Council Leadership & Council

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


David is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Washington, DC office. He is co-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, David 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.

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.

CAROLINE M. GETTY, At Large (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.


Governing Council Members


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 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 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.


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.


Dr. Christensen is a Research Professor of Ecology and the Founding Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in biology at California State University, Fresno and his Doctorate at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Christensen’s research focuses on Community Ecology, specifically Sustainable Forest and Forest Fire Management. He has a strong interest in the application of basic science and scalable solutions to forest fire management.

Dr. Christensen has earned a myriad of awards and honors including the Distinguished Scholar and Distinguished Alumnus award from California State University, was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served as the president of the Ecological Society of America. He is a former member of the Environmental Defense Fund Board of Trustees and was the Chair of the Sustainable Forestry Board for the U.S. National Forest Service Fire Research Review.

Dr. Christensen is gifted teacher who taught environmental science for 15 years at Duke, winning a Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the author of The Environment and You, a college level textbook providing students a reliable science foundation as well as inspiring them to connect to the course through the choices they make as citizens. Dr. Christensen places an emphasis on problem solving and realistic solutions, advocating for his students to be agents of change towards a more sustainable environment.  

BRENDA S. DAVIS, Ph.D. (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.


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.


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 is Chairman & co-founder of High Meadows Foundation and High Meadows Fund.  He also serves on the following boards: Chairman, Environmental Defense Fund and Environmental Defense Fund Ltd., an international environmental advocacy NGO; Member, President’s Advisory Council at Princeton University, the Advisory Board of Princeton Environmental Institute, and a retired trustee; Director, Climate Central; Member of the Board of the Centre for Enterprise, Markets & Ethics in Oxford, England; Trustee, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation; Chairman, Woodrow Wilson Academy; Chairman, Cantillon & Mann LLC publishers of the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance; Director, Independent Energy Standards; Member, Advisory Board of Private Capital Research Institute; Director, Telluride Foundation.

Carl was a co-founder of Berkshire Partners LLC, a private equity investment firm based in Boston, MA. He was previously a Managing Director.  Berkshire has managed nine private equity  investment funds and the Stockbridge Fund with approximately $16.0 billion of capital.  He 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 AB from Princeton University and an MBA 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 breeding horses and producing maple sugar products.


David is President and Chief Executive Officer of Philadelphia-based Entercom Communications Corp., the country’s fourth-largest radio broadcasting company 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 B.A. 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 Constitutional Center, 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 is a former trustee of the Philadelphia Zoo and the Ad Council.

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


Martinique is the former Executive Director of The Mountaineers, a Pacific Northwest located organization geared towards educating and connecting people to the outdoors. She has over a decade of management experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sector. She has worked with a variety of outdoor-oriented organizations, most notably the Appalachian Mountain Club in Boston and L.L. Bean in Maine.

Martinique holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

She serves on the boards of the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition and the Washington National Park Fund as well as evo, a privately owned outdoor company.


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 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.


Mrs. Mars retired as Vice President of Mars, Inc. in 2000. She was responsible for development of new food products and the marketing strategy. She serves on the board of The Mars Foundation, the Mars Remuneration Committee, and is retired from The Mars Board of Directors.

Mrs. Mars is the owner of a working farm that specializes in organic farming and equine training and breeding. The O'Connors (David and Karen), Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalists in the Three-day Eventing oversee the training of her competition horses at two locations in The Plains, Virginia, and Ocala, Florida. A separate facility has been developed to focus on the breeding of event horses.

Mrs. Mars is a strong supporter of the Piedmont Environmental Council and other conservation groups concerning land use and the environment. She is a stalwart supporter of historic preservation efforts through Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Civil War Trust, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the Montpelier Foundation and others. She is a strong advocate and supporter of women's education and their employment in the business community.

Mrs. Mars also serves on the boards of: American Prairie Reserve; Bryn Mawr College (Trustee Emeritus); Miss Hall’s School (Trustee Emeritus); Washington National Opera (Chairman, Board of Trustees); National Sporting Library and Museums (Vice Chairman); Orange County Hounds (President, Board of Stewards); Smithsonian National Board; National Archives Foundation; United States Equestrian Team Foundation; The Wilderness Society; Finance Committee of The United States Equestrian Federation, and Young Event Horse Task Force.


A National Geographic Explorer, TED Speaker, and a proud product of south central Los Angeles, Juan D. Martinez is C&NN’s Director of Leadership Development and the Natural Leaders Network. His passion to empower youth individuals led him to direct Sierra Club’s first environmental justice youth leadership academy in Los Angeles.

Juan was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2011. In 2014 he was recognized by the National Science Teachers Association’s Multicultural and Equity Committee for his work as a Global Explorer.

He represents The North Face as an ambassador for outdoor engagement and his adventures include reaching the Summit of the Grand Teton in 2010 with famed mountain climber Conrad Anker.  The documentary film “Love in the Tetons” stars Juan and his compelling journey leading him to the Tetons, and to meeting his wife, Vanessa. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and was a finalist in the Banff Film Festival.

The Sierra Club Foundation Board elected Juan a member (their youngest ever) in 2012; and he was a 2012 Murie Center Explorer in Residence in Grand Teton National Park, WY and in 2015 was elected to the Murie Center’s Board of Directors.

He participated in the first TED Youth national conference in New York, and TEDx in Jackson Hole, WY.

Through the Natural Leaders Network Juan is working with strategic partners and grassroots leaders to empower the next generation of conservation and outdoor recreation leaders. Juan dedicates his energy on grassroots campaigns to empower, explore, and create positive change, he and his wife live in Los Angeles, CA. 


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 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.


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.


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.


Gregg earned his BS in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M and an MBA from Indiana University. 

In 2007, Gregg was named chairman and chief executive officer of Tenneco. He joined them from Johnson Controls, where he had served since 1998, most recently as the president of its Power Solutions business. Prior to that, Gregg had been Johnson Controls’ vice president and managing director of Europe, South Africa and South America for automotive systems. Before joining Johnson Controls, Gregg held engineering and manufacturing positions during 22-years at Ford Motor Company. Gregg is also a director of the tool manufacturer, Snap-on Incorporated.

Tenneco is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of clean air and ride performance products and systems for light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway and other vehicle applications. In October 2009, Tenneco received a loan commitment as part of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing incentive program to support the development of emission control products that achieve environmental and fuel efficiency objectives for nine advanced vehicle programs. Tenneco was the first automotive parts supplier to be selected by DOE for the ATVM incentive program. As part of its support of environmental stewardship, Tenneco has participated in the EPA Climate Leaders program since 2004. Commitments in this program include:

  • Perform a corporate-wide inventory of major greenhouse gases
  • Reduce its greenhouse gas emissions/weight of product by 20% between 2008 to 2012
  • Report annually on progress toward their reduction goal
  • Publicize its participation and accomplishments in the Climate Leaders program

Gregg is a member of the Business Roundtable and was recently elected as chairman of the board of the National Association of Manufacturers. He has been a critical advisor and major gift donor for our Hoback oil and gas buyout via the Wyoming Range Campaign and has become a passionate supporter of TWS and wilderness preservation. He is particularly interested in our guided energy work and building bi-partisan support for conservation.

Gregg and his wife, Sabine’s personal charitable giving also includes supporting the Trust for Public Land, The Wyoming Outdoor Council, and the Lake Forest Open Lands Association. He is from Lake Forest, Illinois and has a home in Bondurant, WY within the greater Yellowstone region.


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 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.


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