CEO, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Jim joins the Earth Genome from the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation and from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is an adjunct lecturer in Public Policy and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership and Hauser Center Institute for Nonprofit Organizations. Jim has 30 years of experience in the public, private, and non-profit sector.
At Harvard and through his board service, Jim focuses on strategies that can increase the capacity of foundations, non-profits and social enterprises to solve complex societal problems such as systemic poverty, access to healthcare, social justice and community development; as well as expanding the range of existing investment opportunities for private and philanthropic capital to help address these issues.
He currently sits on the boards of Worldreader, TurboVote, EducationSuperHighway, SIRUM, Lava Mae, The Empowerment Plan and IDEO.org. Among his other board affiliations, he is a trustee of The Kresge Foundation, a director of The Non Profit Finance Fund, Case Western Reserve University, The Public Citizen Foundation, Fox Islands Wind, LLC, TurboVote/Democracy Works Inc. and the Chief Executives Organization. In his board service, Mr. Bildner serves on the Investment Committees of boards with aggregate endowments in excess of $5.5B and serves as a member of ten finance, investment and/or audit committees of these boards.
His prior experience includes 22 years in the private sector including serving as the CEO of two public companies while his government service includes serving as a legislative aide and speechwriter in the United States Senate, a run for the NJ State Assembly, election to two terms as a Selectman in Manchester by the Sea and an appointment by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services to the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Jim earned his AB from Dartmouth College, his MPA from Harvard, his J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law and a M.F.A. from Lesley University. He is a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA
Peter joins The Earth Genome from UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, where he focuses on research into urban conservation, improving environmental communications, and exploring the role of consumer choices in pushing businesses to go green.
He was previously chief scientist and vice president of The Nature Conservancy, where he was responsible for maintaining the quality of over 600 staff engaged in conservation science in 36 countries around the world. He is also the former acting director of Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), a new scientific collaboration among the Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis that is designed to rapidly respond to critical questions involving nature and human well-being.
Peter studied political science and zoology at Duke University for his bachelor’s degree and ecology and applied mathematics at Cornell University for his Ph.D. He is the author of more than 150 scientific publications and author or editor of eight books, including a textbook on conservation science. Peter is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of The National Academy of Sciences. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Peter was the director of Conservation Biology at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and prior to that he was a professor at the University of Washington and Brown University, with teaching or faculty stints at Stanford University, University of Virginia, Uppsala University and Oxford University. His current research concerns the connection between human activities and changes in ecosystem services, as part of the Natural Capital Project, which he co-founded with Gretchen Daily, Steve Polasky and Taylor Ricketts. Peter is also studying the linkage between the sustainability initiatives of global corporations and their impacts on ecosystems, as well as their own corporate performance; the environmental impact and value of aquaculture for food production; and the value of nature for people in urban areas. In the past Peter has published on biotechnology, agriculture, risk assessment, climate change, invasive species, and the importance of getting our children into nature.
Susan MAc CormAc
Partner, Morrison & Foerster
Susan Mac Cormac is a partner of global law firm Morrison & Foerster, serving as co-chair of the Energy and Cleantech Groups. Her work focuses on advising innovative, forward-thinking sustainable and renewable energy companies and investors on corporate structure, equity and debt financings, mergers, acquisitions, asset purchases and sales, reorganizations and joint ventures. She has particular expertise on ensuring energy, sustainability and other investments have positive impact – through use of new corporate forms, hybrids, alternative debt and equity instruments and disclosure.
In 2015, the Financial Times named Ms. Mac Cormac the Most Innovative North American Lawyer for her work championing impact investing and social enterprise legal innovation. She was named one of California Lawyer’s Attorneys of the Year in 2012, received the 2016 National Public Service Award from the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section for her innovative pro bono services to nonprofits, and has been recognized on several leadership lists, including the Daily Journal’s Top Female Lawyers for 2016, 2012, and 2011 and Top 100 Lawyers for 2012. She is a member of the Ceres President’s Council and professor of social enterprise law at UC Berkeley School of Law. She also teaches on the intersection of sustainability and fiduciary duties at the Stanford Director’s College.
Suz holds a B.A. from Williams College and received her J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Duke University School of Law. She resides in the Presidio with her husband and three sons.
Senior Advisor and CEO, Old Crow Advisors, Inc.
Tom works as a strategist and trusted advisor to CEO’s and their teams inside some of the world’s leading businesses. He works with teams on major transitions and strategic initiatives and has been a student in the art of building high performing organizations for over 25 years. Tom recently served as interim CEO of Blu Skye where he first envisioned the possibility of an environmental information platform with the potential to transform business decision-making towards sustainability – at global scale. Working with Steve, Glen and others that vision is now underway as the Earth Genome.
Prior to that, Tom was a Founder and Managing Partner of The Trium Group, a leadership and strategy consulting firm which he and his Partners grew into a multi-office business over a 10 year period. Before co-founding Trium in 1998, Tom was a Principal with A.T. Kearney, where he joined with a recently acquired McKinsey team to establish and grow the firm's Financial Institutions practice into the leading FI practice in the region. Since 2011, Tom has been working independently as a senior advisor to CEOs and executive teams at NRG, Kaiser Permanente, Hogan Lovells, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, RS Investments, BlackRock, PwC and several early stage technology businesses. Tom has lived and worked for extended periods in San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, Florence, and Frankfurt.