Our Board of Directors
John Dawes, President
Executive Director, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds
As Executive Director of the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds since 1994, Dawes has supervised small grants to over 150 environmental and watershed associations throughout the state. The intent is to provide seed money to allow a local group to access agency funding through the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Office of Surface Mining, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. This has resulted in over $110 million for projects. The majority of this small grants budget is for abandoned mine reclamation.
For five years Dawes was a consultant to the Heinz Endowments Environment Program where he supervised grants to regional watershed groups pursuing a DCNR Rivers Conservation Plan. Other duties included participation in sustainable forestry round tables, and the facilitation of a statewide watershed advocacy group called POWR – the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers.
Dawes graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and an M.Ed. Since 1970, he has owned and managed a purebred Angus farm in Huntingdon County where conservation practices have been implemented, including streambank fencing, forest stewardship planning, a 10kw windmill for electric power production, and spring development using photo-voltaic panels. The farm won the 2007 Governor’s Award for Conservation.
Wesley P. Warren, Treasurer
Director of Programs, Natural Resources Defense Council
Wesley P. Warren is the Director of Policy Advocacy for the NRDC Action Fund and at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Before joining NRDC, Mr. Warren served in the Clinton White House as Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy and Science in the Office of Management and Budget. During his seven-year tenure in the White House, Mr. Warren also held positions as the chief-of-staff for the Council on Environmental Quality and the executive director of the White House Task Force on Livable Communities established by Vice-President Al Gore.
Prior to his service in the executive branch, Mr. Warren worked as a legislative aide in the U.S. House of Representatives for six years, first for Representative Claudine Schnieder (R-RI) on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, and then Representative Philip Sharp (D-IN) on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Wesley received a B.A. and double honors in Economics and History from Wake Forest University in 1976 and attended graduate school in Political Science at the University of Chicago.
Eric Schaeffer, Secretary (Ex-Officio)
Executive Director, Environmental Integrity Project
Eric V. Schaeffer has served as director of the non-profit Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) since he co-founded the organization in March of 2002. Eric’s vision of combining policy analysis, media outreach and litigation to advocate for more effective enforcement of environmental laws still drives all of EIP’s work. Previously, Eric served as director of EPA’s Office of Civil Enforcement from 1997 to 2002, where he received a Presidential Rank Award, as well as the John Marshall award from the Justice Department for his leadership in negotiating an industry-wide cleanup of petroleum refineries. Eric’s career at EPA began in 1990, and included an appointment as special assistant to the Deputy Administrator. Prior to his service at EPA, Eric worked as an environmental attorney for two and a half years at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and spent six years on Capitol Hill working for various members of Congress. Eric received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1987, and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1976.
Partner, Dunlap & Browder
Louise Dunlap was the first woman to become chief executive of a major U.S. national environmental organization. From 1976 until 1986, she was President of the Environmental Policy Institute and Environmental Policy Center, groups she co-founded in 1972 and which under her leadership grew into the largest public-interest environmental lobbying organization in Washington. She created and led one of most effective campaigns in the history of the US environmental movement: the seven-year national citizens’ effort to enact federal legislation, the Surface Mine Control & Reclamation Act of 1977, requiring the coal industry to protect valuable farmlands, streams and wetlands and to reclaim all surface mined lands. Louise continues to be a principal strategist and advocate for community groups throughout the U.S. working for reclamation of abandoned mines and enforcement of surface mining laws.
Louise Dunlap has been instrumental in the development of US national strategies and federal policies for cleaner and more efficient automotive transportation technologies and fuels. She plays a key role in developing and advancing the federal tax incentive programs for energy efficient commercial buildings, schools, homes, and equipment included in the Energy Act of 2005: programs which will significantly reduce US greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the risk of electric power blackouts, and reduce price increases for natural gas.
Riverkeeper & CEO, Patuxent Riverkeeper
Fred was born and raised along the Patuxent River as were seven generations of his ancestors before him. Prior to founding Patuxent Riverkeeper in 2004, Fred operated a business that provided professional media and mass communication services internationally. Fred also worked as volunteer activist on the Patuxent for over 20 years until the momentum of the volunteer environmental work overcame his media career and the challenge of Riverkeeping beckoned. Fred is a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for his work on behalf of environmental causes and issues in Maryland. He also serves on a variety of Boards, Task Forces and Commissions related to the work of protecting the Patuxent and the natural environment. Among them, Fred serves on the Board of the Environmental Integrity Project, as a Governor appointed Commissioner on the State’s Patuxent River Commission and on the Board of Waterkeeper Alliance, the international group that licenses Waterkeepers. Fred is an adjunct instructor at historic St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he teaches an upper level course in Environmental Law and Policy. He is an avid kayaker and backpacker, and also helps to maintain trails on the Appalachian Trail.
Associate Director of Program Development, Rockefeller Family Fund
Larry joined the Rockefeller Family Fund in 2000. Prior to this, he directed the New York Public Interest Research Group’s (NYPIRG) environmental programs from 1988 through 1999. Among his successes in that capacity were campaigns to prevent construction of the Brooklyn Navy Yard incinerator; force the shut-down of Fresh Kills, the largest landfill in the world; and urge New York Governor George Pataki to order promulgation of what at the time were the toughest power plant emission standards in the country. Larry currently serves as president of the board of the Environmental Integrity Project and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.
Artist & Philanthropist
Meredith James is an accomplished multi-media artist and Harvard alumna who divides her time between New York City and Montana. A friend of EIP, Ms. James has an avid interest in environmental issues developed through exposure to factory farms in the Midwest. She is interested in the intersection between business and the environment in the push from fossil fuels, and how social and visual media can move that message forward.
Her career includes senior management positions at the United Nations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and Bard College. In 1999 Dr. Fox-Przeworski was invited to Bard College in New York to create a Center for Environmental Policy offering public programs and graduate training that integrates science, law, economics, and ethics into environmental policy making. Formerly on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International-USA, Dr. Fox-Przeworski is currently chair of Green Seal, Inc. She is the author of numerous articles and books, and a lecturer on environmental policy and negotiations in the U.S. and abroad, including talks in China, Argentina, and France. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern, masters and doctorate from Harvard and Washington University in St. Louis, and an honorary degree in law from Ripon College.
Coordinator, The Green Funders, The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
Rebecca Ruggles coordinates a Maryland affinity group of funders focused on environment. Under the umbrella of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, which represents philanthropy throughout the state, Rebecca works with regional funders committed to watershed protection, agricultural reform, action on climate change, development of clean and fair energy systems, community greening, and environmental justice. She was formerly Director and Founder of the Maryland Environmental Health Network (MdEHN), which educates and mobilizes health experts and advocates to reduce toxic exposures, promote healthy energy sources, and address the community impacts of pollution in Maryland. Prior to launching MdEHN, Rebecca’s career was anchored in community health where she developed new health services, expanded access to addiction treatment, managed the operations of several Baltimore area community health centers, and advocated for specific interventions to address the social determinants of health in inner city communities. She sits on the Board of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, a network of congregations and people of faith pursuing better stewardship of our natural world. She is a member of the Core Advisory Group of Halt the Harm Network, linking communities fighting fracking across the country.
Senior Campaign Representative, Sierra Club
Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator Dr. Alfredo “Al” Armendariz joined the staff of the Sierra Club effective in 2012 as Senior Campaign Representative for the organization’s Beyond Coal campaign. Based in Austin, Dr. Armendariz draws on his scientific expertise working on air, water, and climate science to help move Texas off coal-fired electricity and toward an economy powered by job-generating clean energy sources such as wind and the sun.
Before becoming Regional Administrator for the EPA, Dr. Armendariz spent eight years as a professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He has previously worked as a chemical engineer with Radian Corporation in North Carolina. Throughout his career, Dr. Armendariz has spent countless hours volunteering to help protect America’s air, water, treasured landscapes and public health through various environmental groups and he worked to teach the next generation of environmental leaders through the Volunteer Center of North Texas.
Currently an independent consultant, Frank Tugwell serves on the board of directors of the Regulatory Assistance Project and SNV/USA, the U.S. arm of the Netherlands Development Organization, SNV. Previous to that, he served as the President and CEO of a global development organization, Winrock International, for 14 years.
Before joining Winrock, Tugwell served as Executive Director of the Heinz Endowments, a philanthropy that makes grants in the environment, human services, education, urban affairs, and the arts. Prior to that, he was Vice President for Programs and Global Projects at Winrock International. He has also held positions as founder and President of the Environmental Enterprises Assistance Fund, a nonprofit that invests in small and medium-sized environmental companies in developing countries; Deputy Assistant Administrator in the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Carter Administration; and Professor and Department Chair at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate School.
Tugwell, who holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, has focused his research and writing on energy technology and policy. He is the author of The Energy Crisis and the American Political Economy: Politics and Markets in the Management of Natural Resources, and has written widely on biomass energy systems for developing countries.