Ms. Leslie Carothers - (Co-Chair)
Environmental Law Institute
Leslie Carothers is President of the Environmental Law Institute. ELI is an independent, non-partisan education and research organization working to protect the environment by improving law, policy, and management. She has been a professional environmentalist for over 30 years. Before her election as ELI president in June 2003, she served for 11 years as Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in Hartford, a diversified manufacturer of products for the aerospace and building systems markets. She also served as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection from 1987-1991 and Senior Environmental Counsel for PPG Industries, a manufacturing company in Pittsburgh, from 1982-1987. She began her environmental career with the federal Environmental Protection Agency in the air pollution program in Washington in 1971 and later served as Enforcement Director, Deputy Regional Administrator, and Acting Regional Administrator of EPA’s New England Region in Boston. In 1991, she was an adjunct lecturer on environmental regulation at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is a past member and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Audubon Society and the Environmental Law Institute and a past member of the Board of the Nature Conservancy (Connecticut Chapter). She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Strategies for the Global Environment (Pew Center on Global Climate Change). She is a graduate of Smith College and Harvard Law School and also holds a Masters Degree in environmental law from George Washington University.
Dr. Harold Schmitz - (Co-Chair)
Dr. Harold Schmitz is Chief Science Officer for Mars Inc. Previously, he held various positions within Mars in scientific and regulatory affairs, fundamental research, analytical and applied sciences, and corporate staff. In addition, he has been a visiting faculty member in the department of nutrition at the University of California, Davis, since 1995. Prior to joining Mars, Schmitz was a USDA National Needs Research Fellow at the North Carolina State University Department of Food Science. His research interests center around the agricultural, biomedical, clinical and engineering sciences related to food production and its influence on human and companion-animal health. Schmitz has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and chaired several scientific symposia to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge in the area of phytochemicals and health benefits. He serves on the executive committee of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable at The National Academies. He earned a master's degree in food science at the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in food science, with a minor in organic chemistry, at North Carolina State University.
Prof. William C. Clark
Prof. William C. Clark is the Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Trained as an ecologist, his research focuses on the interactions of environment, development and security concerns in international affairs. Clark serves on the scientific advisory committees for the Science and Technology for Sustainability Initiative, the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research. He is co-author of Adaptive environmental assessment and management (Wiley, 1978) and Redesigning rural development (Hopkins, 1982); editor of the Carbon dioxide review (Oxford, 1982); and coeditor of Sustainable development of the biosphere (Cambridge, 1986), The earth transformed by human action (Cambridge, 1990), Learning to manage global environmental risks (MIT, 2001), and Environment magazine. He co-chaired the recent study by the US National Research Council on Our Common Journey: A Transition Toward Sustainability. Clark is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the MacArthur Prize, the Humboldt Prize, and the Kennedy School's Carballo Award for excellence in teaching.
Dr. Richard J. Jackson
University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health
Dr. Richard J. Jackson is a former Professor in the School of Public Health and Director and
Graham Family Professor of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute answering to the Provost at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A pediatrician and public health leader, he recently served as a professor in at the University of California, Berkeley. He served in many leadership positions with the California Public Health Department, including the highest, State Health Officer. For nine years he was Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta. In 2005 he was recognized with the highest civilian award for U.S. Government service, the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award. While in California his work led to the establishment of the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program and state and national laws that reduced risks from dangerous pesticides, especially to farm workers and children. While at CDC he established the national asthma epidemiology and control program, and advanced the childhood lead poisoning prevention program. He instituted the current federal effort to “biomonitor” chemical levels in the U.S. population. He was the U.S. lead under several U.S. government efforts around health and environment in Russia, including radiation threats. In the late 1990s he was the CDC leader in establishing the U.S. National Pharmaceutical Stockpile to prepare for terrorism and other disasters—which was activated on September 11, 2001. In 2006 he received the Breast Cancer Fund’s Hero Award and at the UC Berkeley 2007 Commencement, the School of Public Health graduate students recognized him as the Distinguished Teacher and Mentor of the Year. Dick Jackson co-authored Urban Sprawl and Public Health, a 2004 book from Island Press. He has served on many environmental and health boards, as well as the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects. He views climate change and lack of sustainability as the critical environmental public health threat of the 21st Century and has dedicated the remainder of his professional career to confronting these challenges.
Dr. Pamela A. Matson
Dr. Pamela A. Matson is Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences and Goldman Professor of Environmental Science at Stanford University. Her current research interests include biogeochemical processes in forest and agricultural systems. Dr. Matson was the first to show that geographic variation in biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems controls variation in the production of the important greenhouse gas N2O. That discovery provided the foundation for her development of global budgets of natural and anthropogenic sources of this and other radiatively significant trace gases. Dr. Matson has served on numerous National Academies' committees, including the Board on Sustainable Development, the Committee on Research and Peer Review in EPA, the Board on Global Change, and others. She is President of the Ecological Society of America, a member of the Aspen Global Change Institute Advisory Board, and a member of the Institute of Ecosystem Studies Advisory Board. Selected publications include Ecosystem Approach for the Development of a Global Nitrous Oxide Budget; Agricultural Intensification and Ecosystem Properties; and Integration of Environmental, Agronomic, and Economic Aspects of Fertilizer Management. Dr. Matson received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire; her M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University; and her Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University.