Council of Advisors

The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security is honored to have a renowned group of advisors, comprised of military and defense systems experts, ocean conservationists, marine and climate scientists, and innovative communications professionals, to guide its long term vision and projects. The institute will make strategic additions as needed.


Tundi Agardy Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityTundi Agardy
Executive Director, Sound Seas
Director, Marine, Ecosystem Services Program, Forest Trends Association

Tundi Agardy is an internationally renowned expert in marine conservation, with extensive field experience in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and North America. Agardy specializes in coastal planning and marine protected areas and has published widely in these fields, including the book Marine Protected Areas and Ocean Conservation. She received her PhD in biological sciences and her master's degree in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island. She is currently the executive director of Sound Seas, an independent policy group based in the Washington, D.C. area.

Karl Boone, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityKarl Boone
Member, PA’s Management Group, PA Consulting Group
(On Sabbatical)

Karl Boone is a member of PA's Management Group and is an expert in helping clients visualize the inefficiencies in their business and then create and implement improvement plans through use of IT, whether developing new solutions, integrating existing technology, or reengineering business processes. Boone has worked in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and the U.S., and his clients include local governments and water and electric utilities. PA Consulting Group works with governments around the world, energy utilities, oil and gas exploration companies, and other private and public corporations on complex program management challenges, renewable energy strategy, and business and technology transformation.

Fred Byus, RDML, Advisor for the for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityFred Byus, RDML (Ret.)
Vice President, Navy and Special Operations Market Sector, Battelle Memorial Institute

Rear Admiral Fred Byus, USN (Ret.), joined Battelle Memorial Institute as vice president of the Navy and Special Operations Market Sector after completing a distinguished career with the United States Navy. In this role, RDML Byus has leadership responsibility for providing high-value, affordable, technology-based solutions to Navy and Special Operations customers and their suppliers. While on active duty, Byus held key operational positions as commanding officer of USS Tautog (SSN 639); commander, Submarine Squadron Seven; and chief of staff, U.S. Seventh Fleet. His shore assignments have included the Attack Submarine Branch, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Chief of Joint Staff Program and Budget Branch, and the director of operations and executive assistant for the commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.  Most recently, he served as the oceanographer and navigator of the Navy.

Lawrence Crowder, Advisor for the for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityLawrence Crowder
Stephen Toth Professor of Marine Biology, Duke University

Larry Crowder's research centers on predation and food web interactions, mechanisms underlying recruitment variation in fishes, population and food web modeling in conservation biology, and interdisciplinary approaches to marine conservation. He has studied food web processes in both freshwater and marine ecosystems, and has used observational, experimental, and modeling approaches to understand these interactions in an effort to improve management. He has been principal investigator for a number of large interdisciplinary research projects. He has also directed and participated in a number of research, analysis, and synthesis groups at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and for the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board. His recent research has focused on marine conservation, including research on bycatch, spatial ecological analysis, nutrients and low oxygen, sustainable seafood, ecosystem-based management, marine spatial planning, and governance.

Felix Dodds, Advisor for thefor Oceans, Climate, and SecurityFelix Dodds
Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum

Felix Dodds has played a critical role in promoting multi-stakeholder dialogue at the United Nations. From 1997 to 2001 he chaired the NGO Coalition on Sustainable Development at the U.N. He facilitated the establishment of the international NGO Coalition for the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development and the UN Habitat II Conference. He has been an advisor to the U.K. and Danish governments and the European Commission at a number of U.N. meetings. He has published seven books, the latest, edited with Andrew Higham and Richard Sherman, is Climate Change and Energy Insecurity. His previous book, edited with Tim Pipard, Human and Environmental Security, was brought out for the 2005 World Summit and was nominated as “Best Environmental Book of 2005." Dodds has become a regular contributor to the BBC Green Room and other media outlets.

Charles Ehler, Advisor for the for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityCharles “Bud” Ehler
President, Ocean Visions Consulting

Charles "Bud" Ehler lives and works in Paris, France, where he is a consultant to UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the Man & the Biosphere (MAB) Programme. Before moving to Paris in 2005, he worked for 27 years as a senior executive of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and five years for EPA's Office of Research and Development. Previously, he taught regional environmental planning and natural resources management at the University of Michigan, UCLA, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has been the marine vice chair of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas and is a coauthor of UNESCO’s guide to ecosystem-based marine spatial planning.

William Eichbaum, Advisor for the Collaborative InstituteWilliam Eichbaum
Managing Director and Vice President of the Marine Portfolio, World Wildlife Fund

Bill Eichbaum's career as an environmental advocate includes helping to organize the first Earth Day in the 1970s, serving as Massachusetts's Undersecretary of Environmental Affairs, spearheading legislation for the Clean Water Act, and completing twenty years of public service prior to joining the World Wildlife Fund in 1989. As the World Wildlife Fund’s ultimate advocate for the sea, he is working to end destructive fishing practices, reduce pollution and establish a network of effectively managed, ecologically representative marine protected areas covering at least 10 percent of the world's seas.

Michael Fischer, Advisor for the for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityMichael Fischer
Former Executive Director, Consultative Group on Biological Diversity
Retired executive director of environmental public and nonprofit agencies, including the California Coastal Commission and Coastal Conservancy

Michael Fischer is the former executive director of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, the premier professional association of foundation executives who make grants to environmental nonprofits. Since the 1960s, Fischer has held a number of positions in environmental management, including executive director of the California Coastal Commission and the Coastal Conservancy, and executive director of the national Sierra Club. He has held positions at the local, metropolitan, state, and national levels; and in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Most recently he was the director of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s environment program. He has served on the boards of directors of a dozen environmental nonprofits, including the Ocean Society, Friends of the Earth-US, High Country News, Yosemite Restoration Trust, Coastal States Stewardship Foundation, and EDGE: Alliance of Ethnic and Environmental Organizations. He has also served as a member of the National Sea Grant Review Panel.

Kristen Fletcher, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityKristen Fletcher
Executive Director, Coastal States Organization (CSO)

Kristen Fletcher represents the interests of the governors of coastal states and territories before federal agencies, state legislatures, state boards and commissions to support national policy goals and objectives of CSO. Fletcher's current work includes leading a coalition toward reauthorization of the Coastal Zone Management Act, serving on the MMS Subcommittee on Alternative Energy, and developing legislation toward adapting to climate change. Prior to joining CSO, Fletcher directed the Marine Affairs Institute and Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program at Roger Williams University. She has also taught ocean and coastal law, natural resources law, and fisheries law. Previously, she directed the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program and was founding director of the National Sea Grant Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Fletcher is president of The Coastal Society, a senior fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program, and a member of the South Carolina Bar.

Barry Gold, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityBarry Gold
Program Director, Marine Conservation Initiative, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF)

Before joining the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in January 2005, Barry Gold developed and led the marine ecosystem-based management activities at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Before that, he was chief of the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, one of the premier adaptive management programs in the nation. Gold has dedicated his career to working at the environmental science and policy interface. He has advised senior officials in Congress, the White House, federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and civic groups. He has held senior positions with the Department of the Interior, the Committee on Science in the U.S. House of Representatives, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2007, he was elected a fellow of the AAAS.

Tamara Greenlaw
Director, Federal and Defense Strategy Practice, PA Consulting

Tamara Greenlaw specializes in rigorous, yet practical strategic analysis of complex issues, with particular emphasis on supporting more disciplined, forward looking decision-making and prioritization in environments with many sources of uncertainty. She has helped address a range of security challenges, including insurgency; radicalization and terrorist enablers; partner stability and capacity; and illicit trafficking. Prior to PA, Greenlaw worked as an environmental engineer.  She holds a BS in engineering from the University of Maine and MBA and MS engineering degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she focused on the alignment of business incentives and environmental impact.

Lynne Zeitlin Hale, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityLynne Zeitlin Hale
Managing Director, Global Marine Programs, The Nature Conservancy

Lynne Zeitlin Hale is an expert in marine and coastal ecosystem management with more than 30 years of experience. She is currently the managing director of Global Marine Programs for The Nature Conservancy, where she leads the conservancy’s efforts to protect and restore the ocean by integrating TNC’s science and policy work with “in-the-water” conservation programs in the United States and over 30 countries. Prior to joining the conservancy, as the associate director of the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island, Lynne played a leadership role in the design and implementation of integrated coastal management programs in the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Africa, as well as globally oriented outreach and training programs. In 2008, her contributions to marine conservation were recognized when she received NOAA’s Walter B. Jones Memorial Award as the Coastal Steward of the Year.

Paul Holthus, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityPaul Holthus
Executive Director, World Ocean Council (WOC)

Paul Holthus is the founding executive director of the World Ocean Council, the international business alliance for Corporate Ocean Responsibility. The WOC brings together shipping, fisheries, oil/gas, aquaculture, tourism, offshore renewables, and other ocean industries to catalyze business leadership and collaboration in addressing shared marine environmental issues. Holthus is an environmental entrepreneur who works with the private sector to develop practical sustainable development solutions for international marine sustainability challenges. He has worked in over 30 countries in Asia, the Pacific, Central America, Europe and Africa, working with companies, industry associations, U.N agencies, international NGOs, foundations, local communities. and fishers.

Andrew Hudson, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security Andrew Hudson
Principal Technical Advisor, International Waters, United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

Andrew Hudson, PhD, joined UNDP-GEF in 1996 as principal technical advisor, International Waters. He oversees and provides strategic and technical guidance on all aspects of the development, implementation and evaluation of the UNDP's GEF International Waters portfolio. He also served as principal technical advisor, Persistent Organic Pollutants, from 2001-2005, and coordinated the strategic development and startup of UNDP’s POPs portfolio and handover of the portfolio to UNDP’s Chemicals Management/Montreal Protocol Unit. Since 2006, as part of a process to fully integrate UNDP’s water activities, he has served as cluster leader of the UNDP Water Governance Programme. Prior to working at UNDP, Hudson was executive director of The Center for Field Research at Earthwatch, where he directed the development of Earthwatch’s annual field research program.

Janot-Reine Mendler de Suarez, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityJanot-Reine Mendler de Suarez
Former Deputy Director, Global Environmental Facility-IW: LEARN

Janot-Reine Mendler de Suarez was central to the development of GEF-IW: LEARN (the GEF International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network), and has championed integration of climate adaptation at the water body scale, gender mainstreaming, capacitation of parliamentarians working for regional natural resources policy reform, and the use of participatory peer learning techniques ranging from open space dialogue to the use of audio/visual media. Also instrumental in launching an experimental distance MSc degree program as a senior Lecturer with the Centre for Developing Areas Research in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, Mendler de Suarez has prepared policy briefs on oceans, climate, and security; assists in the formulation of regional cooperation strategies; and contributes to peer-reviewed journals.

Elliot Norse, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityElliott Norse
President and Founder, Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI)

Founded in 1996, MCBI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to securing protection for significant ocean areas domestically and on the high seas. Elliott Norse earned his PhD in marine ecology at University of Southern California, and has worked for 32 years at the interface of conservation science and policy in Washington D.C. and the State of Washington. His 150+ publications include “Global Marine Biological Diversity” and “Marine Conservation Biology."  He is a Pew fellow in marine conservation, and winner of NOAA’s Nancy Foster Award for Habitat Conservation.

Michael Orbach, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityMichael Orbach
Professor of Marine Affairs and Policy, Duke University
Director, Coastal Environmental Management Program, Duke University

Mike Orbach has done social science and marine policy work on all coasts of the U.S. and in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Europe, Alaska, and the Pacific. He was an advisor to both the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Ocean Commission, and serves on numerous other marine-related boards and commissions.

Youngsook Park, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityYoungsook Park
Chair, Millennium Project Korea/World Future Society Korea
CEO, Global Climate Change Situation Room

Youngsook Park is chair of the U.N. Millennium Project in Korea, chair of the Korean Chapter of the World Future Society, president of the Korean Foster Care Association, senior advisor for the Australian Embassy in Seoul, and a member of the World Transhumanist Association. She is also the CEO of the Global Climate Change Situation Room, a Gimcheon, South Korean group that was developed by a pioneering collective intelligence system to create new software, user interfaces, and software linkages that will connect networks of outstanding experts around the world. The initial expert groups are climate science, energy, green technology, adaptation, mitigation, and the integration of sustainable development and climate change.  Park has been a teacher, a lecturer, a freelance journalist, a diplomat, and is the author of more than 22 books.

Christine Parthemore, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityChristine Parthemore
Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Defense

Christine Parthemore is a fellow at the Center for a New American Security where she directs the Natural Security Program, analyzing national security and foreign policy issues related to energy, minerals, land, water, climate change, and biodiversity loss. She is the author or coauthor of dozens of reports, articles, and commentaries. Parthemore also coauthored a chapter in the 2008 book Climatic Cataclysm: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Global Climate Change and contributed to two best-selling nonfiction books. Her academic background lies in international political economy and unconventional threats/nonproliferation, with degrees from The Ohio State University and Georgetown.

Jonathan Powers, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityJonathan Powers
Special Advisor on Energy, U.S. Army

Jon Powers currently serves as the special advisor on energy to the U.S. Army. Before returning to the army, Powers served as the chief operating officer of the Truman National Security Project and director of Operation Free, where he led a coalition of veteran and national security organizations focusing on climate and energy security. In this role, he testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the national security implications of climate change and published numerous articles on the topic.  Prior to joining the Truman Project, he served for four years as an officer in the U.S. Army, including a 15 month tour in Iraq. In 2008, Powers was a Democratic candidate for New York’s 26th Congressional District.

Andrew Rosenberg, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityAndrew Rosenberg
Senior Vice President for Science and Knowledge, Conservation International
Professor of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of New Hampshire (UNH)

Andrew Rosenberg, PhD, previously served as the dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at UNH. Rosenberg served as deputy director of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service from 1998-2000, the senior career position in the agency, where he dealt with policy decisions on science and resource management issues nationwide. Rosenberg also served as the NMFS northeast regional administrator, negotiating the recovery program for New England fisheries, reversing overfishing and resource declines, and implementing marine mammal recovery and endangered species protection programs throughout the northeast. He has served as the U.S. lead representative in several international fishery management organizations such as NAFO, NASCO, and FAO. He was a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy.

Mark Spalding, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityMark Spalding
President, The Ocean Foundation

Mark Spalding is the chair of the Council of the National Whale Conservation Fund, and an active participant in the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity’s Marine Working Group, Baja California Group, and Coral Reef Group. He serves on the International Bering Sea Forum. He has consulted for numerous public, private, and family foundations, along with designing and managing the Orca Fund. He has served as a member of the Environmental Grants Advisory Committee of FINCOMUN (Tijuanas Community Foundation.) In addition, he has helped design some of the most significant ocean conservation campaigns in recent years and has extensive experience with the legal and policy aspects of ocean conservation.

Mitzi Wertheim, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityMitzi Wertheim
Professor of Practice for Sustainability, Enterprises and Social Networking, Cebrowski Institute, Naval Postgraduate School
Founder and President, The Energy Consensus

Mitzi Wertheim is founder and president of The Energy Consensus, a collaborative “safe space monthly salon” that got the line into the 2006 State of the Union “…the nation has a problem. We are addicted to oil…” which made it possible to talk about energy in Washington. With Department of Defense funding, she founded and was the director of The Energy Conversation. The Energy Conversation's monthly seminars connected hundreds of people with diverse interests in energy and climate from across government, industry, academia, NGOs and the media. The Energy Conversation ran for four years and was the foundation learning spot for the service’s energy strategy. Starting as a Peace Corps pioneer, she was the first executive director of the Cafritz Foundation, a political talent scout, deputy under secretary of the Navy, and a classified program manager at IBM. She is a social entrepreneur, silo spanner, discipline integrator, environmental policy maker, military expert, foreign policy analyst, energy advisor and she creates “learning, collaborative communities.”

Headshot of Lawrence WIlkerson, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityLawrence Wilkerson
Visiting Pamela Harrison Professor of Government and Public Policy, College of William and Mary
Professorial Lecturer, Honors Program, George Washington University

Lawrence Wilkerson is a 31-year veteran of the U.S. Army and a former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of State. Today, he also chairs the U.S. Cuba Policy Initiative at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Headshot of Judith Youngman, Advisor for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityJudith Youngman
Professor of Political Science and Interim Director of the Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Judith A. Youngman previously served at the U.S. Military Academy, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer (now Sanofi Aventis), Merck & Co., Inc., and Pfizer Inc. A fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, she has served as chair of several national advisory committees and presently serves on the National Advisory Council of the Alliance for National Defense, among other affiliations. She also has addressed or consulted with a range of military organizations on topics related to security, including the Naval War College; Army War College; Air Force Corona (four-star) Conference; PACOM Commanders Conference; PACAF Commanders Conference; Air Force Council; USCG Senior Executive Leadership Conferences; Australian Defense Forces; Canadian Defense Forces; Royal Jordanian Armed Forces; and the NATO Committee on Women in NATO Forces. Youngman earned her BA in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and her MA and PhD in government from the University of Texas at Austin.


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Captain Wayne Porter, Liaison to the Council of Advisors at the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and SecurityCaptain Wayne Porter
Chair of Systemic Strategy and Complexity, Naval Postgraduate School

Capt. Wayne Porter’s distinguished career in the U.S. Navy began with his commission in 1986. His tours have included Fleet Ocean Surveillance Intelligence Center, The USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), and the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He c-authored, with Col. Mark Mykleby, the National Strategic Narrative, published by the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars.

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