Founder Peter Fiekowsky is a physicist, entrepreneur, and futurist with thirty years of citizen advocacy for poverty and climate issues. His main focus is defining the outcomes we want for the end of the century, in climate, poverty, and population, along with plausible roadmaps for achieving those outcomes. He originated the campaign for “A healthy population for a healthy planet” and the Norm of One campaign for small families. In climate work, he leads Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Healthy Climate group and founded their Oil Team. He has been a volunteer and leader in the citizen advocacy group RESULTS for almost 30 years.
Peter is founder and president of Automated Visual Inspection LLC, providing software for advanced computer chip factories. He holds 27 patents and has authored numerous technical papers in semiconductor manufacturing. He is also on the board of RepowerCapital, an innovative web-based investment banking company for renewable energy financing.
Brian von Herzen
Co-founder Brian von Herzen, PhD, is the executive director of the Climate Foundation, addressing gigaton-scale carbon balance on land and in the sea. He also has served as CEO and founder of Rapid Prototypes, Inc.
Brian’s adventurous spirit led him to fly a twin Cessna 337 across the Atlantic several times. During those expeditions, he observed Greenland ice-cap melting first-hand. Before the first crossing of the Atlantic, glaciologists asked Brian to search for melt ponds across the Greenland ice cap. In 2001, they were small and difficult to find. In 2003 there were hundreds of them, in 2005 thousands. In 2006 there were massive lakes of melt water on the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet. In 2012, 97% of the surface of the ice sheet melted. These observations led to the founding of the Climate Foundation in an effort to find sustainable solutions to carbon balance through a deep understanding of natural processes and how to restore them. Brian has worked on plankton productivity, cooling coral reefs, turn waste into biochar (with Gates Foundation), and created grid scale energy solutions. He led the Discovery Channel Project Earth documentary titled “Hungry Oceans” and has guest lectured in clean tech at Stanford.
Mary Ann Gallagher
Co-Founder Mary Ann Gallagher, PhD, designs and facilitates transformational learning events as well as coaching and training leaders. She has worked globally on sustainability issues since 2003, most notably on healthy and green building and on sustainable economic development.
Co-founder Julia Dederer has worked for 30+ years as an activist and fundraiser in the fields of ending world hunger and poverty and in climate change public awareness. She is also an executive coach and consultant having worked for transformational change with individuals and organizations for the last 30+ years.
Co-founder Sharon Spaulding has always been cause-oriented. For more than 30 years, her career in marketing and communications has focused on designing and implementing initiatives across multiple platforms that build consensus through educating and empowering others to take action on issues such as global poverty, gender equity, the arts, and more. She has helped to forge numerous partnerships between national and international corporations and nonprofits. She is a writer and activist who helps others articulate and give voice to their vision.