STEVE MCCORMICK

Co-founder, Earth Genome

Former President, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Former President/CEO, The Nature Conservancy

Steve served as President of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, one of the largest Foundations in the U.S., from 2007-2014.  Under his leadership, the Foundation's Environmental Conservation Program shifted its strategy to focus on advancing sustainability. 

Steve served as President/CEO of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) from 2000-2008. As president, Steve led TNC into becoming a truly global enterprise, operating in 30 countries as well as every state in the U.S.  During his tenure, he oversaw an operating budget of $500M, and a highly distributed staff of over 3,000.

Under Steve’s leadership, revenues increased significantly, hitting an all-time high of $1.2 billion in 2006.  Steve began his career with TNC in 1976 as western regional legal counsel and rose through the ranks to spend 16 years as executive director of California and Western Region. In that role, he led an organization-wide effort in 1996 that created Conservation by Design, the strategic framework that still guides TNC’s work around the world. 

A leader in the social innovation sector, Steve has served on numerous boards, including The Independent Sector, the Student Conservation Association, Sustainable Conservation, and the Advisory Board of U.C. Berkeley's College of Natural Resources.

Read his February 2016 interview with The Chronicle of Philanthropy about The Earth Genome and his vision for the future of conservation, foundations and improving decision making through big environmental data.


GLEN LOW

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Co-founder, Earth Genome

Former Principal and Head of San Francisco Office, Blu Skye

Glen has 25 years of corporate consulting and management experience and guides the strategy and implementation of the Earth Genome. 

He is the former head of Blu Skye’s main consulting office in San Francisco. His clients have included sustainability leaders such as Nike, Walt Disney, and Microsoft.  Glen has deep expertise in applying measurement to improved corporate decision making, including helping launch the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Walmart’s Sustainability Index.

Glen is a former Principal at Bain & Company. He worked in four different offices and gained extensive international experience while working in 10+ countries. While at Bain, he was a member of the firm’s technology practice, where he focused on software companies, clean technology and city-based sustainability efforts.

Glen has a BS in mechanical engineering from U.C. Berkeley where he was an Alumni Scholar.  He also has an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a frequent speaker having recently delivered lectures at Stanford, University of Chicago, Fortune Brainstorm Green and the Commonwealth Club of California.  He is a member of the faculty at U.C. Berkeley, where he has taught corporate environmental sustainability at the Executive Education, MBA, and undergraduate levels.


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DAN HAMMER, Phd

Co-founder, Earth Genome

Former Senior Policy Advisor, The White House
Former Presidential Innovation Fellow, NASA
Former Chief Data Scientist, World Resources Institute

Dr. Dan Hammer is an environmental economist and data scientist.  He received the 2017 Pritzker Award for his work to make environmental information more accessible to journalists.  Dan earned his PhD in environmental economics from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science.  He previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Obama White House and a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA.  Dan was the Chief Data Scientist at the World Resources Institute, where he co-founded Global Forest Watch -- an online platform to monitor deforestation from satellite imagery.  In addition, he has taught data science in the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University; co-founded a venture-backed satellite image analytics company; and written a series of peer-reviewed publications on conservation and forest policy.  He is a National Geographic Fellow, a lead math instructor at San Quentin State Prison with the Prison University Project, and a TEDx speaker.  Dan graduated with high honors in mathematics and economics from Swarthmore College, where he was a Lang Opportunity Scholar and volunteer firefighter.  Dan spent almost two years in the South Pacific as a Watson Fellow, building and racing outrigger canoes.  


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MICHELLE LAPINSKI

VP Market Development, Earth Genome

Michelle has 20 years of experience working with companies and investors to develop, scale and finance solutions to produce more sustainable business outcomes. Michelle has worked with some of the world’s largest companies across the Fortune 500 and their supply chains, including Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Shell, Dow and Starbucks, as well as investors including the International Finance Corporation and Closed Loop Partner

Michelle has held management positions at Gap Inc., Business for Social Responsibility, the Global Health & Safety Initiative, and The Nature Conservancy as well as her own consultancy, SustainBiz, LLC. Harvard Business Review has published her work with Dow and Shell demonstrating that natural infrastructure can be a viable and cost-effective alternative to traditional infrastructure. Michelle is on the Steering Groups of the Natural Capital Coalition and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership, and is the Board Chair of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs. She has a M.S. in environmental management from USF, where she also taught a joint MS-MBA degree program, a B.A. in behavioral biology and public health from Johns Hopkins University, and was an Environmental Leadership Program fellow.