Susan Kish, Treasurer
Susan Kish is a senior executive with more than two decades of experience in financial services, renewable energy, media, networks and building businesses.
Most recently, Susan was the Head of Cross Platform Initiatives at Bloomberg LP, responsible for a portfolio of mandates to coordinate, integrate and innovate across the media, data and analytical platforms and publications of Bloomberg worldwide.
Previously, Susan was the Director of Knowledge Services at New Energy Finance, a subsidiary of Bloomberg. BNEF is the world's independent provider of research in renewable energy, smart energy technologies, and the carbon markets. At the firm, she launched and produced the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, the leading gathering of thought leaders across the global clean energy and carbon markets, now in its seventh year.
Prior to BNEF, Susan was the CEO of First Tuesday Zurich, which she founded in 1999. The firm was a highly regarded independent think tank that supported the development of thought leader networks and innovative knowledge sharing in areas such as sustainable energy, mobile/telecom, and financial services. After First Tuesday Zurich was acquired in 2006 by the professional online network XING, she became XING's Head of Network and Community Practice.
Susan is a director and co-founder of the Energy Venture Forum, the foundation which established and produces the European Energy Venture Fair in Zurich. She is an independent Director and Advisor on the boards of The Foundation Center and the SwissNex Science Consulate.
Susan was with UBS for more than 14 years, most recently as Global Functional Head of Structured Finance and Private Banking, based in Zurich. Before moving to Europe in 1995, she held a variety of executive positions at UBS in New York, where she was responsible for their successful entry into several new financial markets and products.
Ms. Kish has spoken at TED about her experience learning to code as a senior executive, and is an experienced facilitator on topics including energy, networks, innovation, and risk. She graduated from Harvard University where she studied the History of Science, and lives with her family in Boston, USA.
Jennifer 8. Lee
Jennifer 8. Lee is a journalist, film producer and entrepreneur. She is the founder of the literary studio Plympton, which focuses on innovative projects in publishing.
She graduated from Harvard with a degree in applied math and economics in 1999, and attended Beijing University on a fellowship to study international relations. She then became the youngest full reporter hired at The New York Times, where she covered technology, environment, crime and poverty until 2009. She is the author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, a book on how Chinese food is all-American, which hit #26 on the New York Times bestseller list. She is also the producer of The Search for General Tso, a documentary film that premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, and a number of other films in development.
Jenny serves on the board of directors of the Center for Public Integrity, the Digital Public Library of America, the Asian American Writers' Workshop, as well as the Nieman Foundation advisory board and the New York Public Library Young Lions Committee. She was also lead judge of the Knight News Challenge, on the launch team for Upworthy, coined the popular term "man date" and was an Esquire Woman We Love.
Jenny is also a member of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, and has authored successful proposals for the dumpling, takeout box, fortune cookie and chopsticks emoji. Currently, she is working on a proposal for a hijab emoji and organizing Emojicon, a conference for all things emoji.
Ted Loewenthal, MD, has recently retired from a rewarding 35 year career as a physician in clinical practice. Recognized as a leading gastroenterologist in Connecticut, he was affiliated with Hartford Hospital where he oversaw gastrointestinal endoscopy and related quality of care issues.
Dr. Loewenthal continues to serve as the lead environmental trustee for the Common Sense Fund. Now his focus, energy and passion are directed to addressing the issue of global warming.
Having graduated from Harvard as a chemistry major, he brings a scientific perspective to his understanding of the issue of climate change. He earned his MD at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Michael Northrop directs the Sustainable Development grantmaking program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York City, where he focuses on energy and climate change. He provided the seed grant that got InsideClimate News started in 2007. He also moonlights as a lecturer at Yale University's Forestry and Environmental Studies School, where he teaches a course on environmental campaigns. Previously he was executive director of Ashoka, an international development organization that supports "public sector entrepreneurs" and an Analyst at First Boston, an investment bank in New York City. Mr. Northrop also served on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's PlaNYC Sustainability Advisory Board, the City of New York's Waterfront Advisory Board, and on the boards of directors of Oceana and Princeton in Asia. Northrop has an Master of Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, where he was an English major as an undergraduate.
Norman Pearlstine is the Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Times. He has had a long and distinguished career in journalism, working both as a reporter and editor, as well as a manager and executive. In 2005, the American Society of Magazine Editors gave him its lifetime achievement award and inducted him into the Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame. Five years earlier he was honored with the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.
Norm served as executive vice president and chief content officer of Time Inc., and before that chief content officer at Bloomberg L.P., following nearly four decades working as a reporter and editor. Norm started his career at The Wall Street Journal where he served as a staff reporter in Dallas, Detroit and Los Angeles. He was later Tokyo bureau chief; founding managing editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal; national editor; founding editor and publisher of The Wall Street Journal/Europe; managing editor; and, ultimately, executive editor. He also served as Time Inc.'s editor-in-chief for a decade.
Lawrence Rodman, Chair
Larry Rodman currently is General Counsel to Aligned Intermediary, an investment advisory firm that is mission focused on increasing the pace and scale of investment in climate infrastructure (clean energy, clean water, clean waste) by institutional investors.
Prior to his current position, Larry practiced law in private practice in New York City for 40 years. During his law career, Larry served as counsel to privately held companies across a broad range of industries, including advising on corporate governance, negotiating agreements, handling mergers and acquisitions, financings, and private equity transactions, handling commercial disputes, assessing client company risk profiles, and providing guidance in managing risk.
Larry serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, his law degree from Harvard Law School, and a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
David Sassoon is the founder and publisher of InsideClimate News, the non-partisan and non-profit news organization launched in 2007 that won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2013. He has been a writer, editor and publisher for 25 years, involved with public interest issues: human rights, cultural preservation, healthcare, education and the environment. In 2003 he began researching the business case for climate action for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. BusinessWeek used that research to help it rank the Top Ten Companies of the Decade for emissions reductions and to produce a multi-part project that examined how leading U.S. corporations were responding to climate change.
As an outgrowth of his research, Sassoon founded the blog which has grown and evolved into InsideClimate News. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.