Advisors

 

Mark Ruffalo
Mark is an Oscar-nominated actor and director who resides in New York with his wife and three children. Mark is an avid gardener and clean water advocate who has publicly opposed the practice of chemical hydro-fracking — a process regularly used by the oil and gas industries to extract oil and natural gas from shale formations. Mark also co-founded The Solutions Project.

 

H.R.H. Prince Carlos Javier Bernardo de Bourbon de Parme – Honorary Chairman
Prince Carlos has been President of the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-American Foundation for the last 6 years. He was president of the ELA at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. He is also an executive member of the Carlos de Amberes Foundation. Since 2008, he has resided on the board of MVO Nederland, which is the corporate social responsibility organization for the Netherlands. He is a non-executive director (commissaris) of ASN Vermoogensbeheer.  Prince Carlos left the commercial field several years ago to develop the Dutch Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (INSID) devoted to helping society in its transition towards sustainability. The not-for-profit foundation serves a bridging function among the public, academic and private sectors, aside from developing its own initiatives. He currently resides in The Netherlands.

After receiving a BA from Wesleyan University and a MPhill from Cambridge University, Prince Carlos worked for the ABN AMRO Bank in Hong Kong and Amsterdam. In 1999, he moved to Brussels were he worked for the European Public Policy Advisors group, were he was responsible for the transport and energy dossiers.

Through his work in Brussels he joined an incubator and initiation company concentrating on start-up companies with ecological and sustainable products. These included bio-diesel, green electricity generation, CO2 compensation schemes, energy saving devices, recycling, and logistical systems.

 

Josh Fox 
Josh Fox is the founder and producing artistic director of the International WOW Company, a theater and film group with a membership comprised of over 100 actors, dancers, musicians, and technical and visual artists spanning 30 countries on four continents. Josh has written, directed, and produced two feature films and over 25 full-length works for the stage, which have premiered in New York, Asia, and Europe.

GASLAND, which Josh wrote, directed, and shot, is a film about the largest onshore natural gas-drilling and fracking campaign in U.S. history.  It premiered at the Sundance film festival in 2010, where it received the Special Jury Prize for Documentary. In June 2010, it premiered on HBO to an audience of 3 million homes, was seen by over 150,000 audience members during a 160-city grassroots tour, and has been released by New Video on DVD.  The film was nominated for the 2011 Oscar for Best Documentary and won the Emmy for best documentary directing.

As a national spokesman on the issues of the contamination resulting from fracking and other extreme methods of fossil fuel extraction, Josh has appeared on the Daily Show, The Keith Olbermann show, PBS Now, CNN, Democracy Now, MSNBC, CBS, and NBC nightly news.

 

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Alyssa Newman                                                                                                              Alyssa served as the foundation’s executive director from 2015-2016. She brings nearly 20 years of experience in the energy and environmental sector. She has worked with and for several major solar manufacturers and system integrators, energy efficiency organizations, global nonprofits, and humanitarian leaders. She launched SunPower’s sustainability efforts in 2008, including the SunPower Foundation, where she managed more than $5 million in global energy programs and over 1MW of donated solar power technology. Most recently, she led the Rebuild With Sun campaign to bring solar technology to areas of Nepal devastated by a major earthquake. Alyssa currently works as a supply chain sustainability program manager for Google, focused on conflict minerals.

 

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Katie Ullmann is Director of Global Marketing & Communications for Conergy, one of the largest downstream solar companies. Katie came to Conergy after leading communications for two years at Mosaic, America’s largest home solar lender. Katie has a decade of experience organizing clean energy campaigns with organizations including 350.org and The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and was was one of seven Udall Scholars awarded nationwide for environmental leadership in 2011 and 2012. Katie has also worked on various projects in the developing world, including leading the fundraising and construction of a km-long clean water pipeline in Uttar Pradesh, India, facilitating climate change education programs in Majuro of the Marshall Islands, and teaching yoga and life skills at a maximum security prison in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Camille Seaman was born in 1969 to a Native American (Shinnecock tribe) father and African American mother. Camille Seaman strongly believes in capturing photographs that articulate that humans are not separate from nature. She is a photographer and explorer for Camille Seaman Photography. She is a TED Fellow. Her photographs have been featured in prestigious publications, including National Geographic and TIME magazine. She also regularly teaches photographic and self-publishing workshops. Seaman has a bachelor’s degree in the fine arts photography from the State University of New York at Purchase. She has won several photography awards, including a National Geographic Award and the Critical Mass Top Monograph Award. In 2008, Seaman was honored with a solo exhibit, “The Last Iceberg,” at the National Academy of Sciences. Her work is often recognized because of her use of multiple film formats and angles of perspective when photographing icebergs. Camille Seaman advocates the importance of recognizing the relationship between humans and their natural surroundings.

 

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David Williams has been a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot program, merit reviewer for Sandia National Laboratory, and contributor to National Renewable Energy Laboratory initiatives. Mr. Williams has been involved in developing renewable energy projects in the Americas, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Mr. Williams was selected as one of Time Magazine’s Innovators of the Year in 2005.

 

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Michael is a renewable energy finance professional with a strong passion for finding ways to promote sustainable development. After graduating from Vanderbilt University with degrees in International Development and Economics, Michael spent two years working to close the educational achievement gap with Teach For America in Nashville, Tennessee. Since then he has held various roles with solar companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most recently, Michael works on the structured finance team at Sungevity, a leading developer of residential and commercial solar systems in the United States and Europe.

 

 

Jeremy Horowitz
Jeremy Horowitz is an Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College where he teaches courses on African politics, democracy promotion, and post-conflict peacebuildling. His research examines ethnic politics andviolence in emerging democracies, with a regional focus on sub-SaharanAfrica. He has conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Ghana, and Senegal. Hisresearch has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation, and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo.

He also has several years of experience in the international developmentfield. With Helen Keller International, he managed the implementation of public health capacity building programs in several African countries. More recently, he has provided technical support to USAID-funded projects related to election monitoring, civic education, and corruption control in Malawi and Kenya. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego, and he holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Oberlin College.

 

Chip Knight 
Chip Knight has used his 26 years in the banking industry to assist businesses with growth, capital, liquidity management, risk management, expense control, and strategic advice. With a special interest in developing countries, he has consulted on African micro finance banking and expansion of small- and medium-size enterprise lending in Asia.

Chip is a 1985 graduate of the University of Mississippi. He began his banking career with First National Bank of Commerce in New Orleans in 1985, starting with their commercial lender training program and placed as a middle market lender for the New Orleans area.

In 1987, he joined First Tennessee Bank in Memphis, Tennessee, as a Vice President and Relationship Manager in the Commercial Banking Group. In 1993, he was named Senior Vice President and Manager of the group and in 2003 named as Executive Vice President. In December 2003, Chip assumed the responsibilities of manager of all Business Products for the $40 billion enterprise. From 2008 to 2010, Chip led a major effort in the transformation of the Commercial Lending Process to develop best-in-class work flows.

In July 2010, Chip joined the global financial consulting firm of CPS Boston as a partner. Since 1981, CPS Boston has partnered with over 75 banks on four continents implementing strategies that bring best practices to common practice.