Denis Hayes has been President of the Bullitt Foundation, a $100-million Seattle-based environmental foundation since 1992.
By mobilizing the resources of The Bullitt Foundation, Denis is making the Pacific Northwest the best-educated, most environmentally aware, most progressive corner of America—a global model for sustainable development.
In 1970, Denis was the National Coordinator for the first Earth Day, - which is often credited with launching the modern environmental movement.- and served as international chairman for Earth Day's anniversaries in 1990 and 2000.
An environmental lawyer, Denis headed the federal government's Solar Energy Research Institute during the Carter Administration and has taught engineering at Stanford University.
Denis was the founding co-chair of Ceres with the late Joan Bavaria, and the principal organizer of shareholder proxy actions on global warming and other sustainability challenges.
In addition to Ceres he has served on dozens of governing boards, including those of Stanford University, the World Resources Institute, the Federation of American Scientists, The Energy Foundation, the National Programming Council for Public Television, the American Solar Energy Society, Greenpeace, and the Environmental Grantmakers Association.
Time magazine selected Denis as one of its "Heroes of the Planet". He has been profiled as "Newsmaker of the week" by ABC News and as "Today’s Person in the News" by the New York Times. Denis Hayes has been a guest writer for The Seattle Times, Yale Environment 360, and a guest on NPR to discuss adding renewable energy to the country’s renewable energy portfolio.