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  • Rev. Sally Bingham

    The Reverend Canon Sally Grover Bingham, an Episcopal priest and Canon for the Environment in the Diocese of California has been active in the environmental community for twenty-five years. She is also founder and president of The Regeneration Project, which is focused on its Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) campaign, a religious response to global warming. The IPL campaign includes a national network of over 10,000 congregations with affiliated programs in 38 states. She has brought widespread recognition to the link between faith and the environment, and as one of the first faith leaders to fully recognize global warming as a moral issue, she has mobilized thousands of religious people to put their faith into action through energy stewardship and advocacy.

    The Rev. Bingham recently joined President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and is a member of the Forum on Children and Nature. She serves on the board of directors of the Environmental Defense Fund, the Environmental Working Group, and the U.S. Climate Action Network, as well as the national advisory board for the Union of Concerned Scientists. The Interfaith Power & Light campaign and the Rev. Bingham have received numerous awards including the 2007 U.S. EPA Climate Protection Award, the Purpose Prize, the Energy Globe Award and commendation as a “sacred gift to the planet” by the World Wildlife Fund.  The Rev. Bingham was named one of the top fifteen green religious leaders by Grist magazine and has been recognized as a Climate Hero by Yes! Magazine. She has received honorary Doctorates of Divinity from the University of the South, The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and the College of the Holy Cross. Sally is the lead author of Love God Heal Earth, a collection of 21 essays on environmental stewardship by herself and fellow religious leaders, published by St. Lynn’s Press in February 2009.

  • Lawrence H. Goulder

    Lawrence H. Goulder is the Shuzo Nishihara Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics and the Chair of the Economics Department at Stanford University. He is also the Kennedy-Grossman Fellow in Human Biology at Stanford; a Senior Fellow at Stanford's Institute for Economic Policy Research; a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; and a University Fellow of Resources for the Future, a non-profit environmental and natural resource research firm located in Washington, DC. Goulder's research examines the environmental and economic impacts of U.S. and international environmental policies, including policies to deal with climate change and pollution from power plants and automobiles. His work also explores the "sustainability" of consumption patterns in various countries.

    Goulder's work often employs a general equilibrium analytical framework that integrates the economy and the environment and links the activities of government, industry, and households. The research considers both the aggregate benefits and costs of various policies as well as the distribution of policy impacts across industries, income groups, and generations. Some of his work involves collaborations with climatologists and biologists. Goulder has conducted analyses for several government agencies, environmental organizations, and industry groups. At Stanford, Goulder teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental economics and policy, and co-organizes a weekly seminar in applied microeconomics.

  • Daniel Hesse

    Dan Hesse was named chief executive officer of Sprint Nextel in December 2007.
     
    Prior to his appointment as Sprint CEO, Hesse was the Chairman and CEO of Embarq Corporation, a $6 billion telecommunications services company. From 2000 – 2004, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of Terabeam Corporation, a wireless telecommunications technology company.
     
    Hesse spent 23 years at AT&T. From 1997 – 2000, he served as the President and CEO of AT&T Wireless Services, at the time the United States’ largest wireless carrier. 
     
    He received a BA from Notre Dame, an MBA from Cornell, and an MS from MIT where he was awarded the Brooks Thesis Prize. He has been named “Most Influential Person in Mobile Technology” by LAPTOP magazine (Steve Jobs was #2), Wireless Industry “Person of the Year” by RCR magazine, “Executive of the Year” by Wireless Business and Technology magazine, one of the five “Best Turnaround CEO’s of All Time” by Fierce Wireless, one of “10 Inspirational Leaders who Turned Around Their Companies” by Entrepreneur magazine, and he has twice received Wireless Week magazine’s Leadership Award.  He was appointed by President Obama to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and serves on the National Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

     

  • A.G. Kawamura

    Arthur Gen “A.G.” Kawamura is the former California Secretary of Agriculture where he served from 2003 to 2010. He is a third generation fruit and vegetable grower and shipper from Orange County. He is the co-chair of Solutions from the Land, a project supported by UN Foundation, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and the Farm Foundation that is developing a sustainable roadmap for 21st century agricultural systems. He is a national steering committee member of “25x25” a renewable energy coalition of farm, forest, conservation and environmental leaders focused on the multiple benefits and contributions that can be delivered from the agricultural and rural sectors of America. He participates as a member of the Native Pollinators Advisory Committee.  

    As a progressive urban farmer, A.G. has a lifetime of experience working within the shrinking rural and urban boundaries of Southern California. He has stayed actively involved in policy areas of education, hunger and nutrition, and recently was elected to serve as a member of the Board of Governors to the California State University Foundation and as a new board member of the Delta Vision Foundation. Through his company, Orange County Produce, LLC, he is currently engaged in building an exciting, interactive urban agricultural exhibit at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.  

  • Rajendra K. Pachauri

    Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri is the Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific intergovernmental body that provides decision-makers and the public with an objective source of information about climate change. He is also Director General of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), a major independent research organization providing knowledge on energy, environment, forestry, biotechnology, and the conservation of natural resources. Dr Pachauri is a prominent researcher on environmental subjects, recognized internationally for his efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change. He has been appointed as Senior Adviser to Yale Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI) from July 2012 prior to which he was the Founding Director of YCEI (July 2009 – June 2012). He is active in several international forums dealing with the subject of climate change and its policy dimensions. He was awarded the second-highest civilian award in India, the “Padma Vibhushan” in January 2008 by the President of India and received the “Officier De La Légion D’Honneur” from the Government of France in 2006. He has been conferred with “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star” by His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan, the “Commander of the Order of the White Rose of Finland” by the Prime Minister of Finland, the “Commander of the Order of Leopold II” by the King of the Belgians and Mexican Order of the “Aztec Eagle” by the President of Mexico in June 2012. 
  • William K. Reilly

    William K. Reilly is a Founding Partner of Aqua International Partners, LP, a private equity fund dedicated to investing in companies engaged in water and renewable energy, and a Senior Advisor to TPG Capital, LP, an international investment partnership. Mr. Reilly served as the first Payne Visiting Professor at Stanford University (1993-1994), Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1989-1993), president of the World Wildlife Fund (1985-1989), president of The Conservation Foundation (1973-1989), and director of the Rockefeller Task Force on Land Use and Urban Growth from (1972-1973). He was head of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Earth Summit at Rio in 1992. Mr. Reilly is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the World Wildlife Fund, Co-Chair of the National Commission on Energy Policy, Chair of the Advisory Board for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, Chair of the Board for the Global Water Challenge, Chair of the ClimateWorks Foundation, and a Director of the Packard Foundation, the American Academy in Rome and the National Geographic Society. He also serves on the Board of Directors of DuPont, ConocoPhillips and Royal Caribbean International.

    In May 2010 President Obama appointed Mr. Reilly a co-chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling along with the former Florida Governor and former U.S. Senator Bob Graham.

  • Forrest Sawyer

    For more than two decades Mr. Sawyer reported from around the world for ABC, CBS and MSNBC.  He anchored ABC World News Sunday and for ten years he was the primary replacement anchor on ABC’s  Nightline.

    In 1990 and 1991 he spent eight months covering the Gulf War, scoring numerous exclusives from Baghdad to Saudi Arabia to Iran; including reports from inside Kuwait City before it was liberated by coalition forces. His documentary work includes the acclaimed Return to the Ia Drang, which for the first time brought United States veterans back to a critical Vietnam battlefield to meet their one-time enemies.

    His extensive coverage of environmental concerns includes an examination of deforestation in the Amazon; water issues in the Everglades; a week-long Discovery Television series on increased tornado and storm activity; and several reports on climate change. In 2007, he traveled with Greg Dalton on a Commonwealth Club voyage to the Arctic Circle aboard a Russian icebreaker.

    Mr. Sawyer currently is a board member of Edison Pharmaceuticals, which studies mitochondrial disease.  He is also a co-founder of Ampere Life Sciences, a newly launched company developing medical and functional foods targeting antioxidant deficiencies.

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