Philip is a co-founder of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate’s Washington DC Chapter. He is a 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.
Stephan Rogers is CEO of NextChar, 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.
Vicki Benjamin is Co-founder and CEO of Karner Blue Capital, an SEC registered investment adviser dedicated to investing in biodiversity protection, environmental stewardship and animal welfare. She has been its Chief Executive Officer since it commenced operations as an investment adviser in 2018. She has extensive experience as a woman business entrepreneur, and at Karner Blue offers her expertise as a Biodiversity Investment Specialist. Previously she was first CFO and later President of Calvert Investments, Inc. She received a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in Economics & Business Administration, and an M.B.A. from Bentley University McCallum Graduate School of Business. She is also a CPA.
In 1976 John and his wife Janice Lambert purchased 30 acres of undeveloped land and built an off-grid homestead where they raised their two daughters quite comfortably without electricity for ten years. John has lived all his life in rural New Hampshire, getting his start in engine repair in the US Army and becoming an instructor. He has been a car dealer and a bicycle dealer. His automobile dealership was the sole North American recipient of the Fiat Chrysler 2015 environmental award for energy efficiency and one of only five dealerships in 2013 with the EPA energy star award. John’s late wife Janice was the founder of Voices of Water, which became part of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate. John carries on her legacy as the project coordinator for Voices of Water, leading water retention education and projects. He still lives in their off-grid homestead, with the addition of a little solar power.
John Lambert, Project Coordinator, Voices of Water, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
Nancy Lee Wood
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.
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).