Board of Directors

Chair

Wilhelm Merck

Hamilton, Massachusetts

Managing Member, Essex Timber Co.

Treasurer, Merck Family Fund

Wilhelm Merck
Wilhelm Merck is the founder and Managing Member of Essex Timber Company, LLC, a timberland management company. Prior to Essex's creation in 1999, he was an analyst and investment manager at Adams, Harkness & Hill in Boston. He holds a BA from Kenyon College. He has served on the board of the New England Forestry Foundation where he was co-chair of the Pingree Campaign, and is past President of the Merck Family Fund. He lives in Hamilton, Mass. with his wife, Nonie Brady, and three teenage children.

 

 

Vice Chair

Thomas E. Lovejoy

Washington, D.C.

Biodiversity Chair, H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and Environment

Thomas E. Lovejoy, a conservation biologist who was the first to use the term “biological diversity” (1980), is University Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University. He currently holds the Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, and was its President from 2002-2008. From 1999-2002, he was the Chief Biodiversity Advisor to the World Bank. Dr. Lovejoy served as Assistant Secretary and other positions at the Smithsonian Institution and prior to that was Executive Vice president of the World Wildlife Fund. He has been active in Amazon science and conservation since 1965, and since 1985 a major focus has been the interaction between climate change and biodiversity. He has served in high level advisory positions in the Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations. Dr. Lovejoy conceived of the debt-for-nature swaps, and founded the public television series Nature. He was awarded the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 2001, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology in 2009 and the Blue Planet Prize in 2102.

 

 

Treasurer

Joseph R. Robinson

Summit, New Jersey

Managing Director, MidMark Capital

Joseph Robinson
Joseph R. Robinson is a managing director of MidMark Capital, an investment management firm focused on privately held companies in the lower end of the middle market. Robinson is active on the boards of many of MidMark’s portfolio companies. Prior to co-founding MidMark Capital in 1989, he had over fifteen years of profit and loss responsibility in senior executive management positions with subsidiaries of Vendex International B.V., SHV Holdings N.V. and International Basic Economic Corporation (IBEC). Most of this management experience was gained in Brazil and Argentina. He currently serves as Treasurer and Director of The Woods Hole Research Center and The Ruth Mott Foundation. Robinson has also served as Treasurer and Trustee of The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and as Chairman and Trustee of The Ruth Mott Fund. Robinson is a graduate of Cornell University and lives with his wife, Marité, in Summit, New Jersey.

 

 

Directors

John H. Adams

New York, New York

Founding Director

Natural Resources Defense Council

John Adams
John H. Adams is the Founding Director and former President of the Natural Resources Defense Council. He co-founded the NRDC in 1970 as an organization of public interest lawyers focused on the formation and enforcement of emerging environmental laws. Adams holds a B.A. in History from Michigan State and an L.L.B. from Duke University Law School. Prior to NRDC, he worked as the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In addition to the Woods Hole Research Center Board, he serves as Chairman of the Board of the Open Space Institute and is a member of the Boards of the League of Conservation Voters, Center for American Progress, and Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. Adams has also served on the Pew Oceans Commission, the President’s Council on Sustainable Development and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Common Sense Initiative. He lives in upstate New York with his wife Patricia. They and their three grown children and six grandchildren enjoy spending time at their home in the Catskills.

 

 

Stephen T. Curwood

Nottingham, New Hampshire

Host, Living on Earth

World Media Foundation

Stephen Curwood
Steve Curwood is Executive Producer and Host of Living on Earth. He created the first pilot of Living on Earth in 1990, and the show has run continuously since April 1991. Living on Earth is currently aired on more than 250 National Public Radio/Public Radio International affiliates and XM/Sirius Satellite Radio. Curwood’s relationship with NPR dates to 1979 when he began as a reporter and host of Weekend All Things Considered. He shared the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as part of the Boston Globe's education team. He is also the recipient of the 2003 Global Green Award for Media Design, the 2003 David A. Brower Award from the Sierra Club for excellence in environmental reporting, and the 1992 New England Environmental Leadership Award from Tufts University for his work on promoting environmental awareness. He is president of the World Media Foundation, Inc., and a director of BGC Partners, Inc. an inter-dealer brokerage firm based in New York and London. Curwood has also been a member of the Board of Managers of Haverford College since 2001, serving on the Investment Committee since 2003 and as chair of the Committee on Social Investment Responsibility since 2008. From 1996 to 2003, he was a lecturer in Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard University.

 

 

Iris M. Fanger

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dance and theater historian and critic

Iris Fanger
Iris Fanger is a dance and theater critic and historian, writing regularly for the Christian Science Monitor, Dancing Times (London), and the Patriot Ledger. Her academic appointments include 22 years at Harvard University as director of the Summer Dance Center and faculty appointments as visiting associate professor at Tufts University, Department of Drama, and seven years as associate professor at Lesley University Graduate School Arts Institute. She has served as co-curator for a number of exhibits: "Art & Dance;"Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, "Leon Bakst, Deisgner" and "George Balanchine: A Life In Ballet" at Harvard Theatre Collection. A former Bunting Fellow, Radcliffe College, she was declared 2005 Dance Hero by the Boston Dance Alliance, and awarded the Tufts University Graduate School Distinguished Career Award in 2007. She served as chair of the development committee for the Board of Directors, Woods Hole Research Center, during the fund-raising and construction of the new building. Fanger holds a doctorate in theater history from Tufts University.

 

 

Scott Goetz, Ph.D.

Deputy Director and Senior Scientist

Woods Hole Research Center

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Scott Goetz
Dr. Goetz works on the application of satellite imagery to analyses of environmental change, including monitoring and modeling links between land use change, forest productivity, biodiversity, climate, and human health. Before joining the WHRC, he was on the faculty at the University of Maryland, where he maintains an adjunct associate professor appointment, and was a research scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and recently completed a Fulbright-sponsored visiting scientist appointment in Toulouse France.

 

 

Joshua Goldberg

New York, New York

General Counsel and Managing Director

Financo, Inc.

Joshua Goldberg
Joshua Goldberg is the co-founder, General Counsel and a Managing Director of Financo, Inc. (a boutique investment bank headquartered in NYC) and Altamont Capital Partners (a private equity fund with portfolio investments in the consumer sector). Prior to joining Financo, he worked with Lehman Brothers in its merchandising industry group. Before entering investment banking in 1986, Goldberg practiced law at the New York law firm of Kramer, Levin, Nessen, Kamin & Frankel (in mergers & acquisitions), and at the Boston law firm of Berman Engel P.C. (in mergers & acquisitions and environmental litigation). During his high school and college years, he worked in several positions at The Stop & Shop Companies, Inc., a supermarket chain founded by his family. While at law school, he also served as co-head of the Harvard Defenders (a volunteer agency representing indigent criminal defendants in Massachusetts) and as a legal advisor to the Legal Services Corporation. Goldberg is a member of the Bars of New York and Massachusetts, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Massachusetts Bar Association. He received his BA, cum laude, from Harvard University (’79) and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School (‘83). In addition to the Woods Hole Research Center, his charitable interests include serving The Putney School, The Goldberg Family Foundation and the Rabb Family Foundations as a trustee; Make-a-Wish Foundation of Metro-NY as a member of its Advisory Board; City Harvest as a sponsor of its ‘Kosher Initiative; and various other charitable concerns.

 

 

Stuart Goode

New York, New York

Private Investor

Mr. Goode is a private investor and a retired former partner of E.M. Warburg, Pincus & Co., a New York venture banking and investment management firm. He was associated with the firm from 1981 through 1996, and has over thirty years of experience as an investment professional. Mr. Goode was born and raised west of Chicago, and received both a B.S. and M.B.A from Northwestern University. He is a member and past chairman of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Advisory Council as well as a member of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Alumni Council and a board member of the Peconic Baykeeper. He resides in New York City, Bridgehampton, New York, and Grand Cayman.

 

 

David Hawkins

Washington D. C.

Director, Climate Center

Natural Resources Defense Council

Dave Hawkins
David G. Hawkins began his work in “public interest” law upon graduation from Columbia University Law School in 1970. He joined the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Washington, DC office in 1971 as one of the organization’s first staff members. In 1977, Mr. Hawkins was appointed by President Carter to be Assistant Administrator for Air, Noise, and Radiation at the Environmental Protection Agency. During his time at EPA, he was responsible for initiating major new programs under the 1977 Amendments to the Clean Air Act. With President Reagan’s election in 1981, Hawkins returned to NRDC to co-direct NRDC’s Clean Air Program. In 1990, Hawkins became Director of NRDC’s Air and Energy Program, and in 2008 he became the Director of NRDC’s Climate Programs. The Climate Center focuses on advancing policies and programs to reduce the pollution responsible for global warming. In addition to working with Congress to design a legislative mechanism that will slow, stop and reduce the emissions of global warming pollution, Hawkins is recognized as an expert on advanced coal technologies and carbon dioxide capture and storage. Hawkins currently serves on the boards of the Center for Clean Air Policy, Resources for the Future and the Board on Environmental and Energy Systems of the National Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Climate Change Science Program Product Development Advisory Committee. Hawkins participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage and is participating in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report on climate change. Hawkins is married with three children and lives in Maryland.

 

 

Robert Max Holmes, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist

Woods Hole Research Center

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RM Holmes
Dr. Holmes is an earth system scientist with broad interests in the responses and feedbacks of coupled land-ocean systems to environmental and global change. Most of his current research focuses on large rivers and their watersheds and addresses how climate change and other disturbances are impacting the cycles of water and chemicals in the environment. Dr. Holmes has several ongoing projects in the Arctic (field sites in Russia, Canada, and Alaska) and has recently begun working in Africa and Asia (Congo, Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Yangtze watersheds). He has also studied desert streams in the southwestern United States, stream/riparian ecosystems in France, and estuaries in Massachusetts. He is strongly committed to integrating education and outreach into his research projects, particularly by exposing K-12 and undergraduate students to the excitement of scientific research.

 

 

Lily Rice Hsia

Hamilton, Massachusetts

Consultant

Mather & Hsia Consultants

Lily Hsia
Lily is a consultant to non-profit environmental, scientific and educational organizations and foundations, providing guidance for capital campaigns, strategic planning, management, policy, and motivational work with board and staff. Her clients have included: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science, Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Peabody Essex Museum, Boy Scouts of America, Chewonki Foundation, Project Adventure, Seacoast Science Center, Center for Wildlife, Wavus Foundation, and Northeast Historic Film. Hsia was a founder of the Collaboration of Community Foundations for the Gulf of Maine, the York Maine Conservation Commission, and the Portsmouth Rehabilitation Center (Board Chair). She served on the boards/committees of the Essex Country Community Foundation, the New Hampshire Community Foundation, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Currently she is on the boards / committees of the Woods Hole Research Center, Peabody Essex Museum, New England Aquarium, and The Trustees of Reservations. She is a Trustee Emeritus of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve (ME) and The National Trust for Historic Preservation (DC).

 

 

Lawrence S. Huntington

New York, New York

Chairman Emeritus,

Fiduciary Trust International

Larry Huntington
Lawrence S. Huntington is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Fiduciary Trust Company, a global financial firm specializing in institutional and private client investment management. Huntington is active in many civic and business organizations and is currently serving as Chairman Emeritus of The Woods Hole Research Center, The Josiah Macy Foundation, and Continuum Health Partners. The latter is a group of six hospitals in New York City. He has served as Chairman of the New York Law School and the New York City Citizens Budget Commission, a fiscal watchdog agency. He is also a former Chairman of the World Wildlife Fund. He served for ten years as a member of the New York State Common Retirement Fund Investment Committee and is a former member of the NASD International Markets Advisory Board. He was a Director of a number of companies, including the Crum and Forster Insurance Companies until their sale to Xerox. Huntington is a graduate of Harvard University and The New York Law School which awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. He lives with his wife, Caroline, in New York City.

 

 

Karen C. Lambert

Princeton, New Jersey

Environmentalist and political activist

Casey Lambert
Karen Lambert was the co-founder, in 1965, of Peterson's, the pioneering educational information company. Peterson's was the first publishing company to use objective data as the basis for educational reference books, permitting students and researchers to make meaningful comparisons for the first time. In 1995, the company used its huge databases to create the first interactive web site, enabling users to search for and apply to colleges and graduate programs on-line. The company was sold to The Thompson Corporation and Lambert retired from corporate management in 2000. Lambert has served as a trustee of the Groton School, Wells College, Princeton Area Community Foundation, Mercer County Family Guidance Association, and a number of environmental organizations, and was an elected member of the Princeton Borough/Township Consolidation Commission in 1996 and a member of Princeton Township Committee from 2002-2004. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Bennington and lives in Princeton with her husband, Sam, a retired attorney who shares her interest in politics, the environment, and education. They have five married children and 14 grandchildren.

 

 

Victoria H. Lowell

Falmouth, Massachusetts

Community Leader, Conservationist

Vicky Lowell
Vicky Lowell is a community activist who has served in a variety of local and regional capacities during her more than forty years of living in Falmouth. She has chaired the Planning Board and the Falmouth Hospital Board of Trustees. She was a founder and first president of the local land trust. Representing all of Cape Cod, she held elective office as a Barnstable County Commissioner and helped lead the campaigns to create the Cape Cod Commission, a regional planning and regulatory agency, on which she subsequently served as a founding member and the Cape Cod Land Bank. She has served on the boards of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Cape Cod Healthcare, and the Cape Cod Foundation. She also worked as the Town Planner for the Martha’s Vineyard town of West Tisbury. She and her husband are enthusiastic cyclists and rode from Astoria, Oregon to Woods Hole in 2000. She holds a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a B.A. from Radcliffe College.

 

 

Merloyd Ludington

Boston, Massachusetts

Publisher and Editor

Merloyd Lawrence Books

Merloyd Ludington
Merloyd Ludington is editor and publisher of the imprint “Merloyd Lawrence Books” co-published with the Perseus Books Group. These books have included works in psychology, health, science, environment, and biography, by such authors as Sissela Bok, T. Berry Brazelton, M.D, Robert Coles, M.D., Children’s Hospital Boston, Stanley Greenspan, M.D., Susan Love, MD., and the photographer/scientist Lennart Nilsson. Books in the environment/science areas include Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human/Animal Bond, by Meg Daley Olmert; Drawing the Map of Life: Inside the Human Genome Project, by Victor McElheny; Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment, by Sandra Steingraber; and You Can’t Eat GNP: Economics as if the Environment Mattered, by Woods Hole Research Center President and Senior Scientist Eric Davidson. Merloyd’s other current board memberships include Island Press and Northeast Wilderness Trust. She lives in Boston with her husband, physicist John Myers.

 

 

R.J. Lyman
Board Clerk

Boston, Massachusetts

President, General Compression, Inc.

Tedd Saunders

R.J. Lyman is President of General Compression, Inc., a company that has developed the world’s only commercial-scale, carbon-free compressed air energy storage system. He also serves as Chairman of New England Hydropower Company LLC, the northeastern United States’ exclusive developer of small-scale hydropower installations using the Archimedes Screw Generator.

Mr. Lyman was previously an equity partner for over a decade in the Boston office of the national law firm Goodwin Procter LLP. He served as Massachusetts Assistant Environmental Secretary and MEPA Director under Governor Bill Weld. He began his career as a project manager working on gas-fired power plants and commercial real estate projects at a consulting engineering firm. He received his J.D. magna cum laude from Vermont Law School and his B.A. cum laude in history from Harvard College.

 

 

William Moomaw

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Professor of International Environmental Policy

Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

William Moomaw
Bill Moomaw is Professor of International Environmental Policy at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he is the founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, the Tufts Climate Initiative, and co-founder of the Global Development and Environment Institute. His research interests include sustainable development, trade and environment, technology and policy implications for climate change, water and climate change, economics and geochemistry of the nitrogen cycle, biodiversity, and negotiation strategies for environmental agreements. He has been a lead author of several Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, for which the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. As an AAAS Congressional Science Fellow, he worked on energy and forestry legislation and on legislation that eliminated American use of CFCs in spray cans to protect the ozone layer. He currently serves on the boards of The Climate Group, Clean Air-Cool Planet, Earthwatch Institute, Center for Ecological Technologies, and the Consensus Building Institute. Bill graduated from Williams College and holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from MIT. He lives with his wife, Margot, in a highly efficient zero-net energy house in Williamstown, MA.

 

 

Jeremy Oppenheim

London, UK

Director of Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice

McKinsey & Company

Jeremy Oppenheim
Jeremy Oppenheim is the director of Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm based in the UK. Jeremy advises private, public, and social sector clients around the world with his broad expertise in renewables, energy efficiency, and environmental finance. His clients are among the world’s largest oil companies, engineering groups, mining companies, and banks. In the public sector, he has advised both developed and developing countries on ways to combine robust economic growth with the protection of irreplaceable environmental assets. Jeremy has also led projects for several UK government departments, including the development of a carbon budget for the UK economy. Prior to joining McKinsey, Jeremy was a senior economist at the World Bank, where he specialized in industrial restructuring and technology development. He is an expert advisor to the UN Secretary General’s Panel on Sustainable Development and a regular speaker at global resource productivity and sustainability events. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Oxford School for Enterprise and the Environment. Jeremy holds a MA in Law and Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

 

 

Amy H. Regan

Princeton, New Jersey

President, Harbourton Foundation

Amy Regan
Amy Regan is president of the Harbourton Foundation, a family foundation. The Foundation’s areas of focus are environment, education, entrepreneurship, health, social justice and social issues related to poverty. She is a former founding trustee of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, a former trustee of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic-NJ Unit, an Advisory Council member of Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed in New Jersey, an Advisory Council member of Roundup River Ranch in Colorado (one of Paul Newman’s Hole-in-the-Wall camps), and a member of The Women’s Advisory Group at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York. Amy is an alumna of Colby Sawyer College. She and her husband, Jay, live on a working farm in Pennington, NJ. They have three married children and eight grandchildren.

 

 

Constance R. Roosevelt

Brooklyn, New York

Conservationist

Connie Roosevelt
Constance Rogers Roosevelt has been a book editor for 30 years at Time/Life Books, American Heritage, William Morrow and Company and Viking Press. She has an MA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and for the past 10 years has traveled to tropical forests in Africa, Asia and South America and written over a dozen articles on endangered primates and ecotourism in the New York Times Science and Travel sections. She is currently enrolled in an MA program in Conservation Biology at Columbia University and continues to write and speak about science and conservation. She has served on a number of non profit boards including the Brooklyn Museum and the NY State board of The Nature Conservancy.

 

 

Tedd R. Saunders

Boston, Massachusetts

President, EcoLogical Solutions and

Chief Sustainability Officer, The Saunders Hotel Group

Tedd Saunders
Often credited with pioneering luxury urban ecotourism worldwide in 1989, Saunders is recognized for creating some of the most acclaimed environmental models in the hospitality industry. He first implemented this innovative business approach at several of his family’s historic properties in Boston. In 1992 Saunders founded EcoLogical Solutions, which has since advised The White House Conference on Tourism, HRH (His Royal Highness) The Prince of Wales’ Business Leaders Forum, Harvard University, Choice Hotels International, and Taj Hotels of India to name a few. Under his leadership, The Saunders Hotel Group has earned many prestigious international awards and received unprecedented recognition with feature stories in The New York Times, CNN, NBC Nightly News, USA Today, NPR and others. Author of The Bottom Line of Green is Black, (published by Harper Collins) Saunders speaks internationally to business and political leaders and sits on numerous boards, including Harvard's School of Public Health, the UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists') National Advisory Board, The Woods Hole Research Center, The New England Aquarium and CERES.

 

 



Honorary Directors

Anita W. Brewer-Siljeholm

Manchester, Massachusetts
Environmentalist

Gordon W. Russell

Portola Valley, California
Conservationist

Neal A. Brown

New York, New York
Balber Pickard Maldonado
& Van Der Tuin, PC

Ross Sandler

New York, New York
Professor of Law, New York Law School

John Cantlon

East Lansing, Michigan
Vice-President, Emeritus,
Michigan State University

Helen B. Spaulding

Manchester, Massachusetts
Community Activist

Joel Horn

Seattle, Washington
Conservationist

J.G. Speth

South Royalton, Vermont
Professor of Law
Vermont School of Law

James MacNeill

Ottawa, Canada
Chairman, Emeritus, International
Institute for Sustainable Development

Robert G. Stanton

Fairfax Station, Virginia
Policy consultant, resource conservation;
Former director, U.S. National Park Service

Mary Louise Montgomery

Walpole, New Hampshire
Conservationist

M.S. Swaminathan

Madras, India
Chairman,
M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation

Gilman Ordway

Wilson, Wyoming
Conservationist

Ola Ullsten

Burlington, Ontario
Former Prime Minister of Sweden

 

Portraits by Gigi Gatewood.