About Us: Staff and Board

Pacific Institute Staff


Dr. Peter H. Gleick
, President and Co-founder

Dr. Peter Gleick is a world renowned expert, innovator, and communicator on water and climate issues. In 1987 he co-founded the Pacific Institute. Read full bio here.


Terry Asbury
, Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Terry joined the Pacific Institute in November 2009. She is the Executive Assistant to both Peter Gleick and Jason Morrison and oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations. Read full bio here.


Michael J. Cohen
, Senior Research Associate

Since 1998, Michael Cohen’s work with the Pacific Institute has focused on water use in the Colorado River basin and delta region and the management and revitalization of the Salton Sea ecosystem. Read full bio here.


Heather Cooley
, Water Program Director

Heather Cooley joined the Pacific Institute in 2004 and directs the Water Program. Heather conducts and oversees research on an array of water issues, such as sustainable water use and management, the connections between water and energy, and the impacts of climate change on water resources. Read full bio here.

Kristina Donnelly
, Research Associate

Kristina Donnelly joined the Pacific Institute in 2011. Kristina works within the Water Program primarily on U.S. water governance and policy. She has contributed to research and analysis on urban conservation and efficiency; water rates and financing; and drought impacts, policy, and management. Read full bio here.

Cindy Foley
, Finance Manager

Since 2012, Cindy has carried out day-to-day finance activities for the Pacific Institute. Cindy previously handled finances for small companies and was Interim Executive Director/Finance and Operations Manager at the Marin Services for Women. Read full bio here.


Mai-Lan Ha
, Senior Research Associate

Since 2011, Mai-Lan Ha has worked within the Corporate Sustainability Program,  focusing on voluntary sustainability standards and corporate water stewardship to improve company practices as it relates business and the human rights to water and sanitation, collective action, and partnerships. Read full bio here.

Matthew Heberger
, Senior Research Associate

Matthew Heberger joined the Pacific Institute in 2007 and within the Water Program conducts research on water resources policy, planning, and management. Read full bio here.

Deb Janes
, Development and Communications Director

Deb Janes joined the Pacific Institute in 2014 to lead its fund development efforts and oversee its communications activities. Prior to joining the Pacific Institute, Deb held fund development leadership and management positions in environmental, investigative journalism, and community-focused nonprofits. Read full bio here.


Jason Morrison
, Corporate Sustainability Program Director

Jason Morrison joined the Pacific Institute in 1993. Jason directs the Institute’s Corporate Sustainability Program and studies the policy implications of private sector sustainability initiatives, with a focus on freshwater-related business risks and on sustainable water management in the business community. Read full bio here.

Amanda Pebler
, Communications Associate

Amanda Pebler joined the Pacific Institute in 2014. Amanda manages media relations and oversees the Pacific Institute’s online communications and social media efforts. Read full bio here.


Rapichan Phurisamban, Research Associate

Rapichan Phurisamban has worked within the Pacific Institute’s Water Program since 2014, focusing on economic and policy analysis relating to domestic and international water resources. Read full bio here.

Heather Rippman
, Senior Research Associate 

Heather Rippman is a Senior Research Associate on the Corporate Sustainability team at the Pacific Institute. Her work supports multinational corporations to advance water stewardship in direct operations and supply chains, and to improve water management in at-risk regions via collective action between the private sector, governments, civil society and intergovernmental organizations. Read full bio here

Peter Schulte
, Senior Research Associate

Peter Schulte joined the Pacific Institute in 2008. Within the Corporate Sustainability Program, he conducts research and offers guidance for corporate stewardship reporting and manages the CEO Water Mandate. Read full bio here.

Pete Stanga
, Chief Operating Officer

Pete Stanga, who joined the Pacific Institute in 2012, oversees the Pacific Institute’s administrative and finance operations. Read full bio here.

Stefanie Woodward
, Research Associate

Stefanie Woodward works within Pacific Institute’s Corporate Sustainability Program and is an advisor to the CEO Water Mandate, a project of the United Nations’ Global Compact. Read full bio here.



Pacific Institute Board

Dawnet Beverley, Graduate of the University of Technology in Jamaica, the City University of New York, and most recently Dawnet received a master’s degree from Pepperdine University. She has ascended the management ranks in RR Donnelley & Sons Co., the Chicago-based provider of information management and communications services.  Dawnet manages the company’s western region that focuses on financial information management and communications services with offices in all major cities in the western United States.

Peter Boyer, Trustee of The Ayrshire Foundation, member of the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Chair for Rocky Mountain Institute National Solutions Council.

Kelly Cash, Berkeley-based consultant in non-profit content strategy.  For two decades she was a central brand-builder for The Nature Conservancy, on teams that took the organization from 300,000 to over 1 million members and pioneered community-based conservation.

Dr. Anne H. Ehrlich, Senior Research Associate, Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University.

Dr. Peter H. Gleick, President of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security.

Dr. Corey Goodman, Managing Partner of venBio Partners, LLC, Adjunct  Professor at U.C. Berkeley, and Chair of the Board of Second Genome,  Oligasis, Ossianix, Solstice Biologics, Heart Metabolics, and Alexo Therapeutics. Corey is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, and is Chair of the California Council of Science and Technology.

Dr. Malo André Hutson, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Department of City and Regional Planning, specializing in community and economic development, regional planning, and urban health.

Olivier J. Marie, Vice Chair —  business strategist, former Partner at Accenture and Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc.

Jennifer McFarlane has over 25 years’ experience as a CFO in early stage companies, including two involved in developing clean technologies, as well as an investment banker, principally at Salomon Brothers.  She has been a board member on four non-profit organizations and one publicly traded company.  Ms. McFarlane is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Richard Morrison, former Senior Vice President and Director of Environmental Policies & Programs, Bank of America.

Tony Stayner balances his time between his independent investing and non-profit work, including the Board of Trustees at Crystal Springs Uplands School and as a mentor and judge for BigIdeas@Berkeley. He previously has served on the boards of Water.org and The Carey School, and has spent 20+ years managing and advising in high growth situations, including Serena Software, Network General Corporation, and Common Ground Software.

Dr. Robert Stephens, chairperson — Founder and former President of the Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Performance (MSWG). Retired in 2004 as the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management and Sustainability at the California Environmental Protection Agency, he is currently the Chair of the International Committee of MSWG and serves as Secretariat to the United Nations Environmental Program, Best Practices Network for Sustainable Development.

Professor Michael J. Watts, Professor, Geography Department at the University of California, Berkeley where he specializes in Third World development, forestry issues, and world geography.