Senator Barbara Boxer
Senator Barbara Boxer is a national leader on environmental protection who gave 10 years of service in the House of Representatives and became a US Senator in 1993. After four terms as a California senator, she stepped down in 2017 and continues to advocate for environmental justice. Her numerous efforts to create a cleaner, healthier environment and her dedicated work to address the threats of climate change include fighting to remove arsenic from drinking water and authoring an amendment to ensure that drinking water standards protect children. She also led the effort to pass the Water Resources and Reform Act of 2014, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. The author of several books, including The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life, Senator Boxer is a graduate of Brooklyn college, has lived in California since 1985, and is active on Twitter: @BarbaraBoxer.
Christiana Zenner Peppard
Christiana Zenner Peppard, Ph.D., is an expert on the ethics of fresh water and problems of climate change, social justice, and sustainability; a public intellectual; and a public/social media educator. Dr. Peppard is the author of Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis (2014); co-editor of two volumes, including Just Sustainability: Ecology, Technology, and Resource Extraction; and the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on environmental ethics in an era of economic globalization. Her public media work includes venues such as TED-Ed, The New Republic, Public Radio International, The Washingon Post, MSNBC, and CNN.com. In 2013 she was named one of Microsoft’s “Heroes in Education.” Professor Peppard holds a Ph.D. in Ethics from Yale University, Department of Religious Studies, and a Bachelor’s in Human Biology from Stanford University. Join the conversation on Twitter: @profpeppard.
Winston Halapua is the Archbishop and Primate of the Diocese of Polynesia and Aotearoa New Zealand, responsible for a number of New Zealand-based Samoan, Tongan, Indo-Fijian, and Fijian congregations. The author of Waves of God’s Embrace, an exploration of the people of Polynesia and their profound connection with the ocean, he has also published works in the areas of sociology, ecology, and theology. Born and raised in Tonga, he has spent most of his life in Fiji, and studied in Fiji, England, and Israel. He is also Dean of the College of the Diocese of Polynesia at St John’s College, Auckland, and a lecturer in the School of Theology at the University of Auckland.
Thabo Makgoba is the Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa. He has served as the chair of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, and in that role convened a global gathering of bishops in 2015. He also attended the UN’s climate talks in Paris as a Global Climate Ambassador of the ACT Alliance, which is an international ecumenical grouping of churches and faith-based organizations concerned with development. He sits at the Cathedral of St. George the Martyr, known as the People’s Cathedral, which is an international partner for Just Water. An advocate for cathedrals as institutions of education, he holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town and honorary doctorates in divinity from the General Theological Seminary and Huron University College.
Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D, is a climate scientist and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, part of the Department of Interior’s South-Central Climate Science Center. Together with her husband, pastor and bestselling author Andrew Farley, she wrote A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, which addresses many long-held misconceptions about global warming. She has produced or contributed to several documentary series, was named one one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People. Hayhoe holds a B.Sc. in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Maude Barlow is a political activist, author, policy critic, and a former United Nations Senior Advisor on Water. She also chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch and is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. She has been featured in several documentaries about water and is the author or coauthor of sixteen books, including Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water. As the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, Barlow is an outspoken crusader for Canada, and for water initiatives worldwide.
David Toomey, Ph.D, is an economist and Episcopal priest whose work has spanned Anglican Church and secular international development. A specialist in Value-for-Money metrics, he evaluates the drivers of international development projects to determine the most effective and impactful implementation strategies. David currently leads the Value-for-Money assessment of UNICEF, British government, and EU-funded water and sanitation programs in twelve countries in Africa and Asia. His studies on water and sanitation access in Madagascar, Nepal, and Democratic Republic of Congo focus on practical approaches to maximize the benefits of combined water, sanitation, and school programming. David holds degrees in economics from Boston University and Rhodes University, and in theology from Bexley Hall.
Kim Stanley Robinson
Kim Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain, The Years of Rice and Salt, and 2312. In 2008, he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. His newest book, New York 2140, offers a vision of the future of New York City in the 22nd century, “a flooded, but vibrant metropolis” where inhabitants have adapted to sea-level rise caused by climate change.
Catherine McVay Hughes
Catherine McVay Hughes is the former Manhattan Community Board 1 Chair and has served on CB1 for two decades rebuilding Lower Manhattan after 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy. She has over 25 years of leadership experience including board service with the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program for Southern Manhattan (Co-Chair), Manhattan CB1 Resiliency Task Force, Metropolitan NY-NJ Storm Surge Working Group, CERES Presidents Council, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, The Trust for Governors Island, Downtown Alliance Board of Directors, The Battery Conservancy Board of Trustees, Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board, WTC Scientific Technical Advisory Committee and US EPA WTC Expert Technical Panel. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School.
William B. Golden
William B. Golden is the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure (NICHIusa.org), a 501 c3 nonprofit focused on rising sea levels, extreme storms and aging infrastructure. Mr. Golden has over thirty-five years’ experience working on environmental issues as an attorney, a governmental official, and as a private sector entrepreneur. Mr. Golden has served as staff on the President’s Advisory Council on Executive Organization, Environmental Task Force that drafted the enabling legislation that created USEPA and NOAA. As a three term Massachusetts State Senator, he authored and secured the passage of legislation that reformed Massachusetts county government, established the Urban Harbors Institute, established two marine Areas of Critical Environmental Concern and the first in the nation “Hate Crimes” reporting law.
Siobhan Collins is a Manager on the Water Program at Ceres, a national nonprofit helping institutional investors integrate sustainability into the capital markets. She co-directs the Ceres’ Investor Water Hub, a working group that promotes peer-to-peer learning and as a group is collectively developing a web-based water risk assessment model for public release in 2017. Siobhan works with shareholders on deepening their integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, and in particular water, into portfolio management and especially, via their engagement processes. Prior to joining Ceres, Siobhan worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, Colorado with the Marine Geology and Geophysics team. Siobhan received a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Environmental Policy and Geography.
Robert Freudenberg is vice president of Regional Plan Association’s energy and environmental programs, leading the organization’s initiatives in areas including climate mitigation and adaptation, open space conservation and park development, and water resource management. He oversees a comprehensive program of projects and policies to improve public health, quality of life, sustainable development, and climate resilience in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area. Prior to joining RPA, Robert served as a coastal management fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he focused on policies for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Robert holds a master’s of public administration in environmental science and policy from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s in environmental biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Terese Corkish is a young Australian environmental activist, communications professional, and Masters student. She joined the environmental movement at the age of fifteen with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and has filled many roles since, including Environment Officer at the University of Technology, Sydney. Terese is currently the Youth Engagement Officer at Catholic Earthcare Australia. She is passionate about climate justice, gender equality, refugees, and indigenous rights.
The Rev. Deacon Brandon Mauai serves the Standing Rock area in the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota and is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Nation. Brandon serves the St. Luke’s and St. James congregations, which have been active in the Water Protector movement. He also serves on the Diocesan Council of North Dakota and has served on the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church and on the Presiding Bishop's delegation to the United Nations Climate Summit (COP21) in Paris. Married to the Rev. Deacon Angela Goodhouse-Mauai, they have five children.
Irene Kapustina - Director
Irene Kapustina is a stage director and educator. Born and raised in Minsk, Belarus, Irene came to the US to study theater (Loyola University, Chicago) and attend Second City. Irene has directed at The Drama League, The Kraine Place, Manhattan Rep, Hunter College, and other venues. With a deep interest in using art to develop community and build international relations, Irene obtained an M.A. in Applied Theatre from CUNY's School of Professional Studies. Founder of The Angle Project, a New York City-based theatrical production company and performance art initiative, Irene helps displaced and multicultural communities.
Samuel Brannon, a Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, joined the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy in July of 2014 as Outreach and Engagement specialist and has recently been named to the ELCA State Office of Public Policy. Through the Water Captains program in Texas, Samuel has engaged with well over a thousand Texans who believe that their faith compels them to care for creation. Accepted into the GreenFaith Fellowship Program in 2014, his project has been to engage with people living along the Rio Grande. Samuel's greatest joys are playing hide-and-seek with his children and going on dates to Sonic with his wife, Emily.
Anne Kirori is a young Kenyan working with and for the environment. Her academic work is environmental planning and management and environmental governance. She is currently implementing Emergency Response Projects in sub-Saharan Africa with Save the Children East and Southern Africa Regional Office. She has worked extensively with a DFID (UKaid) SUCSEED 4-year project in the urban slums of Nairobi and the coastal city on Mombasa on adapting to climate change while promoting the proper management of waste in the slums. Anne is affiliated with the British Institute in Eastern Africa and is co-founder of the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) where she also spends 10% of her time volunteering in environmental conservation initiatives.
Asif Iqbal is a climate campaigner and development professional in the northern part of Pakistan. Growing up within the Muslim faith communities, Asif now engages them to understand human induced climate change with reference to Holy Quran and scientific evidence. Trained by Al Gore in 2009, Asif has trained thousands of individuals in Pakistan on climate change. He has established a voluntary network “Climate Project Connectors,” which engages volunteers from faith communities, college and university students, civil society, and women’s associations on different climate actions. He now aims to establish solar powered schools for girls and boys in rural communities and serves as a branch manager of the Climate Reality Project (Pakistan affiliate group).
Nakiya Wakes is a Flint, Michigan resident whose children were affected by lead in the water. She has been an activist and spokesperson through Flint Rising, a coalition of community organizations and allies working to ensure that directly impacted people are building the organizing infrastructure and leadership necessary for this long fi ght for justice and creating the future that Flint families need and deserve.
Scott P. Lewis
Scott P. Lewis, Ph.D., is a science and environmental educator who lives in South Florida. He and his wife, attorney Billie Goldstein, moved to Pembroke Pines after meeting and living in the Los Angeles area for several years where they enjoyed the eclectic Southern California scene. Scott is professionally interested in project based approaches to learning and the impacts of technology in education. He is an active member of a Slow Food chapter and several environmental groups (including working with Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin at Temple Solel in Hollywood, Florida to create and facilitate the Sea Level Rise Solutions Project and the Higher Ground Initiative groups to address the challenge of Sea Level Rise). He enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking and gardening.
Note: Jeffrey D. Sachs was initially scheduled to speak at Trinity Institute 2017: Water Justice, but is no longer able to attend.