Jon Ellenbogen, Board Chair

Jon Ellenbogen is a socially responsible financial consultant with Wells Fargo Advisors in Washington, DC, assisting people to invest their funds for specific financial and social goals. Jon also worked for more than 10 years in the environmental non-profit community focusing mainly on forest-protection issues. Jon remains active in his work on environmental issues both through his current career and through his volunteer work.

Brock Evans, President

Brock Evans is President of the Endangered Species Coalition, which he joined in 1997 as the Executive Director. Prior to assuming leadership of the ESC, Evans served as Vice President for National Issues for the National Audubon Society for 15 years. Earlier, he had served for eight years as Director (head lobbyist) of the Sierra Club’s Washington DC Office, and for six more as the Club’s Northwest Representative, responsible for its interests from the North Pole to California. Evans has also done scholarly work at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, as a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, and teaching in Israel as a Visiting Professor at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. A prolific writer and public speaker, Evans has received numerous awards for his work, including Lifetime Achievement Awards from the League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Council of America, and the John Muir Award, the Sierra Club’s highest honor. Evans is a graduate (cum laude) of Princeton University and the University of Michigan Law School. He did his military service with the United States Marine Corps.

Dr. Julie Fox Gorte, Board Treasurer

Julie Fox Gorte is the Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Pax World Management Corporation. She oversees environmental, social, and governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as Pax’s shareholder advocacy and work on public policy advocacy. Prior to joining Pax, Dr. Gorte served as Vice President and Chief Social Investment Strategist at Calvert. Her experience before she joined the investment world in 1999 includes nearly 14 years as Senior Associate and Project Director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, Vice President for Economic and Environmental Research at The Wilderness Society, Program Manager for Technology Programs in the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy office, and Senior Associate at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. Dr. Gorte received her Bachelor of Science in Forest Management at Northern Arizona University, and a Master of Science and Ph.D from Michigan State in resource economics. Dr. Gorte serves on the boards of Ceres, New American Dream, and the Pinchot Institute. She has served as the co-chair of the Asset Management Working Group of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiatives, and is a member of the Forest Economics and Policy Program’s advisory panel at Resources for the Future.

Leslie Catherwood

As an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, Leslie Catherwood advises government clients on policy and communications pertaining to natural resources issues, including endangered species, migratory birds, invasive species, and habitat protection. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Leslie was the associate director of the Wildlife Refuge Program at The Wilderness Society. In that role, Leslie managed successful campaigns to protect the National Wildlife Refuge System, including the campaign to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Leslie began her career with the Endangered Species Coalition. As the ESC’s first communications coordinator, she served as a lobbyist and policy analyst, editor of the quarterly magazine, media and outreach manager, grassroots organizer, grant writer, and membership coordinator. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Audubon Naturalist Society.

Susan Holmes

Susan works with Save Our Wild Salmon. Susan was previously a Senior Legislative Representative at Earthjustice in Washington, DC, the nation’s largest environmental law firm. At Earthjustice, she worked primarily on protecting endangered species and wildlife, and defending and strengthening the Endangered Species Act. Before moving to Washington, DC, in 2002, Holmes was the Senior Regional Representative in charge of the Sierra Club’s New York City Office.

Rick Kelly

Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired). Rick is a Senior Fellow with Logistics Management Institute and a director with Cascade Designs, Inc. Previously, he was Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, U. S. Marine Corps. In that capacity, he was responsible for worldwide logistics, supply chain, real estate, facilities, land use, and environmental stewardship. Rick is a passionate mountain and road biker, skier, hiker, eco-traveler, and loves all things out-of-doors. At their small, urban, Arlington Virginia home, he and his wife have created a garden environment that promotes the use of native plants and provides habitat for birds, butterflies, and small critters of which they are avid observers. He is life member of the Sierra Club.

Julia Philpott

Julia is a senior manager for Hitachi Consulting and specializes in a broad range of issues related to environmental sustainability. She has extensive experience in environmental management systems, urban development and community planning, alternative transportation fuels, and international climate change policy and climate risk assessment. Before joining Hitachi, Julia directed the Washington, D.C. office of First Environment, a consulting and engineering firm focused on carbon footprint reduction management and validation.

Dr. Jan Randall

Jan grew up on a family cattle ranch in a very small town, Dietrich, in southern Idaho with 12 students in the high school graduating class. She has a B.S. in zoology, University of Idaho; M.Ed. University of Washington, Seattle; Ph.D. in zoology Washington State University; postdoctoral fellow University of Texas, Austin; visiting professor, Cornell University. She has held academic positions in biology departments at Central Missouri State University and San Francisco State University. Her research focuses on behavioral ecology and evolution of desert rodents in western United States and Central Asia with emphasis on communication and social organization resulting in over 50 publication. She is currently working on genetics of the endangered giant kangaroo rat in the Carrizo Plain National Monument in California. Jan has received grants from the National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health and Research and Development Foundation. Jan is a fellow of the California Academy of Science and has received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Idaho. Jan is a Professor Emeritus of Biology at San Francisco State University.

Bill Snape

William (Bill) J. Snape, III is a practitioner in residence and director of adjunct faculty at American University’s Washington College of Law,. Snape is also senior counsel with the Center for Biological Diversity, where he works on endangered species, public lands and energy issues, and serves on the Board of the Endangered Species Coalition as Chairman Emeritus. He is co-producer of “Hot Air,” a radio podcast show on global warming policy and regulation. Previously, Snape was vice president and chief counsel at Defenders of Wildlife for over a decade. Snape has litigated a number of environmental and related cases in federal court, and argued Center for Biological Diversity v. Interior (D.C. Cir. 2009), which rejected the federal government’s plan for oil and gas drilling off the coast of Alaska in part because of climate change concerns. Snape is the author of numerous articles on natural resource issues, including the book Biodiversity and the Law published by Island Press. He presently serves on the President’s Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the Honors College at the University of California, Los Angeles, and received his law degree from George Washington University. Snape is a masters’ swimmer and water polo player, has coached at both the Division I and Division III levels of college swimming, and was named the 2011 world swim coach of the year by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf. He has two teenage boys.