Governing Council

•   Albert Gore, Jr.
•   Theodore Roosevelt IV
•   Larry J. Schweiger
•   Carol M. Browner
•   Brent Scowcroft
•   Lee Thomas
•   Orin S. Kramer


•   Cathy Zoi, CEO

Albert Gore, Jr., Chair

Former Vice President Al Gore is cofounder and Chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm that is focused on a new approach to Sustainable Investing.

Gore is also cofounder and Chairman of Current TV, an independently owned cable and satellite television network for young people based on viewer-created content and citizen journalism. A member of the Board of Directors of Apple Computer, Inc. and a Senior Advisor to Google, Inc. Gore is also Visiting Professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Mr. Gore is the author of An Inconvenient Truth, currently a best-selling book on the threat of and solutions to global warming, and the subject of the movie of the same title, which has already become one of the top documentary films in history.

Since his earliest days in the U. S. Congress 30 years ago, Al Gore has been the leading advocate for confronting the threat of global warming. His pioneering efforts were outlined in his best-selling book Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit (1992). He led the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to protect the environment in a way that also strengthens the economy.

Al Gore was born on March 31, 1948, the son of former U.S. Senator Albert Gore, Sr. and Pauline Gore. Raised in Carthage, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., he received a degree in government with honors from Harvard University in 1969. After graduation, he volunteered for enlistment in the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War. Upon returning from Vietnam, Al Gore became an investigative reporter with the Tennessean in Nashville, where he also attended Vanderbilt University's Divinity School and then Law School.

Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, reside in Nashville, Tennessee. They have four children- Karenna, Kristin, Sarah, and Albert III; and two grandchildren: Wyatt Gore Schiff and Anna Hunger Schiff.

Theodore Roosevelt IV
Managing Director, Lehman Brothers
Chair of the Pew Center for Global Climate Change

Theodore Roosevelt IV is Managing Director at Lehman Brothers and a member of the Firm's senior client coverage group, which oversees the Firms client and customer relationships. Mr. Roosevelt is an active conservationist. He is Chair of the Pew Center for Global Climate Change, Vice Chair of the Wilderness Society, and a Trustee for the American Museum of Natural History, The World Resources Institute, the Institute for Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, and a Trustee of Trout Unlimited.

Larry J. Schweiger
President & CEO, National Wildlife Federation

Larry Schweiger became President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Wildlife Federation in March 2004 with a commitment to confront global warming to protect wildlife and our children's future. Previously, he served for eight years as President and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) where he pioneered and promoted a number of programs including the creation of a watershed restoration center, expanded ecological research and land conservation. Prior to joining WPC, Larry was the 1st vice president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation where he was responsible for the Foundation’s resource protection, land trust activities and advocacy programs.

Carol M. Browner
Principal, The Albright Group, LLC
(Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Bill Clinton)

Carol Browner, an attorney, is widely recognized for her innovative partnerships with the business community and non-governmental organizations, forging common sense, cost-effective solutions to public health and environmental challenges. Accomplishments during her tenure at the EPA included enacting the strongest-ever national air pollution standards, creating innovative and flexible alternatives to traditional regulatory programs and leveraging more than billion in public and private funds to clean up brown fields.

Brent Scowcroft
President, The Scowcroft Group
(National Security Advisor to President Gerald R. Ford and President George H.W. Bush)

Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.), is President of The Scowcroft Group, Inc., an international business advisory firm. He is also the founder and President of The Forum for International Policy, a non-partisan, non-profit organization providing independent perspectives and opinions on major foreign policy issues, based on a commitment to active, thoughtful American global leadership. General Scowcroft served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush.

Lee Thomas
(Retired President and COO, Georgia-Pacific Corp.)
(Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Ronald Reagan)

Lee Thomas most recently served as president and chief operating officer of Georgia-Pacific Corp. Thomas oversaw Georgia-Pacific's North American and European consumer products, pulp and paper, packaging and building products businesses. Also reporting to Thomas were the company's corporate staff functions of information technology, environmental affairs, government affairs, corporate services and strategic sourcing. With the acquisition of Georgia-Pacific by Koch Industries, Thomas retired in December 2005. Before joining Georgia-Pacific, Thomas served as chairman and CEO for Law Companies Environmental Group, an environmental engineering company. He is a former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has also held leadership positions with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Office of the Governor of South Carolina.

Orin S. Kramer

Orin S. Kramer is a general partner of Boston Provident, L.P. He also serves as chairman of the New Jersey State Investment Council. Previously, he had been associated with the management consulting firm of McKinsey & Co., the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and the White House Domestic Policy Staff under President Carter.

He has served as executive director of state commissions focused on financial regulatory issues in New York and California, been a member of presidential advisory councils and commissions, and acted as a director of public and private corporations and numerous non-profit boards. He has co-authored two books and a variety of studies and articles. He graduated from Yale College and Columbia Law School, where he subsequently taught.

Cathy Zoi
Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for Climate Protection

Cathy Zoi has spent two decades in the energy and environmental sector in both the U.S. and Australia. In February 2007, she will join the Alliance for Climate Protection as its founding CEO, based in San Francisco, California.

In 2003, she joined the Bayard Group as Group Executive Director in Sydney, Australia. Bayard is the world leader in smart metering systems. With operations in 30 countries and revenues in excess of $1.2 billion, Bayard is a global company providing a modern, digital era platform for improved energy efficiency. Cathy's emphasis has been on energy markets in North America, Europe, India, China and Brazil. Bayard Group's shareholders include institutional investors Deutsche Bank Capital Partners, Allianz, Sofina SA, and Dubai Holding.

Cathy also served as Chair of the Board the Climate Institute whose purpose is to focus public attention on the impacts and importance of climate change.

In addition, she was a member of the International Climate Change Taskforce (ICCT) launched in 2004 in Britain, Australia, and the United States. This coalition of policymakers, business leaders, scientists, and non-governmental organizations formulated a climate change strategy that went "beyond Kyoto" and made specific recommendations to government in January 2005.

In March 2006 Cathy was profiled in Rolling Stone magazine as a global warming "Warrior and Hero."

Prior to joining Bayard, Cathy was Assistant Director General of the New South Wales EPA. She co-chaired the government's Sustainability Environmental Advisory Council and was the founding CEO of the Sustainable Energy Development Authority, a $50 million dollar fund to commercialize greenhouse-friendly technology.

Prior to her arrival in Australia in 1995, she served as Chief of Staff at the Council on Environmental Quality in the Clinton-Gore Administration (1993-1995) where she managed the staff working on greenhouse and energy policies, the "Forest Plan", innovative regulatory schemes for reducing pollution and the "Greening of the White House."

She was also a manager at the US Environmental Protection Agency where she pioneered the Energy Star Program and worked as an energy analyst at ICF Incorporated and Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Cathy has a B.S. in Geology (Hons) from Duke University and an M.S. in Engineering from Dartmouth College.

She was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government for her contributions to sustainability in 2003.

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