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David Goodrich is the former Director of the Climate Observations Division for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He also served as Director of the Global Climate Observing System at the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Earlier research interests included the physical oceanography and biology of Chesapeake Bay. David also taught science in Montgomery County, MD.
After retirement in 2011, David rode by bicycle from Delaware to Oregon, talking to groups about climate change along the way. His book about climate and the ride is A Hole in the Wind, to be released from Pegasus Books in June 2017. David received Ph.D. in Oceanography from Stony Brook University and his B.A. in Biology from Dartmouth College. David joined the CCAN Board in 2013.
Sat Jiwan has been an environmental advocate and activist since 2000, working and volunteering in non-profit environmental consumer advocacy and energy efficiency consulting. He recently completed an intensive green renovation of his family’s home. Sat Jiwan works closely with a team of green architects, designers, builders and energy consultants (Helicon Works) to make green homes. Sat Jiwan is a green-building and environmental consultant, current president of the Save Our Sky Home Heating Cooperative (aka “Corn Coop”), and the monthly “Going Green” columnist for the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Voice.
Sat Jiwan previously worked at Whole Foods Market and Center for a New American Dream. He graduated from Brandeis University with BAs in linguistics and cognitive science, and psychology. He joined the CCAN board in 2007.
Ted formed an urban redevelopment and construction company, in 1977 in Baltimore, MD, specializing in adaptive reuse of historic buildings. In 1980 Ted merged with another firm now known as Struever Bros., Eccles and Rouse, which grew to be a Mid-Atlantic leader in urban public/private partnerships and historic tax credit renovations. As Partner, Ted created Struever Rouse Homes, which brought quality, green design and value to homeowners in urban areas. Ted sold his interests in both companies to his partners in 2004.
Ted now serves as President of Healthy Planet LLC, focusing on sustainable economic and real estate development projects in North, Central and South America. Ted is an early investor/financial advisor for a carbon credit financing of a 7500 acre reforestation project in Honduras. In Costa Rica, Ted is an investor/advisor to Kopali Communities which will build two organic farm communities. In Mexico, Ted is an advisor to the Loreto Bay sustainable second home community and on the board of Sierra Madre Alliance working to preserve cultural and bio-diversity in the Copper Canyon region. In Brazil, Ted is financing and developing an urban permaculture demonstration center. In Canada, Healthy Planet is involved in land preservation through ecosystems management.
Ted joined the CCAN board in 2008.
Terry Ellen is Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist for Social Justice of the Baltimore-Washington-Northern Virginia Area. His work includes providing networking opportunities, training in effective advocacy and community collaboration, and conducting workshops on global warming, health care for all, affordable housing, marriage for all as a civil right, etc. to area UU congregations. He has testified at EPA hearings on Co2 levels as an environmental issue, and speaks often at UU congregations on global warming as the ethical issue of our time. He served as Consulting Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Greater Cumberland (MD), a leader in the area of global warming and mountaintop removal issues for the local religious community.
A graduate of Amherst College, Terry received his Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and his Doctorate from the Andover Newton Theological School. Terry joined the CCAN board in 2010.
Charlie is an Air Enforcement Attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has been suing air polluters who violate the Clean Air Act since 1987. Since 1967, he has been an advocate for smart transportation alternatives, alternatives to carbon based fuels, and environmental protection generally. A graduate of Harvard University’s undergraduate college, and West Virginia University Law School, Charlie has served in a number of public interest positions as an attorney, including Nader’s Corporate Accountability Research Group, Legal Aid of Passaic County, NJ, Sierra Club of Connecticut, West Virginia Citizens Action Group, and the WV Attorney General’s office Consumer Protection and Health Divisions. As a volunteer, Charlie has served on the boards of several community and national non-profits including solar energy, electric car, Rotary Club and PTSA groups. Charlie joined the CCAN board in 2004.
Karen Leu has been passionate about social and environmental justice work since 2002. She dove head first into environmental activism at Rice University in 2006 after a life-changing study abroad experience in South Africa where she volunteered for an environmental justice organization located in a frontline community. Following graduation with a degree in civil engineering and a year volunteering abroad in the Marshall Islands, she spent three years in the energy efficiency field, first as an energy auditor for low- and moderate-income homes in Arkansas with the Clinton Climate Initiative, then as a consultant for DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program and other government and utility efficiency projects. She currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the DC and Maryland chapter of Interfaith Power & Light, organizing religious communities to respond to climate change.
April Moore is a climate activist, speaker, organizer and writer who works to help people understand why the climate change crisis has come to be and what we must do to address it. She currently serves as the Fundraising Chair and Vice-President of Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and is also a member of the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley’s Speakers’ Bureau. As a champion at writing inspiring pieces and giving motivating climate talks to local communities, April’s passion is reflected through her blog, The Earth Connection, and her book The Earth and You: Eating for Two. April joined CCAN’s Board of Directors in 2013.
Tony Noerpel retired in 2016 after a long career as a research engineer and inventor with Bell laboratories and Hughes Network Systems designing state of the art satellite communications systems and other communications technologies. He has 44 patents and over seventy technical publications, including book chapters and journal articles. He is a member of Sigma Xi, the national research honor society. Tony also founded Sustainable Loudoun in 2005 to educate and advocate for responsibility and stewardship in Loudoun County, VA. He writes a column on energy, the economy and the environment in the Blue Ridge Leader. He joined the CCAN board in 2008.
Albert Nunez has more than 35 years of technical experience in the solar energy and energy/water conservation/efficiency field. His career has included hundreds of energy-related educational and consulting assignments for public service institutions, business, government and consumers. He has held leadership positions in national and regional solar energy organizations and has also chaired the Customer Advisory and Dispute Resolving Boards for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC).
A co-founder of Capital Sun Group in January 1997, he is a director and chief project leader for hybrid solar thermal and PV power system design and integration. Mr. Nunez has carried out a vast number of solar energy assessments and analytical projects for a variety of customers. Significant projects include 25.9 kW grid tied photovoltaic array for the General Service Administration Federal Drug Administration Federal Research Center at White Oak, MD completed in 2004. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy sent Mr. Nunez to the South Pole and McMurdo Stations to conduct a comprehensive renewable energy assessment of the facilities. He has also consulted to renewable energy project development companies, and more recently has worked to develop large scale remote net metered solar power projects for government, commercial and non-profit clients in concert with RER Energy Group.
He joined the CCAN board in 2004.
Natalie Pien is a climate activist who studied Environmental Science at the University of Virginia. After working in the environmental field for almost a decade, Natalie transitioned to public education where she was a middle school science teacher until 2017. She has maintained her passion for the environment and is now spending her time assisting organizations in actively addressing climate change and stewarding the local environment through natural resource preservation and protection. Natalie is the Chair of 350 Loudon and representative to the Virginia Green New Deal, is a member of the Advisory Board to PEC Loudoun Board, and is active with the Sierra Club Great Falls Group where she is on the Executive Committee. Natalie is also on the MWCOG Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee, is a member of the Loudoun NAACP, where she is on the Environmental & Preservation Justice Committee, and is the Earth Justice Team co-chair at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun.
Anya is a private consultant who provides strategic planning, program development and grant assistance to foundations and non-governmental organizations devoted to environmental protection. Her previous experience includes serving as Director of West Wide Programs for the Wyss Foundation, and Director of the Eco-regional Support Unit and Senior Program Advisor to the Executive Vice President at the World Wildlife Fund.
Anya has held positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department, and has worked on environmental projects in Peru, providing assistance to the Peruvian Environmental Law Society and the Ford Foundation. A graduate of Barnard College, Anya received her masters degree from Columbia University in International Environmental Policy and Management.
Along with serving on the CCAN Board of Directors, Anya is the Founder and President of the Mount Pleasant Solar Coop and serves on the Board of the Anacostia Watershed Society. Anya has served on the CCAN board since 2010.
Lise has maintained a private practice in psychiatry for over twenty years, and is board certified in both general and forensic psychiatry. An Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University and an active member of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, she has worked to educate the public on mental health issues through writing in professional journals, the press and other media outlets.
A frequent guest on local and national radio and television, Lise has addressed a range of issues on violence, trauma, and mental illness. Through Physicians for Human Rights, she has conducted evaluations of victims of torture seeking asylum in this country and has advocated on their behalf. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Lise traveled to Houston to assist those in need of mental health treatment.
In 2005, concerned about the direction the country was taking — and believing that a background in science and human behavior would strengthen the political process — she ran for the U.S. Senate seat in Maryland. In September, 2006, she was chosen as one of the first fifty persons to be trained in Nashville by Al Gore to give her version of his global warming slide show, the basis of the documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth. She has presented her slide show to over 100 educational, religious, political, environmental and business audiences in the United States and abroad. In the spring of 2008 she developed a second slide show on the “health effects” of global warming which she has presented to the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, educational institutions, and medical professionals. During the summer of 2008 she traveled to the Arctic Circle to give presentations on the impact of Global Warming in the Arctic. In collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation she organized a conference held in March 2009 on the mental health and psychological impacts of climate change.
She is on the board of the National Wildlife Federation, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and is a member of the working group of the Maryland Commission on Climate. Governor Martin O’Malley named her to the board of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. In July 2009 she was named to the Metropolitan Council of Governments. She has served on the CCAN board since 2006.
Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, is a minister, community activist and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life. He works tirelessly to encourage the Hip Hop generation to utilize its political and social voice.
A national leader and pacemaker within the green movement, Rev Yearwood has been successfully bridging the gap between communities of color and environmental issue advocacy for the past decade. With a diverse set of celebrity allies, Rev Yearwood raises awareness and action in communities that are often overlooked by traditional environmental campaigns. Rev Yearwood’s innovative climate and clean energy work has garnered the Hip Hop Caucus support from several environmental leaders including former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, National Wildlife Federation, Earthjustice, Sierra Club and Bill McKibben’s 350.org.
Rolling Stone deemed Rev Yearwood one of our country’s “New Green Heroes” and Huffington Post named him one of the top ten change makers in the green movement. He was also named one of the 100 most powerful African Americans by Ebony Magazine in 2010, and was also named to the Source Magazine’s Power 30, Utne Magazine’s 50 Visionaries changing the world, and the Root 100 Young Achievers and Pacesetters.
Rev Yearwood is the subject of a Discovery Network Documentary for the Planet Green Channel. The film, ‘Hip Hop Rev’ (www.HipHopRev.com) follows a year in the life of Rev Yearwood, capturing a stunning but often unseen side to environmental activism. It is a one-year journey where the cameras capture the highs and lows of Rev Yearwood’s efforts to involve urban communities in climate activism and green economy solutions. DJ Biz Markie, musician Wyclef Jean, actress Gloria Reuben, musician D. Woods, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, activist Van Jones, and Rep. Barbara Lee, are all featured in the film.
Rev Yearwood is a national leader in engaging young people in electoral activism. He leads the national Respect My Vote! campaign and coalition (www.respectmyvote.com). In the 2012 Elections, numerous celebrity partners have joined the campaign to reach their fan bases, including Respect My Vote! spokesperson 2 Chainz.
The Hip Hop Caucus registered and mobilized tens of thousands of young voters to the polls in 2012. In 2008, the Hip Hop Caucus set a world record of registering the most voters in one day: 32,000 people across 16 U.S. cities. This effort was part of the Hip Hop Caucus’ 2008 “Respect My Vote!” campaign with celebrity spokespeople T.I., Keyshia Cole and many other recording artists, athletes, and entertainers.
Rev Yearwood entered the world of Hip Hop Politics when he served as the Political and Grassroots Director of Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit Action Network in 2003 and 2004. In 2004 he also was a key architect and implementer of three other voter turnout operations – P. Diddy’s Citizen Change organization which created the “Vote Or Die!” campaign; Jay Z’s “Voice Your Choice” campaign; and, “Hip Hop Voices”, a project at the AFL-CIO. It was in 2004 that he founded the Hip Hop Caucus to bring the power of the Hip Hop Community to Washington, DC.
After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Rev Yearwood established the award winning Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign where he led a coalition of national and grassroots organizations to advocate for the rights of Katrina survivors. The coalition successfully stopped early rounds of illegal evictions of Katrina survivors from temporary housing, held accountable police and government entities to the injustices committed during the emergency response efforts, supported the United Nations “right to return” policies for internally displaced persons, promoted comprehensive federal recovery legislation, and campaigned against increased violence resulting from lack of schools and jobs in the years after Katrina.
Rev Yearwood is a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer. In the lead up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq he began speaking out against such an invasion. He has since remained a vocal activist in opposition to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2007 he organized a national pro-peace tour, “Make Hip Hop Not War”, which engaged urban communities in discussions and rallies about our country’s wars abroad and parallels to the structural and physical violence poor urban communities endure here at home.
Rev Yearwood is a proud graduate of Howard University School of Divinity and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), both Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He served as student body president at both institutions. As a student at UDC, he organized massive student protests and sit-ins, shutting down the school for ten days straight, and achieved victory against budget cutbacks. After graduating from UDC he served as the Director of Student Life at a time when the city was attempting to relocate the school, under his leadership the city was forced to rescind its effort to marginalize and move the campus. Rev Yearwood went on to teach at the Center for Social Justice at Georgetown University, before entering the world of Hip Hop politics with Russell Simmons and civil rights activist, Dr. Benjamin Chavis.
He has been featured in such media outlets as CNN, MSNBC, BET, Huffington Post, Newsweek, The Nation, MTV, AllHipHop.com, The Source Magazine, Ebony and Jet, Al Jazeera, BBC, C-Span, and Hardball with Chris Mathews and featured in the Washington Post, The New York Times and VIBE magazine.
He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. The first in his family to be born in the United States, his parents, aunts, and uncles, are from Trinidad and Tobago. Rev Yearwood currently lives in Washington, DC with his two sons, who are his biggest inspiration to making this world a better place.
Carol A. Brantley
The CCAN Board and staff cherish the memory of former board member Carol Brantley, who served on the board with distinction after a long career of helping others. Carol passed away on October 17, 2018.