Welcome to our gang.


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Eugene Shirley is Pando’s founding president/CEO. A long-time social impact entrepreneur who began his career with a focus on human rights, he produced award-winning documentary films for 25 years, was founding CEO of a text analytics firm, and is a former Jennings Randolph Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
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John Bielenberg is creative director. 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.
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Rich Binell is a writer, brand strategist, and corporate storyteller. He helps companies understand and explain why they matter.
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Michael Braley is Design Director.  Creative Director of Braley Design, Michael’s brand, print, book and package design has been recognized with hundreds of professional honors and is in permanent collections of major museums.
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Aubrey Burgess is a graphic designer. She was the 2019–2020 Pando design fellow. Aubrey lived and worked at the Pando Maryknoll Accelerator and enjoys printmaking, illustration, and typography.
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Alexi Caracotsios is a researcher and writer. He adds experience in event organization and education
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Kate Davis is Design Director. Creative Director/Account Director for Braley Design, Kate is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She joined Braley Design in 2014.
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Amy Goldberg is a producer and editor of the ROOTBALL newsletter.  She is a former broadcast news writer and producer, public relations consultant and U.S. Senate press secretary.
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Shelley Goldstein is Event Producer. A passionate storyteller, she is the founder of bigIDEA, a branding consultancy, and a certified speaking coach.
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Betsy Hunter is Head of Partnership Development.  She brings her experience in special events, public relations and organization to her work as a Pando Arborist and an expediter of special projects.
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Richard Livingston is Webmaster. Richard holds a PhD in philosophy of religion and theology from Claremont Graduate University, and is Director of Operations for the Cobb Institute in Claremont.
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Tucker Nichols is artist-in-residence. 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.
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Marc O’Brien is Design Strategist. Marc produces and leads creative workshops that focus on creating positive change while tackling some of today’s gnarly social challenges. He is the co-founder of Climate Designers.
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Judith Parker is Co-Executive Producer of Pando Days. She is a TV and film writer and producer with a list of credits and awards that include a Humanitas Award for a TV movie of the week and an Emmy Award for best dramatic series. She has served on a number of LA-based non-profit boards.

Myra Shirley heads social media. She has a background in business and describes herself as a tree-hugger from way back. She serves as treasurer of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club.
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Elizabeth Tesolin, Pando Days development. Her background lies in startups and business development for nonprofits, educational companies, and economic development opportunities. She has a keen interest in innovation and green things.
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Board of Directors

In addition to Eugene Shirley and John Bielenberg (above), directors include:

The Rev. Ed Bacon served for more than 20 years as Rector of one of the largest and most socially active progressive churches in the country, All Saints, Pasadena. A national media figure, he was the first faith leader to regularly and systematically call attention to the Pando one-tree-forest as a contemporary and inter-religious symbol of faith.
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John B. Cobb, Jr. is founding chairperson of Pando Populus and intellectual architect of the June 2015 conference, “Seizing an Alternative.” A leading philosophical theologian and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, John is the author of some 70 books. He was the first to address the intersection of philosophy, ethics, and the environment in a single-author book.

Mark Eckhardt is CEO of COMMON, a global community spanning 21 countries and 27 industries focused on accelerating the launch and growth of businesses that take care of the planet and all the creatures on it. Mark has been a professional drummer and musician, is an ordained Zen Buddhist Priest, and is a successful business executive and entrepreneur.
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Karenna Gore is an attorney, author, and Director, Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. Previous work includes for the legal center of Sanctuary for Families and as Director of Community Affairs, Association to Benefit Children (ABC). The author of Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America, she is a graduate of Harvard College, Columbia Law School and Union Theological Seminary.

Devon Hartman is a Claremont-based architect and founder of CHERP, Community Home Energy Retrofit Project. In Pomona, CA, he is developing the first non-profit solar factory in the country, targeting low-income sites for installation and job creation in disadvantaged communities.
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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 Pando’s 2015 inaugural conference.  Andy Shrader, the Councilmember’s Director of Environmental Affairs, represents the Councilmember on Pando matters.
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Vickere Murphy is the Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Facilities at a major university doing leading work in sustainability. She has worn many hats in her career, including formerly serving as a senior district representative in the California Senate, and working an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 
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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.
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Brandt Williams is a serial entrepreneur, founder of several early stage startups, and has held leadership roles at Fortune 250 enterprises. As an avid outdoors person, Brandt joins the Pando Populous board to help foster communities to build a lasting impact for all people to enjoy earth’s natural resources in their most pristine form.
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“Pando means I belong to you, you belong to me,
we belong to each other.”
―Maria Shriver


Advisors

Lourdes Arguelles is Professor Emerita of Education at Claremont Graduate University and a Lopon (Senior Dharma Teacher) at Drikung Kyobpa Choling, Escondido, California.
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Bonny Bentzin is Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer at UCLA.
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Rev. Dr.  Ambrose Carroll, Sr. is the founder and visionary for Green The Church.
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Ignacio Castuera is a long-time movement leader and United Methodist minister in the southern California area.
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Helen M. Cox is Sustainability Division Manager, City of Thousand Oaks.
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Joseph C. Hough, Jr. is former Interim President of Claremont Graduate University and former President of the Union Theological Seminary.

Ruey-Lung Hsiao is a computer scientist with expertise in molecular biology, statistics, and finance.

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 USC’s Annenberg School for Communi-cation & Journalism and founding director of the School’s Norman Lear Center.
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Pablo La Roche is Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona and Sustainable Design Leader at CallisonRTKL.
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Matthew Manos is founder of the design strategy consultancy, 
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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.

Luis Navarro is Associate with Langan Engineering and Environmental Services.
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Marcela Oliva is Professor of Architecture at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.
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John Onderdonk is Chief Sustainability Officer for Caltech.
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Paul Rogers is an ecologist, Director of the Western Aspen Alliance, and chief scientist for Pando, the tree.

Rosemary Radford Ruether is an ecofeminist and theologian.

Andy Shrader is Director of Environmental Affairs, Water Policy & Sustainability for Los Angeles Council member Paul Koretz, Council District 5.
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Tom Welch is an educational consultant and speaker on education.