthropy at Rainforest Trust, an international conservation organization. She manages corporate partnerships, working with companies of all sizes from around the world to help them create impact and then share that impact with their stakeholders. In this role, Beth helps companies implement strategies for supporting work that saves endangered species, prevents deforestation, and keeps carbon safely stored – helping to mitigate and slow climate change.
Beth A. Malow, MD, MS is Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development, Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, and Director of the Sleep Division at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Malow’s clinical and research interests focus on improving health and quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. She serves as the Core Director for Clinical Translational Research at Vanderbilt’s Kennedy Center. A resident of Brentwood, TN since 2003, where she settled with her husband and two sons, Dr. Malow is active in a variety of community and national organizations focused on expanding civil discourse. These include co-leading Common Ground Nashville, a discussion group focused on local and national issues, and moderating workshops for Braver Angels, a national bipartisan organization dedicated to reducing political polarization.
Brian Mistrot is the President and founder of PBM Firm, LLC. In 2015, he founded American Moderates, a new political party, then merged American Moderates with other parties across the nation to form the Alliance Party (now the 5th largest political party in the country). From its inception until late 2019, he led the Alliance Party as its National Chairman. In early 2020, he worked with several other activists to found One Nation Movement. He has remained heavily involved with national politics and continues to work with other leaders across the country to find solutions to the most critical issues facing America. Brian is a graduate of Eastfield College and Baylor University.
David is the Editor of Bold. He's especially passionate about millennial economic empowerment. A former local news reporter, David is originally from the Little Havana area in Miami, and later became a pioneer resident of the Disney-inspired town of Celebration, Florida. David holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Don BenderSenior Advisor Rotary Global Service Club
Don Bender is Senior Advisor to Rotary Global Service Club’s Democracy in a Box, which promotes civic literacy and engagement and civil discussions based on the Rotary model. He is a co-creator of Rotarians for the American Promise, which developed a presentation to Rotary clubs to demonstrate the civic and business argument for greater engagement by Rotarians in bridge building and peace building within their communities, once again utilizing existing Rotary principles. Don is also a member of the Rotary Club of Newport Beach.
George Gemelas is the Executive Vice President of Students for Carbon Dividends. He hails from Indiana and recently graduated from Yale College with a major in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. His main interests are carbon pricing and urban resilience. In his time at Yale, he played in the Yale Symphony Orchestra as a violist, worked for the Yale Program for Climate Change Communication, and taught ESL to New Haven residents.
Ian is an engineer and successful entrepreneur having built and exited several companies, followed by many years as a Deloitte Partner in London's financial services industry. Now living in Colorado leading Americans for Action on Climate Fund, as bipartisan political action committee focused on reducing green house gas emissions.
James D. Coan is co-director of the Media Initiative for Braver Angels, a national organization dedicated to reducing political polarization by convening liberals and conservatives in a variety of settings and preaching the virtues of civility and cross-party alliances. A D.C.-area native, he started his career at a Rice University think tank before spending seven years as a strategy consultant, mainly for private-sector energy clients. Starting around the 2016 election he has established himself as one of the country's few depolarization strategists.
Jane Hotchkiss has spent 30 years working on climate solutions in energy, beginning in the late 80’s in CA working with former regulatory staff and with CEOs focused on building markets for the renewable industry. She became known for green energy in MA and CO, as the first renewables advocate at both the Conservation Law Foundation and the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies.
Now in his fifth decade of practice, Jeff Civins continues to enjoy helping clients find pragmatic solutions to tough problems involving all aspects of environmental law, including counseling them on regulatory issues, helping them manage environmental risks in business transactions, and advocating on their behalf before agencies and courts. Having begun his professional career as a scientist and teacher, Jeff loves the challenge of making difficult things easy to understand, from groundwater hydrology to air dispersion modeling to toxicology. He’s also passionate about understanding the ins and outs of his clients’ businesses—from oil and gas exploration and development, power plants, refineries, chemical plants, and other manufacturing facilities, to real estate sales, leasing, development, and financing.
Jennifer Ronk is sustainability and advocacy manager for Dow North America Packaging & Specialty Plastics (P&SP). In this role, Jennifer collaborates with the entire value chain to promote and improve the sustainability value of plastic and packaging. She supports P&SP’s global efforts on ocean plastic, including collaborating with the Ocean Conservancy. In addition to these efforts, Jennifer serves on committees for the American Chemistry Council’s plastics group, Plastics Industry Association, Sustainable Packaging Coalition/GreenBlue and other organizations. Before joining Dow, Jennifer was a Senior Research Scientist for HARC, a sustainability research hub, where she led the Environmental Science and Energy Efficiency Programs.
As Energy Transition U.S. Senior Advisor for Shell, Jenny Philip advances Shell's Powering Progress Strategy by integrating the company's commercial efforts in the energy transition and working together with customers, government, and communities to deliver on Shell's U.S. Energy Transition Plans.
John Gable is founder and CEO of AllSides. He often writes about bias, news media, polarization, and how technology impacts these things, or offers a perspective generally overlooked about controversial topics. Recently, his writings have been published by The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post and The Cook Political Report. Most relevant to his current position, John was the PM Team Lead for Netscape Navigator, the iconic web browser, and previous to that had a career in politics, working for three US Senators (each served as Senate Majority Leaders), one President, and a national political party. But most of John's career has been in technology. In addition to being on the original team for Mozilla while at Netscape, he also joined the original teams for Microsoft Office in Seattle and ZoneAlarm for Check Point Software in San Francisco. He also co-founded Kavi Corporation, an early provider of web-based applications and online collaboration.
John Lovenburg is the Vice President, Environmental for BNSF Railway. He leads a team of employees responsible for environmental strategy, law, communication, sustainability, energy, permitting, compliance, remediation, hazardous materials, and industrial wastewater. Mr. Lovenburg has more than 20 years of prior experience in environmental consulting with CH2M (now Jacobs) where he was vice president, Global Site Remediation and Revitalization.
Mr. Lovenburg is active in environmental governance and sustainability. He is on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute, a member of The Nature Conservancy’s Business Council, and serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Montana Outdoor Legacy Foundation.
Mr. Lovenburg has a Bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Science degree in hydrogeology from San Diego State University.
As Senior Advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy, Julie Kozeracki is in the DOE Loan Programs Office, which has over $300 billion in loans and loan guarantees available to help deploy large-scale clean energy projects; lead for cross-DOE effort on Advanced Nuclear Pathways to Commercial Liftoff.
For more than 40 years, Lynne Twist has been a recognized global visionary committed to alleviating poverty, ending world hunger, empowering the status of women and girls, supporting social justice, and environmental sustainability. The breadth and scope of Lynne’s work ranges from working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, to working with refugees in camps in Ethiopia and the threatened rainforests of the Amazon, as well as guiding the philanthropy of some of the world’s wealthiest families and working directly with the women who won the Nobel Peace Prize. Lynne’s on the ground work has brought her a deep understanding of global issues, the challenges women and girls face worldwide, people’s relationship with money, and the transformation of human consciousness. Her extensive knowledge and experience has led her to profound insights about the social tapestry of the world and the historical landscape of the times in which we are living.
Madeleine Para serves as the Executive Director of Citizens’ Climate, which is the umbrella organization containing 501(c)(4) “Citizens’ Climate Lobby” and 501(c)(3) “Citizens’ Climate Education”. Citizens’ Climate is a nonpartisan grassroots organization focused on building the political will for durable and effective climate policies. She is committed to Citizens’ Climate’s focus on empowering people from all backgrounds and walks of life to be effective climate advocates, and to building support in our government and communities for effective solutions to the climate problem.
Maia CorbittDirector of Mission Giving Garver, Black, Hilyard Family Foundation
Mai Corbitt is Director of Advocacy and Mission Giving at Garver, Black, Hilyard Family Foundation and President of Texans for Clean Water. The Garver, Black, Hilyard Family Foundation is a proud supporter of innovative research, active education, and policy solutions that engage public action to preserve and enhance parks, trails, and green space.
As a bi-racial (South Asian and white) girl growing up in a pre-tech (and pre-Indian!) Silicon Valley, I learned early on how to find common ground with those who called out my difference. As the Valley grew wealthier, I noticed how many others less fortunate were – and are – being rendered invisible. I have dedicated my life to try to create a community where everybody is seen and heard. In 1990, I founded the consulting nonprofit organization Community Focus to facilitate more effective implementation of public policies by increasing community participation. I also served as a program officer for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, developing and managing grants in the areas of conflict resolution and civic engagement.
Maria Yuan, founder of IssueVoter, is passionate about fixing systemic problems by leveraging creativity and determination to achieve world-changing results and impact. Its mission is to give everyone a voice in our representative democracy. Highlighted on CNN Heroes, IssueVoter extends engagement beyond elections on policy that affects our lives, increases communication between constituents and representatives, and catalyzes more informed voters. Maria has spoken at many conferences and her writing and interviews have been featured by PBS, Real Clear Politics, The Hill, CBS, and more. She serves on the Bridge Alliance Board of Directors, and holds degrees from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and The University of Texas at Austin.
Entrepreneurially-minded executive with a passion for helping marketers succeed with truly customer-centric solutions growing out of an understanding of human systems and decision-making. Seasoned expertise in marketing research, system and journey mapping, ROI analytics, and communication strategy for consumer brand, political, non-profit, and B2B clients across numerous verticals across the world. Successfully launched two consultancies, now privileged to help grow Heart & Mind Strategies. Thrive on finding new ways to (1) understand the dynamics of human systems, (2) discover the "why" and the "how" people make decisions, and (3) help marketers genuinely resonate with people using that insight.
Michelle Thatcher is the CEO and Co-Founder of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce (USGCC), where they give businesses the triple bottom line advantage. Helping both established and emerging companies, the USGCC improves operational efficiency, implements environmentally sustainable practices, and taps into unexplored markets and opportunities. After earning a B.S. in Visual Communication from Western Washington University, I became deeply involved with environmental initiatives and dedicated my time to advance several non-profits in that space including the Lg. of Conservation Voters, LWV Climate Committee, and Sierra Club.
Peter Fiekowsky’s mission in life is to leave a world we’re proud of to our children. In service to that mission, he has a 30-year track record as a citizen lobbyist for global poverty reduction and climate policy. A decade ago, Fiekowsky turned to researching how to restore our climate.
Peter Fiekowsky is an MIT-educated physicist and engineer, serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, social innovator, and author. He has worked at NASA and the Fairchild/ Schlumberger Artificial Intelligence Lab in Palo Alto; taught at MIT; and developed his own machine vision company, Automated Visual Inspection LLC (AVI). He holds 27 patents and is on the board of Climate Capex, a fintech company designed to help complete the global transition to 100 percent clean energy by 2040 by tripling the rate of investment in solar projects. A decade ago, when it became clear that global warming would endanger the future for all of us, Fiekowsky turned his energies to restoring a climate that will instead promote the flourishing of humanity as well as Earth’s current ecosystems.
Scott solves seemingly “impossible” problems for Business, Society, & the Earth. His work is inspired by his experience with business leaders – trying to do the right thing in complex, competitive situations; his work with Social leaders in NGO's and government – seeking to satisfy diverse stakeholders in ways that benefit the whole; his career as a Rolfer and trauma psychotherapist – witnessing people recover from the injuries that life and humanity too often deal us; his time in nature as a cowboy, hunter, and sailor; and his training as an internationally competitive athlete.
Born and raised in South Texas working on ranches and fishing boats, Scott's experiences range from consulting with Arthur Andersen & Co. to launching the Texas office of The Nature Conservancy; Managing Vice President of RPC, a small national consulting firm, to leading the Rolf Institute; Vice President for ARC, International, a global leadership development & cultural change group, to Stone Yamashita Partners, a global branding & strategy firm; from CEO for VC firms to working with former guerrilla and indigenous leaders in Guatemala.
Ramona Liberoff is the Executive Director, PACE (Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy). Her role is to manage the stakeholders within PACE, who include leading corporates, governments, academics and innovators, to achieve the goal of doubling circularity. Prior to joining WRI, Ramona worked at the intersection of global climate, innovation, and finance, at Roots of Impact, as the CEO of SPRING Accelerator, and as COO of the Innogy Innovation Hub, after a career of leading innovation for multinationals such as Unilever and Pepsico. She has founded several innovative businesses including circular transport and energy, and funded more than twenty, as well as mentoring several hundred impact start-ups.
For 45 years Randy McNamara led transformational courses that empowered 300,000 people to think for themselves. In addition, he trained 800 leaders to coach people in carrying out 100,000 community projects that impact the quality of people’s lives in the world. In addition, he has an extensive background as a public relations professional: 4 years as manager of public relations for a major airline; 4 years as a public relations consultant in a public relations agency; and 3 years as director of corporate communications for an international personal effectiveness corporation. Working pro bono, Randy McNamara is a mission realization coach empowering 40 clients to realize their organization’s mission.
Rick Wagner serves as Chevron Phillips Chemical’s sustainability policy and program manager. Rick has over three decades of experience in the petrochemical industry, all of which at Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) and parent company Chevron Corp. His prior roles include polyethylene sales, application and product development, as well as refinery chemist. Recognized by the World Sustainability Congress with the 2018 Sustainability Leadership Award, Rick is the founder of CPChem’ Sustainability program and an expert in global sustainability and stakeholder engagement, in addition to other ancillary topics. Those include environmental and societal issues at the intersection between plastics, chemicals and public policy. Rick also has founded and led several industry groups dedicated to ending plastic waste or the recycling and recovery of plastics. A common theme over Rick’s career and personal life has been listening, sharing and educating others, whether through volunteering at summer camps for kids or serving as an honored service member of the Society of Plastics Engineers.
Sabrina Watkins Leading Sustainability Consultant Former Global Head of Sustainability, Conoco Phillips
Sabrina served as Head of Sustainable Development for ConocoPhillips until retiring in October 2017. During her 36 years in the industry, she held senior management roles across myriad business units. She managed COP’s global corporate environmental technology from 2006-2008, and became global head of sustainability in 2009. Watkins previously served on the boards of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development and Houston Wilderness, and chaired the Senior Advisory Council of the Global Environmental Management Initiative. She currently sits on the boards of Presidio Graduate School and Future 500 and is a member of the Social Venture Network. She has a B.S. in civil engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute (now Presidio Graduate School).
Scott Tinker brings industry, government, academia, and nongovernmental organizations together to address major societal challenges in energy, the environment, and the economy. Dr. Tinker is Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. With Director Harry Lynch, Tinker co-produced the award-winning documentary films Switch and Switch On, which have been screened in over 50 countries. Dr. Tinker founded the nonprofit Switch Energy Alliance, whose educational materials appear from schools to board rooms globally. Tinker is the host of PBS Energy Switch, an energy and climate talk show appearing on over 200 PBS stations nationwide, and Earth Date, featured weekly on over 450 public radio stations in all 50 United States. In his visits to some 60 countries, Scott has given over 1000 keynote and invited lectures. Dr. Tinker presented a TEDx talk on The Dual Challenge: Energy and Environment.
I am an experienced and successful leader in non-profit development and have founded or served on the boards of more than fifteen organizations and volunteer initiatives. I not only have the vision to recognize opportunities to help others, but I understand the business side of establishing sustainable volunteer organizations from charter creation to fundraising to marketing. It has been my pleasure to focus on needs in my local Newport Beach community and find ways to export our successful models to other communities both in the United States and internationally. A realtor with twenty-five years' experience, I use the same skills that have brought me professional success to envision, create, develop, and expand these local and international non-profit organizations. My most ambitious project is the "Doc-in-a-Box" series, which sends affordable health care microclinic facilities to countries in need. I serve as President of the Newport Beach Rotary Club.
At the forefront of the global climate change movement, Susan is a catalyst for change and creating a positive environmental impact. Susan is a seasoned business executive, entrepreneur, strategic director and marketer, working at the intersection of sustainability, disruptive technologies and the evolving worlds of energy and media. A facilitator, moderator and public speaker, Susan connects people and innovative ideas with a focus on driving change at industries in transition. As the VP Strategic Marketing / Chief Marketing Officer at the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), Susan worked to accelerate collective impact around the climate crisis. Through her work at IHS Markit, she launched the Innovation Agora @ CERAWeek, bringing together innovative technologies and the challenges of the energy transition. Susan drove new products, services and thought leadership at New Energy Finance (NEF), later purchased by Bloomberg. At NEF, she launched the Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit which are today held across the year and around the globe.
Zabrae has worked to engage policy makers and the public in strengthening civic literacy and political accountability for over 25 years and currently advises initiatives in these areas. In the last two years, she has served as the project manager for the ‘America in One Room’ Climate and Energy Deliberative Poll, and co-designed and managed the subsequent Table Talks Project pilot regarding how to increase access to deep dialogue that can allow people to learn about critical issues together. Zabrae’s early career included working with the U.S. Senate in Washington. D.C., and the National Democratic Institute in Lilongwe, Malawi. In 2004 she developed and led the Voices of Reform Project, which was instrumental in building robust bipartisan support for statewide redistricting reform in CA. In 2007 she co-founded CA Forward and the CA Forward Action Fund, which she helped lead until 2012. In addition to her consulting practice, she advises the Commonwealth Club of CA’s ‘Creating Citizens’ Civic Education Initiative, the Benefits Access and Equity Initiative, and Go Public Schools/Oakland.
In This Together is a campaign by the Bridge Foundation for Free Speech and Civil Discourse (a registered 501(c)(3) EIN 82-4775384) and Solution Citizen, Inc. (a mission-based C-Corp, EIN 85-1217899) to unite citizens, donors, and NGOs for healthy democratic problem-solving. We partner with and support BridgeUSA (a registered 501(c)(3) EIN 82-3983123) and other NGOs to foster collaboration for a healthy democracy and environment.