Our Board of Directors

Board Members

Zenobia Barlow, executive director and cofounder of the Center for Ecoliteracy, has led the Center’s grant making, educational, and publishing programs since its inception. One of the nation’s pioneers in creating models of schooling for sustainability, she has designed strategies for applying ecological and indigenous understanding in K–12 education, including the Food Systems Project, Rethinking School Lunch, and Smart by Nature. She is coauthor of Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence (Jossey-Bass, 2012) and coedited Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World (Sierra Club Books, 2005) and Ecoliteracy: Mapping the Terrain. Zenobia serves on the board of directors of the David Brower Center. In 2009, she was named a Fellow to the Post Carbon Institute and served on an international team of experts that advised the Bhutan government on integrating Gross National Happiness principles into education.  Prior to joining the Center for Ecoliteracy, Barlow was editor of an international publishing company, a university program director, and executive director of the Elmwood Institute, an ecological think tank. She travels widely as a documentary photographer.

Peter K. Buckley cofounded the Center for Ecoliteracy in 1995, after a career as CEO of Esprit-Europe and Esprit-International and as an attorney in San Francisco. He is founder, president, and chair of the nonprofit David Brower Center, which opened in Berkeley in 2009 as a workspace and gathering place for collaboration around environmental and social action. He is cofounder of Greenwood School, a K-8 school with an environmental emphasis in Mill Valley, California.  He also serves on the boards of Conservation Land Trust and Conservacion Patagonica.

Fritjof Capra is cofounder and former chair of the board of directors. In addition to his research in physics and systems theory, he has been engaged in a systematic examination of the philosophical and social implications of contemporary science for the past 30 years. His internationally acclaimed books include The Tao of Physics, The Turning Point, The Web of Life, The Hidden Connections, and The Science of Leonardo. He serves on the faculty of Schumacher College and lectures widely to lay and professional audiences in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

David W. Orr, board member, is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont. At Oberlin, he directed a collaboration of students, staff, designers, and architects to build the landmark Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies. Orr is the author of numerous books, including Earth in Mind, Ecological Literacy, The Nature of Design, Design on the Edge, and Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse.

Nancy Skinner, board member, served on the Berkeley City Council, the East Bay Regional Park board, and three terms in the California State Assembly before being termed out in 2014. She chaired the Assembly's Natural Resources, Rules, and Budget Committees, and authored groundbreaking legislation to help California to meet its renewable energy goals. She founded ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability; a coalition of 800 global cities dedicated to helping cities become environmental leaders. As the U.S. director of the London-based Climate Group, she worked with Fortune 500 companies and state, provincial, and national leaders to enact greenhouse gas reduction plans.

Wendy Williams, chair of the board of directors, was moved to become engaged in furthering Fritjof Capra's work after hearing him speak. She has worked as an emergency medical technician, camp counselor, physical therapist, and nature photographer; she is also a longtime student of yoga philosophy. A mother active in her community, Wendy is committed to forging creative links between people and their passions.

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