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Ceres President's Council

The President’s Council is a valued leadership body of Ceres. President’s Council members serve as ambassadors for the organization and enhance Ceres’ impact through direct support, professional expertise, and outreach to new partners and networks.
Marcia Bateson, Chair of President's Council

Marcia Bateson, Chair of President's Council

Co-Founder, Davis Bateson Group, LLC

Marcia has close to three decades of experience in strategic, managerial and leadership roles for corporations, not for profits, financial divisions and financial services organizations. A hands-on problem solver, she has a demonstrated ability to align and integrate disparate groups within organizations, and to develop and implement doable, creative, financially viable solutions.

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Loren Blackford

Loren Blackford

Treasurer, The Sierra Club

Loren Blackford is the Sierra Club Treasurer, chairs its finance & risk and investment committees and co-leads strategic planning. Previously, she chaired the board of the Sierra Club Foundation while it went through a year and a half long process to better align its investments with its mission across all asset classes.

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Michael J. Bradley

Michael J. Bradley

President and Founder, M.J. Bradley & Associates, LLC

Michael has more than 30 years of professional experience working on behalf of a diverse set of energy companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Michael formed MJ Bradley & Associates (MJB&A) to provide clients with insightful advice on energy markets, environmental regulations, and climate change policy.

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Bill Davis

Bill Davis

Founder, Portfolio Manager Stance Capital Team

Prior to forming Stance Capital, LLC, Mr. Davis was co-founder and Managing Director of Empirical Asset Management, and Portfolio Manager on EAM Sustainable Equity, a strategy he launched in 2014. Prior to co- founding Empirical, he was the founder and CEO of Ze-gen, a venture and private equity backed renewable energy company.

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Jeffrey W. Eckel

Jeffrey W. Eckel

President, CEO and Chairman, Hannon Armstrong

Mr. Eckel is President, CEO and Chairman of Hannon Armstrong (NYSE:HASI), the first clean energy REIT and a leading investor in energy efficiency and renewable energy assets.

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Richard Eno

Richard Eno

Senior Partner, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Richard Eno, CFA, is an independent management advisor focused on the energy, chemicals and materials industries. Mr. Eno has deep expertise in strategy development and the application of emerging technology across each of these industries. He has over 30 years of industry experience in a range of senior leadership positions including as a public company CEO.

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Nancy C. Floyd

Nancy C. Floyd

Founder and Managing Director, Nth Power

Nancy Floyd is Founder and Managing Director of Nth Power, an early-stage, energy venture capital firm based in San Francisco, CA. Founded in 1993, Nth Power pioneered energy technology investing and, over four funds, has invested $425M in 56 companies. Ms. Floyd has led investments in 14 companies, some of the market leaders in renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, and clean transportation.

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Jonathan J. Halperin

Jonathan J. Halperin

Founder & President, Designing Sustainability

Mr. Halperin is founder and President of Designing Sustainability. His work connects philanthropy, public policy, business and investment. He works across a range of issues and sectors including food/beverage and agriculture; health and hunger; climate and energy; land, water and ecosystems.

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Catherine Hughes

Catherine Hughes

Chair of Community Board 1

Catherine brings extensive experience in environmental issues, community organizing, and urban resiliency to the Ceres President’s Council. Catherine is the Chair of Community Board 1, one of New York City's 59 community boards, covering most of the southernmost part of lower Manhattan below Canal Street. Through her involvement in CB 1 she has been an invaluable leader in the rebuilding of lower Manhattan after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and more recently, the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

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Lyn Davis Lear

Lyn Davis Lear

Lyn Davis Lear is a producer, activist and philanthropist whose main passions are the arts and the environment, specifically related to climate change. She is a member of the board of trustees for the Sundance Institute, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Norman Lear Center at USC. She has supported, produced and executive produced many documentaries, including “Cesar’s Last Fast,” which screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.

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Suz Mac Cormac

Suz Mac Cormac

Partner, Morrison & Foerster

Suz Mac Cormac specializes in clean tech innovation and alternative energy, as well as venture and private equity investment. Suz regularly advises boards of private and public companies on corporate governance and disclosure as they relate to sustainability and corporate social responsibility issues, and she is working with Ceres on our initiative to integrate sustainability into corporate governance.

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Peter Miscovich

Peter Miscovich

Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle

As Managing Director with Jones Lang LaSalle, Peter develops corporate strategies and workplace transformation solutions for global client organizations.

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Eric Redman

Eric Redman

CEO, Thunderbolt Clean Energy

Eric (Ric) has 40 years of experience working on energy and environmental issues, and 15 years of focus on climate matters. Currently CEO of Thunderbolt Clean Energy, an energy and climate consulting firm, Ric is the former CEO of Summit Power Group, a developer of wind, solar, and carbon capture power plants, and former chair of the Energy & Clean Tech practices at a major international law firm.

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Alicia Seiger

Alicia Seiger

Deputy Director, Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance

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As Deputy Director of the Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance, Alicia manages the center's research, programming, operations, and market engagement. Alicia also leads the center's work to identify As Deputy Director of the Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance, Alicia manages the center's research, programming, operations, and market engagement. Alicia also leads the center's work to identify opportunities for philanthropic and long-term investors to fill financing gaps to scale up clean energy.

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Silda Wall Spitzer

Silda Wall Spitzer

Director & Principal, NewWorld Capital Group, LLC

Silda Wall Spitzer brings a professional career that spans the public, private and nonprofit sectors with expertise in problem-solving, structuring and negotiating complex transactions, sustainability, strategic planning, development, corporate law, community engagement, and entrepreneurism.

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John F. Williams, II

John F. Williams, II

Chairman of the Board and CEO, Impact Infrastructure, LLC.

Mr. Williams joined Ceres’ Presidents’ Council in 2013. He spent 37 years as an advisor to public entities beginning with roles as a community liaison on major transportation initiatives in New York City. He worked in twenty countries and twenty six states amassing a $10 billion track record for successful project development.

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Shirley Weese Young

Shirley Weese Young

Vice Chair, Sierra Club Foundation

Shirley, a graphic designer and landscape designer, is vice chair of Sierra Club Foundation Board, chairs its Grants Committee, and sits on the Finance Committee. Currently developing an offshore wind project in the Great Lakes, she is focused on creative solutions (underpinned by diversity, equity, and inclusion) that keep fossil fuels in the ground and promote renewables.

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Richard E. Zimmerman

Richard E. Zimmerman

Advisor, WE Family Offices

Richard Zimmerman has more than two decades of experience working with wealthy families. He is currently an advisor at WE Family Offices, where he works with client families to provide advice and oversight regarding their overall wealth management needs. Richard also has a passion for and expertise in sustainable and impact investing and philanthropy.

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