Board of Directors

The People Behind Earth Day

GERALD TORRES, Board Chair, Jane M.G. Foster Professor, Cornell Law School

Currently the president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Professor Torres is a leading figure in critical race theory and an expert in agricultural and environmental law. He taught and served as associate dean at The University of Minnesota Law School, as deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as counsel to then U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.

Prof. Torres is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute. In 2004, he was honored with the Legal Service Award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) for his work to advance the legal rights of Latinos. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Stanford Law Schools.

DENIS HAYES, Board Chair Emeritus, President, CEO, The Bullitt Foundation

Denis Hayes is president and CEO of Bullitt Foundation, which built the “world’s greenest office building” []. Mr. Hayes is perhaps best known for having been the National Coordinator of the first Earth Day when he was 25 and then expanding the event to 170 nations over the subsequent four decades. During the Carter Administration, Denis directed the federal Solar Energy Research Institute (now NREL).  He has been a senior fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, director of the Illinois Energy Office, professor of engineering at Stanford University, and a Silicon Valley attorney. Denis has received the national Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Public Service as well as the highest awards bestowed by the Sierra Club, the Humane Society of the United States, the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Council of America, the American Solar Energy Society, and the Commonwealth Club, among others. Time Magazine selected Hayes as one of its “Heroes of the Planet.”

KEN BERLIN, Retired Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP

Ken Berlin retired as head of Skadden’s East Coast and international environmental practice. Mr. Berlin has been involved in a wide range of environmental issues since 1979, when he was section chief in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mr. Berlin has an extensive background in environmental litigation, including representing parties in environmental cleanup issues, in criminal and civil penalty cases, in appeals of administrative decisions, and in arguing cases in federal appeals court. Mr. Berlin has acted as national environmental counsel in the bankruptcies of Owens Corning, IT Group, Inc., US Airways Group, Inc. and Kmart Corporation, and represented National Steel Corporation and Sterling Chemicals, Inc. in resolving environmental issues in their bankruptcies.

DR. PETER BROSS, Clinical Team Leader, Cancer Therapeutics, U.S. FDA Office of Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapy

Peter Bross has been active in conservation for many years. While in California, he taught snow camping and river kayaking for the Sierra Club and was an active volunteer for Friends of the River, and the Tuolumne River Preservation Trust, contributing to successful efforts to add to the California Wild & Scenic River system. As a volunteer for San Francisco-based Environmental Traveling Companions, he took handicapped and disadvantaged kids on sea kayaking and river trips. Dr. Bross served as a volunteer physician for the Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic in San Francisco and for the Himalaya Rescue Association in Nepal.

Since returning to Washington DC, Dr. Bross has become active in a number of conservation organizations, including the Environmental Law Institute, Potomac Conservancy, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, American Whitewater, American Rivers, Monocacy Canoe Club, Canoe Cruisers Association, Bethesda Center for Excellence (a whitewater racing club), Anacostia Watershed Society, Friends of the Cheat and Friends of the Gauley River. Dr. Bross is on the Board of Potomac Riverkeeper, an organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Potomac River and its tributaries, from its headwaters in West Virginia to the Chesapeake Bay, through citizen action, education, advocacy and enforcement.  Dr. Bross is a graduate of the University of Virginia College and School of Medicine.

DAVID DEUTSCH, President, David N. Deutsch & Company

An investment banker’s investment banker, David Deutsch is Founder and President of David N. Deutsch & Company, “The Strategic Financial Advisor of Leading Closely-Held Companies™”.  Established in 1993, DND & Co. is a New York-based investment banking firm providing corporate sale, acquisition, financing, and strategic advisory services to leading closely-held companies and their owners.  Many of David’s clients are leading family companies and “family offices” dedicated to community involvement and environmental awareness.

Mr. Deutsch is also Managing Partner of The Presidents Council, an elite consortium of Chief Executive Officers, and Founder of The Saratoga Weekend, an annual gathering of business and non-business leaders established in 1998.

Mr. Deutsch is the author of numerous articles related to, and a frequent speaker on, the subject of mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance.  He is a contributing author of The Mergers & Acquisitions Handbook (McGraw-Hill) and The Family Business Shareholders Handbook and has been described as one of the “leading buyout professionals” by Securities Data Publishing.  He has been profiled in Mergers & Acquisitions Journal, The Deal and Crain’s New York Business, among other publications, and his comments have appeared in the national media including CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Bloomberg, Investor’s Business Daily and The Associated Press.

Mr. Deutsch was a founding Trustee, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, Treasurer and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Museum of American Finance in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, Founder of the Wall Street Council of the Consolidated Corporate Fund of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and has supported the Financial Leadership Forum of the Science, Industry and Business Library (New York Public Library), The Economic Club of New York, and The Family Firm Institute among other organizations.  Mr. Deutsch is currently a member of the Board and Treasurer of BRANY, the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York, a for-profit collaboration of the leading academic medical centers of New York City.

Mr. Deutsch holds a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, where he delivered the Valedictory Address on behalf of his class. He is an active alumnus of Middlebury, where he serves on the Middlebury College Alumni Admissions Committee, and Columbia, where he was a founding member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing and serves as a Columbia Admissions Ambassador.


H.E. Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland (2000 – 2012), is a globally recognized leader in sustainable development, human rights, social justice and equality.

Her political career in Finland spans over four decades. She was elected to Parliament in 1979 and was reelected four times before taking office as President. She has also held several cabinet positions including Minister for Foreign Affairs. During her Presidency she served as co-chair of the United Nations Millennium Summit and co-chair of the UN High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability.

Halonen continues to work closely with the UN and other international organizations and networks. Among other positions she is currently the Co-Chair of the High-Level Task Force for ICPD, an alternate Co-Chair of the High-Level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child, a member of the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a member of the Board of Directors of the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company.

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NATE HURST, Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer, HP

Nate Hurst is currently the Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer for HP. He helps drive programs with a focus on the environment, society, and integrity that are aligned with HP’s business strategy. Nate directs the strategy of a global team of experts focused on driving solutions in collaboration with non-profit organizations, governments, customers, and partners. His team reinvents sustainable solutions that address societal challenges in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, and the environment while utilizing HP’s technology.

He has 20 years of professional experience in environmental sustainability and social innovation working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Previously, Hurst served as director of sustainability, public affairs, and government relations for Walmart where he executed a proactive internal and external business sustainability strategy on environmental issues.

As a national spokesperson for The Ocean Conservancy, he spearheaded big ideas, communications strategies, and goals for environmental advocacy and advanced policy agendas through grassroots campaigns.

Prior, he served on The White House Council on Environmental Quality for President Clinton. While at the White House, he helped develop the Administration’s environmental agenda and implemented an extensive outreach plan in support of the agenda.

His international experience includes representing the United States government as a member of many official delegations.

Hurst received his master’s degrees from the University of California – Berkeley and his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech University.

He serves in several leadership positions including: the Haas Center for Responsible Business Alumni Board, the Earth Day Network Board of Directors, the Keystone Policy Center Board of Trustees, the Center for Climate & Energy Solutions Business Leadership Council, the Social Innovation Leadership Council and the After-School All-Stars DC Chapter Board.

BRUCE ORECK, former ambassador to Finland

Oreck holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University, as well as a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University. He became a partner in a New Orleans law firm representing the oil and gas industry. In 1992 he founded his own firm, Oreck, Crighton, Adams & Chase. Oreck has authored several books on taxation. He was one of the major contributors to Barack Obama presidential campaign, 2008.

NORA POUILLON, Internationally Renowned Chef/Owner, Restaurant Nora

Nora Pouillon is a social entrepreneur and champion of organic cuisine. Born and raised in Austria, she spent several years on a self-sufficient farm, which influenced her understanding of the role of food and its impact on personal and environmental health and well-being.

Restaurant Nora, opened in the heart of Washington, DC in 1979, went on to become, 20 years later, the nation’s first certified organic restaurant, a feat since achieved by only two other restaurants. Ms. Pouillon was instrumental in creating the organic certification standards for restaurants, which guarantee that at least 95% of all food served originates from certified organic sources.

Committed to the education of both her colleagues and the general public, Ms. Pouillon became a founding member of the Chefs Collaborative, to educate culinary professionals, over 10 years ago. More recently, she helped support TOG, an organic farmers’ co-op by introducing the farmers to other local chefs, thereby ensuring the livelihood of small farms. Ms. Pouillon also initiated the Fresh Farm Markets, several producer-only farmers’ markets in the DC area and, as a Board member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, established an organic internship at her restaurants, receiving five interns each year. Her book, “Cooking with Nora,” encourages the public to cook and eat healthily.

Ms. Pouillon sits on the advisory boards of the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival,, The Center for Mind Body Medicine’s “Food as Medicine” program, Rachel’s Network, Body & Soul Magazine and the Amazon Conservation Team.  Widely recognized for her pioneering work, Nora has received awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Organic Trade Association, New Hope Natural Media, the American Horticultural Society and the Campaign for Better Health.


An avid lover of nature, Molly has worked in advertising, marketing, and public relations as a graphic designer, art director, and account and production manager. She continues her passion for the arts as a sculptor. She has been president of the Junior League of Denver, chairman of the Denver Urban Resources Partnership, and co-founder of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, a community-based Colorado nonprofit that helped children develop principled leadership skills. She is president of her family’s companies and president of the Swift Wings Foundation which she created to support renewable energy, environmental sustainability, the arts, poverty, and social justice. Molly is an officer on the Executive Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club Foundation. She is a longtime member and Secretary of the Board of Rachel’s Network, and is on the National Advisory Council of American Farmland Trust. Molly is a member of the Board of Directors of Idanha Films, Inc. She is the Executive Producer of the Idanha Films documentary film, Arise, which tells the stories of women around the world who are working to heal the planet.


Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer whose notable career spans more than four decades providing breathtaking imagery using his time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography techniques. Schwartzberg is a visual artist who breaks barriers, connects with audiences, and tells stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people, and places.

Louie’s recent theatrical releases include the 3D IMAX film Mysteries of the Unseen World with National Geographic, narrated by Forest Whitaker, and the documentary Wings of Life for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep. Mysteries is a journey into invisible worlds that are too slow, too fast, too small, and too vast for the human eye to see, while Wings of Life focuses on pollination and the web of life. Louie also directed Soarin’ Around the World, an international update to the original Soarin’ ride now showing at Disney Parks in Anaheim, Orlando and Shanghai.

Designed to inspire, educate and evolve our perspective on the world, Schwartzberg creates and curates Moving Art videos, which can be found on your smart phone and Netflix. The Moving Art series will be expanded from six to thirteen videos in early 2017.

Louie’s three TED talks have gone viral with almost 50 million combined views. His Gratitude Revealed series of shorts were launched on Supported by the Templeton Foundation, with science and analytics by the Greater Good Center at UC Berkeley, the series explores the multifaceted virtues of gratitude. Louie is the first filmmaker to be inducted into the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Lemelson Foundation’s Invention Ambassadors Program.

For Schwartzberg, the greatest satisfaction is creating works that can have a positive effect on the future of the planet. “I hope my films inspire and open people’s hearts. Beauty is nature’s tool for survival – we protect what we love. Nature’s beauty can open hearts, and the shift in consciousness we need to sustain and celebrate life.”

LISE VAN SUSTEREN, M.D., Lucky Planet Foods, Inc.

Lise received her Doctorate in Medicine in 1982 from the University of Paris. After interning at hospitals in Paris and Lome, Togo, she completed her residency in psychiatry at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. Board certified in both general and forensic psychiatry, Lise worked as a staff psychiatrist in public mental health centers in Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia. For more than twenty years Lise has maintained a private practice in psychiatry. An Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University and aan active member of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, she has worked to educate the public on mental health issues through writing in professional journals, the press and other media outlets. A frequent guest on local and national radio and television, Lise has addressed a range of issues on violence, trauma, and mental illness. Through Physicians for Human Rights, she conducts evaluations of victims of torture seeking asylum in this country and advocates on their behalf. She has served as a consultant to the Executive Branch of Government where she developed psychological assessments of world leaders. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti Lise provided mental health services to those traumatized by the events. In 2005, concerned about the direction the country was taking — and believing that a background in science and human behavior would strengthen the political process — she ran for the U.S. Senate seat in Maryland. In September, 2006, she was chosen as one of the first fifty persons to be trained in Nashville by Al Gore to educate the public about global warming. Lise is an expert on climate change and public health, with a particular interest in the psychological impacts of climate change. She frequently writes and speaks about these issues. In collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation and with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in March 2009 she organized the first ever conference on the mental health and psychological impacts of climate change. Lise is on the boards of The Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard School of Public Health, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network,  People Demanding Action, and the International Transformational Resilience Coalition.

Lise is the founder and CEO of Lucky Planet Foods.

TROY WISEMAN, CEO, EcoPlanet Bamboo Group

Troy Wiseman is Co-Founder and CEO of EcoPlanet Bamboo Group, the largest and only sustainability certified commercial bamboo plantation company globally, with operations currently in Central America, South African, West Africa, and expansion plans current underway in Brazil and SE Asia. EcoPlanet is the first company to successfully industrialize bamboo, providing a proven model of successful ecosystem restoration at scale, converting thousands of acres of degraded land back into fully functioning ecosystems, reversing the negative effects of global climate change and providing thousands of marginalized people with the potential to change their own lives in areas of the world where few opportunities exist, all while reducing deforestation and forest degradation through the provision of a sustainable alternative fiber for timber and fiber manufacturing industries.

Wiseman began his entrepreneurial career at age 20 when he co-founded international clothing manufacturer/retailer best know for its B.U.M. Equipment brand, growing revenues from US$0 to US$120m in 6 ½ years, with manufacturing operations in 19 countries. Shortly after selling his interest in 1992, Wiseman Founded the InvestLinc Group, where he created a proprietary private equity family of funds. Over 14 years as CEO, Wiseman built InvestLinc Group into a fully integrated financial services company with offices in eight US states and $500M of assets under management before selling in 2005.

Wiseman is an active philanthropist. He co-founded World Orphans in 1993, which has funded more than 500 orphanages in 46 countries as well financially supporting projects geared towards the reduction of poverty through education and jobs training and addressing the needs of mentally and physically challenged children. Wiseman is also providing entrepreneurship enhanced training skills for owners of SME companies in Africa and spending time as a guest lecturer at universities such as MIT. In 2009 Wiseman was acknowledged by the United Nations Foundation for helping to build a better world and fight disease, poverty and climate change.

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