Bill is co-director of The Future We Want, an initiative with the United Nations to expand the public’s understanding of how sustainable development can affect our lives and communities; Executive Director of the National Sustainable Communities Coalition, which helps link communities with sustainable development experts; and Executive Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project, which develops recommendations on how the President of the United States can lead against global climate change. He also serves as a senior associate at two sustainable development think tanks: Third Generation Environmentalism the international environmental think tank headquartered in London and Natural Capitalism Solutions in Colorado. He specializes in energy and climate policy with both organizations. He is a member of Mikhail Gorbachev’s Climate Change Task Force in Geneva, an advisor to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute in Washington, D.C., and a member of the board for Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engage and Development in New Orleans.
He spent 15 years as a senior official in the U.S. Department of Energy, specializing in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable communities. At DOE, he founded the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development, which provided organized expert teams to provide technical assistance to more than 130 U.S. communities on various aspects of sustainable development, including “green recovery” for communities rebuilding after natural disasters. After leaving DOE in 2007, Mr. Becker served as Executive Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project, a four-year initiative that produced nearly 200 recommendations on national climate and energy policies for the 2008 presidential candidates, the Obama Administration, and Congress. He is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post, Think Climate, and several other environmental blogs. Mr. Becker is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he won the Bronze Star medal as a combat correspondent. His latest book, The 100 Day Action Plan to Save the Planet, was published by St. Martin’s Press in New York.
Bill joined the Alliance board in July of 2012.
Kim Coupounas is a values-centered leader, public speaker, and entrepreneur who is a passionate advocate for the environment and a firm believer in the power of the corporation to do good in the world. She serves as Director of B Lab Colorado where she is leading a collaborative effort to make the state of Colorado the leader in modelling a better way to do business, serving and building the Colorado Certified B Corporation and benefit corporation community and engaging all Colorado businesses to measure their impacts on workers, communities, and the environment. Prior to B Lab, she co-founded and served as Chief Sustainability Officer GoLite, the premier global manufacturer of lightweight, innovative and responsible apparel and equipment designed specifically for outdoor athletes. Kim and her husband founded the company in 1998, and she served as GoLite’s CEO until 2008. Kim is also past Chairman of the Board of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), the trade association representing the $646 billion active outdoor recreation industry. Kim earned an A.B. with honors from Princeton and a joint M.B.A./M.P.A. from Harvard. Among her deep passions are time spent with her family, trail running, hiking, singing, doing yoga and martial arts, drinking great wine, and climbing mountains.
Kim joined the Alliance board in May of 2014.
Founder and executive director of Two Rivers Institute, a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm; visiting professor at the University of Denver College of Law teaching courses in Constitutional and Environmental Law; founder of Earthlaw, the environmental law clinic at the University of Denver College of Law and Stanford University Law School; attorney with the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, 1989 -1994; attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Denver and Seattle, trial and discovery docket in toxic torts, product liability, and natural resources work with experience in mining law and land use, 1985 – 1988; Peace Corps volunteer Liberia, West Africa, 1978 – 1981; J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1985; A.B. biology, University Of Chicago, 1978.
Mark has been on the Alliance board since its inception in 2004.
Dr. Bruce Hutton, is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Marketing in the Daniels College of Business, where he also holds the Piccinati Chair in Teaching Innovation. In his 33 years at the University of Denver, he has served as Interim Dean (2007–2008), Dean (1990–1994), Director of off–site MBA programs (1986–1989), and chairman of the Department of Marketing (1980–1985). He also developed and served as director of the college’s first off–site MBA program (1987–1990). He has received numerous local, regional, and national honors for his contributions to business education, applied market research, and community service.
National awards include the Faculty Pioneer Institutional Leadership Award (2001) from the World Resources Institute and Aspen Institute’s Business & Society Program for leadership in integrating ethical and environmental issues into business education; Honorary Ranger (1999), the National Park Service’s highest civilian honor; and the National Outstanding Research Award (1978) from the Major Appliance Consumer Action Panel for his dissertation on Life Cycle Costing. He was the recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Faculty Award in the Daniels College of Business.
In 1989, Dr. Hutton was the co-author of a proposal for enhancing MBA programs, subsequently funded with an $11 million matching gift, the largest ever received by the University at that time. While serving as dean, the matching money was raised and a new model for MBA education was developed, now ranked among the top programs in the country for MBA ethics education. The program has been recognized as one of the most innovative in the country for its emphasis on experiential learning, community service, and intensive “boot camps”; comprehensive integrated curriculum; and team teaching. A significant component of the program deals with issues of values and social responsibility, including environmental ethics and sustainable development.
Dr. Hutton received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida with a major in marketing and minors in social psychology and social research methods. His areas of expertise are in marketing research, corporate social responsibility, and the application of consumer behavior principles to issues of public policy, particularly related to corporate responsibility and the environment and nonprofit organizations. He has more than 70 academic and professional publications, and has lectured in Albania, Canada, China, Brazil, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, and Taiwan. He was the first academic market research consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy when it was created. Dr. Hutton is active in the community, serving on a variety of nonprofit boards, and is the co–founder of the Colorado Ethics in Business Awards.
Dr. Hutton joined the Alliance board in January of 2011.
David is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College. He is also a James Marsh Professor at large at the University of Vermont. David is known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and ecological design. He led the design and construction of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center, Oberlin’s Environmental Studies Program Center. David has authored five books and over 150 articles in scientific journals, social science publications, and popular magazines. He is contributing editor of Conservation Biology, has served as a Trustee of several grant-giving foundations, and serves on the Boards of the Rocky Mountain Institute (CO), the Center for Ecoliteracy (CA), and the Center for Respect of Life and Environment. He is also an advisor and consultant to organizations such as the Trust for Public Land and the National Parks Advisory Committee. He has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. B.A. Westminster College (1965), M.A. Michigan State University (1966), Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania (1973).
David has been on the Alliance board since its inception in 2004.
Founder of Alliance for Sustainable Colorado in 2004 and full-time volunteer, John has been on its board since inception. John is a board member of Conservation Colorado and the Educational Foundation of America. From 2006-12 John was a member of the Greenprint Council, a citizens’ advisory committee to the Mayor of Denver’s Sustainable Development Initiative. He was a member of the management committee of the Environmental Grantmakers Association 1991-93 and a volunteer organizer of its annual conferences 1989-94. He is the principal of J.P. Powers & Co. which has real estate investment and ranching interests, and was a real estate broker in the 1970s. He received an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Colorado in 1983 and a B.A. in History and Psychology, from Oberlin College in 1971.
President and Chief Marketing Officer, First Affirmative Financial Network, an independent SEC-registered investment advisory firm serving socially conscious investors; 30+ years experience in real estate and financial services including eight years with Calvert where he developed the first global socially screened mutual fund; nationally recognized authority, consultant and resource to the SRI industry since 1989; producer of the annual SRI in the Rockies Conference, the premier gathering of the sustainable and responsible investment industry in North America; eleven years as a director of the Social Investment Forum, including seven years as Chair and President of the board; former director of the Colorado Chapter of BSR; former chair of the board of P3 Colorado; career includes five years as a real estate broker and three years as Director of Development for The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; BA, Journalism/Communications, Marquette University, Cum Laude 1976.
Steve has been on the Alliance board since its inception in 2004.
Originally from Chicago, former Senator Gail Schwartz fell in love with Colorado at the age of 12 on the top of Longs Peak. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from the University of Colorado School Of Business. She is a graduate of the Harvard University Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, the Council of State Governments Legislative Academy, and the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute of the University of Idaho. Prior to her political career, professionally Senator Schwartz worked on community economic development and ski area planning. She served as the Director of Development for the Pitkin County Housing Authority and a corporate officer market analyst at Sno-Engineering Inc.
In 1995, Governor Roy Romer appointed Senator Schwartz to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education representing the Western Slope. After serving on the Commission, she was elected to the University Of Colorado Board Of Regents from the 3rd Congressional District in 2000 where she served for six years and including two years as Vice Chair. In 2006, Gail was elected to the Colorado State Senate from eleven counties of Senate District 5, and was re-elected for a final four-year term in 2010.
As a resident of Pitkin County and the Roaring Fork Valley for over forty years, she is committed to preserving Colorado’s majestic environment, while protecting water, natural resources, and agricultural lands. She has a distinguished legislative record promoting energy diversification including local renewable energy generation, efficiency, and expanding Colorado’s energy portfolio resources. Former Sen. Schwartz has actively supported rural economic development, access to rural broadband and quality rural schools through the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Program.
Gail has been on the board since February of 2015.