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, Treasurer
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.
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.