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David Gardiner is President of David Gardiner & Associates, which provides strategic guidance to and federal advocacy for corporations and non-profits on climate, energy, electricity, air, transportation and land use issues.  Typical analysis and advice includes assessing how policies affect specific industries and ways to gain strategic advantage, determining which clean energy technologies have the greatest cost:benefit ratio for a given company, and conducting investment risk analyses.  

As a senior official in the Clinton Administration for eight years, Mr. Gardiner was a leading strategist in the U.S. government's integration of environmental and economic policy. He was Executive Director of the White House Climate Change Task Force, the group President Clinton established to coordinate domestic and international climate change policies, including the development of the Administration's climate change budget and tax credit proposals. He provided strategic guidance on United Nations treaty negotiations as a senior member of U.S. delegations.

Mr. Gardiner also served as Assistant Administrator for Policy at the Environmental Protection Agency, where he led the agency's climate change efforts and programs to "reinvent" EPA's approaches to key economic sectors, including transportation, agriculture, metal finishing, and real estate. He also directed the agency's environmental economics and information policy initiatives.

Prior to joining the Administration, Mr. Gardiner was Legislative Director for the Sierra Club in Washington, DC, where he managed policy on climate change, clean air, land protection and international issues.

Mr. Gardiner has a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Harvard College, and served on the Board of Directors of the League of Conservation Voters.  (See http://www.dgardiner.com/index.htm.)


David Grossman is an expert in environmental policy and law, with expertise in climate change, energy efficiency, compliance, reporting and investor risk.  He brings the perspectives of his experience in domestic and international non-governmental organizations, state government and political campaigns. His consultancy, the Green Light Group, specializes in research, writing and strategy. 

Previously, Mr. Grossman was a Staff Attorney with the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development, managing projects for the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE).  He also served as a law clerk for the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, did environmental law work with Earthjustice and the Alaska Attorney General's Office, and was an organizer on endangered species and fisheries issues with the National Audubon Society. 

Mr. Grossman graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Politics and received his law degree from Yale Law School.  He is widely published, including in the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and he wrote, with David Gardiner & Associates, the Global Investor Statement on Climate Change: Reducing Risk, Seizing Opportunities, and Closing the Climate Investment Gap."  (See http://www.greenlightgroup.org/about.html#.)


Dr. Hamilton is a biodiversity research scientist at the California Academy of Sciences, and adjunct professor in the Department of Geography at San Francisco State University. She is the founding director of a program that integrates biological and geospatial data for biodiversity research, conservation and education at the Academy.

Dr. Hamilton received her masters degree from Yale University's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. For both degrees she conducted extensive field research in Latin America. Her research uses comparative DNA sequence analysis to reconstruct the Tree of Life for certain groups of organisms, including whales, dolphins and seahorses. Dr. Hamilton is a former U.S. Fulbright Fellow and a Switzer Foundation Environmental Leadership Grantee.


Ms. Judge is a human rights attorney who specializes in the interface between human rights and economic development. She is also expert in designing and implementing research and pilot projects. She advises the World Bank on priorities of the poor how to enhance the poor’s participation in civil society. She provides strategic advice to Amnesty International’s Business and Economic Relations Group, where she liaises with companies looking to improve their social impacts in developing country operations. She has evaluated the social impacts of development projects for Oxfam and the UK Government Department for International Development.

Ms. Judge completed her law degree with distinction from the Manchester University School of Law (UK). She studied International Refugees and Human Rights Law at Oxford and International Political Economy at the London School of Economics.


Ms. Soccorso is Chief Strategist and Business Developer for the Netaid.org Foundation, a joint venture between Cisco Systems and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). There she establishes public-private partnerships, in alliance with Internet users, to fund projects that provide economic opportunities for people living in extreme poverty worldwide. She previously led international operational reengineering efforts for Lucent Technologies. She also served as Director of International Strategy at Lotus Management, where she developed business plans for emerging Internet and telecom businesses. Ms. Soccorso holds a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University where she concentrated on political and economic development.


Ms. Yucht is President of Co-Operations, Inc. where she consults to Fortune 500 companies, public agencies, and non-profits who want to establish alliances and joint ventures, and gain maximum advantage from existing partnerships. Representative clients include Xerox, AETNA, General Foods, General Electric and Honeywell.

Ms. Yucht also owned and was CEO of Careworks, Inc., a placement firm for health and child care workers. She also founded Hartwood Systems, Inc., which specialized in increasing competitiveness through automation.

Ms. Yucht collaborated with Rosebeth Moss Kanter at the Harvard Business School on examining the impacts of globalization on American businesses and international alliances. Ms. Yucht received her Master’s degree from Harvard, where she concentrated on new initiatives and organizational change. She also holds a B.S. in international politics. A background in legislative affairs and state government complements her corporate and international expertise.