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Whitey Bluestein, Bluestein & Associates, LLC

Whitey Bluestein is a strategy advisor to high-tech start-ups, focusing on mobile technology, applications, payments and prepaid services. Over his 30-year career in corporate development, he has worked in every facet of telecommunications, and is an internationally-recognized expert on wireless market trends, pricing plans and wholesale carrier deals. He is a GigaOM Research Mobile Industry Expert and an AlwaysOn 2013 Mobile Power Player. He has also appeared several times on CNBC Fast Money as an mobile industry expert. In 2014 he was named a judge for the Verizon Powerful Answers Award in the Sustainability category. A lifelong environmentalist, he was the second Executive Director of Vermont Public Interest Research Group, where he focused on utilities and nuclear power. He worked at the U.S. Department of Energy in renewable fuels, detailed to the Secretary of Energy on several assignments. Before joining the Friends of the Earth board, he was board president of Bluewater Network. Whitey received his B.S. in Business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (Bloomington) and his Juris Doctor with Honors from George Washington University Law School. He also completed the prestigious NARUC Advanced Regulatory Studies Program, at the Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University, in East Lansing. Bluestein lives in Marin County, California.

Jayni Chase, Founder and CEO, Center for Environmental Education

Jayni founded the Center for Environmental Education, a nationally based non-profit organization which advances environmental education. She is also the author of Blueprint for a Green School, an environmental education resource guide. Jayni is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations such as The Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Environmental Media Association (EMA), Women For, U.S. Environmental Film Festival, and the Rainforest Alliance. Most recently Jayni participated in the Clinton Global Initiative and, along with Earth Day Network (EDN), she is launching a new ambitious initiative, GREEN reModel. She joined the Board of Directors of EDN in February 2008. 

Cecil D. Corbin-Mark, Deputy Director/Director of Policy Initiatives, West Harlem Environmental Action

Cecil D. Corbin-Mark is the Deputy Director and the Director of Policy Initiatives at West Harlem Environmental Action in New York City. A life-long resident of Hamilton Heights in Harlem, New York, he is the former Vice-President of his neighborhood association, and the former Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Committee of his Community Planning Board. He serves as a mentor through the Friends of Island Academy -- a program to assist formerly incarcerated teens. He is also a big brother to several young men and women from his neighborhood. Cecil earned a degree in political science from Hunter College, C.U.N.Y., and completed graduate work in political science at Oxford University in the U.K., focusing on radical political traditions of Africans of the Diasporas in the Americas. He has lectured on the environment and environmental justice at Hunter College, Teacher’s College, The College of Mount St. Vincent, Buffalo State, Cornell University, Yale School of Forestry, and Columbia University School of Public Health. Cecil currently, or has in the past, served on the following boards, coalitions and committees: New York Jobs with Justice, Center for Environmental Health, Urban Wet Weather FACA for the U.S. EPA, the New York State DEC Urban Air Toxic Committee, New York State Cumulative Risk Assessment Work Group, New York City DEP Water Quality Citizen Advisory Committee, Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board, Clean Air Network, Association for Clean Water Action, Clean Products/Clean Production Network, Environmental Justice Fund, Organization of Waterfront Neighborhoods, the NYC Environmental Education Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Northeast Environmental Justice Network.

Harriett Crosby, Co-founder & President of Institute for Soviet American Relations   
Audit committee chair               

ISAR supports the work of environmental activists in the former Soviet Union. Harriett has worked as an instructor for the Colorado Outward Bound School and taught at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Aspen Community School , and at the Putney School in Vermont. She worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality for the first five years of the Clinton Administration. Harriett has a Master's degree in Psychology from Temple University and has been trained as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. She attended Pitzer College and just received their distinguished alumni award. She manages Fox Haven, a farm and retreat center in Maryland, and currently serves as secretary for the board of Friends of the Earth.

Clarence Ditlow, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety      
Legal committee chair                 

Clarence is the author of The Lemon Book and The Safe Road to Fuel Economy, and numerous publications on auto safety, air pollution and transportation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Consumers Union, the Canadian Automobile Protection Association and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. He is a past recipient of the Washington, D.C. Consumer Lawyer of the Year Award and Syracuse University's Salzberg Medallion. Clarence received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Clarence currently serves as the legal committee chair for the board of directors.

Dan Gabel, Chairman and CEO, Hagedorn & Company 

Dan and his wife, Bunny, have been involved with Friends of the Earth since 1970. He served on the Board of Friends of the Earth Foundation as Director and Treasurer for about 15 years. He joined the Board of Friends of the Earth in 1995 and served as Chairman of the Board for many years. Dan and Bunny graduated from Duke University where he is on the Board of the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment Earth Sciences. He is also on the board of Waterkeepers Alliance, Cary Institute, Cheshire Academy, Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, Insurance Brokers Association of New York (where he is the current president), Hundred Year Association, Abtec Industries, and Tekkote Corporation. Since 1979 he has been Chairman and CEO of the New York based insurance brokerage firm, Hagedorn & Company.

Jeffrey Glueck, COO, Foursquare                  

Jeff is the COO of Foursquare, the location-based social network that over 50 million people have joined. He is passionate about helping people discover locally-owned merchants and preserving the vibrancy of local communities, and enabling beloved small businesses to compete on a level playing field with national brands and chains.

Previously, he was CEO at Skyfire Labs in Silicon Valley, an innovative start-up that develops cloud computing solutions to help deal with the explosion of data use and video consumption on mobile devices around the world. He previously served as Chief Marketing Officer for Travelocity for seven years, where he launched the Travelocity Roaming Gnome, and “Travel for Good” including the first carbon offset program of any online travel agency. In 2007 he was named to Advertising Age’s "40 Under 40" leaders. He has held positions advising Latin American governments on sustainable development and as a White House Fellow in the Clinton administration working on green trade and renewable energy financing. He is married and lives in New York, and on the weekends enjoys hiking and spending time with his three young children.

Michael J. Herz, Founder, San Francisco Baykeeper
Nominating committee chair                     

A research scientist and environmental activist for more than 30 years, Mike was an associate professor in residence at the University of California at San Francisco & has published numerous books and papers on the effects of toxics on the brain & behavior. He co-founded and was Executive Director of the San Francisco chapter of the Oceanic Society & Executive Vice President of the national organization. He was a member of the Alaska Oil Spill Commission following the Exxon Valdez oil spill & has served on numerous technical review committees for the National Research Council, Department of Interior & State of California. He is past-President of the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association, a Maine land trust that also protects endangered Atlantic salmon, a current board member of Maine Rivers & the Putney School & a former commodore of the Singlehanded Sailing Society. Mike received a Master's degree from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.

Russell Long, Founder, Bluewater Network  

Russell founded Bluewater Network, a national environmental organization which merged with Friends of the Earth in 2005. Bluewater has helped establish laws and regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger cars, reduce air and water pollution from the shipping industry, and curtail thrillcraft use on public lands. In 2001, Mother Jones magazine named Russell a "Hellraiser." He has served on various state, regional, and local advisory boards regulating oil spills, water conservation, and marine transportation in California. Russell holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, a Master's of Business Administration from Columbia University, and a Doctorate in Ecology and Development from the California Institute of Integral Studies. In addition to Friends of the Earth, he also serves on the Board of the Sapelo Foundation in Georgia.

Avis Ogilvy Moore, Charter Member of Friends of the Earth                 

With Friends of the Earth since its founding in 1969, Avis has been a life-long environmentalist, activist, researcher and scholar. She co-founded and chaired the New York branch of Friends of the Earth in 1972 and is a past chair of FoE's board. Avis has served on numerous other boards over the years including Sierra Club's Atlantic Chapter, Zero Population Growth's New York Chapter and the Louisiana Landmarks Society. She is the board chair for Potomac Riverkeeper and the Community and People’s Recovery Association in New Orleans. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and M.A. in French literature from New York University.

Stephen Nemeth, Founder and CEO, Rhino Films                

Stephen Nemeth formed and heads up Rhino Films, the independent film company that originated as a division of iconoclastic record label Rhino Records. He has produced ten films, including "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," and executive produced fourteen others. He is also working with Amnesty International through Artists for Amnesty on developing and producing human rights related projects. He serves on the boards of the Woodstock Film Festival, the Wildlife Ecostation, Wheels For Humanity, Children Uniting Nations, Shine On Sierra Leone, OneVoice, the Hollywood Film Festival, the Veggie Van Organization, the One Second Film Foundation, the advisory board of the Full Frame Documentary Festival, the dean's board of UC Santa Cruz's School for the Arts, and is a consultant for Admetech, a prostate cancer research foundation at the Harvard Medical School.

Chris Pabon, Director of Development, Project On Government Oversight

Chris Pabon is the Director of Development at Project on Government Oversight. Prior to joining POGO, Chris worked at Friends of the Earth for over 10 years. He has worked within the development offices of the College of Pan American Agriculture and Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Chris also served for four years as the coordinator for DC Fundraisers, an organization with 500 members whiched organized monthly brownbags for its members. Chris was elected as a delegate for Washington, D.C., to the Non Profit Congress in 2006. Chris has worked in all aspects of fundraising including event organizing, direct mail, donor relations, combined federal campaign, planned giving and was also an instructor with the Social Action and Leadership School for Activists. Chris received a B.A. in Political Science (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Tennessee and has taken specialization courses through the Institute for Policy Studies, National Society of Fund Raising Executives and the Foundation Center. He has served as a judge for the Council on Foundations Wilmer Shields Rich Award, a prize that every year chooses the best communication tools (web sites, annual reports, special reports, newsletters) produced by foundations. Chris is fluent in Spanish and has been quoted in numerous publications such as the Washington Post, New York Post, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and radio interviews. He has hiked through the peaks and valleys of the Bolivian segment of the Andes. In his spare time he enjoys attending Cons, cheering for the U.S. men’s soccer team, cooking and watching movies.

Chris Paine, Filmmaker

Chris Paine is a filmmaker best known for his documentaries "Who Killed the Electric Car?" (2006) and "Revenge of the Electric Car" (2011). Other films as executive producer include "Charge" about electric motorcycle racing with Ewan McGregor, "Faster!" and "No Maps for These Territories" about science fiction author William Gibson. His work as an environmentalist include campaigns against the expansion of Pacific Coast Highway south of San Francisco, the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, and natural gas fracking in California. He founded the internet project "counterspill.com" in the wake of the BP oil disaster. The site is dedicated to documenting the cost of non-renewable energy disasters around the world. Counterspill won 3 Webby Awards in 2012. Chris was raised in California by parents in the open space and environmental education movement. He studied film and international relations in New York. His entrepreneurial projects includes Mondo-tronics a supplier of materials for the Mars Pathfinder mission and Internet Outfitters, a design/database firm which he sold in 1999. He serves on the boards of Friends of the Earth, the e-bike company Conscious Commuter, Impro Theater, and the Black Rock Arts Foundation.

Arlie Schardt, Founder and Director, Environmental Media Service
Chair     

Arlie has had a long and illustrious career within the media. He served as national press secretary for Senator Al Gore’s 1987-88 Presidential campaign, Executive Director of the Environmental Defense Fund, southern civil rights correspondent for Time magazine, news media editor at Newsweek, Associate Director of the ACLU, writer and later Chief of the News Service at Sports Illustrated, and editor of Foundation News magazine at the Council on Foundations. He has written features and op-ed pieces in numerous national magazines and leading dailies. He has also contributed to three books on politics and national issues.

Soroush Shehabi, CEO, Washington Life Magazine

Doria Steedman, Dir. of Partnership Development

Doria has had a very distinguished career in the advertising field, having been chosen as 1996 Advertising Woman of the Year by Advertising Women of New York. Previously, she worked for Geer DuBois Advertising, where she served on the Executive Committee; produced and directed two award-winning films for People Magazine; was selected as one of Advertising Age’s “100 Best and Brightest”; and was elected to the Board of Directors of Advertising Women of New York (AWNY). She served as president of AWNY from 1993 to 1995, and as chair of the AWNY Foundation from 1995 to 1997. She became Creative Director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America in 1992, where she was responsible for the quality and the quantity of the Partnership’s anti –drug advertising, both the exclusively pro-bono work and the Office of National Drug Policy’s paid media campaign.

Peyton M. West, Director, Help for Threatened Wildlife/Frankfurt Zoological Society
Development committee co-chair

Peyton directs Help for Threatened Wildlife, a non-profit that supports Germany's Frankfurt Zoological Society and its international conservation programs. This includes projects ranging from the repatriation of rhinos to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to conserving the Amazon headwaters of Peru's Purus-Manu Conservation Corridor. Prior to joining HFTW, she worked at the American Association for the Advancement of Science to encourage better engagement between scientific, educational and religious communities around issues such as evolution and climate change. An ardent advocate for science she has promoted science literacy through documentaries, websites, museum exhibits, and television shows including the children's program "Go, Diego, Go!" Previously she worked mammal department at the Bronx Zoo in New York and as a field biologist with the Serengeti Lion Project in Tanzania and Kenya. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Minnesota.

David Zwick, Founder, Clean Water Action
Treasurer

David’s work over the past 30 years has focused on helping grassroots citizen organizations form, grow and campaign successfully. In the fall of 2007, he stepped down as president of Clean Water Action, which he founded in 1972. Since then he has been a Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics for a semester and worked as a consultant to organizations and campaigns helping build capacity, improve management, and design and run effective projects. For many years David  was Treasurer of America Votes, a national organization that works with its partner groups on election projects. He is the author of Water Wasteland, which helped shape the Clean Water Act, and co-author of the bestseller, Who Runs Congress. He holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. David currently serves as Treasurer for the Board of Friends of the Earth.

Brent Blackwelder, Ex-officio and president emeritus

Brent was most recently president of Friends of the Earth, from 1994 to 2009. In his 40-plus years of environmental advocacy he has been active in campaigns to reform foreign aid, save forests, protect rivers and advance human rights. He was an architect of significant legislation to protect natural resources and clean up pollution. Brent is a leader in the effort to save rivers -- he helped expand the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System from eight rivers in 1973 to more than 250 today and helped eliminate more than 200 dams and stream dredging projects, which would have destroyed rivers, wetlands, wildlife and areas of significant scientific value. He founded American Rivers, the Environmental Policy Center and Environmental Policy Institute, and was the chairman of the board of directors of the League of Conservation Voters. Brent holds a bachelor's degree from Duke University and a master's from Yale University in mathematics and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Maryland. He current serves as ex-officio and president emeritus of Friends of the Earth.

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