We’re a team of philosophers, designers, educators, and others who want to rethink civilization in explicitly ecological terms.

Pando Populus Team

John B. Cobb, Jr.

Professor John B. Cobb, Jr. is founding chairperson of Pando Populus and intellectual architect of our inaugural conference. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, John is the author of some fifty books and was among the first to address the intersection of philosophy, ethics, and the environment.

Eugene B. Shirley, Jr.

Eugene B. Shirley, Jr. is founding president and CEO of Pando Populus and a long-time entrepreneur. For twenty-five years, he produced prime-time programming for PBS and some 30 countries under Pacem Productions. He was founding CEO of a text analytics firm.  He is a former Jennings Randolph Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace.  LinkedIn

John Bielenberg

John Bielenberg is creative director of Pando Populus. He has been described as a “designer, entrepreneur and imaginative advocate for a better world.”John has won more than 250 design awards in his career, including the 2013 AIGA Gold Medal for leadership in the design for good movement.

Tucker Nichols

Tucker Nichols is an artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay area and is artist-in-residence for Pando Populus. Tucker’s most recent solo shows have been held at the ZieherSmith Gallery in New York, Gallery 16 in San Francisco, and the Kunstpanorama in Luzern, Switzerland.

Marc O’Brien

Marc O’Brien is a design strategist for Pando Populus. Marc produces and leads creative workshops that focus on creating positive change while tackling some of today’s gnarly social challenges. Through a series of playful exercises, he helps people come up with fun, unique, and innovative solutions to those challenges.

Michael Braley

Michael Braley is Design Director for Pando Populus.  Creative Director of Braley Design, Michael’s brand, print, book and package design has been recognized with more than 400 professional honors and awards and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, and others.

Kate Davis

Kate Davis is Design Director for Pando Populus.  Creative Director/Account Director for Braley Design, Kate is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and began her career in apparel design with senior positions at Polo Jeans, Esprit, Aeropostale, and others.  She joined Braley Design in 2014, handling client relations, project management, and creative direction.

Website LinkedIn

Michelle Self

michelle-self

Michelle Self heads web development for Pando Populus and Pando Hubs. She is a Civil Engineer and 20+ year entrepreneur in engineering technology. She is now focused on sustainable design, working with transportation agencies, utilities, land planners and developers on resource management, energy conservation, public transit, parks and urban renewal.

LinkedIn

Betsy Hunter

Betsy Hunter is Head of Partnership Development for Pando Populus.  She brings her experience in special events, public relations and organization to her work as a Pando Arborist and an expediter of special projects.

Kevin Madden

Kevin Madden is Managing Editor of the Pando Populus blog.  He is a communications and planning strategist working on climate change and environmental matters. He was Director of Strategic Partnerships at Climate Resolve.

Myra Shirley

Myra Shirley is Head of Social Media and the Pando Pulp store. She has a background in business and describes herself as a tree-hugger from way back.

Amy Goldberg

Amy Goldberg is wrap editor for Pando Hubs.  She is also the Editor of the Pando Populus ROOTBALL newsletter.  She is a former broadcast news writer and producer, public relations consultant and U.S. Senate press secretary.

Pat Danley Beiting

Pat Danley Beiting is Book Review Editor for Pando Populus. After a career in education, Pat is now focusing on issues of the common good that include the theory and ethics of integral ecology as well as practical support for compassionate communities.

Connie Modglin

Connie-Modglin

Connie Modglin is bookkeeper for Pando Populus.  She specializes in non-profit accounting for Southern California-based institutions

Pando Hubs Arborists

Mervis Reissig

Mervis Reissig is Head Arborist. She got her first taste of activism cleaning birds in the San Francisco Bay oil spill. She retired in 2015 from a career in management and spends time trying to make a better future for her three beautiful grandchildren.

Claudia (C.S.) Pearce

Claudia (C.S.) Pearce has been writing about public affairs, natural science, and religious and ethical issues since 1992. Before that, she was a programmer-analyst and project leader.

Vern Visick

Vern168x168

Vern Visick was a campus minister at the UW-Madison. He holds a PhD in Ethics and Society from the University of Chicago and is the former Executive Director of New College Madison.

Pando Populus Board of Directors

John Bielenberg

John Bielenberg is creative director of Pando Populus. He has been described as a “designer, entrepreneur and imaginative advocate for a better world.”John has won more than 250 design awards in his career, including the 2013 AIGA Gold Medal for leadership in the design for good movement.

John B. Cobb, Jr.

Professor John B. Cobb, Jr. is founding chairperson of Pando Populus and intellectual architect of our inaugural conference. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, John is the author of some fifty books and was among the first to address the intersection of philosophy, ethics, and the environment.

Devon Hartman

Devon-Hartman

Devon Hartman is an architect and founding executive director of the Community Home Energy Retrofit Program, CHERP.

Paul Koretz

Paul-Koretz

Paul Koretz is Los Angeles City Councilmember (5th District).  He has long been at the forefront of environmental and social justice issues in Los Angeles and helped open our inaugural conference at Pomona College.  Andy Shrader, the Councilmember’s Director of Environmental Affairs, Water Policy, and Sustainability, represents the Councilmember on Pando matters in his absence.

Josie Maran

Josie_Maran

Josie Maran is founding CEO of Josie Maran Cosmetics (JMC).  She has built a thriving enterprise with sustainability and a purpose culture at the core.  Sasha Calder, JMC’s Chief Sustainability Officer, represents Maran on Pando matters in her absence.

Vickere Murphy

Vickere Murphy is district representative for Senator Anthony J. Portantino.  She managed Senator Carol Liu’s GREEN21 program.  Pre-politics, she was an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she worked on the flight team for the Galileo mission to Jupiter and designed the launch sequence for the Cassini mission to Saturn, among other projects.

Rebecca Schmitt

Rebecca Schmitt is an executive and entrepreneur with deep experience in commercial online businesses, from early stage startups to the Fortune 50. She has a track record of heading up successful launches, audience growth, and brand building. In 2015, she was named one of Folio Magazine’s Top Women in Media, Corporate Visionary category.

Eugene B. Shirley, Jr.

Eugene B. Shirley, Jr. is founding president and CEO of Pando Populus and a long-time entrepreneur. For twenty-five years, he produced prime-time programming for PBS and some 30 countries under Pacem Productions. He was founding CEO of a text analytics firm.  He is a former Jennings Randolph Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Vern Visick

Vern168x168

Vern Visick is a social ethicist with a long-time affiliation with the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Mark Whitlock

Mark Whitlock is CEO of the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, USC, and Senior Minister of Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church in Orange County, CA.

Pando Populus Board of Advisors

Lourdes Arguelles is Professor Emerita of Education at Claremont Graduate University and a Lopon (Senior Dharma Teacher) at Drikung Kyobpa Choling, Escondido, California.

Bonny Bentzin is Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer at UCLA.

Ellen Brown is an attorney and President of the Public Banking Institute.

Sasha Calder is Chief Sustainability Officer for Josie Maran Cosmetics.

Ignacio Castuera is a long-time movement leader and United Methodist minister in the southern California area.

Philip Clayton is Ingraham Professor of Theology at the Claremont School of Theology. He is author or editor of some two dozen books and co-founder of Toward Ecological Civilization (EcoCiv).

William E. Connolly is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University.

Harvey Cox is Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard University.

Helen M. Cox is Director of the Institute for Sustainability at California State University, Northridge.

Gary Dorrien is Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University.

Andrew Douglas is founder and Director of Operations for the Collaborative for Urban Agroecology Los Angeles.

Mark Eckhardt is CEO of Common.

Richard A. Falk is Professor Emeritus of international law at Princeton University.

Jim Folsom is the Marge and Sherm Telleen Director of the Botanical Gardens at the Huntington Library and Gardens.

Herman Greene is President of the Center for Ecozoic Societies and attorney.

Joseph C. Hough, Jr. is former Interim President of Claremont Graduate University and former President of the Union Theological Seminary.

Col. Bob Ireland is a retired USAF Chief Flight Surgeon, psychiatrist, and retired United Methodist minister.

Wes Jackson is founding President (ret) of The Land Institute.

Marty Kaplan is the Norman Lear Professor of Entertainment, Media and Society at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and founding director of the School’s Norman Lear Center.

Catherine Keller is Professor of Constructive Theology in the Theological and Graduate Schools of Drew University.

Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan is President of Claremont School of Theology.

Jim Looney is a fundraising consultant.

John D. Maguire is President Emeritus of Claremont University Center and Graduate School.

Mary Elizabeth Mullino Moore is Dean of the School of Theology and Professor of Theology and Education, Boston University.

Ignacio Munoz-Sanjuan is Vice President, Translational Biology for the CHDI (Cure Huntington’s Disease Initiative) Foundation.

Cecil L. Murray is the John R. Tansey Chair of Christian Ethics in the School of Religion at the University of Southern California and Chair, USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement.

Kwazi Nkrumah is Chairman of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition.

Marcela Oliva is Professor of Architecture at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

John Onderdonk is Chief Sustainability Officer for Caltech.

Paul Rogers is an ecologist and Director of the Western Aspen Alliance.  He is chief scientist for Pando, the tree.

Rosemary Radford Ruether is an ecofeminist and theologian at Claremont Graduate University.

Andy Shrader is Director of Environmental Affairs, Water Policy & Sustainability for Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth Council District.

Michelle Self is CEO of CAD Masters.

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar at Yale University with appointments in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School and is Co-founder/Co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology.

Tom Welch is an educational consultant and speaker on education.