John Balbus

John Balbus, MD MPH
Senior Advisor for Public Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Dr. John M. Balbus is the Senior Advisor for Public Health to the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, where he directs the NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences.  He serves as HHS principal to the U.S. Global Change Research Program and also co-chairs working groups on Climate Change and Human Health for the US Global Change Research Program and for the National Institutes of Health. Balbus was co-convening lead author for the 4th US National Climate Assessment as well as a lead author on the GCRP Special Report on the Health Impacts of Climate Change in the United States. He is co-author of the HHS guide document “Primary Protection: Enhancing Health Care Resilience for a Changing Climate”.


Doris Browne

Doris Browne, MD MPH
118th President of the National Medical Association, President/CEO of Browne and Associates

Dr. Doris Browne is the 118th President of the National Medical Association and President/CEO, Browne and Associates, LLC, a health consulting company that addresses national and global health inequities. As President of the NMA, she focused on a Collaborative Approach to Health Equity entitled “The Urgency of Now: Creating a Culture for Health Equity”. She tirelessly champions causes that significantly contribute to improving the health status of vulnerable populations. She achieved national and international recognition as an expert educator and speaker and has been either featured or quoted in many news articles and Op-Eds. She specializes in and is passionate about women’s health, cancer, environmental justice, sickle cell disease, HIV/AIDS, and radiation casualties. She is a retired Colonel from the U. S. Army, Medical Corps and retired from NIH, National Cancer Institute where she managed the breast cancer portfolio. Dr. Browne is a graduate of Tougaloo College (BS), UCLA (MPH), and Georgetown University (MD). She is a Medical Oncologist and a member of numerous organizations. She received plentiful awards including the NIH Merit Award and Top Blacks in Healthcare Award.


Michael Coburn

Michael Coburn
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Research!America

Michael Coburn is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office of Research!America, the nation’s largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance, committed to making research to improve health a higher national priority. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of The Arc of the United States, President and CEO of the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, and in management and leadership roles with a number of national nonprofit organizations.


Gary Cohen

Gary Cohen, MBA
President and Founder, Health Care Without Harm, MacArthur Genius Award Winner

Gary Cohen is president and co-founder of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, and he was instrumental in bringing together the NGOs and hospital systems that formed the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. He has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for thirty years. He is a MacArthur Fellow and has been recognized by the White House, Skoll Foundation, and Huffington Post for his efforts to transform the health sector to become environmentally sustainable.


Nitin Damle

Nitin Damle, MD MS MACP
Past President of the American College of Physicians (ACP), Founder and Managing Partner South County Internal Medicine in Wakefield, Rhode Island. Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Dr. Nitin Damle is a Past President of the American College of Physicians (ACP). He is a practicing internist and founder and managing partner South County Internal Medicine in Wakefield, Rhode Island, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Damle has authored many peer-reviewed articles and writes medical columns and commentary on healthcare-related issues. His current area of interest is health and global climate change and he is lecturing nationally and internationally on the topic as a representative of ACP.  ACP, which is the largest specialty organization in the United States with 148,000 members, recently released a policy paper on Health and Global Climate Change which outlines several mitigation strategies.


Howard Frumkin

Howard Frumkin, MD DrPH
Emeritus Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington School of Public Health

Dr. Howard Frumkin is Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington, where he was Dean of the School of Public Health from 2010 to 2016. From 2018 to 2019 he headed the Our Planet, Our Health initiative at the Wellcome Trust in London, and from 2010-2015 he directed the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) at the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Frumkin’s research interests include public health aspects of climate change, the built environment, energy policy, nature contact, and sustainability. His community and professional activities have included serving on numerous National Academies of Sciences committees, on the Boards of the Bullitt Foundation, the U.S. Green Building Council, Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, and the American Public Health Association, among others. His books include Urban Sprawl and Public Health (2004); Environmental Health: From Global to Local (2005, 2010, and 2016), Safe and Healthy School Environments (2006), Green Healthcare Institutions: Health, Environment, Economics (2007), Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability (2011), and Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves (2020).


Dinah Koehler

Dinah Koehler, ScD
Head of Research and Co-Founder Net Purpose

Dr. Dinah Koehler joined UBS Asset Management in February 2015 and is a member of the Sustainable Equities team. Dinah supports the investment process and strategy communication for the team, along with publishing research papers. She has primary responsibility for the overall product positioning, new product development, and database enhancements. She leads the team’s impact measurement project. Dinah is a recognized researcher on corporate sustainability. She has worked in and advised large global corporations, national governments, and international organizations on sustainability issues. She won the 2005 Academy of Management Organization and the Natural Environment Division’s Best Dissertation Prize. Dinah has been invited to present her research at the University of Michigan, Yale, the Wharton School, Columbia, and Harvard, and her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and books. She has advised Harvard and Wharton on academic programs and research databases related to enterprise sustainability. Prior to joining UBS Asset Management, Dinah worked at Deloitte, The Conference Board, the US EPA’s Office of Research and Development, and Wharton.


Jay Lemery

Jay Lemery, MD
Chief, Section of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, University of Colorado

Dr. Jay Lemery is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at The University Of Colorado School Of Medicine, Chief of the Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, and Faculty in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at The Colorado School Of Public Health. He is a Past-President of the Wilderness Medical Society and has provided medical direction to National Science Foundation subcontractors operating at both poles, most recently serving as the EMS Medical Director for the United States Antarctic Program. Dr. Lemery has academic expertise in austere and remote medical care as well as the effects of climate change on human health. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a past term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2016, helped to launch the University of Colorado’s Consortium on Climate Change & Health, currently serving as its Associate Director and is the Director of the Living Closer Foundation Fellowship in Climate and Health Science Policy for physicians—the first one of its kind in an academic medical center.


Bill Novelli

William D. Novelli, MA
Co-Chair, Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Bill Novelli is a professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where he teaches in the MBA program and also founded and oversees the Georgetown Business for Impact initiative. He is co-chair of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), a national alliance to reform advanced illness/end of life care in the U.S. Previously, he was CEO of AARP, founder and president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, EVP of CARE and president of Porter Novelli, the global public relations agency. He began his career at Unilever and also was Director of Advertising & Creative Services at the Peace Corps. Bill serves on a number of boards and committees. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.


Jonathan Patz

Jonathan Patz, MD MPH
Professor and Director, Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin

Dr. Jonathan Patz is Professor & John P. Holton Chair of Health and the Environment, and he directs the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His faculty appointments are in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences. Dr. Patz co-chaired the health report for the first Congressionally mandated US National Assessment on Climate Change and for 15 years, served as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Some of his other awards include: Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows Award; shared Zayed International Prize for the Environment; Fulbright Scholarship; American Public Health Association’s Homer Calver Award for environmental health leadership; Case Western School of Medicine Alumni Special Recognition award; Chanchlani Global Health Research Award; elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Professor Patz has taught and conducted research on the health effects of climate change for more than 20 years and has published over 100 peer-reviewed studies and several textbooks on the subject.


Bruce Piasecki

Bruce Piasecki, PhD
President and Founder of AHC Group

Dr. Bruce Piasecki serves as the head of American Hazard Control Group, Inc. (AHC Group), a general management consulting firm specializing in growth, energy, environment, and sustainability. Additionally, he has chaired the working group for reinventing the Environmental Protection Agency, served on the EPA’s Executive Advisory Council, and was appointed to the White House Council on Environmental Technology. Dr. Piasecki has run tenured professional educational and degree programs at Cornell University, Clarkson University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. At RPI, he was one of the first to develop a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Management and Policy, with award-winning students from around the world. Dr. Piasecki lectures on topics, such as “Going Global, Going Green”; “To Master the Task of Tomorrow, Manage the Challenge of Today”; and “Money Doesn’t Manage Itself.” Throughout his career, he has also authored a dozen books, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Doing More with Less: A New Way to Wealth.


Steve Schroeder

Steven Schroeder, MD
Co-Chair, Distinguished Professor, Department of Medicine; Director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, UCSF; Distinguished Professorship in Health and Health Care, UCSF

Dr. Steven Schroeder is Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, UCSF, where he also heads the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. The Center, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Truth Initiative, works with leaders of more than 80 American health professional organizations and health care institutions to increase the cessation rate for smokers. Between 1990 and 2002, Dr. Schroeder was President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Schroeder graduated with honors from Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, and trained in internal medicine at the Harvard Medical Service of Boston City Hospital and in epidemiology as an EIS Officer of the CDC. He held faculty appointments at Harvard, George Washington, and UCSF. At both George Washington and UCSF he was the founding medical director of a university-sponsored HMO, and at UCSF he founded its division of general internal medicine. He is a director of, the Marin General Hospital, the Marin Community Foundation, Mathematica Policy Research, and the Robina Foundation, and former member of the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine (for 19 years) and former chair of the Health Care Services Board of the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine). He formerly chaired the American Legacy Foundation (now Truth Initiative), was a Council member of the Institute of Medicine, an Overseer of Harvard, President, the Harvard Medical Alumni Association, and director of the James Irvine Foundation. In 2014 he was named a public member of the Congressionally-mandated federal Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health. He has won numerous awards, including six honorary doctoral degrees and the Gustav O. Leinhard Award from the National Academy of Medicine.


Katherine Sierra

Katherine Sierra
Past Vice President for Sustainable Development and Past Vice President for Infrastructure at the World Bank

Katherine Sierra is a non-resident senior fellow in Global Economy and Development at Brookings who focuses on climate change, with a particular emphasis on the issues and policies in the developing world. Ms. Sierra has more than 30 years of experience as a development professional, previously serving as a senior executive at the World Bank. Ms. Sierra’s research covers international climate change architecture, with a specific focus on the effectiveness of climate finance. She also focuses on sustainable infrastructure and green growth, contributing to G-20 discussions on infrastructure in Africa and on opportunities after the Arab spring. As vice president for sustainable development, Ms. Sierra oversaw the Bank’s global environment, infrastructure, and agricultural activities and led its climate change strategy. Sierra broadened the Bank’s climate change strategy to tackle adaptation and focus on agriculture, water, eco-system and urban sectors and the impact on the least developed countries. She was the Bank’s spokesperson on climate change, and represented at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings and at the G-8 and G-20 on climate and environmental issues. As vice president, Ms. Sierra oversaw the World Development Reports on Climate Change (2010), Economic Geography (2009), and Agriculture (2008). She has served in various executive roles throughout the World Bank, including vice president for infrastructure and for human resources.


Reed Tuckson

Reed Tuckson, MD
President, Tuckson Health Connections and former Chief of Medical Affairs, United Health Group

Dr. Reed Tuckson is former chief of medical affairs at United Health Group, where he was responsible for improving the quality and efficiency of health services. Dr. Tuckson also previously served as senior vice president of professional standards for the American Medical Association (AMA). He is a former president of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, has served as senior vice president for programs of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, and is a former commissioner of public health for the District of Columbia. Dr. Tuckson is an active member of the National Academy of Medicine and has held a number of federal appointments, including cabinet-level advisory committees on health reform, infant mortality, children’s health, violence, and radiation testing. Dr. Tuckson was named one of Modern Healthcare’s “Top 25 Minority Executives” in Healthcare for 2008 and to Ebony magazine’s “2008 Power 150: The Most Influential Blacks in America” list. He is a graduate of Howard University, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s General Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship Programs.