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David Gardiner is president of David Gardiner and Associates, which focuses on climate change and clean energy issues and advises non-profit and for-profit organizations. His firm coordinates Americans for a Clean Energy Grid, the Combined Heat and Power Alliance, and the Renewable Thermal Collaborative. The firm also helps companies scale up zero emissions trucking and eliminate barriers that prevent corporate consumers from buying renewable energy, and conducts research on a wide range of climate change solutions and issues including federal climate innovation spending, decarbonized fuels, carbon capture and storage, transmission, energy efficiency, and thermal energy. He also serves as Chair of Climate Advisers Trust.

Prior to founding his firm, he served in the Clinton Administration as Executive Director of the White House Climate Change Task Force and as Assistant Administrator for Policy at the Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to joining the government, Mr. Gardiner was the Sierra Club’s Legislative Director in Washington, DC. He has a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Harvard College. 


Dave Grossman is the Principal at Green Light Consulting, which he founded in 2006. He has expertise across a wide range of climate change, energy, and sustainability topics.  He has helped numerous clients – including non-profits, philanthropic foundations, trade associations, corporations, and intergovernmental organizations – transform complex concepts and processes into logical, organized, and clear results. 


Dave has worked in environmental policy, politics, law, and grassroots organizing since the mid-1990s. Prior to founding Green Light, he managed projects for the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE), worked in the 2004 presidential campaign cycle, served as a law clerk for the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, and was a grassroots organizer on endangered species and fisheries issues with the National Audubon Society (through Green Corps).


In addition to numerous reports and other publications produced through his consulting, Dave has also published on topics such as the feasibility of tort-based climate change litigation and theories of why states and firms comply with law. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Politics and received his law degree from Yale Law School.  



Dr. Hamilton is Chief Scientist at NatureServe, a leading resource for biodiversity information needed for land use planning, natural resource management and conservation decisionmaking.  She is a former biodiversity research scientist at the California Academy of Sciences, and adjunct professor in the Department of Geography at San Francisco State University. 

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, currently serving as a principal researcher and analyst at the Resolution Foundation in the UK. She is an expert in designing and implementing research and pilot projects. She previously advised the World Bank on priorities of the poor how to enhance the poor’s participation in civil society, and provided strategic advice to Amnesty International’s Business and Economic Relations Group, where she liaised 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. Yucht 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.  She served as Vice President of Linkage, Inc for twelve years. Ms. Yucht also owned and was CEO of Careworks, Inc., a placement firm for health and child care workers, and 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.