2021 Climate Action Pursuit Speakers & Cohort Leaders
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We are beyond excited to have all of the below leaders joining us as speakers and discussion leaders for the 2021 Climate Action Pursuit!
Be sure to check back often, as we will continually be adding more speakers and cohort leaders throughout 2021! 

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Please Meet Our February Keynote Speakers!

Jacqueline Patterson
Senior Director, Environmental and Climate Justice Program

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Founder, Urban Ocean Lab &
Co-Founder, The All We Can Save Project

Yevonne Allen
Program Director | Truckee Meadows Community College
Jennifer Andrews
Project Director | University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute
Jesica Andrews
Senior Project Manager | Net Zero Asset Owners Alliance
Matthew Arsenault
Program Manager | Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative
George Ashton
Managing Director of Strategic Investments | Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Jagdeep Bachher
Chief Investment Officer & Vice President of Investments | University of California System
Patience Marime-Ball
Founder & CEO | Women of the World Endowment
Catherine Berman
CEO & Co-Founder | CNote
Afsaneh Beschloss
Founder & CEO | Rock Creek
Jochebed Bogunjoko
Founder & CEO | J Aduke Consulting
Hannah Bowen
Director of Events and Communications | Intentional Endowments Network
Deb Boyden
Head of US Defined Contribution | Schroders
Ben L. Bynum, MD
Portfolio Director, Program Related Investments | The Colorado Health Foundation
Jack Byrne
Dean of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs | Middlebury College
Habekah Cannon
Managing Attorney | The Law Office of Habekah B. Cannon
Tim Carter
President | Second Nature
Dr. F. Javier Cevallos
President | Framingham State University
Meghan Chapple
Director of the Office of Sustainability & Senior Advisor to University Sustainability Initiatives | George Washington University
Madeline Clark
Associate Investment Director | Cambridge Associates
Dr. Darron Collins
President | College of the Atlantic
Richard Cook
President Emeritus | Allegheny College
Kevin Coyle
Counsel to the President and CEO | National Wildlife Federation
Dr. Michael M. Crow
President | Arizona State University
Caroline Dallas
Associate Director of Private Investment Sourcing | Global Endowment Management
Mick Dalrymple
Director of University Sustainability Practices | Arizona State University
Eric Darrisaw
Director | Agile Fractal Grid
Chris Davidson
Director of Hybrid Power Solutions | Siemens Smart Infrasturcture
Andy DeMeo
Climate Programs Data Manager | Second Nature
Dianne Dillon-Ridgley
Board Member | Crane Institute of Sustainability
Alice DonnaSelva
Managing Director | Intentional Endowments Network
Dr. Michael V. Drake
President | University of California System
Elizabeth Drake
Climate Action Manager | Office of Sustainability at Swarthmore College
Diana Duffy
Coordinator of Energy and Utility Services | Keene State College
Georges Dyer
Co-Founder & Executive Director | Intentional Endowments Network
Temple Fennell
Co-Founder & Managing Director | Clean Energy Ventures
Torrey Feimster
Director of D&I Advocacy | Global Endowment Management
James M. Fenton
Director of FSEC Energy Research Center | University of Central Florida
Dr. David Finegold
President | Chatham University
Bradley Flamm
Director of Sustainability | West Chester University
Amberjae Freeman
CEO | Etho Captial
Danielle Fugere
President & Chief Counsel | As You Sow
Emma Fulop
Program Manager | Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative
Susan Gary
Professor Emerita | University of Oregon School of Law
Russ Gaskin
Managing Partner | CoCreative
Cary Gaunt
Director of Campus Sustainability | Keene State College
Susanna Gibbons
Faculty & Managing Director | David S. Kidwell Funds Enterprise at Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Nili Gilbert
Investment Committee Chair | David Rockefeller Fund
Jeff Gitterman
Co-Founding Partner | Gitterman Wealth Management
Dr. Jean Goodnow
President | Delta College
Mary Green
Vice President & Client Portfolio Manager | Federated Hermes
Gabby Heidrich
Youth Engagement Program Coordinator | Climate Reality Project
Meredith Lorenz Heimburger
Principal | Global Endowment Management
Tobias Hess (Bard '22)
Founder | Sunrise Movement at Bard College
Dr. Karin Hilgersom
President | Truckee Meadows Community College
Dr. Eric Howard
Director of Strategic Partnerships | Second Nature
Jacob Ivy
Masters of Sustainability Solutions Candidate | Arizona State University
Ivy Jack
Head of Equity Research | Northstar Asset Management
Michael Jansen
Chairman & CEO | Cityzenith
Keith Johnson
Chair | Reinhart's Institutional Investor Services
Dave Karlsgodt
Director | Brailsford & Dunlavey
Kaede Kawauchi
Program Manager | Intentional Endowments Network
Anne Kelly
Vice President of Government Relations | Ceres
Maureen Kline
VP of Public Affairs & Sustainability North America | Pirelli Tire
Natasha Landell-Mills
Partner & Head of Stewardship | Sarasin Asset Management
Lisa Lange
Engangement - EOS | Federated Hermes
Tamara Larsen
Executive Director, Mission-Aligned Investing | Agility
Allison Leach
Postdoctoral Researcher | University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute
Dr. Hilary L. Link
President | Allegheny College
Ben Linthicum
Sustainability & ESG Analyst | HXE Partners
Bob Litterman
Chairman | Risk Committee and Academic Advisory Board | Kepos Capital
Lorna Logan
Analyst | Sustainable Funds Group at Stewart Investors
Andrea Longton
Senior Vice President, Financial Services | Opportunity Finance Network
Michele Madia
Senior Director of Programs and Communications | Second Nature
Ludovica Martella
Environmental Justice Independent Researcher | Miami-Dade Office of Resilience/Mohawk Tribe
Beth Martin
Interim Director of the Washington University Climate Change Program & Professor of Environmental Studies | Washington University in St. Louis
Anne Matusewicz
Responsible Investing Strategist | Eaton Vance
Alex Maxwell
Senior Manager of Climate Programs | Second Nature
Michelle McGinty
Program Outreach Coordinator | Center for Resource Solutions
Ryan McPherson
Chief Sustainability Officer | University of Buffalo
Elsa Mengistu (Howard '23)
Cultural Development & Outreach Specialist | Generation Green
Walter Mérida
Senior Advisor to the President | University of British Columbia
Jamie Merisotis
President & CEO | Lumina
Chris Miller
Associate Vice President | Institutional Shareholder Services
Dr. Scott D. Miller
President | Virginia Wesleyan University
Dr. Mark Mitsui
President | Portland Community College
Valerie Red-Horse Mohl
CFO | East Bay Community Foundation
Renee Morgan
Social Justice Strategist | Adasina Capital
Kathryn I. Murtagh, Esq.
Managing Director for Sustainable Investing & Chief Compliance Officer | Harvard Management Company, Inc.
Stephen Muzzy
Senior Manager of Climate Programs | Second Nature
Jae Nam
MBA Canditate | Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
Kate Nelson
Chief Sustainability Officer | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Dr. Valerie Newhouse
President | Iowa Lakes Community College
Nathalie Molina Niño
Author, Investor, Entrepreneur | Connectivity Capital Partners, WOCstar Fund, FullCycle, and BlueIO
Neda Nobari
Vice Chair | San Francisco State University Foundation Board
Dorien Nunez
Co Founder & Director of Research | OMNIResearch Group and OMNI Wall St Advantage
Dr. Elsa Núñez
President | Eastern Connecticut State University
Chris O'Brien
Director, Business Development | CustomerFirst Renewables
Dr. Santa J. Ono
President & Vice-Chancellor | University of British Columbia
Mark Orlowski
Executive Director | Sustainable Endowments Network
Marvin Owens
Chief Engagement Officer | Impact Shares
Laurie Patton
President | Middlebury College
David Phillips
Associate Vice President of Energy and Sustainability | University of California Office of the President
JC Porter
Assistant Director of Commuter Services | Arizona State University
Martin Powell
Chief Sustainability Officer | Siemens
David Provost
Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration | Middlebury College
Veerabhadran Ramanathan
Presidential Chair in Climate Sustainability | Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego
Sarah Reed
Program Manager | Electrification Coalition
John Reynolds
CEO | Agile Fractal Grid
Michael Rhim
Principal | PRM Consulting
David W. Riggs
Founder | Pneuma Media
Jim Roach
Senior Vice President of Retirement Strategies | Natixis Investment Managers
Rachel Robasciotti
Founder & CEO | Adasina Capital
Dr. Robert C. Robbins
President | The University of Arizona
Alli Gold Roberts
Director of State Policy | Ceres
Anthony Rust
Chair of the Investment Committee | Warren Wilson College
Harriet Shugarman
Executive Director | ClimateMama
Pedro da Silva
Impact Analyst | Global Endowment Management
Mariko Silver
President & CEO | Luce Foundation
Sharon Simms
Consultant | CoCreative
Timothy Smith
Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement | Boston Trust Walden
Alain Steven
Founder & CEO | Energy One Solutions International
Nigel Topping
High Level Climate Champion | COP26
Sandy Urie
Chairman Emeritus | Cambridge Associates
David Vandermast
Associate Professor of Biology | Elon University
Kevin Walkush
Portfolio Manager | Jensen Investment Management
Nathalie Wallace
Head of ESG Strategy & Development | Mirova US
Gerry Watson
Executive Vice President for Finance & Operations | Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Mary Whitney
Director of University Sustainability
Dr. Wim Wiewel
President | Lewis & Clark College
Dr. Kim A. Wilcox
Chancellor | University of California, Riverside
Joy Williams
Senior Advisor for Climate Strategy, Education, and Finance | Manifest Climate
Justin Wilson
Director | Diverse Asset Management Initiative (DAMI)