Board of Directors


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Paul B. Jaskot (Chair), Ph.D.

Paul is Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University. His work focuses on the relationship of art, architecture, and urbanism to politics in the modern period. He was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Center for Advanced Study of the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art (2014-2016). From 2008-2010, he was President of the College Art Association.

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Ramont Bell, M.Sc.

Ramont is Outreach Coordinator at Faith in Place, a Chicago-based nonprofit that empowers Illinois people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth. He has a Masters Degree in Information Systems & Telecommunications and completed the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy, class of 2017. He was previously the Area Manager of Engineering and Planning for Illinois and Wisconsin AT&T.

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Lori Burns

Lori has 25 years experience promoting the growth of the natural and organic products industry for professional and volunteer organizations.  A Chicago native, her contributions to social, environmental and political activism are driven by a commitment to compassion and equality. 

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Joyce Coffee, LEED AP

Joyce is President of Climate Resilience Consulting, working with leaders to create strategies that protect and enhance markets and livelihoods through adaptation to climate change. Previously, she was managing director of the ND Global Adaptation Initiative, led the City of Chicago's Climate Action Plan and worked in water-related international development. 

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Lindsey Colbourne

Lindsey is a believer in the power of collective action, and has spent 25 years pioneering participation, engagement and conflict resolution for sustainable development at local, national and international levels. More recently, she started using these participatory approaches as an artist. She lives and works in Snowdonia, North Wales, UK.


Dr. Michael Festing, Ph.D., D.Sc. CStat.

Michael is an expert in experimental design and statistics. He is the author of three books and over 200 scientific papers on laboratory animal genetics and related topics. Dr Festing obtained his B.Sc., M.Sc. and D.Sc in agriculture from London University, and Ph.D. in quantitative genetics from Iowa State University.


Jennifer Herman (treasurer)

Is Chief Financial Officer at Beacon Academy in Chicago. After graduation, she joined the Chicago CPA firm, Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, Ltd. as a junior accountant. She recently retired as a director after 24 years with the firm. Jennifer has also served as a member and treasurer of the Rogers Park Montessori School’s Board of Directors and Friends of Jones College Prep’s Board of Directors. 


Dr. Alan Knight, Ph.D., OBE

Alan has over 25 years’ experience working with global and national companies and governments on sustainability. He joined the world’s largest steel company, ArcelorMittal in April 2014 as their General Manager for Corporate Responsibility. He has worked with companies as diverse as Virgin Group, B&Q, Kingfisher and SABMiller. Alan was awarded the OBE in June 1998.


Eric Tate, Ph.D.

Eric is Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences.  He teaches and conducts research in the areas of flood hazards, water resources, environmental justice, and social vulnerability, primarily using geospatial indicators to examine environment-society interactions.  Dr. Tate earned his PhD in Geography from the University of South Carolina.


Rick Valicenti 

Rick is the founder and design director of Thirst, a communication design practice for clients in the architectural, performing arts, and education communities.  In 2006, he received the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Medal, the highest honor of the graphic design profession. The White House honored Valicenti in 2011 with the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Award for Communication Design.




Harriet Festing (Co-founder), M.Phil.

Executive Director of Anthropocene Alliance, Harriet has 25 years' experience managing award winning programs that tackle climate change. Harriet's experience stretches across diverse fields - water, energy, agriculture, housing - within government, non-profits and academic sectors in the US and UK.

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Stephen F. Eisenman (Co-founder), Ph.D.

Director of Art and Communications for Anthropocene Alliance. Dr. Eisenman is Professor of Art History at Northwestern University, a widely published writer and critic, a curator and an activist who has campaigned against U.S. sanctioned torture, long-term solitary confinement and animal abuse.

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Susie Skarford (Secretary to the board)

Susie is currently a blogger at Pins and Procrastination. She is passionate about advocating for environmental causes. Susie received her Master's in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.