|Joe Sciortino, Treasurer
Executive Director, The Schmidt Family Foundation
Mr. Sciortino has spent many years as a volunteer for environmental groups in the S.F. Bay Area, including leadership of a team monitoring populations of harbor seals in the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary. In addition to The Regeneration Project, he is also active in the Environmental Grantmakers Association and the California Academy of Sciences. He has a M.S. in Environmental Management from The University of San Francisco and a B.S. in finance and marketing from New York University.
|The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, President Emeritus
Founder, The Regeneration Project
Sally has brought widespread attention to the link between religious faith and the environment through her work on The Regeneration Project and the Interfaith Power & Light campaign. As one of the first faith leaders to fully recognize global warming as a core moral issue, she has mobilized thousands of religious people to put their faith into action through energy stewardship. Sally serves as Canon for the Environment in the Episcopal Diocese of California and is the lead author of Love God Heal Earth, published by St. Lynn’s Press in 2009. In 2012, Sally was awarded the Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award for her environmental leadership.
Founding Principle and President, Cater Communications
Morrow Cater is Founding Principal and President of Cater Communications, a bipartisan strategic engagement firm, working across the aisle and across the country on critical global issues. Cater is a recognized expert on climate and clean energy issues, and speaks regularly on the national stage, including the 2013 TED conference, where she spoke about Bridging the Partisan Divide over Climate. She has more than 35 years of experience in journalism, communications consulting, and public policy. Cater graduated with honors in Political Theory and Religion from Harvard College.
Environmental Activist and Philanthropist
A native Nebraskan, Lisa served as local group chair and then as national President of the Sierra Club from 2005 to 2007. As President of Rachel’s Network, she led the strategic planning to position the Network for a new decade. She is currently working at ecoAmerica on the MomentUs Initiative and also serves on the board of ecoAmerica. She has an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, an OPM from HBS and MPP from the Kennedy School of Government.
|Rev. Doug Bland
Executive Director, Arizona Interfaith Power & Light
Doug is Pastor at the Tempe Community Christian Church in Tempe, Arizona and has served as adjunct faculty at South Mountain Community College for thirteen years. He’s taught “The Art of Storytelling”, “Telling Sacred Stories,” and “Using Storytelling in Businesses and Organizations.” Doug graduated from the College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in zoology. Twice Doug and his congregation have received the Martin Luther King Diversity Award from the Tempe Human Relations Commission. He is Executive Director for the Arizona Interfaith Power and Light.
|Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts, Secretary
Abbess Eijun and Senior Dharma Teacher, San Francisco Zen Center, Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara
Linda Cutts came to San Francisco Zen Center in 1971 and was ordained as a priest in 1975. She has lived at Tassajara, San Francisco City Center and has resided at Green Gulch Farm since 1993. In 1996 Linda received Dharma transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson and served as Abbess of San Francisco Zen Center from 2000 to 2007. She was appointed Abiding Senior Dharma Teacher at Green Gulch Farm in 2010 and continues to teach and lead practice periods and retreats at Tassajara, Green Gulch, and elsewhere.
|Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb serves Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation–a thriving serious progressive community of nearly 500 households in Bethesda, Maryland. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Brandeis University with a Doctorate of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary. He has previously worked at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. He is a Past President of the Washington Board of Rabbis. He currently serves as Chair of the national board of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life and is a Past Chair of Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light and on the board of the Shalom Center. He lives in Washington DC with his wife Minna Scherlinder Morse and their children, Sara and Gilad.
|Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley, Chair
Former Pastor, Providence Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Durley is the former Pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta, where he served for nearly 25 years. Rev. Durley’s previous roles include Executive Director of the Head Start Program for Fulton and Douglas Counties, Director of the Health Promotion Resource Center at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and founder of Perspectives, International, a consortium of historically black colleges and universities. In 2011, Rev. Durley was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame for his contributions during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Chief Network Officer of the RE-AMP Network
Melissa is guiding the Network toward its North Star goal of 80 percent greenhouse gas emission reductions in the Midwest economy-wide by 2050. Prior to coming to RE-AMP, Melissa served as the Executive Director of the State Environmental Leadership Program (SELP), a national network of environmental advocacy organizations seeking to help its members become smarter, more powerful and better run so they could be even better advocates for the environment. She holds a Master of Public Affairs degree with a focus on nonprofit management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She is affiliated with a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Melissa lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, children, garden, chickens and beehives.
Executive Director, California Coastal Conservancy
Sam Schuchat became Executive Officer of the Coastal Conservancy in July 2001. He serves on the boards of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority, the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. He served on the California Fish and Game Commission from 1999 to 2004 including two years as Vice-President. He was the Chairman of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority from 2008 to 2012, and is currently its Executive Director. He was the Executive Director of the Federation of State Conservation Voter Leagues from 1998 to 2001; the Federation is the trade association of 26 environmental Political Action Committees (PAC) in as many states. From 1992 to 1998 he was the Executive Director of the California League of Conservation Voters, the nation’s largest and oldest state environmental PAC with 25,000 members. He earned his B.A. from Williams College in Political Science and his M.P.A. from San Francisco State University.
Director, Commonweal Retreat Center
Jenepher is Director of the Retreat Center at Commonweal, a non-profit health and research institute in Bolinas, CA., conducting a wide range of programs that contribute to human and ecosystem health.
She also serves on the senior staff of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, a residential retreat and support program for people with cancer. She has a lifelong interest in the intersection of spirituality, the natural world, human health and the health of the planet, with a particular focus on land conservation on the Colorado Plateau in the Four Corners region of SE Utah. Currently, she also serves on the boards of The Southwest Heritage Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to archeological preservation, and the Bluff Historic Preservation Association, which works to protect the cultural and ecological integrity of the town of Bluff, Utah.
Director, North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light
Susannah Tuttle is the director of NC Interfaith Power & Light, a program of the NC Council of Churches, addressing the issues and impacts of climate change as a moral imperative. Susannah received a Masters of Divinity (M.Div) degree with an emphasis on ecological ethics from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. Susannah has served as a Board Member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Justice Action Mobilization Network (JAMN) and the Advisory Board of the UNC School of Law Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics (CE3).