David Gelber and Joel Bach
David and Joel are the Executive Producers of Years of Living Dangerously, a multi-platform education and communications effort designed to elevate climate change as the issue of our time and stimulate an international conversation to encourage collective action by the public, legislators and business leaders.
David served as Ed Bradley’s producer at 60 Minutes® for twenty-five years, during which he won every major journalism award, including a Peabody, two DuPont Awards and eight Emmy® Awards. During the nineties, Gelber was executive producer of Peter Jennings Reporting at ABC News®. He spent two winters in Sarajevo producing documentaries on the Bosnian Conflict. He returned to CBS News® in 1996 to head the Ed Bradley Unit. Most recently, a story he did with Scott Pelley on medical charlatans who peddle bogus stem cell therapy to patients dying of ALS won the Emmy for Best Investigative Story of 2010 by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Joel produced stories at 60 MINUTES for seven years, garnering 3 Emmys. He worked with Ed Bradley, Scott Pelley, Steve Kroft and Lesley Stahl. Joel produced several stories for 60 MINUTES on climate change. Prior to joining CBS News, he worked at ABC and NBC and freelance produced and directed music videos, commercials, short films and PSAs in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Quentin, Director in EDF's Global Climate Program, discovered his passion for environmental issues when he was a fellow and then policy director with the California State Assembly. Quentin served as staff for then Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell and tracked environmental and energy policy issues for both Assembly Natural Resources Committee and Utilities and Commerce Committee. His role showed him that environmental policy could be more than an “either or” conversation; people’s lives and the environment are inextricably linked. By helping one, we can help the other.Quentin didn’t expect to find his way into environmentalism, but he did always want to go into policy. Quentin was born in Chicago, and then spent his childhood in the foster care system in South Los Angeles. This experience as a member of an underserved community exposed Quentin firsthand to the dangerous effect environmental degradation can have on a person’s life. Although it wasn’t until Quentin’s senior year of high school that he completed a full year of schooling in one location, he then went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of San Francisco and then his master’s degree in public policy and public administration from USC.
Emily Wirzba is currently a Manager of Government Relations at the Environmental Defense Fund, where she works with members of Congress to advance climate and clean energy legislation. Prior to EDF, Emily was the Legislative Manager for Sustainable Energy and Environment at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker lobby organization, where she led their work to achieve bipartisan action on climate change in Congress. She was a 2016 Fellow with the New Leaders Council, which works to recruit, train and promote the next generation of progressive leaders. She was also a Spring 2015 Fellow with the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, which equips fellows with a strong working knowledge of energy markets and policy to build an equitable, decarbonized, and resilient energy ecosystem. Emily is on Our Climate's Advisory Council, and is passionate about teaching youth leaders how to become citizen lobbyists.
Ahmed Gaya has spent the last ten years running campaigns for environmental and social justice in the United States, Canada and Europe. He is a founder of the sHell No! Action Council who led iconic Kayaktivist protests against Shell's Arctic Drilling. In 2018 Ahmed led the largest field campaign in Washington history working to pass I-1631, which would have established the United State's first carbon fee. Ahmed lives in Seattle, Washington and is currently the National Field Director for the Sunrise Movement.
Aurora is the Sustainability Director at Swarthmore College and adjunct faculty at the Bard College Sustainable MBA program. Aurora brings more than a decade of experience in higher education and energy efficiency efforts in the private sector, where she helped to translate visionary ideas into on-the-ground reality. She was previously the transformational program manager for Hawaii Energy, a state program administered by Leidos Engineering, at which she designed and managed programs to shift the market for energy efficiency in Hawaii through education, research, and strategic partnerships.
As a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz and as its first sustainability director, Winslade spent more than 10 years collaborating with campus community members to develop a range of sustainability programs and build a fully funded, highly effective office with a strong emphasis on student leadership development.
Winslade's enthusiasm for sustainability intersects with her interest in social justice. While in Hawaii, she partnered with MA‘O Organic Farms, a social enterprise that employs at-risk youth between the ages of 17-24. She is also a senior fellow with Humanity in Action, which inspires and connects students, young professionals, and citizens to promote human rights, diversity, and active citizenship in their communities.
Peter Bokor was trained as a biologist and more recently obtained an LMSW in Social Work and has worked with dually diagnosed homeless people in Manhattan. As a trustee for over twenty years with the Morton and Jane Blaustein Foundation, he has supported non-profits in the areas of health, education and immigrant rights and has in the past year begun to develop a new program devoted to climate change and environmental justice. He is a board member of Peer Health Exchange, an organization whose mission is to bring a health curriculum to inner city public schools. This year he joined the Global Philanthropy Circle affiliated with the Synergos Group and the Global Engagement Lab, a part of the EDGE’s (Engaged Donors for Global Equity) Just Transition Collaborative. Peter is an ardent supporter of Our Climate. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Jeannie Blaustein. They have two daughters currently in college. When not playing with his dogs he likes to sculpt in stone.
Clara Fang leads the Higher Education Action Team at Citizens' Climate Lobby. Clara is also co-chair of the Detroit, Michigan chapter of CCL, and formerly a volunteer in the Chester County, PA Chapter. She is a partner at Earth Deeds L3C, a social venture to help people support local solutions to global warming. She has worked as a sustainability consultant for the City of Albany, New York, and as sustainability coordinator at Swarthmore College and Towson University. She has previously served on the advisory council of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium. Clara holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Utah, and a BA in English from Smith College.
Ted is an author and consultant with an interest in the challenges of sustainability and resilience. His books on the Pacific Northwest include Salmon Nation and Klamath Heartlands. Dedicated to empowering young people to accelerate the transition to clean energy, Ted served as a board member and advisor to the youth climate organizations Green House Network and Focus the Nation from 1999 through 2013. He is the current Treasurer of Columbia Riverkeeper, a nonprofit that works to protect, restore, and care for the Columbia River and all life connected to it. Ted and his wife Karen live in Portland, Oregon.
Noah is an economist for World Resource Institute’s Global Climate Program and the New Climate Economy (NCE) Initiative. The focuses of his work are carbon pricing and other cost-effective climate policies, the economic impacts of climate policies and climate change, and long-term decarbonization strategies. In 2016, Noah served as the Deputy Associate Director of Energy & Climate Change at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. At the White House, Noah was the day-to-day manager of the inter-agency group effort to produce the United States Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization.
Previously, Noah was a Senior Consultant at the Environment Practice of NERA Economic Consulting. He specialized on projects related to the economics of environmental and energy policies, as well as evaluating the impacts to the economy and to the electricity grid of infrastructure investments and energy policies. Noah has published peer-reviewed journal articles on the topics of the social cost of carbon dioxide emissions, the role of risk aversion in environmental policy evaluations, and the design of incentives to support green consumer products and energy-efficiency programs run by electric and gas utilities.
Noah received his BS in economics, cum laude, from Duke University, and his PhD and MS in economics, with a concentration on energy and environmental economics, from the University of Texas at Austin, where his dissertation examined optimal policy responses to climate change. Noah lives in Washington DC with his lovely wife Kate and his spunky daughter Scout. He enjoys playing tennis and listening to songs that have one verse sung a cappella.
Kristin Eberhard, senior researcher at Sightline Institute, researches, writes about, and speaks about climate change policy and democracy reform. Before joining Sightline, Kristin worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), leading its California climate work in San Francisco, then moving to its Southern California office to help the largest municipally owned utility in the country get off coal and onto energy efficiency and renewables. She also taught courses on climate change and energy law at Stanford Law School and UCLA School of Law. Kristin graduated with honors from Stanford University, cum laude from Duke University School of Law, and earned a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment. She loves biking with her husband and son. Find her latest research here.
Andrew is an independent consultant with expertise in climate change and clean energy policy, international development, and sustainable investing. As Coordinator of Climate Change Programs at the State Department (2010-2014), he managed a $75 million portfolio of clean energy programs funded by the U.S. government's Global Climate Change Initiative, designed to assist developing countries accelerate their transition to low-carbon growth pathways. Andrew’s portfolio included the Clean Energy Ministerial, the Lighting Asia-India program, and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants.
Prior to the State Department, Andrew worked for the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (2009-10), and as Regional Director of Development for Central Asia at the Eurasia Foundation (2003-07).. Andrew has an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a BA in Russian history and literature from Harvard University. He speaks Russian, French, and Mandarin Chinese, and is conversant in Spanish.
Matt is an organizer, entrepreneur, and three-time college dropout. He founded National Voter Registration Day and the Alliance for Youth Action, a nonprofit that works to build local youth power all over the country. As the founder of National Voter Registration Day, Matt built and managed a coalition of over 3,000 nonprofit organizations, businesses, and election administrators. The event repeatedly trended on social media; engaged Democrats and Republicans; and appeared on many of the largest media and technology platforms on the planet: MTV, Google, Reddit, and Tumblr. Through the Alliance for Youth Action (previously the Bus Federation) and its affiliates, Matt supported local organizing that passed the nation’s first automatic voter registration law and secured a number of other major policy wins while developing new leaders. He currently consults for a number of projects at the intersection of philanthropy, organizing, and voting rights.
Eban Goodstein directs Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Professor Goodstein holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Geology from Williams College. Goodstein is the author of three books: Economics and the Environment, (John Wiley and Sons: 2017) now in its eighth edition; Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming (University Press of New England: 2007); and The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment (Island Press: 1999). Articles by Goodstein have appeared in among other outlets, The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, Ecological Economics, and Environmental Management. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Time, The Economist, USA Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and he has testified in Congress on the employment impacts of environmental regulation. He serves on the editorial board of Sustainability: The Journal of Record. In recent years, Goodstein coordinated a series of national educational events around climate change, engaging over 2,500 colleges, universities, and K-12 schools in solutions-based dialog. At Bard he also directs C2C Fellows, a network of undergraduates and recent graduates who aspire to sustainability leadership in business, NGOs and government.
Anne has over twenty years experience as a Human Resource Executive, workshop leader, board member and author, with a book currently in process that outlines how you and your organization can make a difference in the world. Anne's experience includes working with publicly traded and privately held companies in Health Care, Insurance, High Technology and Manufacturing as well as a variety of non-profits encompassing philanthropic foundations, public schools and universities, social service and social change groups. Anne has an undergraduate degree in political science, an MBA, and has achieved International Coach Federation designation as a certified professional coach. In addition, Anne is qualified/certified to administer a variety of assessments including but not limited to Myers-Briggs, Firo-B, and Real Time Performance 360 degree feedback instrument. Anne currently serves on the board of the Ashland Community Hospital and the Executive Committee of the Southern Oregon Red Cross.
Joel Nigg, Ph.D., is a clinical research psychologist at Oregon Health & Science University. He conducts research on child neurodevelopmental, behavioral, and mental disorders. He has a long standing interest in the linkage between health of the environment and children's health, and is active on the boards of several non-profit groups working on issues of public concern, particularly climate change.