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At a time when disinformation can be spread more rapidly than ever before, The YEARS Project is committed to the truth about climate change and the science that underpins our understanding of the crisis we now face.
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Anita Bekenstein manages a private family fund which supports non-profits focused primarily on health, education, the environment and the arts. She currently serves as a trustee on several non-profit boards including Upstream USA, Natural Resources Defense Council, Boston Medical Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Teach for America MA and Partners in Health. She is an overseer at the New England Aquarium and is a member of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers Visiting Committee at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. After receiving her Master’s degree from Tufts Boston School of Occupational Therapy, she worked at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital where she specialized in neurology and pediatrics. She and her husband Josh live near Boston where they enjoy spending time with their five children, two horses, three dogs, a dozen chickens and one cat.
Seattle Foundation ignites powerful, rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. Focused on creating equity and opportunity, our goal as a community foundation is to simplify giving and strengthen the impact of philanthropy for the more than 1,200 individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits we serve. We provide deep community insights, powerful civic leadership, effective philanthropic advising and judicious stewardship of assets in support of our mission. In addition, Seattle Foundation annually presents GiveBIG, a 24-hour online giving event to raise funds for area nonprofit organizations. Learn more at:
The Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation is a small, private foundation formed in 1988. The Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest within the program areas of Puget Sound restoration and protection, forest protection in Washington and Oregon, and climate change.
Wallace Global Fund
Tides is a philanthropic partner and nonprofit accelerator dedicated to building a world of shared prosperity and social justice. Tides works at the nexus of funders, changemakers, and policy, with extensive impact solutions including philanthropic giving and grantmaking, impact investing, fiscal sponsorship for social ventures, collaborative workspaces, and policy initiatives. Their extensive tools and know-how give their partners the freedom to hit the ground running and drive change faster than they can on their own.
George Soros is the founder and chairman of Open Society—a network of foundations, partners, and projects in more than 100 countries. His commitment to the idea of open society—where rights are respected, government is accountable, and no one has the monopoly on the truth—makes the Open Society Foundations unlike any other private philanthropic effort in history.
Soros began his philanthropy in 1979, giving scholarships to black South Africans under apartheid. In the 1980s, he helped undermine Communism in the Eastern Bloc by providing Xerox machines to copy banned texts, and supporting cultural exchanges with the West.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he created Central European University to promote critical thinking. He expanded his philanthropy to the United States, Africa, and Asia, and his Open Society Foundations have supported paralegals and lawyers to represent thousands of individuals who were unlawfully being held, sometimes for years and without any legal representation.
He underwrote the largest and most concerted effort in history to bring the Roma people of Europe into the mainstream. The Foundations have provided school and university fees for thousands of promising students, including young Roma, refugees from armed conflicts, and young people from other marginalized groups.
George Soros helped establish an international system to bring transparency and accountability to the natural resource extraction industries, whose practice of making secret payoffs to local tyrants has for decades fueled some of the world’s worst political unrest and most heinous violence. He has supported independent organizations such as Global Witness, the International Crisis Group, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
“My success in the financial markets has given me a greater degree of independence than most other people,” Soros once wrote. “This allows me to take a stand on controversial issues: In fact, it obliges me to do so because others cannot.”
Rob is an experienced, versatile, global professional occupying a unique niche in the Financial Technology space. He has a demonstrated track record of creating and managing diverse teams of varying sizes.
He is currently the CEO and founder of Applied Financial Technology Ltd. The company, based in
London, is a proprietary trading firm, aiming to redefine the concept of risk and risk management in financial markets through the innovative use of technology.
Prior to his current role, he led GETCO LLC’s Asia‐Pacific business, entering into all major markets in the region. These include Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Australia, India, and Malaysia. He represented the firm to regulators, exchanges, clearing firms, and other stakeholders. He served as Chairman of the Board for GETCO Asia (Singapore), GETCO Hong Kong, and GETCO Australia.
Before his time in Singapore, Rob was the CTO for GETCO LLC. There he led the development of a world‐class, multi‐currency, multi‐asset class, globally distributed trading platform. He participated in all day‐to‐day and strategic management of the company as part of the four person executive committee.
Rob holds a Master of Science in Finance from Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.
Wendy Schmidt is the President of The Schmidt Family Foundation, where she works to advance the development of renewable energy and the wiser use of natural resources. The foundation houses its grant-making operation in The 11th Hour Project, which supports more than 150 nonprofit organizations in program areas including climate and energy, ecological agriculture, human rights, and our maritime connection.
On Nantucket, The Schmidt Family Foundation operates ReMain Nantucket, a local group devoted to enhancing the economic, environmental and social life in the downtown of America’s oldest continuous community. In addition to leading the foundation, Wendy was a founding board member of Climate Central, an organization that connects scientists and journalists working together to provide accurate, non-advocacy news and analysis about our changing climate and its impacts on our cities, coastlines, agriculture, fresh water, and oceans.
In 2009, Wendy and her husband Eric Schmidt, created the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), and in 2012 launched the research vessel, Falkor, as a mobile platform to advance ocean exploration, discovery, and knowledge, and catalyze sharing of information about the oceans.
In 2010, to further her commitment to ocean health issues, Wendy partnered with XPRIZE to sponsor the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XCHALLENGE, a $1.4 million competition designed to identify efficient and innovative solutions to address oil spillage from ocean platforms, tankers, and other sources. The 18-month long competition, prompted by The Deepwater Horizon disaster, resulted in a solution that yielded fourfold improvement over existing cleanup capabilities. In 2012, Wendy again partnered with XPRIZE to design the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE a prize that will respond to the global need for better information about the process of ocean acidification, one of the harbingers of climate change. The prize launched in September 2013.
Wendy earned an M.A. in Journalism from The University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Smith College. She serves on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Climate Central, The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, The Trust for Governors Island, V-Day, XPrize Foundation, Grist and MAIYET. Interests include sailing, scuba diving and tennis.
Sue Mandel is a director of the ZOOM Foundation, a family foundation focused on education and the environment. She is a trustee of the Environmental Defense Fund and Vassar College. She is a co-founder of Moms Clean Air Force, a national movement of over 200,000 moms (and dads) who are protecting our children’s right to clean air. She graduated from Vassar College and Harvard Business School, where she is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors.
Steve Mandel is the founder of Lone Pine Capital, a global long/short and long-only equity money manager that he started in 1997. Prior to founding Lone Pine, Mr. Mandel was managing director and consumer analyst at Tiger Management Corporation, mass-market retailing analyst at Goldman, Sachs and consultant at Mars and Company.
He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors, a trustee of Teach for America and Board Chair of Dartmouth College, and a founder and board member of the Lone Pine Foundation.
Christian Krüger is Chairman of Krüger Holding AG and Krüger & Co. AG. Krüger & Co. AG provides solutions for building sites after water damage and for maintaining pleasant room climate in living and working areas. Since 1978, Mr. Krüger has led the company and is the third generation of his family to do so.
As a student, he became involved in the Club of Rome in 1972 and saw first-hand the impact that can be achieved when prevailing theories are challenged by bold thinking and smart action. Keen to make a difference to those in need and a firm believer in the power of education, Mr. Krüger founded the Krüger Foundation for Child Aid in India, the Krüger Kinderhilfswerk für Indien in Switzerland, and a foundation for his company employees.
He serves on the board of the Mobiliar, Switzerland’s oldest private insurance company, as well as other international boards, including Impact Economy.
Barbara and Amos Hostetter
Amos B. Hostetter, Jr. of Boston is Chairman, Pilot House Associates, L.L.C.; Co-founder, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Cablevision, Inc.; Former Director of AT&T; Former Board Member and Chairman of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA); Founding Board Member and Former Chairman of C-SPAN and Cable in the Classroom; Former Board Member of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB). Children’s Television Workshop (CTW), the Nantucket Conservation Foundation and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Recipient of the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award; Inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame and Broadcasting magazine’s Hall of Fame for lifetime contribution to the Communications Industry.
Currently, Hostetter is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of WGBH, and of Global Post, LLC and is a Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the North Bennet Street School, Belmont Hill School, and Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Amherst College. He is a Former Member of the Vestry of Trinity Church, Boston.
Mr. Hostetter received a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Jeremy Grantham is Co-Founder and Chief Investment Strategist of GMO, LLC, a global investment management firm with approximately $100 billion in assets under management.
In 1998, Jeremy and his wife Hannelore established the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, which supports communication and collaboration in addressing the world’s most pressing environmental problems.
Rena Shulsky David
Rena Shulsky David is the founder of Green Seal, the national environmental seal of approval. Through its partnership with the Environmental Media Association (EMA), Green Seal has established stringent green standards for the entertainment industry.
Rena is the founder of Green Audit, the first firm to evaluate companies from a “deep green” perspective. She is also CEO of a national real estate investment firm.
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There is so much misinformation about what is creating the fires, the droughts, the extreme storms. I really wanted to be part of getting the correct information to people.
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