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Advisory Board

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Gar Alperovitz

Gar Alperovitz is the President of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives and a co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative organization. He previously served as the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland from 1999 to 2015. He is a former Fellow of King’s College at Cambridge University, the Institute of Politics at Harvard, and the Institute for Policy Studies. Alperovitz served previously as a Legislative Director for Rep. Robert Kastenmeir (WI) and Sen. Gaylord Nelson (WI), and as a Special Assistant concerned with United Nations issues in the State Department. He received his Ph.D. in Political Economy as a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University.

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Faith Bautista

Faith Bautista is the President and CEO of National Asian American Coalition (NAAC), a HUD-approved advocacy organization headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. She advocates as a major voice for the Asian American community in the halls of Congress, before key federal regulatory agencies, as well as the California legislature and Fortune 500 corporations. Ms. Bautista currently serves as a member of the Office of Thrift Supervision Minority Depository Institutions Advisory Committee and the Low-Income Oversight Board for the California Public Utilities Commission. Through her leadership, she has gained the support of corporate America in reaching out to minority groups and has been a leading advocate for underserved communities.

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Gary Cohen

Gary Cohen is the co-founder, President and Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), an international campaign for environmentally responsible health care. HCWH has partners in 35 countries and also manages Practice Greenhealth, a U.S. membership organization with 1,100 hospitals and 80 businesses. He is also the executive director of the Environmental Health Fund, which works on domestic chemical safety issues. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Sambhavna Clinic, which provides health care to survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, India. Mr. Cohen was awarded the Skoll Global Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2006 and the Frank Hatch Award for Enlightened Public Service in 2007.

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Ellene Felder-Scharnott

Ellene Felder-Scharnott is a Senior Leadership Developer with Next Level USA, a firm providing leadership and organizational development solutions. Her executive experience encompasses the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Ellene has held business development and leadership roles at Deloitte & Touche, Right Management, and Greater Philadelphia First. In 2012, she was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Temple of Understanding, an organization affiliated with the United Nations. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she earned her B.A., and a graduate of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, where she earned her M.A.

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Hunter Lovins

L. Hunter Lovins is President and founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS). NCS educates senior decision makers in business, government, and society about the principles of sustainability. Trained as a sociologist and lawyer, Hunter is also a professor of sustainable business management at Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Bard College, and Denver University, and the Chief Insurgent of the Madrone Project. In her 30 years as an intellectual leader in sustainability, Hunter has written hundreds of articles and 14 books. Her latest publication, Creating a Lean and Green Business System, won the 2014 Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Research.

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Bill Ritter

Bill Ritter Jr. was the 41st Governor of Colorado from 2007 to 2011. During his term in office, he pursued an aggressive agenda that included education reform, transportation funding, and health care reform. He also signed 57 clean energy bills into law and, in the process, made Colorado a national and international hub of the "new energy economy."  Due to his efforts, Colorado has one of the most aggressive Renewable Energy Standards in the nation and many policies that support the development of a clean energy economy. After leaving the Governor's Office, Mr. Ritter became the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.

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Sarah Severn

Sarah Severn is principal of Sarah Severn Consulting, focused on transformative leadership for sustainability and climate change. Sarah previously led the development of Nike’s climate change agenda, advocacy strategy and the formation of the BICEP coalition (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy). Since leaving Nike in 2014, Sarah has focused on developing and managing the Washington state Business for Climate Action network alongside her sustainability consulting and board advisory roles. Sarah served on the ASBC Board of Directors for three years from 2014 to 2017. In addition, she has been part of the Forum for the Future and for many years served on the faculty of the Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership.

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Michael Shuman

Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and the Director of Community Portals for Mission Markets in New York City. He is also a Fellow of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), Cutting Edge Capital, and the Post-Carbon Institute. He regularly helps communities analyze economic “leakages” and job creation opportunities from expanded LOIS businesses (locally owned, import substituting), particularly those linked to local food, energy, and finance. A prolific speaker, Mr. Shuman has given an average of more than one talk per week for the past 30 years, speaking to local governments and universities in 47 states and 8 countries.

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Vince Siciliano

Vince Siciliano is President and CEO of New Resource Bank, a mission-oriented bank in San Francisco that works with businesses, nonprofits, and individuals seeking environmental and social as well as financial returns. The bank is dedicated to advancing sustainability with everything it does – lending, operations, and putting deposits to work for good. He is also Chairman of the Board for the Ken Blanchard Center for Faith Walk Leadership, and a founding member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values. He is a graduate of Stanford University and earned a master's degree in environmental planning from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Gus Speth

James Gustave (Gus) Speth, is Professor of Law at Vermont Law School as well as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos. Throughout his career, he has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many organizations to combat environmental degradation, including the President's Task Force on Global Resources and Environment, the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development, and the National Commission on the Environment. He served as Dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Professor in the Practice of Environmental Policy until 2009. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Speth served as administrator of the United Nations Development Program and chair of the U.N. Development Group.

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Jennifer Vervier

Jenn Vervier started on the bottling line at New Belgium Brewing (NBB) in 1993 before becoming NBB's first CFO, COO, and now the Director of Sustainability & Strategic Development. Jenn creates opportunities to expand New Belgium Brewing's business role model practices through the sustainability management system, corporate responsibility reporting, greenhouse gas accounting, natural resource management, legislative advocacy, philanthropy, public/private renewable energy partnerships, strategic planning, and property development. She is also active on the Boards of the Colorado Conservation Voters and Colorado State University's Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise.

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Judy Wicks

Judy Wicks founded the White Dog Cafe on the first floor of her Philadelphia row house in 1983. As the restaurant grew, she envisioned how strengthening relationships among like-minded independent, locally owned businesses could inspire social change. She founded the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia in 2001, and co-founded the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies that same year. Judy also founded Fair Food in 2000, dedicated to building a local food system in the Philadelphia region. In 2009, she sold the White Dog through a unique agreement that preserves local, independent ownership and maintains sustainable business practices, including buying from local farmers, composting and using renewable energy.