Linda S. Adams, a longtime Sacramento resident, is a lifelong environmental steward. Adams is the founding President of R20-Regions of Climate Action, the first international consortium of subnational governments seeking to combat climate change. In addition, she serves as Chair of theClimate Action Reserve, a nationally recognized carbon offset program, and represents Oxfam America’s Sisters on the Planet climate change initiative as a global ambassador. Governor Schwarzenegger appointed her the first woman to serve as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA). In this capacity, Adams served as the Governor’s lead negotiator for Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, a first-of-its-kind greenhouse gas reduction law. As Secretary, Adams served as Chair of the Climate Action Team and the California-Mexico Border Relations Council. She was also a member of the Ocean Protection Council and the Strategic Growth Council.
Malin Burnham is vice-chairman of Cushman & Wakefield after its acquisition of Burnham Real Estate Services. Ever active in the community, he is involved with many professional and civic organizations, including Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research, San Diego Hall of Champions, The Campanile Foundation and the UCSD Foundation. He has chaired a number of major non-profits and has co-founded 14 organizations in his career, most providing direct benefit to San Diego and the nation. He has been a world-recognized sailor for five decades and has helped San Diego achieve prominence in both local and professional sports. He is a former partner/owner of the San Diego Padres and the San Diego Sockers.
Gabriela Coverdale has more than fifteen years experience working with information systems and has a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Gabriela previously served as the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Manager for the City of San Diego , California where she developed enterprise-wide solutions, worked on numerous GIS projects in all phases for several governmental departments, corporate entities and special interest groups domestically and internationally. Gabriela also founded and led Coverdales, Inc., a company providing custom, high-end furniture to resort properties in both the United States and Latin America. Born in Mexico, she is bi-cultural and completely fluent in English and Spanish.
Dr. Charles F. Kennel is Chair of the National Academies Space Studies Board and Distinguished Professor, Emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. Dr. Kennel was educated in astronomy and astrophysics at Harvard and Princeton. From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Kennel was Associate Administrator at NASA and Director of Mission to Planet Earth, the world’s largest Earth science program. He became the ninth Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice Chancellor of Marine Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, serving from 1998 to 2006.
Retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., is Chief Executive Officer for GeoOptics, Inc., a startup company with the goal of launching and operating the first commercial Radio Occultation (RO) satellite constellation designed for the express purpose of collecting and offering weather data and associated services as a commercial enterprise. His background in both federal government and private enterprise involving the applications of science in ocean, atmospheric, space, climate, and environmental matters, makes him ideally suited for this role. He previously served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for seven years. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE). He holds Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics and is a graduate of the US Naval Academy (Class of 1964).
Eleanor Musick is a founding partner of Musick Davison LLP, a San Diego intellectual property law practice focused on patent and trademark prosecutionv in the areas of telecommunications, signal and image processing, optics and lasers, computer software, data mining and learning machines, geophysics and oceanography, materials science, drug discovery, medical devices and procedures, electronics, bioinformatics and biomarker discovery, electro-mechanical and mechanical devices; trademark and copyright prosecution; and intellectual property licensing. Previously she was a partner with Greer Burns & Crain, Ltd., and before that a partner with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, Of Counsel with the Atlanta-based national law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton (now Kilpatrick Townsend), and co-managing partner in the San Diego law firm of Brown, Martin, Haller & McClain.
Jean Nettleton is an event management specialist who brings more than 25 years of experience in administrative, special event, and fundraising to OpenOceans Global. Her work has included both volunteer and professional positions in non-profit organizations addressing the ocean, health, children, and other important social issues. She also brings a banking background to the organization, having held positions with the Bank of America, Scripps Bank, and U.S. Bank.
Dr. Jerry R. Schubel is President and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, where he also directs its Marine Conservation Research Institute and Aquatic Forum. He has written extensively for scientific journals and general audiences and has been active in regional, national and international environmental affairs, particularly in the coastal ocean. He serves on the Coastal America Executive Committee, the Science Advisory Panel of the California Ocean Protection Council, and the NOAA Science Advisory Board. He is a past chairman of the federal Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel. Schubel is a former president and CEO of the New England Aquarium and dean of the Marine Sciences Research Center of Stony Brook University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Alma College (Michigan), a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Rob Wilder founded Wildershares, LLC and co-manages the WilderHill Clean Energy Index (ECO), which emphasizes solutions that make both ecological and economic sense. The ECO Index was called “the Dow Jones industrial average of global warming” by USA Today. He is also the author of “Listening to the Sea,'” a 1998 book that links marine biodiversity to cost-effective energy technologies that prevent pollution. His awards include a Fulbright Fellowship, an American Association for the Advancement of Science/USEPA Fellowship, and a National Academy of Sciences Young Investigator Award in Coastal Ecology. He is a trustee for the Society for Conservation Biology and member of the Director’s Cabinet at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dr. Wilder earned his Ph.D. at U.C. Santa Barbara and his law degree from the University of San Diego.
Cathy Zumberge is a seasoned human resources professional who has assisted numerous organizations with their human resources and development needs. Her clients have ranged from start-ups to large corporations in many industries, including public, non-profits, closely held businesses, and large corporations.