About Us: Staff, Board, and Advisory Council

Pacific Institute Staff

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Jason Morrison
, President and Corporate Sustainability Program Director

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.

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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 and chief scientist. Read full bio and contact information here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, water, and energy; and environmental health and justice. Read full bio and contact information here.

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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.

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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.

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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 and contact information here.

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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.

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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.


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 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.

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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 and contact information here.

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Anne Thebo
, Senior Research Associate

Anne joined the Pacific Institute in 2017 as a Senior Research Associate in the Water Program. She conducts research on agricultural water management, water quality, and water reuse. 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, Mr. Chaney was the Executive Director for Technology Translation for the Biodesign Program at Stanford University.

Dr. Malo André Hutson is 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, 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.  Ms. McFarlane is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Tony Stayner 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, chairperson, 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 and Chief Scientist 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 and Chief Scientist, Pacific Institute

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

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