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Advisory Council

Kathryn S. Fuller (Advisory Council Chair) is Vice Chair of the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History, having previously served as Chair. She was Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Director of Public Policy at the World Wildlife Fund, becoming President and CEO from 1989 to 2005. She received her BA in English and American Literature and an LhD from Brown, a law degree with Honors from the University of Texas, and pursued graduate studies in marine ecology at the University of Maryland. Her board experience includes service as a trustee and fellow of the Brown Corporation and as Chair of the Ford Foundation. She currently sits on the Alcoa Corporation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Summit Foundation and WWF boards.


Wendy Abrams is an environmental activist and the founder of Cool Globes. She is a Trustee for Waterkeeper Alliance,  and serves of the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund, the Center for American Progress (c4) and Chicago’s PBS station, WTTW.  In 2011, she helped establish The Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School. She is a principal shareholder of Medline Industries, Inc.  She received a bachelor's degree from Brown University and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Wendy and her husband, Jim, live in Highland Park, IL. They have four children (their youngest, Jacob, will be in the Brown Class of 2021.)


Catherine Merten Allchin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University in 1988 with a double concentration in International Relations and French Civilization.  With a background in public relations and public affairs in both the private and public sectors, she is currently a freelance writer for The Seattle Times and The New York Times.  Catherine has served on the boards of the Nature Conservancy (Washington State Chapter), Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Environmental Federation of Oregon.  She and her family are passionate about education and marine conservation.



Kate Brandt leads sustainability across Google’s worldwide operations and products. In this role, Kate coordinates with Google’s data centers, real estate, supply chain, and product teams to ensure the company is capitalizing on opportunities to strategically advance sustainability and circular economy. Previously Kate served as the Nation's first Chief Sustainability Officer and was responsible for promoting sustainability across Federal Government operations. Kate received a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She graduated with honors from Brown University.


Therese (Tess) Carter is a 2016 graduate (Honors) of Brown University with a B.S. degree in chemistry. At Brown, she received both a Voss Environmental Fellowship and a Royce Fellowship to investigate the regulation of nitrogen and how to communicate these findings to scientists, policymakers, and citizens – she recently published a peer-reviewed article on this work in Ecosphere. She has also published Op-Eds in the Huffington Post and US News and World Report on student and faculty diversity movements and green chemistry. Tess is currently the National Climate Assessment Program Coordinator as a contractor to the US Global Change Research Program’s National Coordination Office, which coordinates the climate science research of 13 federal agencies.


David Cogut is a Principal at Pegasus Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Pegasus, Mr. Cogut was an investment banker at Moelis & Company, where he focused on mergers & acquisitions, corporate restructurings and financing transactions across the gaming and lodging, industrials, media, real estate, and technology sectors. Investments in which he has been highly involved include Halo, HTS, Pantheryx, Six Senses, and T&M Protection Resources. He currently serves on the boards of the following Pegasus portfolio companies: Pantheryx and Six Senses.  He also serves on the board of ZeroBase Energy.  Mr. Cogut graduated from Brown University with a major in Economics.


David Crane is senior operating executive at the private equity firm Pegasus Capital Advisors and a B Team leader. He was formerly the CEO of NRG Energy, a Fortune 250, NYSE-listed power company, where he launched an ambitious initiative to transform the company from fossil fuel-based to renewables. Previously to NRG, he was CEO of International Power, a FTSE 100, LSE-listed power company based in London. Crane holds a bachelor degree from Princeton and a JD from Harvard Law School.


David A. Crown is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona. David’s professional interests include research in planetary geology, physical volcanology, and remote sensing as well as science education. David is a 1985 graduate (Magna Cum Laude, Honors) of Brown University, with a B.S. degree in Geology-Physics/Mathematics, and received a Ph.D. in Geology from Arizona State University in 1991. He is the author of 11 geologic maps and more than 50 other scientific publications. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago, IL and is on the Board of Directors of Farmers Investment Company and Food Allergy Research and Education, Inc.


Barbara Entwisle is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Adjunct Professor of Geography, Faculty in the Ecology and Environment Curriculum, and Fellow of the Carolina Population Center, with a PhD from Brown University. As a social demographer, her research focuses broadly on the study of social, natural, and built environments and consequences for a range of demographic and health outcomes. Dr. Entwisle’s research contributions have been recognized by her election as President of the Sociological Research Association (2015), President of the Population Association of America (2007), and Fellow of the AAAS (2003). 


Nathalie Farman-Farma is a 1990 Brown graduate. She has masters in Classics from Columbia University and a DEA in history from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. After working in cultural journalism at The New Yorker and Charlie Rose, she moved to London with her family and started a textile company and design studio called Decors Barbares that specializes in ethnographic fabrics. She is board member of the Palo Alto based Flora Family Foundation and spearheaded its Climate Protection Program in 2005. Since then she has been actively involved in philanthropy around climate issues.


James B. Garvin is Chief Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He received his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Brown University in 1984. In his present capacity, he is helping to lead efforts to sustain NASA’s Mars exploration program, catalyze new missions to Mars, Venus, and Europa, orchestrate innovative scientific research, and to help integrate human and robotic exploration. Jim has received multiple NASA Outstanding Leadership awards for his work with Mars, and two Presidential Rank Awards for his work as a NASA scientist. In 2004, he was selected as Brown’s William Rogers award recipient. In 2013 he participated in his first TED event, speaking about his passion for space exploration. In January of 2004, Jim appeared on Late Night with David Letterman to talk about Mars.


Robert Goodman is a managing partner of Bessemer Venture Partners, a global venture capital firm, where he focuses on investments in software, mobile, digital media, and healthcare IT. Goodman received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown in 1982, concentrating in Latin American Studies. He went on to earn an M.B.A. in 1986 from Columbia Business School. He serves as a Trustee for Brown. Goodman serves on the board of the MetCouncil, a nonprofit that provides social services to aid, sustain, and empower poor and near-poor New Yorkers. He serves as well on the board of the PlayGroup Theatre, which provides quality performing arts programs to children and teens in New York’s Westchester County and the surrounding areas.


Warren B. Kanders is Executive Chairman of the Board of Black Diamond, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of technical outdoor and active lifestyle products. He is Chairman of The Safariland Group, manufacturers of safety, survivability and other products for the law enforcement and military markets. He is also President of Kanders & Company, a private investment firm based in Stamford, Connecticut. Mr. Kanders serves on the Board of Trustees of the Winston Churchill Foundation and Whitney Museum of American Art. He was previously a Trustee of the Choate Rosemary Hall Foundation. He received a B.A. degree in Economics from Brown University and attended The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. 


Sophie Purdom graduated with Honors from Brown in 2016 with a ScB in Environmental Science, Sustainability in Development. During her senior year, Sophie led the creation of the Brown University Sustainable Investment Fund, an endowed donor option managed by the Brown Investment Office with a focus on environmental, social, and governance investment opportunities.  She also taught a course, PLCY1710: The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Investing, and edited a book, Revolutions in Sustainable Investing: The Art of the Necessary, on the subject.  Sophie is currently an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in the Boston office.


Taylor Ricketts is Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and Professor at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Before arriving at UVM in 2011, he led World Wildlife Fund’s Conservation Science Program for nine years and continues to serves as a Senior Fellow at WWF. Taylor is co-founder of the Natural Capital Project, a partnership among universities and NGOs to quantify and map nature’s benefits. He has also served on both the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, two UN-sponsored efforts to assess global ecosystems and their contributions to human wellbeing.


Kenneth Rivlin, is head of Allen & Overy's Global Environmental and Regulatory Law Group, U.S. Environmental and Regulatory Law Group and U.S. Pro Bono Program. He and his team advise on environmental and regulatory risk in M&A, projects, capital markets, lending and real estate transactions, compliance with U.S. and EU environmental and regulatory requirements, conflict minerals, emissions trading and climate change, environmental disputes, toxic tort risk, SEC disclosure requirements and corporate governance issues. Ken and his team also advise on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. and international economic sanctions, Exon-Florio and similar matters.

Ken has served on numerous bar committees, is a member of the Committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, a member of the Editorial Board of "Environmental Liability", a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University School of Law and an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He writes and speaks frequently on environmental and regulatory matters. He is also a Trustee at Montclair Kimberley Academy, and a board member for the Blacksmith Institute and the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair, NJ.


J Marshall Shepherd is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geography and the Director of the Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia. He is the host of The Weather Channel’s Weather Geeks Sunday talk and a contributor to Forbes Magazine. Dr. Shepherd serves on the Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council and has served on numerous regional to national boards. He was the 2013 President of the American Meteorological Society and has served on its Executive Council. He was the first African American to earn a PhD from the FSU Department of Meteorology, one of the nation's oldest and most respected. In 2004, President Bush honored him at the White House with the Presidential Early Career Award for his pioneering work using satellite data to investigate urban hydroclimate processes. He is also a Fellow of the AMS and a recipient of its Brooks Award. He has also been honored by the Captain Planet Foundation American Association of Geographers.


Bina Venkataraman is currently director of global policy initiatives at the Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT, a lecturer at MIT, and a fellow at New America. Venkataraman formerly served as Senior Advisor for Climate Change Innovation in the Obama White House, where she forged cross-sector partnerships to address climate change. During the first term of the Obama Administration, she served as Senior Advisor to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Venkataraman was previously a science journalist for The New York Times and The Boston Globe.  She is an alumna of Harvard's Kennedy School and Brown University, where she now also serves on the University President's Leadership Council. 


Peter S. Voss, a 1968 Brown graduate and parent of a Brown graduate, is a private investor and part-time adviser to firms in private equity and asset management. Prior to his retirement in 2007, Voss served as chairman and CEO of IXIS Asset Management Group (now Natixis Asset Management), a global asset management firm with headquarters in Paris, France and Boston. Prior to the merger with IXIS in 2000, he was the chairman, president, and CEO of Nvest, L.P., a publicly listed U.S. investment firm, which he helped to form in 1992. Having served as a Trustee of Brown, Voss is a Fellow on the Brown Corporation and serves on the Academic Affairs Committee and the Committee on Facilities and Campus Planning. 



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