George P. Shultz is a former Secretary of state and is currently chair of the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy. In recent years, Shultz has been a strong advocate of policies to address climate change, saying that even if members of his party are skeptical about climate science, it behooves us to take out an “insurance policy”. Along with Nobel Laureate Gary Becker, he co-authored an op-ed that appeared in the Wall Street Journal in 2013, “Why We Support a Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax”
He has had a distinguished career in government, academia, and the world of business. He is one of only two individuals who have held four different federal cabinet posts; he has taught at three of this country’s great universities; and for eight years he was president of a major engineering and construction company.
He taught at MIT before serving as a senior economist on President Eisenhower’s Council of Economic Advisers, going on to the University of Chicago and Stanford University afterwards. He returned to government as Secretary of labor under President Nixon in 1969. In June 1970, he became the first director of the newly formed Office of Management and Budget. In May 1972, he was named Secretary of the Treasury, a post he held for two years. During this period, Shultz also served as chairman of the Council on Economic Policy, negotiated a series of trade protocols with the Soviet Union, and represented the United States at the Tokyo meeting on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
He served as president and director of the Bechtel group from 1974-1982, then returned to public service in the Reagan administration, holding two key positions: chair of the President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board and Secretary of State (1982-1989). As Secretary of State, he played a key role leading to the successful conclusion of the Cold War and the strengthening of relationships between the United States and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region including China, Japan, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. He helped negotiate the Montreal Protocol to phase out ozone-destroying chemicals, widely hailed as the most successful international treaty in history.
Dr. James Hansen
Dr. James Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs a program in Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions.
He was trained in physics and astronomy in the space science program of Dr. James Van Allen at the University of Iowa. His early research on the clouds of Venus helped identify their composition as sulfuric acid. Since the late 1970s, he has focused his research on Earth’s climate, especially human-made climate change. Dr. Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue.
Dr. Hansen was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995 and was designated by Time Magazine in 2006 as one of the 100 most influential people on Earth. He has received numerous awards including the Carl-Gustaf Rossby and Roger Revelle Research Medals, the Sophie Prize and the Blue Planet Prize.
Don Cheadle’s philanthropic work includes serving as a U.N. Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme. In 2007 he received the BET Humanitarian Award for the cause of the people of Darfur and Rwanda, and shares the Summit Peace Award by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Rome with George Clooney for their work in Darfur. Most recently, Cheadle participated in the multi-part SHOWTIME series Years of Living Dangerously which tells the story of our time: climate change and the impact it is having on people right now around the world.
He attended and graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a Bachelor¹s Degree in Fine Arts. Encouraged by his college friends, he participated in a variety of auditions and landed a recurring role on the hit series Fame (1982), which led to feature film roles in Dennis Hopper’s Colors (1988) and John Irvin’s Hamburger Hill (1987). Early in his career, Cheadle was named Best Supporting Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics for his breakout performance opposite Denzel Washington in Devil in a Blue Dress (1995). He has gone on to a variety of roles in both movies and television that have received awards and nominations for his acting roles. A talented musician who plays an array of instruments, writes music and sings, he is also an accomplished stage actor and director and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Spoken Word Album for his narration/dramatization of the Walter Mosley novel “Fear Itself”.
Last year Cheadle directed his first feature, Miles Ahead, which he also cowrote, produced and stars in the film, based on the life of legendary jazz artist, Miles Davis. Currently, he stars, executive produces and occasionally directs the acclaimed SHOWTIME comedy series House of Lies, which has earned multiple nominations for the series and Cheadle himself, including three Emmy Nominations, a Golden Globe® Award, and two Golden Globe® nominations and SAG Award nomination.
Sylvia A. Earle
National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations including the Kerr McGee Corporation, Dresser Industries, Oryx Energy, the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Ocean Futures.
Formerly Chief Scientist of NOAA, Dr. Earle is the Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc. (DOER), Founder of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.) / Mission Blue, Chair of the Advisory Council of the Harte Research Institute, inspiration for the Ocean in Google Earth, leader of the NGS Sustainable Seas Expeditions, and the subject of the 2014 Netflix film, Mission Blue. She has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, M.S. and PhD. from Duke University, 27 honorary degrees and has authored more than 200 scientific, technical and popular publications including 13 books (most recently Blue Hope in 2014), lectured in more than 90 countries, and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions.
She has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.
Sam Daley-Harris founded RESULTS, an international citizens’ lobby dedicated to creating the political will to end poverty in 1980, the Microcredit Summit Campaign in 1995, and in 2012 Daley-Harris founded the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation to help organizations more deeply engage their supporters and create champions in Congress and the media for their cause.
The Microcredit Summit Campaign surpassed its initial goal of reaching 100 million of the world’s poorest families with microloans in 2007. It was that same year that Daley-Harris began coaching Citizens’ Climate Lobby founder Marshall Saunders prior to the launch of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
Daley-Harris is author of Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break between People and Government, about which Jimmy Carter said, “[Daley-Harris] provides a road map for global involvement in planning a better future.” The 20th anniversary edition was released in 2013.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus said: “….no other organization has been as critical a partner in seeing to it that microcredit is used as a tool to eradicate poverty and empower women than RESULTS and the Microcredit Summit Campaign.” And Ashoka founder Bill Drayton wrote, “Sam Daley-Harris is one of the certified great social entrepreneurs of the last decades. After building RESULTS, he is the person more than anyone else who has brought microcredit into focus across the world and precipitated action.”
Mr. Daley-Harris has degrees in music, played percussion instruments in the Miami Philharmonic, and is a songwriter. He lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife, The Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris, and their children, Micah and Sophie.
Dr. Hahrie Han
Dr. Hahrie Han is the Anton Vonk Associate Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. From 2005-2015, she was an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at Harvard University from 2009-2011. She specializes in the politics of environmental and social policy, focusing particularly on the role that civic associations play in mobilizing participation in politics and policy advocacy.
In addition to many award-winning articles, Hahrie has published three books, How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century, Groundbreakers: How Obama’s 2.2 Million Activists Transformed Campaigns in America, and Moved to Action: Motivation, Participation, and Inequality in American Politics. Her most recent book, How Organizations Develop Activists, examines what kinds of strategies are most effective for organizations to use in engaging activists and building movements.
She received her Ph.D. in American Politics from Stanford University in 2005 and her B.A. in American History and Literature from Harvard University in 1997. She was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow from 2002-2005 and received Stanford University’s Centennial Teaching Award in 2002 and Wellesley College’s Apgar Award for Innovative Teaching in 2006. She is the daughter of Korean immigrants, grew up in Houston, Texas, and now lives in Santa Barbara, CA with her husband and two children.
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change. An expert reviewer for the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, her life’s work has been dedicated to discovering and communicating the realities of a changing climate to those who will be affected most by it.
As an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, Katharine develops new ways to quantify the potential impacts of human activities at the regional scale.
Together with her husband Andrew Farley, lead teaching pastor of Ecclesia, she wrote “A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions”, a book that untangles the complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming. Her work as a climate change evangelist has been featured in the PBS documentary series, “The Secret Life of Scientists”, and in articles including “True Believer” that appeared in On Earth magazine in 2012, and “Spreading the Global Warming Gospel” that appeared in the LA Times in 2011. In 2012 she was named one of Christianity Today’s 50 Women to Watch.
Meet Katharine Hayhoe: Climate Change Evangelist
Dr. Shi-Ling Hsu
Dr. Shi-Ling Hsu is the John W. Larson professor and Associate Dean for Environmental Programs at the Florida State University College of Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of environmental and natural resource law, climate change, law and economics, and property. He has also been an Associate Professor at the George Washington University Law School and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law. He has published in a wide variety of journals and has written The Case for a Carbon Tax: Getting Past our Hang-ups to Effective Climate Policy, which remains the most comprehensive general treatment and argument for carbon taxation.
Prior to entering academia, Professor Hsu was a senior attorney and economist for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. After graduating from law school, he practiced law with the firm of Fenwick and West in Palo Alto and was a deputy city attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. Professor Hsu holds a M.S. in ecology and a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics, and was an EPA Star Fellow from 1996-98. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and J.D. degrees from Columbia University, and his M.S. and PhD degrees from the University of California at Davis. He has completed 22 marathons, including 6 Boston Marathons.
Bob Inglis is the Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative based at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
Mr. Inglis founded and launched the national, grassroots organization on July 10, 2012. Under his leadership, E&EI advocates conservative alternatives to big-government mandates and fickle tax incentives. E&EI maintains that the accountability of a “true cost” comparison between competing fuels will drive innovation and economic growth. As an optimistic conservative, Mr. Inglis launched E&EI to apply a “can-do” American spirit to the challenges at hand.
Before starting E&EI, Mr. Inglis represented South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District (Greenville, Spartanburg, Union counties) for 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Inglis was first elected to Congress in 1992, having never run for public office. He spent six years in the U.S. House (1993-98) and kept a campaign commitment to serve just three terms. In 1998, he unsuccessfully challenged Democratic U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings.
Dr. Daniel Kammen
Dr. Daniel Kammen is Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, professor in the Energy and Resources group, and Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. He was educated in physics at Cornell and Harvard and held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard. He is the class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley and was appointed the first Environmental and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) Fellow by Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton in April 2010. Daniel Kammen has also been appointed as one of five U.S. Science Envoys by the US State Department. The U.S. Science Envoy program “demonstrates the United States’ commitment to science, technology, and innovation as tools of diplomacy and economic growth.”
Dr. Kammen is also co-director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. During 2010-2011 Dr. Kammen served as the World Bank Group’s Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. He has authored or co-authored 12 books, written more than 300 peer-reviewed journal publications, testified more than 40 times to U.S. state and federal congressional briefings, and has provided various governments with more than 50 technical reports.
David W. Titley
David W. Titley is a professor of practice in meteorology at Pennsylvania State University and the founding director of their Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk. He was also NOAA’s chief operating officer from 2012-2013. Before assuming these positions, he was a rear admiral and the chief oceanographer of the U.S. Navy, in which he served for 32 years.
While serving in the Navy, Titley initiated the Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change. After spending over 10 years at sea, Titley commanded the Fleet Numerical Meteorological and Oceanographic Center in Monterey, Calif., and was the first commanding officer of the Naval Oceanography Operations Command. In 2009, Titley assumed duties as oceanographer and navigator of the Navy, and director of Task Force Climate Change. In 2011, he assumed responsibility for Navy Space and Maritime Domain Awareness. He serves on the CNA Corporation’s Military Advisory Board.
David Titley’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science degree in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography and a Doctorate in Meteorology, both from the Naval Postgraduate School. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI on Foreign Politics, International Relations and National Interest, and is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.