UCS Board Members
Anne R. Kapuscinski (chair) is director of the Coastal Science and Policy Program—a graduate program training future leaders in coastal resource sustainability—and a professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. 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. (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.
Steve Fetter has been a professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland since 1988, serving as dean of the School from 2005 to 2009 and as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs of the University since 2013. He is an expert on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, nuclear energy and releases of radiation, and climate change and low-carbon energy supply. In 2015-16 he was on leave to the The White House, where he led the national security and international affairs division in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is a recipient of the American Physical Society's Joseph A. Burton Forum Award, the Federation of American Scientists' Hans Bethe 'Science in the Public Service' award, and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
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 National Academy 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 a consulting environmental scientist with 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 he was the first manager of the State of California’s program that monitors for toxic substances in the San Francisco Bay. He has published research in the field of ecotoxicology, and is currently working with a variety of organizations to prepare the Bay Area for a changing climate.
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.
James J. McCarthy (board chair emeritus) 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.)
Macky McCleary is the administrator of the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers. He held the position of director of the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation from 2015 to 2016 and previously served as deputy commissioner for environmental quality at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. He is the co-founder and former president of EmPower CES, a clean energy and green building development company that markets clean energy products and services to homeowners, businesses, and institutions. Mr. McCleary also serves as a board member for the Providence Plan, a private nonprofit working to improve the economic and social well-being of the residents of Providence, RI.
Mario J. Molina is a professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He served on the President's Committee of Advisors in Science and Technology (1994-2000; 2010-2016). He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He has received more than forty honorary degrees, as well as numerous awards for his scientific work, including the Tyler Ecology and Energy Prize in 1983, the UNEP-Sasakawa Award in 1999, the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, and the United Nations Champions of the Earth Award in 2014.
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.
William K. Reilly has enjoyed career in public service, non-governmental organizations, and private sector finance. In government, he served Presidents Nixon, Bush (senior), Clinton, and Obama; under President Bush, he was appointed head of the Environmental Protection Agency, where he led efforts to pass a new Clean Air Act and enacted policies to reduce acid rain and ozone depletion, two environmental crises of the time. Serving President Obama, he was appointed co-chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the Future of Offshore Drilling, and later, to a working group on climate-smart food security for the President’s Global Development Council. In the private sector, he was a senior advisor to the international investment partnership group TPG for more than 20 years where he created and ran a $300 million fund that invested in water in developing countries, and served on several corporate boards. Mr. Reilly is also the former president and chairman of the board for the World Wildlife Fund, former president of The Conservation Foundation, and former director of the Rockefeller Task Force on Land Use and Urban Growth. Currently, he serves on the executive committee of the US Water Partnership and the board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He was a Fellow of the Yale Corporation and the First Payne Professor on the Challenges to the Global Community at Stanford University. Mr. Reilly is a US Army veteran.
Lou Salkind currently serves as president of the Bright Horizon Foundation, a non-profit family foundation. Previously, Lou worked at D. E. Shaw & Co., where he variously held titles of Managing Director and Vice Chairman, and also served on its Executive Committee. Lou received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, and his A.B. in Physics from Princeton University.
Adele Simmons is President of the Global Philanthropy Partnership, which focuses on sustainability and promoting global philanthropy. She coordinated efforts to develop Midwest strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, co-chaired the taskforce that developed the 2010 Climate Action Plan for the City of Chicago, and at the request of Mayor Emanuel, organized the task force that prepared and is implementing Sustainable Chicago 2015. She co-founded the Urban Sustainability Director’s Network which includes sustainability officers from 124 cities in the U.S. and Canada. Mrs. Simmons is currently on the board of the Field Museum, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Union of Concerned Scientists, CERES, and the Synergos Institute. She was president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation between 1989 and 1999.
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.
Kim Waddell is a senior program officer with the Ocean Studies Board. He received his Ph.D in the biological sciences from the University of South Carolina and his B.A. in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland pursuing research examining plant animal interactions in agricultural ecosystems. Dr. Waddell recently rejoined the NRC after a 6-year hiatus during which he was a research associate professor at the University of the Virgin Islands and Texas A&M University working on building marine and environmental research capacity in the Caribbean. Prior to that, he was the executive director of the American Vineyard Foundation, the largest research foundation supporting the California wine industry. During his previous tenure with the NRC, Dr. Waddell directed a numerous studies for the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. Dr. Waddell’s research interests are broad and include sustainable agriculture, capacity building in small island developing states, and fisheries management.
Ellyn R. Weiss is a visual artist, curator, and blogger (www.ellynweiss.com). 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.