Staff and Board of Directors


adam - field in bgrndAdam Sacks, Executive Director.  Adam has had careers in education, holistic medicine, computer technology, politics and advocacy.  For five years he directed a non-profit that worked with communities invoking basic democratic and constitutional principles to oppose detrimental local corporate activity.  He has been a climate activist since 1999 and has been studying and writing about Holistic Management since 2007. On the side he is an artist, writer and student of classical piano.  His primary goal is regeneration of biodiversity and a livable planet.


Jim Laurie, Restoration Ecologist.  Jim is a biologist from Rice University and is a pioneer in biological remediation of waste water. He was the technical manager of the world’s largest “Living Machine” project to clean raw municipal sewage with no toxic chemicals. For twenty years Jim was a biologist and trainer in the chemical industry in Houston, TX, where his work with living machines resulted in processing effluent cleaner than possible with conventional technology.  He began studying with Allan Savory twenty years ago and has spoken widely about Holistic Management and has been instrumental in spreading the message in New England. Jim is also co-founder of a lively and sophisticated Google Group, Soil-Age, and he invites you to join!

Hannah Kathryn Lewis, Compendium Editor.
 For the past one-and-a-half years Hannah has collected, organized and written most of our Compendium of Scientific and Practical Findings Supporting Eco-Restoration to Reverse Global Warming.  She loves to write and lives in France with her husband and adorable twin girls.


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Paula Phipps, Associate Director, holds a Masters Degree from Tuft’s Eliot-Pearson School as a teacher/therapist for preschool disturbed children and their families. For 20 years she was a preschool director and Childrens’ Services Director for a Head Start program in Somerville, Massachusetts. For the past 2 years she has focused on raising awareness of the enormity and immediacy of the threat of climate disruption  and its effects on children.  She has been involved in Cambridge, Massachusetts politics and advocacy for many years.

Jed Katch, Director of Education.  Jed holds a Ph. D. in Developmental and Educational Psychology from the University of Chicago and an M. Ed. in Special Education from Boston University.  He has taught in grades K-12, college, and graduate school programs.  Jed specializes in connecting student interests with real world activities.  At Bio4Climate, he is working to create opportunities for young environmental activists to combine their interests in eco-restoration with gaining academic credit in schools and in higher education.

Manjulika Das, Project Manager. Manjulika is a recent graduate of Brandeis University with majors in Environmental Studies (B.A.) and International and Global Studies (B.A). Her previous work experiences have been in areas of wastewater treatment and water conservation in her hometown of Bangalore India, and emissions data analysis at the MassDEP (Boston). She is currently conducting active research on rehydration and eco-restoration prospects in South Asia relevant to water crisis management and climate change.

Board of Directors

Philip Bogdonoff, Director, Washington DC Chapter, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate.  Past trustee and board chair, Friends Community School; Co-founder, Sustainable Washington Alliance; Vice President, Millennium Institute; Consultant, World Bank Environment Department; Research Assistant, Section of Ecology and Systematics, Cornell University.  Philip and Jim Laurie constructed Washington, DC’s first “Living Machine” more than 15 years ago.

Ana Sofia Gonzalez is an environmentalist with chemical engineering background focused on restorative agroforestry in dry lands to increase resilience of food production systems. She is currently developing strategies that propose restorative food systems as a mitigation strategy to reduce forced migration caused by climate change. Sofia is Founder of, a consultancy firm in Mexico focused on design and implementation of restorative ecological systems for the mitigation and adaptation of climate change challenges in the urban and rural environments.

Sharon McGregor

Sharon McGregor is a biologist, environmental policy administrator, educator, and consultant, most recently serving as Assistant Secretary for the Environment (Biological Conservation and Ecosystem Protection) for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs..  As Assistant Secretary and chief policy advisor for natural resources protection, she administered a pioneering biodiversity conservation and ecosystem protection program. She convened an interagency group of restoration ecologists to work together to implement whole ecosystem restoration projects, made official by the creation of the MA Division of Ecological Restoration. She was the first director of the New England Aquarium’s conservation program.  The rapid loss of Sharon’s hometown nature to development inspired her to research and propose legislation that became the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (2000).

 stephan_rogers_pr_04-001 - webStephan Rogers is CEO of AC Fox, a leader in the production of biochar production equipment and setting the standard for high quality biochar production. He has been the principal in multiple successful startup companies and has provided business management services for over 25 years. Most recently, Stephan was a co-founder and CEO of Qteros Inc. in 2007, and assisted in raising over $30 million in funding for the company. Stephan has also devoted a significant portion of his career to addressing problems of low income populations, working in areas of affordable housing and economic development. He assisted with the implementation of the of the micro credit industry in the US in the early stages of its development. He also has significant large-scale project management and strong financial management experience. Stephan holds a Masters degree in International Management.

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Nancy Lee Wood, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology at Bristol Community College (BCC) in Fall River, MA and Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Post-carbon Education (ISPE), which she established in 2008.  She is a life-long activist, participating in the anti-Vietnam War/Peace Movement, the anti-Nuclear Movement, the anti-Apartheid Movement, the International Women’s Movement and most recently, the Climate Change/Peak Oil Movement and has taken leading roles with many other peace and sustainability organizations.  Since 2007, she has organized numerous local sustainability events and has given many presentations and lectures regarding the impacts of fossil fuel depletion on industrial society. She also developed an Associate Degree major in Sustainability for BCC as a model for other community colleges to adopt.  In her spare time, she is training to become a Master Gardener.

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