Board of Advisors
Gal Luft, Ph.D.
Dr. Gal Luft is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, 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 America’s dependence on oil. Dr. Luft has published numerous studies and articles on security and energy issues in various newspapers and publications such as Foreign Affairs, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He is author of Beer, Bacon and Bullets: Culture in Coalition Warfare from Gallipoli to Iraq. Newsweek called him a “tireless and independent advocate of energy security,” and Esquire included him on its 2007 list of America’s Best and Brightest.
John Hofmeister is a leader with a unique perspective, not only on the oil industry but the nation‘s energy situation as a whole. He is a highly sought-after presenter, writer and expert on energy and leadership. In addition to his book, Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider, he has written many op-eds for major newspapers. As president of Shell Oil, John was known for being a straight shooter, willing to challenge his peers throughout the industry. Now, he’s a man on a mission, the founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy, a nonprofit. He travels around the country in a grassroots campaign to change the way we look at energy in the United States.
Marc’s distinguished career of 25 years includes a wide variety of roles, from entrepreneur, lawyer and professor to legislator, mayor and currently president and CEO of the Urban League, the nation’s largest civil-rights organization. Marc started his first small business — a janitorial company — when he was just 15. 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. Since 2003, under Marc’s stewardship of the National Urban League, the organization has achieved record fund-raising success.
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.
Michael is an icon in the hospitality business, with more than 50 years of experience and a long record of success. After serving as president of several hotel chains, including Days Inn of America and Holiday Inn Worldwide, Michael started his own company, 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., one of the world‘s most prestigious developers of premium hotels and casinos. He retired from that post at the end of 2014 and returned to Atlanta to retake the helm at the Georgia Aquarium, one of the world’s largest aquariums. Michael also serves on the boards of many charitable organizations and industry groups, including the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, Birthright Israel Foundation, Hersha Hospitality Trust, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
Michael Webber 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 and features in Scientific American. A highly sought-after speaker, he testified in hearings before U.S. Senate committees, and has given more than 175 lectures and speeches at scientific conferences, the United Nations and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Now an independent consultant, Peter Goldmark was director of the climate and air program for Environmental Defense Fund from 2003-2011. Peter served as budget director for the State of New York in the 1970s, and as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey through 1983. He served as president of the Rockefeller Foundation for a decade, encouraging its involvement in environmental issues, particularly as they related to energy. Peter is a recipient of the Wilson Wyatt National Award for Urban Revitalization and a member of the Legion of Honor in France. He has taught courses at the JFK School of Government at Harvard; Yale University; The New School; Brandeis University and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, as visiting professor of Public and International Affairs.
R. James Woolsey
A member of the U.S. Energy Security Council, R. James Woolsey is the former director of Central Intelligence and is currently vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, an international management consulting firm. His career in government service has included high-level positions in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. He served as ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, under secretary of the Navy, general counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, and delegate at large to the U.S.-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks. He has been a member of numerous defense and security commissions, including the Rumsfeld Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S., and the National Commission on Terrorism. In 2003, Consulting magazine named James to its annual list of top 25 consultants in the United States.
Robert "Bud" McFarlane
Robert McFarlane‘s distinguished record of public service includes 10 years in the White House and State Department, serving as military assistant to National Security Advisors Henry Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft, Counselor to the Secretary of State, the president’s advisor to the Middle East, and ultimately as President Reagan’s national security advisor. Currently, Robert serves as chairman and CEO of McFarlane Associates Inc., a consultancy focused on the development of alternative fuels and other measures designed to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil. In 2011, Robert co-founded (with James Woolsey, former director of Central Intelligence) the U.S. Energy Security Council, a bipartisan group of former Cabinetlevel officials, Fortune 50 CEOs, a Nobel laureate, and retired military officers, is focused on raising public understanding of the risks to the security of our nation when all transportation must utilize oil.
Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, currently works at a small banking boutique helping growth companies, including those operating in the emerging markets. She raises capital for a variety of clients in new media, technology and health-related industries. She also co-founded FullSky Capital, an advisory firm focused on socially driven ventures. Previously, WuDunn has been vice president in the investment management division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and has worked at The New York Times both as a journalist and an executive. Sheryl has an M.B.A. from Harvard, an M.P.A. from Princeton University and a B.A. from Cornell University. She is currently on the Board of Trustees at Princeton, and is a former Board Trustee at Cornell.