Council Leadership

The governing council is the central policy making and governing body of The Wilderness Society.

The governing council’s role within The Wilderness Society is critical since it has final authority on all policy matters. The governing council provides leadership and direction in support of the vision for the organization.


Governing Council Chair

DOUGLAS W. WALKER (1998)

Retired Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, WRQ, Inc.  For 25 years, Doug Walker was the founding partner and CEO of WRQ, an integration software company that served Fortune 500 companies and had customers in 51 countries. 

He is an active supporter of charitable, environmental, and community organizations. Currently, Doug is the Chair of the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society and Secretary of The American Alpine Club. He also serves on the boards of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (immediate past Chair), Seattle Parks Foundation, Green Diamond Resource Company, Conservation Lands Foundation, Forterra, UW College of the Environment, The William D. Ruckelshaus Center Advisory Board, and The Sierra Club Foundation.  

He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and attended the University of Washington Graduate School of Mathematics. 

Doug is an avid hiker and mountain climber and a year-round bicycle commuter. 


Governing Council Officers

MOLLY MCUSIC, Vice Chair (2001)

Molly is President of the Wyss Foundation. Previously, as Counselor to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, her work included land use and preservation, environmental law and property rights/takings. Among the major projects with which she was involved were the designations, by President Clinton, of Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and fifteen other National Monuments, under the Antiquities Act.

She was a Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law; a visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, an attorney for the firm Donovan, Leisure, Rogovin, Huge & Schiller; Law Clerk for the Honorable Harry A. Blackmun, U. S. Supreme Court, and Law Clerk for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Molly also practiced as a Skadden Fellow at the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, an organization that works to improve the environment and promote social equity through legal actions.

She received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude.

WILLIAM J. CRONON, Ph.D., Vice Chair (1995)

Bill is the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on American environmental history and the history of the American West and frontier. Prior to this, Bill was Professor of History at Yale University.

Bill holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, and a D.Phil. from Oxford University in England.

KEVIN LUZAK, Treasurer (2007)

Kevin is the President of Archer Holdings LLC, which manages a portfolio of privately held investments. Between 2007 and 2013, Kevin was the CEO of one of the largest private forest products companies in the United States and had formerly filled senior management roles in hedge, private equity, and timberland funds.

Kevin has been a member of corporate boards in the forest products, aerospace, electronics, marketing, outdoor advertising, storage technology, and contract manufacturing industries, among others. He is also a director of the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Virginia Art Museum and is the chair of the Squash Doubles Association Pro Tour.

MARCIA KUNSTEL, Secretary (2004)

Marcia, by profession an award-winning journalist and author, has operated a remote dude ranch in Jackson Hole, WY, with her husband Joe Albright since 2001.

She is active in community, political and conservation organizations. She is on the board of Earthjustice and chaired the boards of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance.

Kunstel worked for the Cox Newspapers chain from 1987-99 as a Washington correspondent and as bureau chief in Moscow and Beijing. Earlier she was a free-lance correspondent primarily covering the Middle East and Africa. Marcia and her husband co-authored a book documenting Soviet espionage at Los Alamos during World War II and a history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Marcia is a 1969 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and received the school's distinguished alumni award in 1999.

DAVID BONDERMAN, At Large (1993)

David is a founding partner of TPG. TPG generally makes significant investments in operating companies through acquisitions and restructurings across a broad range of industries throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. 

TPG and its affiliates have approximately $48 billion of capital under management. Portfolio companies controlled by TPG have combined revenues of over $85 billion, operate in more than 130 countries, and employ approximately 600,000 people. Among the portfolio companies of TPG are: PETCO; IMS Health; Avaya; Caesars Entertainment Corporation; Neiman Marcus; SunGard and Univision.

Prior to forming TPG in 1992, David was Chief Operating Officer of the Robert M. Bass Group, Inc. (now doing business as Keystone Group, L.P.) in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining RMBG in 1983, David was a partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in corporate, securities, bankruptcy and antitrust litigation. From 1969 to 1970, David was a Fellow in Foreign and Comparative Law in conjunction with Harvard University and from 1968 to 1969, he was Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division. From 1967 to 1968, David was Assistant Professor at Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans.

David graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1966. He was a member of the Harvard Law Review and a Sheldon Fellow. He is a 1963 graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle.  

David serves on the Boards of the following public companies: CoStar Group, Inc., General Motors Company, and Ryanair Holdings, plc, of which he is Chairman. He also serves on the Supervisory Board for VTB Bank. In addition, he serves on the boards of The Wilderness Society, the Grand Canyon Trust, The University of Washington Foundation, and the American Himalayan Foundation.

HANSJÖRG WYSS, At Large (1993)

Hansjörg is Chairman Emeritus of Synthes, Inc. as well as co-founder and trustee of AO/ASIF Foundation, Chur, Switzerland.

He is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Business and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.

Besides his business interests, Hansjörg is involved in a number of environmental activities. He presently serves as Chairman of the Wyss Foundation and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, and the Grand Canyon Trust.

BRENDA S. DAVIS, Ph.D., Ex Officio (1994)

Brenda retired in 2007 from Johnson & Johnson where she was an officer of the corporation responsible for global compliance and various technical functions including quality, energy, environment, health and safety. Previously, she was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, served in the Cabinet of Governor Thomas H. Kean of New Jersey, and was a senior staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget.

Brenda holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. She currently serves on the boards of the World Wildlife Fund and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and is a past board member of Recreational Equipment , Inc. (REI), the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and other nonprofit organizations. She formerly chaired the Wilderness Society and the New Jersey Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.


Governing Council Members

JAMES R. BACA (1992)

Jim has a strong record of visionary service to New Mexico. He recently retired as the State of New Mexico's Natural Resource Trustee. He has served as Mayor of the City of Albuquerque, as well as two prior terms as New Mexico’s elected State Land Commissioner. He served as the Director of the National Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior in the first Clinton Administration.

Jim also serves on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations including The Wilderness Society, the Wyss Foundation, the Latino Sustainability Institute and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

Jim and his wife Bobbi live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

THOMAS A. BARRON (1984)

Tom is an author, and formerly a venture capital investor, who lives in Boulder, Colorado. A Rhodes Scholar, he is the author of numerous essays on wilderness and other environmental issues, as well as nature books, novels, and children’s books. His books (published under the name T. A. Barron) include To Walk in Wilderness, The Ancient One, Tree Girl and The Lost Years of Merlin series, and The Great Tree of Avalon trilogy.

Tom is a trustee of Princeton University, and is a co-founder of the Princeton Environmental Institute. In 1997, The Wilderness Society honored him with the Robert Marshall Award.

RICHARD C. BLUM (1994)

Richard C. Blum is Chairman and President of Richard C. Blum & Associates, Inc., the general partner of Blum Capital Partners, L.P., a long-term strategic equity investment management firm which acts as general partner for various investment partnerships and provides investment advisory services. Richard currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc., a global market leader in real estate services. He is also a director of Pacific Alliance Group Holdings, Ltd., Fairmont Raffles Holding International, and Current Media, L.L.C. 

Richard is former Chairman of the University of California Board of Regents, where he continues to serve as a Regent, as well Chairman of the Board for the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He also serves as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank Economic Advisory Council. Richard founded the American Himalayan Foundation and Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is the Honorary Consul of Nepal. Additionally, Richard serves on the board of trustees of the following not-for-profits: The American Cancer Foundation, The Brookings Institution, California Academy of Sciences, The Carter Center, Glide Foundation, and The Wilderness Society.

Richard earned both his B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2006 he received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of San Francisco’s McLaren College of Business. Most recently, he was awarded the Haas School of Business’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

CRANDALL C. BOWLES (2010)

Crandall Bowles is Chairman of The Springs Company.  She previously served as Chief Executive Officer (1997-2006) and Chairman of the Board (1998-2013) of Springs Industries, Inc. Crandall also serves on the boards of JPMorgan Chase (since 2006) and Deere & Company (since 1999 and previously from 1990 to 1994), and is a trustee of the Brookings Institution and on the governing boards of the Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins and The Wilderness Society. 

Crandall received an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

WILLIAM M. BUMPERS (1995)

Bill is a partner with the law firm of Baker & Botts, LLP. He specializes in the Clean Air Act and is head of the Firm’s Global Climate Change Practice.  

He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Journal of Environmental Law. Bill spent two years studying economics at the University of Tubingen, in Germany, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Economics from Antioch University. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.

DAVID CHURCHILL (2013)

David is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Washington, DC office. He is chair of the firm’s government contracts practice. He is a past president of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association, and a former chair of the public contract law section of the American Bar Association.

As a lawyer in private practice, Dave has handled pro bono matters for The Wilderness Society and for The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. He is a Board member and former Chair of The Murie Center in Moose, WY.

WILL COLEMAN (2013)

Will Coleman is the founder of OnRamp Capital, a corporate incubation fund that brings corporate partners into early stage technology and energy investments. He is also a senior advisor to Elan Management. Prior to OnRamp Capital will was a Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures focusing on early stage venture capital investments in energy and clean technology companies. Prior to Mohr Davidow, Will worked for GE Energy in the commercial operations group, as an advisor to X/seed Capital, and spent several years in Washington, DC working on legislative affairs for the bioenergy industry.  Earlier in his career Will also built the interactive business for the publishing company Academic Partners. Will has also testified before Senate Energy & Natural Resources, Senate Finance, and House Ways and Means on investment in energy innovation.

Will is on the Advisory Boards for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (an $840m fund to stimulate deployment of low carbon transportation technologies), and the Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute. He also founded the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) and the Center for Energy & Environmental Innovation (CEEI). Will received his A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned a M.B.A. and M.S. in Energy & Resources from the University of California at Berkeley.

CHRISTOPHER J. ELLIMAN (1989)

Kim serves as President and CEO of the Open Space Institute, a land conservation organization that has protected and/or financed close to 2 million acres and created over 50 new parks or protected areas in the eastern United States. Kim has also worked in the finance sector as CEO of Overhills Group and partner of Elmrock Partners, private equity concerns, and as President of Gray, Seifert, an investment company.

He has served on numerous corporate boards, including Chairman of Piggly Wiggly Southern. Kim chairs the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Overhills Foundation, has chaired The Wilderness Society and the Adirondack Council, and has served as vice-chairman of the Environmental Defense Fund. He has served on numerous non-profit and philanthropic boards, principally in conservation and cultural institutions.

Kim received his B.A. from Yale and now serves on Yale University’s Forestry and Environmental Leadership Council.

CARL FERENBACH (2013)

Carl is Chairman & co-founder of High Meadows Foundation and High Meadows Fund. He is Chairman of the Board of Environmental Defense Fund, an international environmental advocacy NGO. He is a Trustee of Princeton University and a Director of Princeton Investment Company and also serves on the Princeton Environmental Institute Advisory Board. He is a member of the Board of the Centre for Enterprise, Markets & Ethics in Oxford, England. He is a Trustee of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship. He is a Director of Climate Central and North Bennet Street School. Carl serves on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. He is a Director of Berenson & Company. He has served on the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School.

Carl is a co-founder and Advisory Director of Berkshire Partners LLC, a private equity investment firm based in Boston, MA. He was previously a Managing Director. Berkshire has managed eight private equity investment funds and the Stockbridge Fund with approximately $11.5 billion of capital. Mr. Ferenbach served as Chairman of the Board of English Welsh and Scottish Railway Ltd., US Can Corporation, and Crown Castle International Corporation. He also served as a director of other Berkshire portfolio companies. 

Carl received an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.  He served in the US Marine Corps Reserve.

He and his wife, Judy, own High Meadows Associates, Inc. which operates farms in southern Vermont producing maple, wood and grass based products.

DAVID J. FIELD (1996)

David is President and Chief Executive Officer of Philadelphia-based Entercom Communications Corp., one of the country’s largest radio broadcasting companies and a member of the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to becoming Entercom’s President in 1998, David served in a number of positions with the company, including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.  Before joining Entercom, David was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. David holds a BA in Economics from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

David serves on the Boards of Entercom, The National Association of Broadcasters, The Radio Advertising Bureau, and The Wilderness Society. He served as Chairman of the Radio Board of the National Association of Broadcasters from 2005-2007.

David was named 2006 Radio Executive of the Year by Radio Ink Magazine and was also named one of the Best CEOs in America by Institutional Investor Magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

David and his wife Jaimie reside in Gladwyne, PA.

GEORGE T. FRAMPTON, Jr. (2001)

George is a principal at New Energy Advisors LLC in Washington, DC and New York. From 2009 to 2013, he was Senior Of Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP in the firm’s Climate and Clean Energy Practice, and was previously a partner in the firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP.

His Federal Government assignments have included serving as Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, with policy and budget responsibility for the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. He was also Deputy Director of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Special Inquiry into the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, and Assistant Special Prosecutor, Watergate Special Prosecution Force. George has been a visiting lecturer in constitutional law at Duke Law School, and taught International Environmental Law at the Yale School of Environmental Studies/Yale Law School, and at Johns Hopkins. He was President of The Wilderness Society from 1986-1993.

George received his B. A. in Physics and Philosophy from Yale College, an M.Sc., with distinction in Advanced Economic Theory from the London School of Economics, and a J. D. magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School. He served as law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun during the U.S. Supreme Court’s OT 1971.

JERRY F. FRANKLIN, Ph.D. (1993)

Jerry is Professor of Ecosystem Analysis in the College of Forest Resource, University of  Washington . A native of Oregon, Jerry received his B.S. and M.S. in forest management from Oregon State University, as well as a Ph.D. in botany and soils from Washington State. Some highlights of Jerry's professional achievements include fourteen years as a Forest Service research forester in the Pacific Northwest, two years as director of the Ecosystem Studies Program for the National Science Foundation, and sixteen years as the Forest Service's chief plant ecologist in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Franklin has published about 400 scientific articles.

He has received numerous honors including: The Wilderness Society's 1988 Olaus & Margaret Murie Award for meritorious government service; honorary doctorate degrees from Lakehead and Simon Fraser Universities and the 2006 Heintz Award for the Environment. His most recent book is, "Conserving for Biodiversity" (Island Press).

CAROLINE M. GETTY (1993)

Caroline is a conservationist who lives in California.  She currently serves on the boards of the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

REGINALD HAGOOD (2001)

Flip serve as the Student Conservation Association’s (SCA) Vice President for the Mid-Atlantic Southeast Region and Senior Diversity Relations Officer. Prior to joining SCA he worked for the Department of Interior National Park Service in numerous jobs closing out his career as its Director of Training, Education, and Employee Development for the organization’s 20,000 employees.

He is a former member of the SCA Board of Directors and its Advisory Council on Diversity. He is a current member of the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society, Board of Directors for the Institute of Conservation Leadership, and the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain Science & Sustainability Network. He has also served as a Trustee for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Director for the National Association for Interpretation.

He received his M.S. Degree from Nova University and B.S. Degree from American University. He is a certified Career Counselor and Trainer and serves on numerous Advisory Committees in the areas of Diversity & Inclusion, Career Development, and Environmental/Conservation Education; along with serving as a guest lecturer at Colleges and Universities throughout the country.

MICHAEL A. MANTELL (2008)

Michael Mantell founded the Resources Law Group to help design and administer initiatives for philanthropic foundations and individuals, landowners, and government agencies that result in significant conservation achievements. He also helped to create the strategically aligned but independent Resources Legacy Fund. Since the late 1990s, he has designed and participated in programs and projects that broadened the leadership and constituency for natural resources protection and achieved extensive conservation outcomes for land, water, and ocean resources and on renewable energy. Previously, he served as Undersecretary for Natural Resources for the State of California, was General Counsel for the World Wildlife Fund and a Deputy City Attorney in Los Angeles.

Michael helped lead the 2010 political campaign that prevented a rollback of California’s landmark climate change legislation. In the past decade, he has chaired two campaigns resulting in voters approving $7 billion of investments in water, land, and ocean conservation. Michael is author and co-author of several books and articles, the recipient of several national conservation awards, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium as well as on the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society.

DAVE MATTHEWS (2009)

Dave Matthews is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band (DMB). Winner of two Grammys, Dave Matthews Band’s first public performance occurred at the 1991 Earth Day Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Since then, DMB has done benefit concerts for numerous other causes, such as environmental protection, disaster aid relief, cancer, and education. Dave Matthews is a Farm Aid board member and a principal of ATO Records. A founding member of the Green Music Group, Dave Matthews Band is offsetting 100 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions from their touring activities since 1991.

JAIME A. PINKHAM (1996)

Jaime is a citizen of the Nez Perce Tribe and is Vice President of the Bush Foundation in St Paul, Minnesota, guiding their native nations program in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. Prior to joining the Foundation he spent over two decades working in the Columbia River Basin on tribal treaty rights and native sovereignty. He was elected twice to the governing body of the Nez Perce Tribe in addition to managing the Tribe’s natural resources programs where he was involved in reintroducing grey wolves to Idaho, acquiring ancestral lands in Oregon, water rights negotiations and salmon recovery. He has served on various tribal, conservation and education boards and is currently on the board of American Rivers. He is a former board member of Defenders of Wildlife and board emeritus to both the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

He received a forestry degree from Oregon State University and also graduated from the Washington State Agriculture and Forestry Foundation's leadership program. He is married to Tija Karklis and has two daughters, Lindsay and Alex, and two granddaughters, Tatum and Harper. He also sings traditional songs with the Nez Perce Nation Drum.

REBECCA L. ROM (1996)

Becky is the former president of Twin Cities Community Land Bank, a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services for urban redevelopment of the Minneapolis/St Paul metropolitan area. For over thirty years she practiced law at Faegre & Benson, a law firm that has engaged in a national public interest practice in public lands and wildlife protection.

Becky has been an advocate of wilderness protection for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico Provincial Park since the mid-1970’s and, among other positions, chaired the board of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness for 17 years. She has also been active in Alaska public lands issues, serving as a board member of the Alaska Wilderness League and founding and chairing the Alaska Coalition of Minnesota. Becky is former chair of The Wilderness Society’s Governing Council.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT IV (1998)

Ted is a Managing Director in Investment Banking at Barclays Capital, based in New York.  Currently, he serves as Chairman of the firm’s Clean Tech Initiative. He joined Barclays Capital when it acquired the North American assets of Lehman Brothers in September 2008. He started work with Lehman in 1972 as a general banker in domestic corporate finance. In 1977, following Lehman Brothers’ merger with Kuhn Loeb, Ted was assigned to the International Department and also worked in the Firm’s Government Advisory Group. He joined the Short and Medium Term Corporate Finance Department in 1982 and was appointed manager of the department in 1985. He was named a Managing Director in 1984, and, in January 1991 he was asked to focus on the development of the Firm’s international business. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lehman Brothers Financial Products Inc. in 1994, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lehman Brothers Derivative Products Inc. in 1998. In February 2007, he was appointed Chairman of Lehman Brothers’ Council on Climate Change.  

Ted received his A.B. from Harvard in 1965. Immediately following, he joined the Navy as an officer in Underwater Demolition Team Eleven. Following his active duty, he joined the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. In 1972, Ted received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Ted is Board Chair of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), a Co-Vice Chair of The Climate Reality Project, a member of the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society, and a Trustee for the American Museum of Natural History and The World Resources Institute. He is also Counselor, China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development and served as a board member of the League of Conservation Voters for nine years; three of which, he served as the Chairman. Ted is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Economic Club of New York, and a Governor of the Foreign Policy Association. 

At the Republican Convention in 2000, Ted gave the speech on the environment. He gave the keynote speech at the National Governor's Association Annual Meeting in 2001 as well as the keynote address at the Governor’s Conference on Climate Change in April 2008 sponsored by Yale University. He spoke at the Conference of Parties Climate Summit in December of 2009 in Copenhagen, sponsored by the European Union Parliament. Most recently in May of 2010, Ted gave a keynote speech at the International Cooperative Conference on Green Economy and Climate in Beijing organized by the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Science and Technology and National Energy Administration. He is also a frequent lecturer on history and economics at New York University. He and his wife live in Brooklyn Heights.

JENNIFER PERKINS SPEERS (2014)

Jennifer is the President of the Palladium Foundation, which purchases conservation land in Utah. Founded in 2004, Palladium’s officers are Jennifer Speers and Randolph C. Speers of Salt Lake City and Moab, UT and Scott Johnston of Moab.   

Jennifer is the sole surviving child of George Walbridge Perkins, IV. (1925 - 2008), the granddaughter of George Walbridge Perkins III and a great-granddaughter of George Walbridge Perkins II, who with the help of the Rockefellers and Herrimans, among others, saved the Palisades in New York and New Jersey. George was the first President of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.

Jennifer came to Utah to attend the University of Utah and to ski and has remained ever since. She became involved with The Nature Conservancy of Utah (TNC-UT) to protect the wetlands on the Great Salt Lake. Jennifer joined its board (which she now chairs) and served on the committees for the Campaign for a Sustainable Planet and that helped design the visitors’ center.  

In addition to The Nature Conservancy, Jennifer serves on the boards of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Conservation Lands Foundation, and the Grand Canyon Trust. She is a trustee of the Dutchess Day School, Miss Hall's School and a vice chair of the Glynwood Center of Cold Spring, NY, which supports farm communities and regional food systems. She is a director of Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center on estate once owned by her great-grandfather and deeded to the City of New York in 1960. Jennifer also chairs the board of ArtSpace, which provides affordable living and working spaces for artists, cultural organizations, non-profits and others in Salt Lake City.  She is married to fellow Palladium director, Randy Speers. 

CATHY DOUGLAS STONE (1999)

Cathy currently serves as Special Assistant for Environmental Services to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

She sits on the board of directors of The Island Alliance of Boston and is vice-chair of the partnership legislated to plan and implement preservation of the Boston Harbor Islands as a national park. Cathy also serves as a board member of The American Conservation Association. She is the former Chief of Environmental Services for the City of Boston and a former partner of Foley, Hoag and Eliot of Boston.

Cathy holds a L.L.M. from Georgetown University, and a J.D. and B.A. from American University.

SARA VERA (2010)

Sara describes herself as an activist for social and environmental justice. She is a Ph.D. student in sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she has received a Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program Fellowship, and a Blalock Foundation Fellowship. Her research focuses on social stratification. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in psychology from Lewis & Clark in Portland, OR, where she was a member of the Psi Chi academic honor society and a recipient of the Mary Stuart-Rogers scholarship for academic achievement. From 2005-2007 Sara held post-baccalaureate research positions in social psychology at Portland State University and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

From 2002-2005 she was a volunteer at Adventures Without Limits, which offers outdoor adventure trips and clinics for people of all ages and abilities. Sara has also volunteered at Passages Northwest, a group that teaches outdoor leadership to underserved, culturally diverse girls. She has been a member of the Portland chapter of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. For the past five summers she has been a national park ranger in Yosemite. Originally from Boise, ID, Sara is an accomplished rock climber and mountaineer.

CHRISTINA WONG (2010)

Christina is a doctoral student in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences. She studies the challenges and opportunities of using green infrastructure to advance urban sustainability. Her research spans ecosystem services, urbanization, and water resources management. She conducts her research in Beijing where she strives to increase understanding and international collaboration on China’s sustainability challenges.

She received the Ford Foundation Diversity, National Science Foundation, and Philanthropic Educational Foundation graduate fellowships. She obtained her B.A. from Occidental College.

She served on the boards of the Ecological Society of America Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS) program and the Student Conservation Association.