Board of Advisors

Our board’s expertise spans energy policy, national security, business, global economics, technology, the environment and health. They guide our strategy and keep us focused on achieving our mission.
Peter Goldmark

Peter Goldmark

Independent Consultant, former director of the climate and air program for the Environmental Defense Fund

Peter has run foundations, newspapers, government agencies and nonprofits. He served as a director for the climate and air program at the Environmental Defense Fund; as president of the Rockefeller Foundation; budget director for the State of New York, and chairman and CEO of the International Herald Tribune newspaper. A recipient of multiple awards, Peter has also taught management courses in the public sector and social change areas, published essays, and has continued to mentor promising young leaders.

John Hofmeister

John Hofmeister

Founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy

As a former president of Shell Oil, John is a leader with a unique perspective on the oil industry and the nation’s energy challenges. In addition to his book Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider, John has written many op-eds for national publications and is a frequent guest on Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and others. He’s also the founder of the nonprofit Citizens for Affordable Energy.

Michael Leven

Michael Leven

Chairman and CEO, Georgia Aquarium

Mike has a long record of success in the hospitality business. After serving as president of several hotel chains, he started US Franchise Systems, Inc., which franchised the Microtel Inns & Suites and Hawthorn Suites brands. He served as CEO of the Georgia Aquarium in 2008-09, then became president and COO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. and returned to lead the Georgia Aquarium in 2015. Mike serves on the boards of many charitable groups, including the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Gal Luft, Ph.D.

Gal Luft, Ph.D.

Co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, Senior Adviser to the U.S. Energy Security Council

Gal is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), a Washington-based think tank focused on energy security. He is a senior adviser to the U.S. Energy Security Council and co-founder of the Set America Free Coalition, an alliance of national security, environmental, labor and religious groups promoting ways to reduce oil dependency. Gal specializes in strategy, geopolitics, terrorism, energy security, natural resources and economic warfare.

Robert "Bud" McFarlane

Robert "Bud" McFarlane

Chairman and CEO of McFarlane Associates, founder of Global Energy Investors LLC, co-founder of the U.S. Energy Security Council, former national security adviser to President Reagan

Bud is chairman and CEO of McFarlane Associates. His distinguished record of public service includes service as President Reagan’s National Security Advisor, from October 1983 to December 1985. Bud founded Global Energy Investors LLC, and in 2011 he co-founded the U.S. Energy Security Council. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and holds a Master of Science from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Marc Morial

Marc Morial

President of the National Urban League, former mayor of New Orleans

Marc’s distinguished career includes a wide variety of roles, from entrepreneur, lawyer and professor to legislator, mayor and, since 2003, president and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization. As a lawyer in Louisiana, he was awarded the state bar association’s Pro Bono Publico Award for his legal service on behalf of the poor. He later taught constitutional and business law at Xavier University, and was elected to the state Senate. Marc served as mayor of New Orleans from 1994 to 2002, leaving office with a 70 percent approval rating.

Mark Rosenblatt

Mark Rosenblatt

Tech Investor and entrepreneur

Mark Rosenblatt, a tech investor and entrepreneur, has been investing in and building companies for more than 25 years. He served as chairman of Violin Memory and of Rationalwave Analytics, and sits on the board of RiverMeadow Software. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A., both from Yale University.

R. James Woolsey

R. James Woolsey

Member of the U.S. Energy Security Council, former director of Central Intelligence, vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton

The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Clinton, Jim also serves on several advisory boards for corporate and nonprofit groups. He specializes in energy and security issues. He has held several presidential appointments in both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunn

Co-founder of FullSky Capital, former vice president in the investment management division at Goldman, Sachs & Co., former journalist at The New York Times

Sheryl, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, currently works at a small banking boutique helping growth companies, including those operating in emerging markets. She co-founded FullSky Capital, an advisory firm focused on socially driven ventures. Previously, Sheryl has been vice president in the investment management division at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and worked at The New York Times as a journalist and an executive.