Caroline Gabel served as staff in the House of Representatives for 30 years. Since retirement she has served on local, national and international boards (Chair, Snow Leopard Conservancy; Chair, Environmental Film Festival; former Chair Defenders of Wildlife, Rachel’s Network and American Forests). She is President and CEO of The Shared Earth Foundation.
Art history major with museum experience. Married to film maker Charles Guggenheim, mainly documentaries and political film to elect Dems and some Republicans to office. He quit when political ads got vicious and moved to other subjects. He won 4 Oscars before dying of pancreatic cancer. Our kids all worked with him, one won an Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth”. In 2013 married Harry Thayer, career Foreign Service Officer/Ambassador, specializing in East Asia; working now partOtime for State Department on Freedom of Information issues. Some of my involvements: formed DC Action for Children [with Liz Norton’s Mother], for over 10 years elected to & chaired our Advisory Neighborhood Commission which is part of the DC Government. Now focusing, with EFF, on film as a way to improve the environment.
I suppose I would say that I have been in the area of conservation all my life. First, fresh out of college, I worked as a volunteer researcher for the very newly formed Landmarks Preservation Dept. of NYC. Then I went on to books: studied, practiced bookbinding, focussed more on the conservation of books when I had the opportunity to work at the Newberry Library in Chicago O as a lowly technician, nothing fancy. Also have spent a lot of time O I was a trustee 1991O 2001 during a difficult transition period O and I am now on the board again of a familyO owned corporation, as we are going through yet another wrenching changeOover of generations. The corporation owns a small archipelago of islands in eastern Maine. We are trying hard to preserve our legacy through private stewardship.
A native Washingtonian, moved to New York in 2011 to attend a graduate program in film at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Annie’s short films, both fiction and documentary have played at Festivals across the US including last March at EFF.
Over the past fifty years, I have served in both production and executive capacities with international arts institutions, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Joffery Ballet, the Chicago City Ballet, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, the President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities, and the National Gallery of Art. In addition to film and stage direction, my primary institutional focus has been on long range and strategic planning, creation of policy, and development and fund raising, as well as external relations.
John Lewis, Ph.D.
Rural Development, Agriculture and Food Security
Dr. John Van D. Lewis has worked for over 40 years combining his discipline, ecological and economic anthropology (Ph.D. Yale 1979), with international development management experience. By 2000, he had completed a 22-year career with USAID, retiring after six years as the Agency Senior Agriculturalist and Director of its central Office of Agriculture and Food Security. From that Senior Foreign Service vantage point Dr. Lewis brought several international agribusiness corporations to collaborate with US AID field programs. Serving in Senegal, Mali, Cameroon, Egypt, Tunisia, and then Haiti, Dr. Lewis was able to design and implement path-breaking new approaches to community-driven sustainable development in rural settings. Immediately following his retirement from the Agency, he became Executive Director of the Near East Foundation and then Pro-Natura USA, both in New York City. He has been a Managing Director at Terra Global since 2007.
Josie Merck has been active as a painter and environmentalist all her life. She has produced a number of short films with David Conover of Compasslight, for unusual venues such as the ferry boats of Block Island, RI. She has also helped produce A Sense of Wonder the story of Rachel Carson with Kaiulani Lee; King Corn, The City Dark, and others with Ian Cheney. Merck is also a board member of NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council). She is married to James Stevenson, writer and artist.
Liz Norton, mother of Lucy (15) and Max (12), is a native Washingtonian who has worked both inside and outside the government as well as a television producer on a range of public policy issues. Currently she is the Executive Director of Stone Soup Films, which produces and donates short promotional documentaries for worthy local nonprofits.
As founder and owner of the first certified organic restaurant in the United States. Nora Pouillon advocates her commitment to nutritionally wholesome food and a sustainable, healthOfocused lifestyle based on the premise that you are what you eat, drink, and breathe. On top of her work supporting the organic food movement, Nora champions for a cleaner environment so future generations can also enjoy life on Earth.
I founded the EFF in 1993 and have served as its director, artistic director and president. I initiated the Margaret Mead Film Festival in NYC now its 37th year and have served on many film juries nationally and internationally over the years.
Roger Stone (Flo’s husband) is founder and president of the Sustainable Development Institute, a nonprofit specialist in environmental communications that for several years acted as EFF’s sponsor until EFF achieved its own IRS determination. Previously Roger was a news correspondent and news bureau chief for Time magazine, a vice president at Chase Manhattan Bank and of the World Wildlife Fund, and president of the Center for InterOAmerican Relations in New York; he is the author of six published books.
David M. (“Max”) Williamson
Principal of Williamson Law + Policy, an environmental law firm advocating for clients in the areas of environmental business strategies, lowOcarbon and clean energy technologies, and social impact investment. Max holds degrees in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School and a B.A. from Yale University. He lives with his beau Leslie Jones and dog Talisker in Alexandria, VA.
An independent producer of film and television (including feature film MEMPHIS BELLE and documentaries DIRECTED BY WILLIAM WYLER and WITNESS TO HOPE (a biography of Pope John Paul II), a SVP of Production at Columbia Pictures, and she has held leadership positions at major American cultural institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts and PBS. From 2001 through 2009, she was the founding Artistic Director of the Rochester/High Falls International Film Festival in Rochester, New York.