Welcome to our gang.

Eugene Shirley is founding president and CEO of Pando Populus and a long-time social impact entrepreneur.  His first major initiative helped draw international attention to issues of human rights in the former U.S.S.R.   For twenty-five years, he produced prime-time programming for PBS and some 30 countries. 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 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 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.

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 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.

Amy Goldberg is a Pando Hubs 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.

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.

Richard Livingston is Webmaster for Pando Populus. 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.  He also serves as an adjunct professor of philosophy and religion at Southland higher educational institutions.

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.

Mervis Reissig is a Pando Hubs producer.  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.

Myra Shirley is Head of 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.

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.

John B. Cobb, Jr. is founding chairperson of Pando Populus and intellectual architect of the June 2015 conference, “Seizing an Alternative.” 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.

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.

Robert Floe is the president and CEO of Floe Financial Partners. He has been advising private clients, charitable organizations and companies since 1987, and has been a member of charitable boards in the community for the past 25 years. Among his many activities, he serves as a member of a donor group called “Partners for Change” which raises funds for Heifer International.

Karenna Gore is an attorney, author, and Director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. Previously, she worked in the legal center of Sanctuary for Families and as Director of Community Affairs for the 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.

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.

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 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.

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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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.

Michael Braley is Creative Director, Braley Design.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Matthew Manos is founder of the design strategy consultancy, verynice.

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.