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The members of the C&NN Board of Advisors are individuals who are exemplars and ambassadors for the mission of the . Each member has a breadth of knowledge, experience, and expertise. The C&NN Board of Advisors is multidisciplinary and cross-sector, drawing on leaders in fields as diverse as child development, medicine, architecture and design.

Mary Catherine Bateson

Mary Catherine BatesonMary Catherine Bateson is a writer and cultural anthropologist who divides her time between New Hampshire and Massachusetts, where she recently completed three years as a Visiting Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has written and been co-author of many books and articles, lectures across the country and abroad, and is president of the Institute for Intercultural Studies in New York City. Until recently, she has been the Clarence J. Robinson Professor in Anthropology and English at George Mason University, and is now Professor Emerita. She is currently beginning an appointment as Visiting Scholar at the Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility at Boston College. During the past few years, Mary Catherine Bateson has been particularly involved with finishing and bringing out her most recent book, Willing to Learn: Passages of Personal Discovery. Daughter of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, Mary Catherine Bateson is also wrapping up the 2004 Gregory Bateson Centennial, as well as a few loose ends from the 2001 Margaret Mead Centennial, which, even after its official period passed, continues to stimulate activity and interest. She is also building on the experience with Granny Voters as a means to encourage trustee voting in future electoral seasons and to empower older adults to claim a voice for the future. Mary Catherine Bateson is writes a regular column, "Peripheral Vision," for Pink magazine.

Thomas Berry

Thomas BerryThomas Berry is an eminent and revered historian, author, and philosopher. Berry was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1914. From his academic beginnings as a historian of world cultures and religions, Berry developed into a historian of the Earth and its evolutionary processes. He describes himself as a "geologian." Berry received his Ph.D. in European Intellectual History, with a thesis on Giambattista Vico's philosophy of history. Widely read in Western history, he also spent many years studying the cultural history of Asia. He has lived in China and traveled to other parts of Asia. He has written two books on Asian religions, Buddhism and Religions of India, distributed by Columbia University Press. For two decades, Berry directed the Riverdale Center of Religious Research along the Hudson River. During this period he taught at Fordham University, where he chaired the history of religions program and directed 25 doctoral theses. His major contributions to the discussion on the environment are in his books, The Dream of the Earth (Sierra Club Books, 1988 reprinted, 2006), The Great Work: Our Way into the Future (Random House, 1999) and, with Brian Swimme, The Universe Story (Harper San Francisco, 1992). His latest collection of essays is Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community (Sierra Club Books and University of California Press, 2006).

Noel J. Brown, Ph.D.

Noel J. Brown, Ph.D.Dr. Noel Brown is the former Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for North America. Dr. Brown holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Seattle University, an M.A. in International Law and Organization from Georgetown University and Ph.D. in International Relations from Yale University. He also holds a diploma in International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law. Over the past two decades, Dr. Brown represented the United Nations Environment Program at a number of the major international conferences and negotiations on environment and development issues and on international law, including the historic Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. He has initiated numerous innovations in the service of the Earth's environmental protection and sustainable development. He is a founding member of the Aspen Global Change Institute, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, and Indigenous Development International. Dr. Brown currently serves as President of the Friends of the United Nations, a non-governmental organization dedicated to advancing the cause of the United Nations by mobilizing public support on its behalf and directing public attention to its major programmes and achievements. He is a fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, Chairman of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism and Chairman of the Rene Dubos Center for Human Environments. Through his work with Peace Child International, he sponsored and encouraged a group of young people to rewrite Agenda 21 (the Earth Summit's Blueprint for Sustainable Development) in a style and language that would be meaningful to their generation, and which resulted in Rescue Mission, now an international best-seller within the environmental youth community. In keeping with efforts to address the moral dimension of the environmental crisis, Dr. Brown introduced the Environmental Sabbath Programme to the United Nations, now celebrated worldwide by thousands of congregations in connection with World Environment Day.

Gregory Cajete

Gregory CajeteDr. Gregory Cajete is a Native-American educator, artist and author whose work is dedicated to honoring the foundations of indigenous knowledge in education. Dr. Cajete is a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. Dr. Cajete worked at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for 21 years. While at the Institute, he served as Dean of the Center for Research and Cultural Exchange, Chair of Native American Studies and Professor of Ethno-science. Currently, he is Director of Native American Studies and an Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Cajete earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from New Mexico Highlands University, with majors in both Biology and Sociology, and a minor in Secondary Education. He received his Master of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in Adult and Secondary Education. He earned his Ph.D. from International College, Los Angeles -- New Philosophy Program (Social Science Education with an emphasis in Native American Studies). Dr. Cajete is the author of five books, including Look to the Mountain: An Ecology of Indigenous Education and Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence.

Gerald Charles, M.D.

Gerald Charles, M.D.Dr. Gerald Charles is Professor of Medicine (Emeritus) at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Charles is partially retired from his clinical practice but continues to be an active clinical educator at the University. He was formerly an Associate Dean at the UCSF School of Medicine and was the Chief of Staff of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow working in the United States Senate in 1978 and 1979. His research publications have included work in health economics, clinical ethics and health policy. He has served on a number of national committees and task forces, including work for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Louise Chawla

Louise ChawlaLouise Chawla is a Professor in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado, with a background in child development and environmental psychology. Her work relates to children’s experience of both natural environments and the public spaces of cities and towns, and the opportunities that these places afford for positive development. As a Fulbright Scholar at the Norwegian Center for Child Research, she initiated a revival of the Growing Up in Cities project of UNESCO, which engages young people in documenting and improving urban communities. Among her many publications, she is editor and co-author of Growing Up in an Urbanising World, author of In the First Country of Places, and an editor of the journal Children, Youth and Environments.

Joseph Cornell

Joseph CornellJoseph Cornell is one of the most highly regarded nature educators in the world today. His award-winning Sharing Nature Books have been translated into 20 languages and have sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education. In 1978, Joseph Cornell founded the Sharing Nature Foundation to spread his work around the globe. He is the honorary president of the Japan Nature Game Association, an organization of over 10,000 leaders.

Richard Jackson, M.D.

Richard Jackson, M.D.Richard Joseph Jackson, MD MPH, is Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health and of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served in many leadership positions with the California Health Department, including the highest: the State Health Officer. For nine years he was Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta. In 2005 he was recognized with the highest civilian award for US Government service, the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award. While at CDC he established the national asthma epidemiology and control program, and oversaw the childhood lead poisoning prevention program. He instituted the current federal effort to “biomonitor” chemical levels in the US population. He was the US lead under several US government efforts around health and environment in Russia, including radiation threats. In the late 1990s he was the CDC leader in establishing the US National Pharmaceutical Stockpile to prepare for terrorism and other disasters—which was activated on September 11, 2001.
Dick Jackson co-authored Urban Sprawl and Public Health, a 2004 book from Island Press. He has served on many medical and health boards, and in September 2005 he was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects. His strongest public health interest is in developing the next generation of leaders in Public Health.

John Johns

John JohnsJohn Johns is the co-founder of New West Products, Inc., which he sold to ITW, a mid-west conglomerate, in 2002. Prior to founding New West, John enjoyed a fifteen-year career in magazine publishing. For ten years, he was editorial director of East West Network, the world’s largest publisher of in-flight magazines and, later, a publishing consultant to HarperCollins, the American Film Institute, Billboard Publications and the National Academy of Recording Artists. He was an adjunct professor in the USC School of Journalism and member of the Advisory Council to the School of Journalism at California State University Long Beach. He is past chairman of the board of trustees of Camp Ronald McDonald for children with cancer and former vice president of Southern California Children’s Cancer Services. Today he is president of Providence Marketing Corp and an active board member of two non-profits: Educate a Child Trust in Sri Lanka and Aquatic Adventures in San Diego.

Rick Lemon

Rick LemonRick is the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center (NCTC). Since 1990, Rick has led efforts to envision, plan, design, construct, and operate the NCTC. The Center welcomes over 15,000 conservation and natural resource managers each year for training programs ranging from technical skills to leadership and executive development. The Center is also a national and international center for conservation dialog and problem solving, recently hosting an international gathering of scientists and governments to discuss the status and plight of polar bear populations. In September, 2006 the Center played host to the National Dialog on Children and Nature, bringing together health care providers, developers, educators and conservationists to develop collaborative efforts to connect children and nature. Rick has previously served on the board of Project WILD. Before his 30 year Service career, Rick served with the Peace Corps in Central Africa. Rick’s passion in life is helping people find and reach their potential. He believes that helping children find their connection to the natural world gives them a strong foundation upon which to grow.

Estella Leopold

Estella LeopoldDr. Estella Leopold, youngest daughter of Aldo Leopold, is Emeritus Professor of Botany and past director of the Quaternary Research Center at the University of Washington. Dr. Leopold was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and American Philosophical Society. Her research interests and publications focus on paleobotany, forest history, restoration ecology, and environmental quality. She studies fossil pollen and seeds to reconstruct ancient vegetation and climate in Alaska, China, and the western U.S. Her conservation activities focus on forest management issues.

Estella and her sister Nina Leopold Bradley are Founders and Members of the Board of Directors of the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

Fran P. Mainella

Fran P. MainellaFran P. Mainella is currently a Visiting Scholar at Clemson University, having recently completed almost six years as the 16th director and the first woman to lead the U.S. National Park Service. Appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate, she has more than 40 years’ experience in park and recreation management. She worked alongside 20,000 employees and more than 125,000 volunteers. Director Mainella enhanced an agency already renowned for its dedication to its mission and its service to Americans and people around the world. Fran Mainella believes that collaborative conservation better serves both park resources and people, and that this may be achieved through partnerships, strengthened volunteerism and outreach programs. Before being appointed to lead the National Park Service, she applied her skills and philosophy as director of Florida’s Division of Recreation and Parks. During this time, Florida State Parks became a model for volunteer and partnership programs. The National Sporting Goods Association and the National Recreation and Park Association honored Florida State Parks with their Gold Medal Award, which recognizes the nation’s best state parks. She has served as executive director of the Florida Recreation and Park Association and as president of both the National Recreation and Park Association and the National Association of State Park Directors. Clemson University presented her with its 2002 Walter T. Cox Award, which recognizes leadership in public service, public land administration, and natural and cultural resource policy. Clemson recently named an award in her honor for her work to encourage women to pursue conservation careers.

Clare Cooper Marcus

Clare Cooper MarcusClare Cooper Marcus is Professor Emerita in the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley, where she taught from 1969 to 1994. She is the principal of Healing Landscapes, a consulting firm that specializes in user-needs analysis related to the programming, design and evaluation of outdoor spaces in healthcare settings. Her firm’s areas of special interest include healing environments; evidence-based design; design critiques from a user perspective; design guidelines; and post-occupancy evaluation.

Cooper Marcus is internationally recognized for her pioneering research on the psychological and sociological aspects of architecture, and landscape design – particularly urban open space. She has taught, lectured and consulted in the United States, Canada, Britain, Scandinavia, Netherlands, Iceland, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, and China.

Her teaching emphasizes the human dimensions of open space design; site planning for medium-density family housing; affordable housing; post-occupancy evaluation; environments for children; public open spaces; the psychological meaning of home and garden; and restorative landscapes.

Robin Moore

Robin MooreRobin Moore is a designer and design researcher, specializing in child and family urban environments that support healthy human development, informal play, and non-formal education, especially through children’s exposure to nature. Moore’s current research interests are focused on landscape design to support children’s healthy development in childcare centers, urban parks, and neighborhoods, and outdoor design for early science learning. Moore holds degrees in architecture from London University and city and regional planning from MIT. He is professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Natural Learning Initiative, North Carolina State University, Raleigh. He is a member of the UNESCO-MOST Growing Up in Cities (GUIC) action research program. His publications include, "Our Neighbourhood is Like That!" in Growing Up in an Urbanising World (2002); “Healing Gardens for Children,” in Healing Gardens (1999); Natural Learning (1997); Plants for Play (1993); the Play For All Guidelines (1987, 1992); and Childhood’s Domain: Play and Place in Child Development (1986). He is Associate Editor of the American Journal of Health Promotion and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the on-line journal, Children, Youth Environments. Moore is past president of the International Association for the Child's Right to Play (IPA), past chair of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), and a principal in the design and planning firm of Moore Iacofano Goltsman (MIG).

David Orr

David OrrDavid W. Orr, Ph.D., is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College. Dr. Orr is perhaps best known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and his recent work in ecological design. He is the recipient of a Bioneers Award, a National Conservation Achievement Award by the National Wildlife Federation, a Lyndhurst Prize awarded by the Lyndhurst Foundation "to recognize the educational, cultural, and charitable activities of particular individuals of exceptional talent, character, and moral vision." He was named "an Environmental Hero for 2004" by Interiors & Sources Magazine. He holds three Honorary Doctorates. In a special citation, the Connecticut General Assembly noted Orr's "vision, dedication, and personal passion" in promoting the principles of sustainability. The Cleveland Plain Dealer described him as "one of those who will shape our lives." He is the author of five books: Design on the Edge: The Making of a High Performance Building (MIT Press, 2006); The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment (Island Press, 2004); The Nature of Design (Oxford, 2002); Earth in Mind (Island, 1994/2004); Ecological Literacy (SUNY, 1992) and co-editor of The Global Predicament (North Carolina, 1979) and The Campus and Environmental Responsibility (Jossey-Bass, 1992). He has published 150 articles in scientific journals, social science publications, and popular magazines. Dr. Orr is a contributing editor of Conservation Biology. He serves on the Boards of the Rocky Mountain Institute (CO), the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Ecoliteracy (CA), and the Center for Respect of Life and Environment. He is also an advisor and consultant to the Trust for Public Land, the National Parks Advisory Committee, and other organizations. He has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Mike Pertschuk

Mike PertschukFrom 1966-70, Mike Pertschuk served as Consumer Counsel (later Staff Director and Chief Counsel) to the Democratic Majority of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce. In that capacity, he was charged with shepherding through the Senate, and Senate-House Conferences, the series of landmark consumer protection, public health, and environmental laws that marked the high point in public interest legislation for the last half of the 20th century. To achieve these successes, Pertschuk learned from and collaborated with Ralph Nader and other innovative consumer advocates to develop and implement a strategic communications strategy that counteracted the intense opposition of the corporate lobbies and pro-corporate legislators. In 1977, Mike Pertschuk was named by President Carter as Chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with a mandate to enforce many of these laws. In the face of a growing tide of anti-regulatory fervor, Pertschuk, as Chair, pursued a series of aggressive regulatory initiatives, including his proposed rule banning all advertising targeted to children. In 1984, along with David Cohen, former President of Common Cause, Pertschuk created the Advocacy Institute, to build the capacity of citizen groups to advocate policies in the public interest. Central to the Institute’s work over the next 20 years was the training of hundreds of community-based advocates in “Media Advocacy,” a concept and term credited to Pertschuk. He has written more than 20 guides on media advocacy and four books on effective – and ineffective – strategies for citizen advocacy, especially media advocacy. He is a founding Board member of The Frameworks Institute and an advisor to Environics Strategic Initiatives Forum.

Robert Michael Pyle, Ph.D.

Robert Michael Pyle, Ph.D.Robert Michael Pyle, Ph.D., is a lepidopterist and a professional writer who has published twelve books and hundreds of papers, essays, stories and poems. He has a Ph.D. from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. His acclaimed 1987 book, Wintergreen, describing the devastation caused by unrestrained logging in Washington's Willapa Hills near his adopted home, was the winner of the 1987 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing. His 1995 book, Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide, was the subject of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

David Sobel

David SobelDavid T. Sobel, M. Ed., is the Director of Teacher Certification Programs in the Education Department and Co-Director of the Center for Place-based Education at Antioch New England Graduate School. Prior to 1997, he served as the Chairperson of the department for a dozen years. He was one of the founders of The Harrisville Children's Center and has served on the board of public and private schools. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal, Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice, and is a correspondent for Orion Magazine His published books include Children's Special Places; Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education; Mapmaking with Children: Sense of Place Education for the Elementary Years and Place-based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities. Sobel is currently co-director of Project CO-SEED (Community-based School Environmental Education). This project creates partnerships between communities, school districts and environmental organizations in an effort to collaboratively improve schools and support community development. Sobel's exploration and documentation of the natural interests of children are the foundation for much of his work.

Bill Vanderberg,

Bill Vanderberg,Bill Vanderberg is an educator and the Lead Volunteer Coordinator for the Sierra Club’s Building Bridges to the Outdoors program. Vanderberg is the Dean of Students at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles as well as being the faculty advisor to Crenshaw's Eco Club. He has been an active member of the Sierra Club for the past eight years, with a particular interest in finding ways to make both the Club, and environmental issues, more relevant to minority communities. Vanderberg believes this goal can best be achieved by engaging underserved youth in outdoor environmental experiences from which he hopes they gain a sense of ownership and responsibility for their natural environment, along with the many benefits children and youth get from playing in the dirt.

“A back-to-nature movement to reconnect children with the outdoors is burgeoning nationwide.”
— USA Today, Nov. 2006
All of us share a sense of common purpose. We represent many, many others—some we know, and others we have never met. People throughout the world are increasingly connected by a resonance and passion, to create a new common sense for the good health of children today and generations to come.
– Cheryl Charles
“The movement to reconnect children to the natural world has arisen quickly, spontaneously, and across the usual social, political, and economic dividing lines.”
Orion magazine, March/April 2007