|Hon. Sherri Goodman, Chair Ruth Greenspan Bell Henri Bisson Gerald E. Galloway, Jr., PE, PhD Evan Hirsche Hon. James R. Mahoney, PhD Rear Admiral Christopher J. Mossey, CEC, USN (retired), P.E.||Dr. Mamie A. Parker Major General E. Gray Payne, USMC (retired) Lt General John F. Regni, USAF (retired) Will Travis Hon. S. Enders Wimbush|
Sherri Goodman is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CNA, a non-profit research organization that provides analyses and solutions for national security leaders and public sector organizations. Ms. Goodman has been recognized for her work creating and overseeing a landmark project in her role as Executive Director of the Military Advisory Board for projects on National Security and the Threat of Climate Change, Powering America's Defense: Energy & the Risks to National Security, and Powering America's Economy: Energy Innovation at the Crossroads of National Security.
From 1993 to 2001, Ms. Goodman served as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security). As the chief environmental, safety, and occupational health officer for the Department of Defense (DoD), she was responsible for over $5 billion in annual defense spending. She established the first environmental, safety and health performance metrics for the department and, as the nation's largest energy user, directed its climate change efforts. Overseeing the President's plan for revitalizing base closure communities, she ensured that 80% of base closure property became available for transfer and reuse. Ms. Goodman twice received the DoD medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Gold Medal from the National Defense Industrial Association, and the EPA's Climate Change Award.
Ms. Goodman has practiced law with Goodwin Procter and served on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee for Committee Chairman Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA). Ms. Goodman serves on the boards of the Atlantic Council of the U.S., Blue Star Families, the Energy & Environmental Systems Board of the National Academy of Sciences, the Marshall Legacy Institute, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of its Center for Preventive Action.
She received her BA from Amherst College, her JD from the Harvard School of Law and her MA in Public Policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Ruth Greenspan Bell is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, engaged in an effort to bring insights from behavioral social science research into use for motivating climate-change related behavior change and to improve communication on the subject. Her background in the world of climate and environmental policy includes working in Poland from July 2007 through December 2008, first to establish the conditions under which the Polish Foreign Ministry appointed a Climate Ambassador in the preparations for the Polish hosting of COP 14 in Poznan; and later to build and manage a Polish Task Force to support the work of the Ambassador. She is currently on leave from World Resources Institute. Prior to joining WRI, Bell directed International Institutional Development and Environmental Assistance (IIDEA) at Resources for the Future, a program that helped build more effective systems of environmental protection globally; in that capacity, she lead a highly acclaimed study of the policy process that led to improvements in air quality in Delhi, the most important being the switch of all commercial vehicles from petrol and diesel to CNG. In her last U.S. Government assignment, Bell was Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and, before that, in various domestic management positions in U.S. EPA's Office of General Counsel.
Bell frequently publishes in forums such as Foreign Affairs, Issues in Science and Technology, Environment, Environmental Forum and Harvard International Review. She is a graduate of UCLA and the School of Law of the University of California at Berkeley; a member of the Boards of The Mountain Institute and the International Senior Lawyers project; and a long-standing member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Henri Bisson is Marstel-Day's lead for Renewable Energy Permitting and Development Services. Before his retirement in 2009, Mr. Bisson served 34 years as a career employee of the BLM. He began his career as a forester in Redding, California in 1974. He went on to serve in increasingly more responsible positions in Grand Junction and Montrose, Colorado; Washington, DC; Phoenix, Arizona and Riverside, California as District Manager; Washington, DC as Assistant Director for Renewable Resources and Planning; Anchorage, Alaska as BLM State Director; and, finally as BLM's Deputy Director for Operations in Washington, DC from 2006 until retirement. For most of the last two years of his career, he also served as Acting Senior Advisor for Alaska Affairs for Secretary of Interior. Bisson received numerous leadership awards throughout his career, including two Meritorious Presidential Rank awards and several Secretarial Executive Leadership Awards.
His broad experience and knowledge span virtually all programs of the BLM. He has testified before Congress and is well known both on the Hill and in the Halls of the Department of Interior. Mr. Bisson has a long history of project and program management leadership, from the completion of many BLM Resource Management Plans; renewal of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System Right-of-way; completion of EIS's for major rights-of-way in Colorado, Arizona and California; large mine permitting; negotiation for expansion of the Army's National Training Center at Ft Irwin; and, the management of many natural resource programs, to his heavy engagement in the development of BLM renewable and non-renewable energy leasing and development policy and programs.
Dr. Galloway teaches engineering and public policy at the University of Maryland. He is also consultant on flood risk and disaster management policy, and the impacts of climate change on water resources for the Corps of Engineers, FEMA, several states and U.S. and international organizations. He is currently part of a USAID study examining the impacts of climate change on construction of dams in the Mekong River basin, a member of a team working the Government of China on flood risk management, and was recently appointed by the Secretary of State as a Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas Fellow. He has served as an advisor to the Executive Office of the President, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the UN World Water Assessment Program. He is former dean of the Academic Board (Chief Academic Officer) of the United States Military Academy and former Dean of the Faculty and Academic Programs at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He served 38 years in the United States Army, retiring in the rank of Brigadier General.
He graduated from the United States Military Academy, and holds master's degrees from Princeton University, Pennsylvania State University, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He holds a PhD in Geography (Water Resources) from the University of North Carolina. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Public Administration.
Evan Hirsche is President of Wild Eyed Creative Services, LLC (WECS), a consultancy focused on implementing creative public engagement strategies in support of public lands, and improving messaging, marketing and communications in the conservation arena. By providing traditional and new-media communications tools, guidance on program development, strategic relationships and media engagement, and use of compelling imagery and messaging, WECS helps organizations better communicate with their core constituencies and achieve stronger results.
A 23-year veteran in the wildlife conservation field, with extensive expertise in non-profit and campaign development and management, Evan has worked closely with federal conservation agencies and a diverse array of non-profit conservation interests. Throughout much of his career most recently as president of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, he has sought to build public and political support for the 150-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, partnering with diverse national conservation and recreational groups, and galvanizing the volunteer refuge Friends community around Refuge System needs.
Most recently, he played a pivotal role as the FWS's lead NGO partner in implementing the Conserving the Future Refuge System Vision process, which as been touted as the most transparent and among the most innovative federal decision-making processes ever.
Evan has also led campaigns to advance high-profile policy initiatives including restoration of wolves to Yellowstone National Park and protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling, and has been quoted in numerous major media outlets. While at National Audubon Society, his award-winning Refuge System public service campaign reached millions of Americans through publications as diverse as Vogue, Fortune and Outside.
Evan is an avid outdoor photographer and triathlete, and also enjoys birding, scuba, fishing, ice hockey and getting outside with his family. He was born and raised in Williamstown, MA, and received a B.A. in Politics and Government and minor in English Literature from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH.
Dr. Mahoney consults on environmental issues that are at the forefront of today's headlines on global warming, climate change and the environment generally. He is also Chairman of the Roundtable on Climate Change Education for the National Academy of Sciences.
He is the former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere/Deputy Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In that position he directed the 13-agency U.S. Climate Change Science Program. Previously, he was senior vice president of the IT Group, Inc., an international environmental management firm. Prior to that, he was director of the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program, working in the Executive Office of the President. He co-founded the environmental management company Environmental Research & Technology, Inc. in 1968. From 1966 to 1974 he served on the faculty of Public Health at Harvard University, in its Department of Environmental Health Sciences. He is a Fellow and former president of the 12,000-member American Meteorological Society and has served on several committees of the National Academy of Sciences dealing with weather and climate, environmental protection and science education.
Dr. Mahoney received his BS degree in Physics from LeMoyne College and a PhD in Meteorology from MIT.
Rear Admiral Chris Mossey is a private consultant with over three decades of experience leading design, construction, environmental, and facility programs for the Department of the Navy.
His last active duty assignment was as the Commander of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, a 19,000 person global organization that provides over $12 billion in annual planning, engineering, and public works support to the Navy, Marine Corps, and other defense organizations. While serving in this position, Mossey helped to develop the Navy's sustainability and installation climate change strategies as the shore engineering expert on the Navy's Energy and Climate Change Task Forces. Working with a diverse array of stakeholders, he also oversaw the ongoing build-out of the Navy's "smart grid" utility network at 78 bases around the world.
Mossey previously served as Director of Shore Readiness for the Chief of Naval Operations and led development of the Navy's strategic investment plan to cut both non-tactical vehicle petroleum use and installation energy consumption by 50%, by the years 2015 and 2020 respectively, through conservation and aggressive use of alternative energy sources.
Among his other flag assignments, Admiral Mossey served as the Pacific Fleet Civil Engineer, where he was responsible for environmental programs in support of naval operations throughout the Pacific theater.
Admiral Mossey is a Fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and served as the organization's president from 2010 to 2011. While SAME president, he focused the 27,000 member organization on both supporting the military services' sustainability efforts and increasing dialogue among industry, government, and conservation experts to find innovative and economic solutions for the nation's energy and natural resource challenges.
From Newtown Square PA, Mossey graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He also holds a Master of Science degree (Construction Management) from Stanford University and completed the Executive Management Program at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business.
Mamie A. Parker spent over 29 years working at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). Currently, she is the principal of Ma Parker and Associates, a public speaking, facilitation and executive coaching business in the Washington, D. C. area. After twenty years in the field, Dr. Parker was named the Special Assistant to the Director of the Service. Later, she was promoted into the Senior Executive Service (SES) as the Service's Regional Director of the 13 northeastern states, the first African American to hold this position in the 135-year history of the agency. Prior to this appointment in Massachusetts, she worked as a fish and wildlife biologist at the New London, Minnesota National Fish Hatchery; Genoa, Wisconsin National Fish Hatchery; the Green Bay, Wisconsin Ecological Services Field Office; Lake Mills National Fish Hatchery; the Columbia, Missouri Ecological Services Field Office; and the Minneapolis and Atlanta Regional Offices. Several years ago, she was appointed as the Service's Assistant Director (FHC) in the nation's capital with oversight of a $250 million budget, providing guidance to over 2400 employees and 300 field stations throughout the country in the Fisheries and Habitat Conservation program.
Dr. Parker has an extensive amount of experience on environmental impact analysis; surveying, sampling and monitoring; fish culture and health; invasive species and habitat restoration. She has worked as a biologist and led NEPA reviews; national Partners For Fish and Wildlife program; Contaminants Program; Fish Passage and Hydropower licenses; National Wetlands Inventory mapping program; Section 404 of the Clean Water Act permits, Marine Mammals Protection Act program; Coastal restoration and mapping program, and the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. As Deputy Geographic Assistant Regional Director in the southeast and Regional Director in the northeast, she has supervised managers on numerous national wildlife refuges, Ecological Services offices and Fisheries field stations. During her tenure in the Washington Office, she served as the facilitator at the White House Conference on the Environment and received the Presidential Rank Meritorious Service Award.
An Arkansas Hall of Famer, Dr. Parker has degrees in Biology (Fisheries) and Ecology and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Wisconsin. She also received executive leadership training at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
E. Gray Payne, Major General, USMC (Ret) was appointed as Senior Vice President of the Marine Corps Programs Division with The Columbia Group in 2010 following a distinguished career with the United States Marine Corps. His responsibilities include managing customer service and growth initiatives for the company's Marine Corps Programs Division, as well as overseeing several corporate staff functions.
Originally joining the Marine Corps Reserves in 1970, MajGen Payne has over 40 years of military tactical, operational, and strategic expertise alongside significant experience in the private sector. In his last assignment, he served as Assistant Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics (Facilities), Headquarters, United States Marine Corps. His command tours as a general officer include Commanding General of Marine Corps Mobilization Command, Marine Corps Logistics Command, and 4th Marine Logistics Group. He also served as Director of CENTCOM Deployment and Distribution Operations in OIF.
In the business world, General Payne has been active in several small to mid-size businesses as a CFO, COO, and CEO providing successful corporate leadership across different industries. His solid track record of analysis, innovation, leadership, and change management, allowed him to significantly improve the operations of many companies including North American Packaging, Inc. where he served as President and CEO for four years until he committed to the Marine Corps full-time in 2001.
General Payne is the past Chairman of the Marine Corps Reserve Policy Board and currently serves on the Marine Corps Association's Board of Governors. His personal awards include: the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star.
General Payne received a Master's of Science in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and Bachelor's of Science in Economics from North Carolina State University.
General Regni resides in Litchfield Park, Arizona and is involved in a variety of state and local civic non-profit, and public-private organizations. He is Director, Aerospace and Defense Initiative, Science Foundation Arizona, and in that capacity published for the Governor and the Arizona Commerce Authority the strategic plan for sustaining and elevating Arizona's already robust economy in defense and national security matters. Additionally, the Governor of Arizona appointed him to the South West Defense Alliance, a six-state regional board involved with and supporting the military bases/posts and their vast test and training ranges in the region; General Regni serves as the Vice Chair and is Chair-elect for 2012.
General Regni's assignments during his 36 years of commissioned service spanned Personnel, Training, Education and Command positions. He served as Base Commander, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea from 1990-91, commanded the Second Air Force from 2000-04, commanded the Air University from 2004-05, and culminated his distinguished career as Commander and Superintendent of his alma mater from 2005 through 2009. One of his numerous contributions at the Academy was championing and publishing the Academy Energy Strategic Plan--that has the Air Force Academy on an achievable path to produce 100% of its electricity by 2015, and to be "carbon free" by 2025. Notably, this plan leverages the abundant natural resources at the expansive Academy and builds solar fields, hydroelectric turbines, a waste-to-energy plant, geothermal heat pumps, a dry fermentation biomass facility, woody biomass and low profile wind devices to reach its goals. Under his leadership, all construction and facility improvements incorporated the latest "green" engineering initiatives, with the newly conceived iconic Center for Character and Leadership facility designed at the LEED Platinum level.
He entered the U. S. Air Force Academy in 1969 days after graduation from Nashua High School, Nashua, N. H. He graduated from the Academy in June 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. He also has a Master of Science in Systems Management from Saint Mary's University.
Will Travis is a consultant, writer and speaker on how climate change will impact the Bay Area.
Will earned Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Regional Planning degrees, both from Penn State University. He spent most of his career working for California state coastal management agencies, including the California Coastal Commission from 1973 to 1985 and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, commonly called BCDC, the state agency that regulates development in the Bay and along its shoreline. He served as BCDC's deputy director from 1985 to 1995 and as executive director from 1995 to 2011. In 2012 he served as the Senior Advisor to the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee, which is coordinating the efforts of four regional agencies to advance future economic prosperity and address climate change in the land use planning of the San Francisco Bay region.
Will spearheaded the public acquisition of 10,000 acres of privately-owned salt ponds that are being restored to wetlands along the northern shoreČline of San Francisco Bay. He has also worked in the fields of architecture, local planning, private consultČing, advertising and public relations. He was a consultant on the first master plan for the East Bay Regional Park District.
Will is a popular public speaker and has written many articles on coastal issues, has been a lecturer at colleges and universities throughout North America and has provided advice on coastal management to other states and nations. He is a member of the National Research Council Roundtable on Climate Change Education, a member of the advisory council of the environmental consulting firm Marstel-Day, serves on the boards of directors of SPUR--the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association--the Bay Bridge Alliance, the EcoAdapt climate change adaptation innovation center, and is a member of Lambda Alpha, the honorary society for the advancement of land economics. He served a four-year term as a member of the Berkeley city planning commission and was chairman of a special committee that worked with the University of California to formulate a new plan for downtown Berkeley.
Will is the 2009 recipient of the Jean Auer Environmental Award, presented by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, and the 2012 recipient of the Frank C. Boerger Award, presented by the Bay Planning Coalition. He and his wife, Jody Loeffler, are the authors of "Katherine's Gift," a memoir on international adoption, and live in Berkeley, California.
Mr. Wimbush is Senior Director for Foreign Policy and Civil Society Programs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington, DC.
Prior to joining GMF, he served as senior vice president of the Hudson Institute. Earlier he spent 10 years in the private sector with Booz Allen Hamilton and Science Applications International Corporation, analyzing future security environments. His public sector experience includes his service from 1987 to 1993 as director of Radio Liberty in Munich, Germany. He founded in 1980 and directed the Society for Central Asian Studies, an independent research institute and publishing company in Oxford, England until 1986. And, he was a Senior Analyst for the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, California from 1977-80. He served at sea as a Second Class Petty Officer with the US Coast Guard.
Mr. Wimbush holds a B.A. (History/Politics) from the University of Massachusetts (1972) and an A.M. (International Relations) from the University of Chicago (1974), where he also conducted PhD work (Political Science). He was a Fulbright Fellow at Moscow State University in 1975-76. He is the author of seven books, numerous articles in professional and popular media, and dozens of policy studies on international affairs, defense and security issues.
In 2009 Mr. Wimbush was nominated by President Obama to be one of eight Governors of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the oversight body for all U.S. international Broadcasting, which includes the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Sawa Radio), and Radio/TV Marti. He was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and confirmed by the full Senate in July 2010.