Ceres Announces Two New Board Members
Ceres is pleased to announce two new board members, Majora Carter, President of the Majora Carter Group, and Jack Ehnes, CEO, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).
“We are delighted to welcome these two outstanding leaders with entirely different backgrounds and areas of expertise. As a MacArthur “Genius,” skilled community organizer and national leader in the environmental justice movement, Majora Carter offers numerous talents, and Jack Ehnes, CEO of the nation’s largest public pension fund, brings exceptional leadership and vision to our work with investors. Both are wonderful additions to the board,” said Mindy Lubber, Ceres President.
Majora Carter was born, raised, and continues to live in South Bronx, New York. Her career has focused on developing local and global environmental solutions that alleviate poverty through green economic development and local job creation. She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001, which secured over $20 million in funds to develop the first phase of the South Bronx Greenway with 11 miles of bike and pedestrian paths. She has been instrumental in creating riverfront parks, building green roofs, working to remove poorly planned highways in favor of positive economic development, and successfully implementing the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training (BEST) program— a pioneering green-collar job training and placement system.
Carter co-founded Green for All with Van Jones in 2007 to advocate for a national green-collar job agenda. She is a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant, one of Essence Magazine’s 25 most influential African-Americans for 2007, and a board member of the Wilderness Society. She has been named one of the “50 most influential women in NYC” by the NY Post for the past two years, and "NYC's most influential environmentalist" by the BBC World Service.
Jack Ehnes is the Chief Executive Officer of the California State Teachers' Retirement System. Ehnes provides leadership for the second largest public pension fund in the nation, which serves more than 812,000 members and benefit recipients with an operating budget of approximately $138 million and more than 800 employees. The current estimated asset value of the CalSTRS investment portfolio is $129.3 billion as of Oct. 31, 2008. Ehnes serves on the board of the National Institute on Retirement Security, and previously was board chair of the Council of Institutional Investors.
Ehnes has also served as the Colorado Insurance Commissioner, deputy insurance commissioner, and as board trustee for the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association. As a recognized leader and public servant, Ehnes has served on high profile national task forces through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and on various healthcare and insurance commissions, and advisory boards. His awards include the 1992 “State of Colorado Manager of the Year” award, the 1999 “Career Service Award” from the Colorado Group Insurance Association and recognition from the Colorado chapter of AARP for outstanding public service.
Ceres is a leading coalition of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations working with companies to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change. For more information, visit http://www.ceres.org.