Board of Advisors
Gal Luft, Ph.D.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Michael is the deputy director of the Energy Institute, the Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources, co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator, and associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He has authored more than 200 scientific articles, columns, books and chapters, including op-ed pieces in The New York Times. He has testified in hearings before U.S. Senate committees, and has given more than 175 lectures and speeches at conferences, the U.N. and at West Point.
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.
R. James Woolsey
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.
Robert "Bud" McFarlane
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.
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.