Chris Buchbinder, Board Chairman
Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice President, Capital Group Companies
Chris Buchbinder is a Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice President at the Capital Group Companies, the manager of the American Funds family of Mutual Funds. He is also a Vice President of the Investment Company of America and of the American Mutual Fund. Chris has been with the Capital Group since 1995, first in a rotational development program, then as the analyst responsible for the telecommunications and auto industries, then as Director of Research for the U.S., before moving into his current role.
Prior to joining the Capital Group, he graduated from Brown University with degrees in Economics and International Relations. He and his wife Nina have four children. In his (limited) free time he enjoys biking and skiing.
Chip Koch, Secretary
Manager, Environmental Planning and Permitting, PG&E
Chip Koch combines 20 years of experience as a geologist, environmental consultant, and general manager with a long-standing focus on the energy industry. Chip currently works for Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and is the founder of Petrosus Energy, an environmental and management consulting firm focused on delivering renewable energy to the market. Chip recently served as Vice President of Marketing and Investor Relations at Mineral Acquisition Partners, Inc., a $1 billion private investment group focused on natural gas and renewable energy royalty acquisitions. Prior to that Chip was President of TRC-Essex (NYSE: TRR), a consulting firm focused on planning, permitting, and environmental compliance of major energy infrastructure projects. Chip previously held positions at Levine-Fricke (a 500-person environmental consulting company) as Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Planning, and as a Senior Exploration Geologist at Exxon Company, USA.
Chip holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MS in geology from Ohio State University, and a BS in geology from St. Lawrence University.
Charles Ahlem Ranch; Hilmar Cheese Company; Sustainable Conservation
Board Member Charles Ahlem, a lifetime resident of California's Central Valley, has been one of the region's most active and prominent advocates for many years. After graduating from California State University, Fresno, Charles began his own farming operation. Charles is the owner/operator of Charles Ahlem Ranch, a 6,000-cow, Grade-A Jersey dairy, which he began in 1975 with just 100 cows. In 1984, Charles became one of the founding partners in the Hilmar Cheese Company, which accepts milk from nearly 250 dairies — from Hilmar, California, and Dalhart, Texas. Hilmar Cheese Company is the largest single-site cheese plant in the world, producing up to 2.5 million pounds of cheese per day.
Charles serves on the California Dairy Council, University of California President's Advisory Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, and many other state and local agricultural groups. Charles is also a former member of the US Department of Agriculture's Trade Policy Committee.
Charles was a founder of the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program and has been a Sustainable Conservation Board member since 2003.
Partner, Bain & Company
Laura Beaudin is a partner in Bain & Company’s San Francisco office. She is a leader and active contributor to the firm’s Customer Strategy & Marketing and Telecom, Media and Technology practices. Since joining Bain in 2000, Laura has focused on the intersection of media and marketing, helping media, entertainment and technology companies develop sales effectiveness and customer-led growth strategies, and brands define high impact marketing strategies. Laura has deep expertise with sales force effectiveness and go-to-market strategy, revenue management, pricing, cost and change management efforts and she has worked extensively with traditional and digital media clients. Laura is also highly committed to the social and public sectors. She is on the board of an environmental non-profit in San Francisco and is an active contributor to Bain's multi-year partnership with KIPP Bay Area Schools. Within the office, she leads Associate Consulting recruiting for the Bay Area.
Laura earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University in Canada. Laura also earned her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. While pursuing her MBA at Stanford, Laura was a Summer Associate for Sustainable Conservation, conducting exploratory research on sustainable seafood, smart growth and green building.
California Program Director, Defenders of Wildlife
Kim Delfino is the California Program Director for Defenders of Wildlife, where she oversees Defenders' work to protect and restore California's imperiled wildlife and the places in which they live. She is also a member of the California Water Commission. Before joining Defenders, Kim worked for the US Public Interest Research Group as a staff attorney and for CALPIRG as Legislative Director. She began her career as an associate attorney in Washington, D.C. with the public interest law firm of Meyer & Glitzenstein, where she specialized in cases involving the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other environmental laws.
Kim holds a BA in political science, public service (environmental policy emphasis) from the University of California, Davis and a JD, cum laude, from the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific.
Daniel M. Dooley
Counsel, Bolen Fransen Sawyers LLP
Daniel M. Dooley is of counsel to Bolen Fransen Sawyers LLP. Prior to joining the firm, Dan served the University of California for seven years, first as Vice President – Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and then as Senior Vice President External Relations. Dan's External Relations responsibilities included directing the University offices of State and Federal Government Relations, Alumni Affairs and Institutional Advocacy, and Communications. He reported directly to the President of the University of California System.
Before his tenure with the University, Dan distinguished himself as an agricultural and environmental attorney with extensive experience in California. He was a partner at Dooley, Herr and Peltzer, LLP, a law firm emphasizing agricultural, environmental, business and water rights law, where he represented both public agencies and private parties on water-related matters. He was recognized for successfully bridging environmental and economic considerations in a number of controversial legal cases. Dan was also a partner from 1980-2002 in the family-owned Dooley Farms, a diversified San Joaquin Valley farming operation producing cotton, alfalfa and walnuts, which continues operation under next generation family management.
Dan previously served as Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (1977-80) and Chair of the California Water Commission (1982-86). He has served on the National Academy of Sciences, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Western Rural Development Center Board, and the Board of Trustees of Children's Hospital Central California, which he chaired. He currently serves on the Board of Sustainable Conservation.
In 2007, Dan was cited by California Lawyer magazine's Lawyer of the Year publication for his work to achieve settlement of two-decades-old litigation relating to the San Joaquin River. In 2004, he was inducted into the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service Research Hall of Fame. He also received the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Award of Distinction in 2000.
He is married to Diana and has two grown children, Megan Hargraves and Katharine Dooley.
Partner, Holland & Knight
Jennifer is a partner in Holland & Knight's Government Practice Group in their San Francisco office and co-team leader of the National Environment Team. Her practice focuses on all aspects of natural resource and environmental transactions, regulatory and legislative development, complex project permitting, and compliance counseling. Jennifer represents clients in the private, public, and non-profit sectors in land use and environmental project permitting, compliance, litigation, and public advocacy work. She teaches land use and environmental law at Stanford Law School, the University of California, and several professional education sponsors. She has written two books and more than 30 articles on environmental and land use law.
Jennifer co-founded and served as the first Board Chair and General Counsel for Landbank, Inc., was appointed by President Clinton and served on the Board of Trustees for the Presidio Trust for the Presidio National Park in San Francisco, and currently serves on the Boards of the California Center for Land Recycling (California's leading non-profit supporter of Brownfields redevelopment projects and policies), the California League of Conservation Voters, and Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute, and formerly served on the founding Boards of the California Environmental Law Forum, Sustainable Conservation, and the Executive Committee of the Environmental Section of the California State Bar Association.
She was ranked by her peers as a "Superlawyer" in Northern California, and is listed among northern California's top 100 lawyers and top 50 women lawyers, in the August 2004 issue of San Francisco Magazine. A native of California, Jennifer received her undergraduate degree cum laude from Harvard University and her law degree from Stanford University.
Cynthia Hunter Lang
Director of Business Development for Brazil, Urban Innovation Exchange
Cynthia Lang is Director of Organizational Development and Brazilian Business Development for the Urban Innovation Exchange (UIX Global) based in San Francisco. Cindy, a seasoned fundraiser and connector, coordinates engagement activities and strategic conversations with colleagues in the Bay Area and all over the world. She has deep familiarity with Brazil, its business culture and language; a keen interest in promoting social enterprise work. And in 2013, Cindy founded Go to Girl Brazil, the umbrella organization under which all of her Brazilian ventures and interests fall.
Cindy is also a Vice President for Change Brazil, an innovative global campaign impacting social concerns and anti-poverty issues in Brazil, especially those that affect the Afro-Brazilian community. This campaign will be launched prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and continue beyond the 2016 Olympics. Change Brazil will be actively promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Brazil and worldwide.
Cindy serves on the Humanities and Sciences Council at Stanford University, the Board of Sustainable Conservation, and is an Advisor to Embrace, a global enterprise that delivers low cost solutions to improve health outcomes in developing countries. Cindy was the co-Founder of The Lodge at Sun Ranch, formally named Papoose Creek Lodge, an award winning eco-tourism guest lodge in southwest Montana.In addition, Cindy is a founding member and Brazilian Initiatives Leader of the Silicon Valley Chapter of Ashoka.
Cindy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in French and English Literatures and her MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. She uses her skills to create socially and environmentally responsible infrastructures.
Co-Founder, Earth Genome Project, Sustainable Conservation Campaign Leadership Committee Co-Chair
Steve is co-founder of The Earth Genome, a start-up venture to create the first global, open-source database on ecosystem services and natural capital. Steve served as President of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, one of the largest Foundations in the U.S., from 2007-2014. He led the Foundation through development of new strategies in each of its three Programs — Environment, Science, and Patient Care.
Steve served as President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) from 2000-2008. As president, Steve led the organization into becoming a truly global enterprise, operating in 30 countries as well as every state in the U.S. 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 the California state program and Western Region. In that role, he led an organization-wide effort that created Conservation by Design, the strategic framework that now guides all of TNC's work around the world.
A leader in the social innovation sector, Steve serves on the boards of Independent Sector, Sustainable Conservation and the California Wildlife Officers Foundation. He has also served on the U.C. Berkeley College of Natural Resources Advisory Board.
Adán Ortega, Jr.
Adán Ortega, Jr. is sole proprietor of AOA, a media, public and government affairs practice. He has over twenty-five years of experience and understanding of issues through senior leadership roles in Southern California, California, and U.S. government, business and environmental organizations. Well known for utilizing entrepreneurial, innovative and organizational approaches in consulting practice, business ventures and volunteer activities. His specialties include crisis management, issues management, strategic planning, and addressing regulatory matters in the utility, manufacturing and agricultural sectors. Recent accomplishments in 2013 include orchestration of efforts to defeat of a county-wide storm water fee on behalf of the California Metals Coalition; formation of the California Association of Mutual Water Companies; and creation of an industry-wide agricultural employers/employee workplace information network.
Some of Adán’s previous accomplishments include helping the California Charter Schools Association in a dispute with United Teachers of Los Angeles; defending Gregg Industries with support of the Coalition for Clean Air and Mujeres de La Tierra against charges of nuisance odors; successfully investigating voter fraud in Southeast Los Angeles and Santa Ana, CA; and helping California’s table grape industry and the Washington State Apple Commission overcome false allegations of pesticide contamination by labor and environmental groups. Adán has played prominent roles as a board member on organizations such as the The Hispanic Media Coalition, The California Water Commission, Heal the Bay, Roots of Change, the National Audubon Society, and as a member of KPCC/Southern California Public Radio’s Regional Advisory Council. He currently chairs the board of Mujeres de La Tierra.
His employment history includes the positions of Deputy Managing Director of Rose & Kindel (2005-2009); Vice President of External Affairs for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (1999-2005); Chief Deputy Secretary of State under Secretary of State Bill Jones (1997-1999); Assistant General Manager of West & Central Basin Municipal Water Districts (1994-1997); and Vice President of the Dolphin Group Inc. (1985-1994).
Co-Founder, Sustainable Conservation; Industrial Property Manager, Oppenheim Properties Sustainable Conservation Campaign Leadership Committee Co-Chair and Southern California Regional Committee Chair
Tina co-founded Sustainable Conservation and served as the organization's Executive Director from 1990-1993. She is an industrial property manager in Orange County and a Certified Life Coach. With her family, she sponsors the Oppenheim Lecture Series at UCLA, bringing world-class speakers on the critical environmental issues of our time to the university. She currently serves on the Board of Sustainable Conservation, is Chairman of the Board of Advisors at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES) and Board Member of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment at UCLA's School of Law. In her local community, Tina served as President of the PTA Council for 3 years, representing 16 schools in her district. She worked to bring environmental change to every school at the ground level. Today her school district of 12,000 students actively participates in recycling, composting, and school gardening programs, integrated into the K-12 curriculum. Tina received a BA in International Politics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Educator, Investor, Philanthropist
Russell has spent over twenty years in business and technology as a manager, investor and director. Currently he is splitting his time between teaching, angel investing, and non-profit activities.
As a Lecturer at Stanford Business School he teaches Startup Garage, Product Launch, and Starting and Growing a Social Venture. Russell is a mentor and adviser to many GSB entrepreneurs.
In the non-profit area, he is the Chairman of the Board of the Global Innovation Fund, immediate past Chairman of the Board of Sustainable Conservation, a member of the USAID Development Lab Advisory Committee, and an active donor to the Jamal Poverty Action Lab at MIT. Previously he has been a Trustee of the Nueva School, and a board member at the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.
Russell has made personal investments in over forty technology start-ups.
Starting in 1996, Russell spent eleven years as a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he invested in consumer and technology related technologies and markets, including software, electronic commerce, Web services, semiconductors, mobile systems, media and telecommunications.
Russell joined KPCB after seven years at Microsoft. At Microsoft he helped launch several networking and Windows products. Later he worked directly for Bill Gates, resulting in the formation the Microsoft Network (MSN), Microsoft's online service. He also oversaw the formation of the new web site Slate.
He earned his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Physics in 1984 and an MBA from Harvard University where he was a Baker Scholar in 1989.
Founder, Faculte, Inc.
Mark Valentine was a founder of Faculte, Inc., a startup that helps professionals and businesses produce, publish, and distribute on-line videos, presentations, and slideshows. He formerly served as Chairman of the Board at SigmaQuest Corporation, a startup software company that provides an on-demand suite of solutions to help companies build better products using business intelligence techniques for product design, manufacturing, supplier quality, repair, and returns.
Prior to joining SigmaQuest, Mark was Vice President of Operations at Geyser Networks, an optical networking startup. Mark started his career with Tandem Computers, where he spent 10 years moving through Tandem's management structure, including a two-year period establishing the company's manufacturing facility in Scotland.
Mark serves on the Board of Directors of the Valentine Family Foundation and also on the board of Sustainable Conservation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that believes promoting a healthy environment can be good for business.
Mark received a BS in industrial engineering from Stanford University in 1986 and an MS from Stanford in 1987.
Stuart Patrick Woolf
President and CEO, Woolf Farming & Processing
Stuart Patrick Woolf is President and CEO of Woolf Farming & Processing. Woolf Farming & Processing is a family owned operation whose primary business is the production and processing of specialty crops. The company was named the 2004 Agribusiness of the Year in Fresno County and the Family Business of the Year (2004) by the Family Business Institute at Fresno State University. Stuart also serves as the managing partner for two related entities: Harris Woolf California Almonds and Los Gatos Tomato Products. Stuart received a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA at Boston College. He has served as Chairman of the California League of Food Processors and the Almond Board of California. He currently also serves on the boards of Ruiz Food Products and Western Growers.