Board Members


Sanjeev Chadha

Sanjeev is a global business leader, with deep experience across multiple countries and cultures. He retired from PepsiCo in 2018 as Chairman and CEO for Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa. He has served on the boards of several companies and NGOs. Sanjeev is passionate about water security, and was the recipient of the Stockholm Water Award for Industry on behalf of PepsiCo. Under his leadership, PepsiCo’s Indian business achieved ‘positive water balance’– a global first in the food and beverage industry. Sanjeev and his wife are based in Dubai.

Kate Gasner

Kate 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.

Dr. Peter H. Gleick

Peter is President Emeritus of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security.

Corey Goodman

Corey 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

Sally is dedicated to the protection of our natural environment, with an overarching goal of addressing climate change. Focus areas include water, ecosystem conservation, soil health/regenerative agriculture and plastic pollution. She is a volunteer scientist working at The Nature Conservancy supporting the California water program. She previously worked in environmental consulting at Tetra Tech, with expertise in environmental modeling. Sally also serves on the boards of Sustainable Conservation and The Nature Conservancy California Chapter, and is the co-chair of the California Leadership Council of The Nature Conservancy. She leads the Donor Circle for the Environment at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She co-leads a community action coalition on plastics called Reusable San Mateo County.  

Marielle Villar Martiney

Marielle Villar Martiney is an organizational strategist, community advocate, and equitable environmental policy enthusiast. Marielle currently serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Good Old Lower East Side, a community-based environmental and racial justice organization dedicated to helping low-income communities of color stay in their homes and community. She was previously a single-use plastics policy expert for the New York City Mayor’s Office as well as the New York Department of Sanitation and was a Deloitte Smart Cities consultant.     

Jennifer McFarlane

Treasurer of the Pacific Institute board, Jennifer 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

Jason 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

Drummond 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.

Gavin Power

Gavin is Chief of Sustainable Development and International Affairs at PIMCO. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2018, Gavin was the deputy executive director of the United Nations Global Compact. Gavin led the development of the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, a global corporate water stewardship initiative launched in 2007 in partnership with the Pacific Institute. Between 2012 and 2015, he co-led the U.N. Global Compact’s role in the international consultations leading to development and final adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to his U.N. work, Gavin has held senior positions at Ketchum and Levi Strauss and worked as a financial journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He holds a degree in economics from the University of California.

Tony Stayner

Chair of the Pacific Institute board, Tony balances his time between his impact investing and non-profit work, including the Board of Trustees at 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.

John P. Thacher

John is executive chairman of the board at Wilbur-Ellis. He joined the company as vice president of strategic planning and business development, becoming president and CEO in 2006, then executive chairman of the board in 2018. He serves on the boards of Cuvaison Winery and the Argentina-based winery Finca Decero. Previously, he served on the boards of Rabobank North America, Napa Valley Vintners, Hintzsche Company, and the Di Rosa Foundation.

Paul Traina

Paul is a partner at Silicon Valley Social Ventures, a member of The Philanthropy Network, and a mentor at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. His non-profit work and investments focus on projects that catalyze the development of food and water security for communities most vulnerable to climate change.

Nancy White

Nancy 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.

Advisory Council

Ed Begley Jr. - Actor

Shashi Buluswar - CEO, the Institute for Transformative Technologies

Margaret Catley-Carlson - Patron and former Chair, Global Water Partnership

Emmy Cattani - Principal, Cattani Farms, LLC

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

Dr. Peter H. Gleick - President Emeritus

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

Tillie Walton - River Conservationist

Bob Wilkinson - Senior Lecturer Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara