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frANK LOY - ADVISORY MEMBER

Frank Loy was appointed as Alternate U.S. Representative to the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly in 2011 by President Obama. He also served in the Obama Campaign as a co-leader of the Energy and Environment team, and as a member of the National Finance Committee.

Frank served as Under Secretary for Global Affairs under President Clinton and was the lead U.S. climate negotiator for three years. Under President Carter, he was Director of the Department of State’s Bureau of Refugee Programs, with the personal rank of Ambassador. In the Johnson Administration he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Affairs.

Frank spent a decade in the business sector, eventually becoming a founding partner of a turn-around firm and becoming president of a publicly-traded company.

Early in his career he practiced corporate and corporate finance law in Los Angeles with the firm of O'Melveny & Myers. He has taught a course in Environmental Law and Policy at the Yale Law and Forestry Schools. 

Over the years he has served on a variety of corporate boards. At present he serves on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, particularly environmentally-focused, including the Environmental Defense Fund, The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Nature Conservancy Maryland/DC Chapter.

He holds a BA from UCLA and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School.

Read Frank's blog post about his commitment to changing how our economy impacts nature and why he joined our board.


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GEORGE SERAFEIM - ADVISORY MEMBER

George Serafeim is the Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He has taught courses in the MBA and doctoral programs, chaired Executive Education programs, authored many articles and business cases, and presented his research at conferences and seminars.

George’s research interests are international, focusing on corporate valuation, governance and reporting issues. His work has been published in the most prestigious academic and practitioner journals such as the The Accounting Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Finance, Contemporary Accounting Research, Management Science, Financial Analysts Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, and Harvard Business Review. His research is regularly cited in media outlets including The New York Times, Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Economist, The Guardian, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and NPR. 

He has extensive experience as a senior adviser of investment managers and corporations around the world and as a board member in both the non-profit and private sectors. He is a co-founder of KKS Advisors and an advisor to Calvert Investments. He serves on the advisory board of Arabesque, on the board of directors of the High Meadows Institute, on the working group of the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism and on the Technical Review Committee of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings.

He was a member of the Standards Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). 

He holds a master’s degree in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a doctorate in business administration at Harvard Business School.


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margot lee Shetterly - Advisory member

Margot is a writer, researcher, entrepreneur and the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. Hidden Figures was named a top book for 2016 by Time Magazine and Publisher’s Weekly and received many awards, including an NAACP Image Award for Best Nonfiction Book and the National Academies of Sciences 2017 Communications Awards Best Book. The book has been published in a Young Readers Edition, as a picture book (to be released January 2018) and has been translated into 16 languages.

Margot was an Executive Producer on the film Hidden Figures, adapted from her book, which became the number one movie in America and received three Academy Award nominations. She is also the founder of the Human Computer Project, an organization archiving the stories of all of the women who worked as mathematicians, computer and engineers NASA during the agency’s early years. Her research has garnered support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Margot has more than two decades of experience of working in finance, media, and technology, including positions at Merrill Lynch, HBO and several startup tech companies. She has spent more than a decade living and working outside of the United States and co founded the expat magazine Inside Mexico.

She holds a B.S. in Commerce and Finance from the University of Virginia, and is a CFA charterholder.


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Susan tolson, CFA - founding advisory member

Susan Tolson is currently a director of Groupe Lagardère; Take-Two Interactive where she is as a member of the Audit Committee; Outfront Media where she chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee and serves as a member of the Audit Committee; and Worldline E-Payment Services where she serves as a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation and Nominating Committee. Previously, Susan also served as a director and Audit Committee member of American Media, Inc., Trustee for the American University of Paris, and board member of the Franco-American Fulbright Commission.

Susan worked at Capital Research Company serving in various capacities, including Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager, for twenty years.  She had spent two years with Aetna Investment Management Company making private investments in media and entertainment companies. 

She is a National Association of Corporate Directors’ Governance Fellow.

Susan holds a BA, cum laude, in economics from Smith College, an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, and is a CFA charterholder.


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David Yeh - advisory member

David Yeh develops proprietary investments and partnerships to address energy and infrastructure needs. Under the Obama administration, David led a $76 billion federal energy and transportation investment office where he was able to accelerate the growth of electric vehicles sector and utility scale renewable energy market. David also guided the Administration’s effort on structuring partnerships with Fortune 500 firms, family offices, and global asset managers. Further, he founded the Presidential Executive program which recruits C-suite executives to join the federal government to solve national challenges such as the Western water crisis, investing in rural America, and cybersecurity.

Prior to his Presidential appointment, David was a multi-asset investor in Beijing, London, and New York. In London, he worked at Generation IM’s $683 million Climate Solutions fund. In China, David launched the strategy and business development for a $100 billion-dollar energy efficiency lending franchise for the World Bank and the Chinese Ministry of Finance. He helped catalyze investment in early stage green technologies through holding the first sustainability hackathons and developing an energy seed fund and incubator strategy for New York. He has written for publications such as Forbes and is an active speaker on finance, sustainability and innovation, participating in events hosted by the Council of Foreign Relations and World Economic Forum among others.

David holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.


ELLEN STOFAN, PHD - ADVISORY MEMBER emerita

Ellen Stofan was the Chief Scientist of NASA from 2013-2016, serving as principal advisor to the NASA Administrator on the agency's science programs and science-related strategic planning and investments.

Her Research has focused on the geology of Venus, Mars, Saturn's moon Titan, and Earth. She has published extensively, and she has received many awards and honors including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. She is an associate member of the Cassini Mission to Saturn Radar Team. Prior to joining NASA, she led a team which proposed a mission (TiME) to NASA to land a boat on a sea on Titan. 

She is co-chair of the World Economic Forum Space Council and an Honorary Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at University College London. She has served on numerous non-profit boards, and is currently a member of the College of William & Mary Foundation Board (Immediate Past Chair). 

She holds a BS from The College of William & Mary and a PhD from Brown University.

Read Ellen's testimonial about why she supports Terra Alpha's work. 


 
 

Katherine collins, cfa - founding advisory member emerita

Katherine Collins is the first Head of Sustainable Investing at Putnam investments, Founder and CEO of Honeybee Capital, and author of the book, The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies through Biomimicry.

Katherine has over twenty years of professional investment experience.  At Fidelity Management & Research Company, she served as portfolio manager for a number of multi-billion dollar equity funds and as head of equity research.  Her funds consistently outperformed their benchmarks.

As her interest in sustainable and regenerative finance grew, she earned her MTS degree at Harvard Divinity School, and studied the natural world and biomimicry as guides for investing in a more integrated approach.

Katherine serves as board chair at Last Mile Health, as director for the Sante Fe Institute and the Omega Institute, and as member of the Harvard Divinity School Dean's Council and the Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College. 

She holds a BA from Wellesley College, an MTS degree from Harvard Divinity School, and is a CFA charter holder.