About Us: Staff, Board, and Advisory Council
Jason Morrison, President
Jason Morrison joined the Pacific Institute in 1993 and became its president in October 2016. As president, he oversees the Institute and its activities, focusing on broadening and amplifying the organization’s reach and impact. Read full bio and contact information here.
Dr. Peter H. Gleick, President Emeritus
Dr. Peter Gleick is a world-renowned expert, innovator, and communicator on water and climate issues. In 1987 he co-founded the Pacific Institute, which he led as president until mid-2016, when he became president emeritus. Read full bio and contact information here.
Terry Asbury, Executive Assistant/Office Manager
Terry joined the Pacific Institute in November 2009. She is the executive assistant to both Jason Morrison and Peter Gleick and oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations. Read full bio and contact information here.
Morgan Campbell, Research Associate
Morgan Campbell joined the Pacific Institute in 2017 as a Research Associate in the Corporate Water Stewardship Program. She works on calculating the benefits of context-based water targets for corporations, developing metrics for water sustainability projects in California, and advancing sustainable landscapes in California’s Santa Ana Watershed. Read full bio and contact information 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 and contact information 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 and contact information here.
Sarah Diringer, Senior Research Associate
Sarah Diringer joined the Pacific Institute in 2017 as a Senior Research Associate in the Water Program. She conducts research on the impacts of policy, technology, and land use on water supply and demand. Read full bio and contact information here.
Laura Feinstein, Senior Research Associate
Laura Feinstein joined the Water Program at the Pacific Institute in 2016. Laura conducts research on aquatic ecosystems; the impacts of climate change on water resources; the water-energy nexus; and environmental health and justice. Read full bio and contact information 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 and contact information 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 and contact information here.
Robert P. Jensen, Full Stack Developer and IT Specialist
Robert joined the Pacific Institute in May 2016. He works on full stack developing while implementing and administering IT solutions. Read full bio and contact information here.
Cora Kammeyer, Research Associate
Cora Kammeyer joined the Pacific Institute in 2017 as a Research Associate. Cora conducts research and analysis on water policy and management issues in California, and supports the Institute’s corporate water stewardship initiatives. Read full bio and contact information here.
Rebecca Olson, Communications Manager
Rebecca Olson joined the Pacific Institute in 2015. She is responsible for media and communications strategy and oversees the Pacific Institute’s online communications and social media efforts. Read full bio and contact information here.
Tien Shiao, Senior Research Associate
Tien Shiao joined the Pacific Institute in 2016. She is a Senior Research Associate for the Corporate Sustainability team and has ten years of experience in corporate sustainability, stakeholder engagement, and water risk and stewardship. Read full bio and contact information here.
Peter Schulte, Senior Digital Engagement Associate
Peter Schulte joined the Pacific Institute in 2008 and is a Senior Digital Engagement Associate in the Corporate Sustainability Program. His work focuses on connecting companies and a variety of stakeholders with research, guidance, case studies, and best practices that lead to improved water stewardship. Read full bio and contact information here.
Morgan Shimabuku, Research Associate
Morgan Shimabuku joined the Pacific Institute in 2018 as a Research Associate in the Water Program. She conducts research on stormwater policy and economics, multi-benefit frameworks for integrated water management projects, and water and conflict around the world. Read her full bio and contact information here.
Pete Stanga, Chief Operating Officer and Acting Director of Development and Communications
Pete Stanga, who joined the Pacific Institute in 2012, oversees the Pacific Institute’s administrative and finance operations. Read full bio and contact information here.
Anne Thebo, Senior Research Associate
Anne joined the Pacific Institute in 2017 as a Senior Research Associate in the Water and Corporate Sustainability Programs. She conducts research on agricultural water management, water quality, and water reuse. Read full bio and contact information here.
Abbey Warner, Research Associate
Abbey Warner joined the Pacific Institute in 2017 as a Research Associate in the Corporate Water Stewardship Program. She conducts research and analysis on water stewardship target setting, corporate water risk, private sector engagement in water security, and the intersection of water and industry within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Read full bio and contact information here.
Pacific Institute Board
Dawnet Beverley is a 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 is Trustee of The Caldera Foundation, a member of the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Chair for Rocky Mountain Institute National Solutions Council.
Ari Chaney currently serves on the boards of Stealth Biosciences, The Parkinson’s Institute, and 13.8. He was the co-founder and CFO of Cellular Research, a genomics company developing a disruptive platform for precision biology research that was acquired by Becton Dickinson in 2015. Prior to building Cellular Research, Ari was the Executive Director for Technology Translation for the Biodesign Program at Stanford University.
Kate Gasner is Director of Water & Energy Efficiency at Water Systems Optimization (WSO). At WSO, she manages water loss control programs for water utilities throughout the country, develops water loss control best practices, conducts research on leakage and instrumentation, and teaches workshops. In her work, Kate guides water utilities to identify opportunities for water savings in their distribution systems.
Corey Goodman is Managing Partner at venBio Partners LLC and is an Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley. He is co-founder of the University of California, Berkeley Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and multiple biotech companies including Exelixis (IPO), Renovis (acquired by Evotec), Second Genome, Ossianix, Labrys (acquired by Teva), and Alexo, and the former President of Pfizer’s Biotherapeutics and Bioinnovation Center. Cory is the current chair of the board of multiple biotech companies. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the University of California Innovation Council, former chair of the California Council on Science and Technology, and former chair of the National Research Council’s (NAS) Board on Life Sciences.
Sally Liu is a dedicated environmentalist focused on actions that conserve and restore ecosystems. As a Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, Sally focuses on groundwater issues, supporting the development of a statewide guidance framework for groundwater dependent ecosystems. She has also supported the environmental flows program in the development of a statewide strategy and the Salmon and Steelhead Coalition with Trout Unlimited and CalTrout.
Olivier J. Marie, Chair. Oliver is a business strategist and 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. Jennifer is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Jason Morrison joined the Pacific Institute in 1993 and became its president in October 2016. As president, he oversees the Institute and its activities, focusing on broadening and amplifying the organization’s reach and impact.
Drummond Pike is Director at Ultra Capital and the founder and former CEO of the Tides Foundation and related organizations, from which he retired in 2011. He is currently helping Good Planet Labs launch. He is the co-founder of Working Assets, now Credo Mobile, and remains active with the company’s board. In the past, he worked with Equilibrium Capital. Drummond serves on the boards of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Environmental Working Group, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and on the investment committee of the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.
Tony Stayner, Vice Chair. Tony balances his time between his impact investing and non-profit work, including the Board of Trustees at Water.org and the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund.(SV2). Tony co-leads impact investing for SV2, is the Managing Director of the Excelsior Impact Fund, and is a member TONIIC. He mentor/judges for BigIdeas@Berkeley and the Global Social Benefit Institute Accelerator. Tony spent 20+ years managing and advising in high growth situations, including Serena Software, Network General Corporation, and Common Ground Software.
Dr. Robert Stephens, Secretary. Robert is the 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.
Nancy White is Program Advisor on Water Issues for the TomKat Charitable Trust. She is also the Chief Executive Officer for Estabrook Investment Advisors, LLC. Nancy practiced law in Denver and later founded and managed a national consulting firm, White-Scott LLC. She currently serves as an officer and trustee of the Schlegel White Foundation. Nancy received her J.D. from the University of Denver School of Law after receiving both her B.A. and her M.A. from the University of Massachusetts.
Emeritus Board Member
Dr. Peter H. Gleick is President Emeritus of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security.
Pacific Institute Advisory Council
Gypsy Achong, Founder and former CEO, Gift a Feast
Ed Begley Jr., Actor
Shashi Buluswar, CEO, the Institute for Transformative Technologies
Margaret Catley-Carlson, Patron and former Chair, Global Water Partnership
Alexandra Cousteau, Explorer, filmmaker, and water advocate
Martha Davis, Executive Manager for Policy Development, Inland Empire Utilities Agency
Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO, the Alliance for Water Efficiency
Anne Ehrlich, Author, Biologist, former Director at the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University
Peter Gleick, Co-Founder, President Emeritus, Pacific Institute
Rob Greenwood, Principal, Ross Strategic
Cynthia Koehler, Executive Director and Co-Founder, WaterNow Alliance
Amory Lovins, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
Richard Morrison, Former Senior Vice President and Director of Environmental Policies and Programs, Bank of America
John Pratt, Former Executive Director, Water Defense
William Reilly, Former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Eugenie Scott, Former Executive Director, the National Center for Science Education
Ismail Serageldin, Director, Library of Alexandria, Egypt
Henry Vaux, Professor of Resource Economics, UC Berkeley; Emeritus Chair, Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy
Bob Wilkinson, Senior Lecturer Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara