UCS Board Members
James J. McCarthy (chair) is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University and past director of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. His research and teaching focus on ocean processes and climate. He was the founding editor of the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles, has participated in several studies on climate change, and has served as the head of an IPCC Working Group and as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008. (See full bio.)
Peter A. Bradford (vice-chair) teaches and advises on utility regulation, nuclear power, and energy policy in the United States and overseas. A former member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and chair of both the New York Public Service Commission and the Maine Public Utilities Commission, he has taught at the Yale School of Forestry and currently is adjunct professor at Vermont Law School. He is the author of Fragile Structures: A Story of Oil Refineries, National Security and the Coast of Maine.
Laurie Burt is currently president of Laurie Burt, LLC, providing independent strategic advice on clean energy, climate and environmental policies to foundations, non-profits, businesses and government throughout the country. She is a former commissioner of the MA Department of Environmental Protection, where she was also vice chair of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and chair of the Ozone Transport Commission. Ms. Burt has practiced environmental law for over 30 years in the private and public sectors, is a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and serves on the boards of the Environmental Law Institute and American Repertory Theater.
Richard L. Garwin is a National Medal of Science laureate and Fellow Emeritus at IBM. For 10 years, he was Philip D. Reed Senior Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations. He contributed to the first thermonuclear weapons and photo-intelligence satellites, and has served on the President’s Scientific Advisory Committee, the Defense Science Board, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. See also: www.fas.org/rlg.
Kurt Gottfried (board chair emeritus) is emeritus professor of physics at Cornell University. A co-founder of UCS, he has served on the senior staff of the European Center for Nuclear Research in Geneva, is a former chair of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has published widely on theoretical physics and national security issues. (See full bio.)
Andrew Gunther is executive director of the Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration. He has published research in the field of ecotoxicology and has extensive experience in applying science to the development of air, water, and endangered species policy. Dr. Gunther served as the assistant chief scientist for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Program from 1991 to 2002, and is currently the executive coordinator of the Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium.
Geoffrey Heal is a professor at Columbia Business School and a leading expert on economics and the environment. He chaired a National Academy of Sciences committee on ecosystem services, co-authored a report on economic performance and social progress for France’s president, and is a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. His 19 books include Nature and the Marketplace and Whole Earth Economics (forthcoming). He also established and chairs the Coalition for Rainforest Nations.
James S. Hoyte (treasurer), formerly held several senior positions at Harvard University including fellow at Harvard University’s DuBois Institute for African and African American Research, associate vice president for equal opportunity programs, lecturer in environmental sciences and public policy, and member of the University Committee on Environment during the period 1992 to 2009. Mr. Hoyte is a lawyer who has served as Secretary of Environmental Affairs for Massachusetts and as chairman of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
Anne R. Kapuscinski is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Sustainability Science at Dartmouth College. A world-renowned expert on fisheries conservation, ecological risk assessment of genetically modified organisms, and sustainable aquaculture and agriculture, she is the recipient of a Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Honor Award, and the Society for Conservation Biology’s Distinguished Service Award.
Mario J. Molina is a professor at the University of California–San Diego and president of the Mario Molina Center for Strategic Studies in Energy and the Environment. He is currently serving on the U.S. President’s Committee of Advisors in Science and Technology, and is a member of the U.S. Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Molina and two colleagues shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their research on the depletion of stratospheric ozone.
Margo Oge currently serves on the boards of the National Academies Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, The International Council for Clean Transportation, Alliance for Climate Education and Delta Wing Technologies. After 32 years with the Environmental Protection Agency, she retired as the Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, where she most recently led President Obama's first climate action to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of light duty vehicles by 50 percent in 2025. She received presidential awards from Presidents Clinton and Bush, and the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award from California. She has an MS in engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and attended George Washington and Harvard.
Stuart L. Pimm is the Doris Duke Chair of Conservation Ecology at Duke University. His work focuses on conservation biology and the protection of biodiversity. He is a Pew scholar and the author of The World According to Pimm: A Scientist Audits the Earth and The Balance of Nature? Ecological Issues in the Conservation of Species and Communities. Dr. Pimm was awarded the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences in 2006.
Lou Salkind serves on the Executive Committee of investment and technology firm D.E. Shaw & Co. and is president of the nonprofit Bright Horizon Foundation. He received his Ph.D. from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University in 1990, and is a recipient of the USENIX (the Advanced Computing Systems Association) Lifetime Achievement Award and the NYU Distinguished Alumni award for his work in finance and technology.
Adele Simmons is vice-chair of Metropolis Strategies and president of the Global Philanthropy Partnership. She co-chaired the Chicago Climate Action Plan and is working on the implementation of the plan. She was president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation between 1989 and 1999, and serves on the boards of Marsh & McLennan Companies, the Field Museum, and other nonprofits working on social justice, environmental, and international issues.
Nancy Stephens is an actress and political activist. A California gubernatorial appointee to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Board, Ms. Stephens is a longtime member of the Environmental Leadership Forum of the California League of Conservation Voters (in addition to serving on its Green Advisory Council). She also serves on the board of the Liberty Hill Foundation and is the president of the Rosenthal Family Foundation.
Thomas H. Stone (secretary) is CEO of Stone Capital Group, Inc., a family investment company. He devotes significant time to nonprofit organizations that work on global environmental problems, with young people in underserved communities, with music organizations, and teaching disabled skiers. Mr. Stone is an arbitrator for FINRA Dispute Resolution and the National Futures Association. He serves on the boards of the Ravinia Festival Association and the Merit School of Music.
Ellyn R. Weiss is a visual artist, curator, and blogger (www.eweissart.com, www.gessohead.org). She was a partner in the law firm of Foley, Hoag & Eliot, and former general counsel to UCS. Ms. Weiss was also assistant attorney general for environmental protection for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, special counsel and director of the Secretary of Energy’s Human Radiation Experiments Initiative, and deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Environment, Safety, and Health within the U.S. Department of Energy.