Advisory Council

Dr. Gaurab Basu

Dr. Gaurab Basu

Dr. Gaurab Basu is a Primary Care Physician and the founding Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity Education and Advocacy (CHEEA) at Cambridge Health Alliance. He is also an instructor at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, and faculty at Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. With a background in human rights and global health, Gaurab is an expert in equitable medical education and the impacts of climate change on health. He has held positions including Monitor and Evaluation Coordinator at Last Mile Health and a Culture of Health Leader at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Gaurab has received multiple awards in medical education including the Charles McCabe Faculty Prize in Excellence and the inaugural Equity, Social Justice and Advocacy award at Harvard Medical School, and the Union of Concerned Scientists’ 2020 Science Defender Award. He has also been credited for his academic work and was published in Academic Medicine, PLOS Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine.

Gaurab has been nationally recognized for his work in climate change and health equity and was named to the 2021 Grist 50 list of climate leaders. He received his Masters degree at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and his MD at University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed his residency at Cambridge Health Alliance specializing in internal medicine.

 

Geoffrey Chasin

Geoffrey Chasin

Geoffrey Chasin is a Senior Vice President at Cardinal Logistics Management, a leading transportation solutions provider. Geoff received his BA in Mathematics from Cornell University. He was the owner and President of NRX Logistics for over three decades. Geoff is an avid climate advocate, a transportation business leader, and has been a vocal ELM Corporate Council member. Over the years, he has given back to the community by being active on a number of non-profit boards, mentoring at the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson, advocating for climate friendly candidates on the State and Federal level, and through charitable contributions to support numerous causes including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Rosie’s Place for women in need, and the Epiphany School, a free education provider for middle school children in low-income communities of Boston. Geoff’s hobbies include watercolor painting, woodworking, and calligraphy.

 

William “Buzz” G. Constable

William “Buzz” G. Constable

William G. Constable, or “Buzz”, is currently Executive Consultant at A.W. Perry, providing development and legal expertise. He first joined A.W. Perry in 1985 and directed the company’s commercial development division and legal services, retiring as EVP and Director in 2018. Prior to joining A.W. Perry, Buzz was a partner at Warner & Stackpole in Boston. In recent years, Buzz has been involved in many leadership roles with The Trustees of Reservations, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition, the Old South Meeting House, the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. He is also currently a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA), and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). Having served on numerous state and local commissions, including the Central Artery Environmental Oversight Committee and the recent DCR Special Commission, Buzz continues to consult with conservation nonprofit organizations about land development, affordable housing, sustainable development, and policy analysis.

An avid outdoorsman, Buzz enjoys sea kayaking and fly fishing around the world. Buzz received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, Masters from Yale University, School of Environment, and his Juris Doctor degree from Boston University. In addition, Buzz was honored with a LOEB Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

 

Rodney Dowell

Rodney Dowell

Rodney Dowell is the Executive Director for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, where he investigates and evaluates complaints against attorneys.  Prior to that, he was the Bar Counsel for the Office of Bar Counsel of the Board of Bar Overseers, as well as the Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, MA, which provided wide ranging support to attorneys with mental health services, group support meetings, and addiction support groups.  In his various roles, Rodney has brought the skills developed as a legal advocate and a mediator to build collaborative work environments that are focused on succeeding in their mission.
He has a long history of working with environmental groups including a distance legal internship with the Environmental Defense Fund.  Much more recently, he was a Senior Fellow at the Conservation Law Foundation where he worked on issues such as the impact of self-driving automobiles on auto emissions and representing GreenRoots, a community based environmental justice group, in its efforts to stop the siting of a new electrical substation in East Boston.  He also served on the Melrose Energy Commission as a volunteer to develop a Climate Action Plan and help educate the community both understand the need to reduce its carbon footprint and also how to achieve that goal.

Rodney received his J.D. from Cornell Law School and his undergraduate degree from his home state’s flagship university, the University of Colorado.

Sam Fleming

Sam Fleming

Sam Fleming is a retired Interim General Manager and Managing Director of News and Programs at 90.9 WBUR-FM. Sam oversaw and managed the content of daily broadcasts and programming, as well as supervised over 100 employees. Prior to this, Sam served as a news director and reporter at New Hampshire Public Television (PBS) in Durham, NH, a political reporter for the Ten O’ Clock News in Boston, a political reporter at WMUR-Tv in Manchester, NH, a news director at New Hampshire Public Radio in Concord, NH, and a host and reporter for Morning Edition. Sam brings over 40 years of experience in public broadcasting, as well as a deep network in communications and journalism. Sam received his degree from the University of New Hampshire and is extremely passionate about environmental issues. Sam currently resides in both Cambridge and Martha’s Vineyard with his wife.

 

Dave Forbes

Dave Forbes

Dave Forbes is the Chief Commercial Officer of T-Omega Wind, a producer of floating offshore wind turbines based in Boston, MA. He most recently served as COO of Halo Energy, a manufacturer of efficient shrouded onshore micro-turbines. Prior to operating roles in wind energy, Dave was an investor & Principal at Shenzhen Valley Ventures – a FrontierTech focused fund with offices in Palo Alto, Boston, Berlin, and Shenzhen, China.

Within alternative assets, Dave also held roles at the private equity firm Caltius Capital, VC fund Watertower Ventures, and FX & Futures hedge fund ATS Capital. Before his career in finance, Dave served in Advance & operations roles for (then) U.S. Senator John Kerry, the Office of Governor Deval Patrick, and the executive office of former President Bill Clinton.

Dave holds a BA in International Political Economy from Fordham University and an MBA in Venture Capital/Private Equity from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Outside of work, Dave is an avid boater & outdoorsman. A former Eagle Scout, he has trekked mountains on 5 continents. Dave continues to volunteer in elections and with the Boy Scouts of America.

Dr. Aisha Francis

Dr. Aisha Francis

Dr. Aisha Francis is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of Franklin Cummings Tech, making her the first female president of this 104-year-old institution. Her main goals as President are to ensure BFIT continues to lead in the clean tech industry, and successfully develop BFIT’s new campus in Boston’s Nubian Square. She is an active Trustee of WBUR, a member of the Boston Employment Commission, a member of the Advisory Board for the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, and a Judge for the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s Profile in Courage Essay Contest. She was recognized as a member of the Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and contributes to the civic health of Boston through volunteer work and advocacy. Throughout the course of her career prior to BFIT, Dr. Francis held senior roles at Economic Mobility Pathways, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and Harvard Medical School. In 2021, she was appointed to the board of directors at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a state agency dedicated to the growth of the clean energy sector in MA, and in 2020, she was appointed to the City of Boston’s Employment Commission.

After graduating from Fisk University summa cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Francis received her Masters and Doctorate in English Literature from Vanderbilt University. Here, she taught and published topics of English Literature and Gender Studies before transitioning into fundraising. Originally from Nashville, TN, Dr. Francis currently resides in Hyde Park with her husband and two young children.

 

Anne Kelly

Anne Kelly

Anne L. Kelly is the Vice President of Government Relations at Ceres, leading the Ceres Policy Network, Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP). BICEP is a coalition of 52leading consumer-facing companies advocating for meaningful climate and energy policy at the federal and state levels. Ms. Kelly is a registered lobbyist and is actively engaged on Capitol Hill on behalf of Ceres and BICEP member companies. She is an environmental lawyer with twenty-five years of combined experience in the private and public sectors. In the 1990s, she directed the Massachusetts-based Environmental Crimes Strike Force consisting of a multi-disciplinary team of legal and engineering professionals charged with bringing high-profile civil and criminal actions against environmental violators through the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. Ms. Kelly later worked as special assistant to EPA Region 1 Administrator John DeVillars. In this role, she worked on corporate leadership programs and developed an International Pollution Prevention Program which was piloted in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ms. Kelly is a member of the adjunct faculty of Boston College Law School where she has taught courses in environmental law and climate change. She has also taught environmental law at Tufts University, Suffolk University, and New England School of Law. Ms. Kelly also serves on the board of Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light (MIP&L) and is fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL). In addition to her law degree, she holds a M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Janet Kraus

Janet Kraus

Janet Kraus is a serial entrepreneur who has started and sold two companies (Circles and Spire) and is currently the Co-founder and CEO of her third company, Peach. Peach is a social selling athleisure brand on a mission to help women build a better tomorrow. In between startups, Janet joined the faculty at the Harvard Business School in Entrepreneurial Management where she taught and shared her experience from 2010 to 2017. Janet has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Fortune Small Business, and the New York Times, and was a recipient of Boston’s 40 Under 40 and a finalist of Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Janet received her Bachelors degree in Political Science in 1988 at Yale University, and her M.B.A. at Stanford University in 1994.

 

Ted Ladd

Ted Ladd

Ted Ladd, also known as Edward H. Ladd, is a retired Chairman Emeritus from Mellon Investment, an investment management firm of BNY Mellon. Prior to his retirement, Ted joined the Trustees of Reservations in 1983 after he became concerned about development within his community. He has been a member of the Trustees of Reservations for 30 years, in positions ranging from a corporate trustee to a member of the Advisory Council, and eventually joined the Board of Directors where he served four terms. In 2017, he played a vital role on the fundraising committee for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of World’s End. He is the Trustees’ 2019 Charles Eliot Award winner, as well as the 2019 Conservationist of the year. Ted graduated from Harvard Business School in 1962. He enjoys being outdoors and his hobbies include sailing, hiking, and exploring nature.

 

Dr. Bill Lundberg

Dr. Bill Lundberg

Dr. Bill Lundberg is the current President and CEO of Merus N.V., a company that is developing antibodies to treat cancer. He serves as Independent Director of Vor Biopharma, Q32 Bio, and 1928 Diagnostics AB. Previously, Bill was the Chief Scientific Officer at CRISPR Therapeutics. Bill received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.B.A. from UMass Amherst, M.D. from Stanford University and clinical training in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

 

Nicole Obi

Nicole Obi

Nicole Obi is the CEO of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) and is a Member of the Board of Advisors at Longfellow Investment Management. In addition, she is currently a member of the Boston Chapter of The Links Inc, a volunteer service organization for Black professional women, GBH’s and Women’s Foundation of Boston’s Board of Advisors, and a member of the Intensive Community Program Committee at the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. She was previously the Vice President of Customer Insights and Engagement Strategy at Fidelity Investments. Nicole received Masters degrees from the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT School of Urban Planning and Design, and her Bachelors degree of Science in Finance and Financial Management Services from Hampton University.

 

Matt Patsky

Matt Patsky

Matt Patsky is the CEO and Lead Portfolio Manager of Trillium ESG Global Equity strategy, an investment firm focused on social and responsible investing, as well as the Portfolio Manager of Trillium Sustainable Opportunities strategy. Previously, Matt worked at Winslow Management Company in Boston, where he served as director of research, chairman of the investment committee, and portfolio manager for the Green Growth and Green Solutions Strategies. He was a Member of the Board of Directors at the Environmental League of Massachusetts, Shared Interest, Pro Mujer, US SIF, and Root Capital, and is currently a Member of the Board of Directors at Toniic.

Matt received his Bachelor of Science degree concentrating in Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Matt lives with his husband Jun Untalan in Boston.

Bob Taylor

Bob Taylor

Bob Taylor currently serves as a partner and supporter of environmental, social impact, and political NGOs. Bob served as a Member of the Board of Directors at the Environmental League of Massachusetts since 2019 and a Member of the Board of Trustees at Beaver Country Day School since 2017. Prior to this, he served as an Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University and a Managing Partner at Advent Partners where he led Advent’s global portfolio support team to create strategic and operational initiatives that enable companies for long term growth and success.

Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree, concentrating in Metallurgical Engineering from Lafayette College and his Master of Business Administration and Management degree from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. Bob is highly skilled in venture capital, corporate development, private equity, and management consulting.

Katie Theoharides

Katie Theoharides

Katie Theoharides is the President and CEO of the Trustees of Reservations.

In her previous role as Head of RWE Renewables Offshore (East), she oversaw all offshore wind development activities of RWE, from the Gulf of Maine to the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. Before that, Katie was the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Governor Baker’s administration, overseeing more than 3,000 staff, a budget of $232 million and six energy and environmental agencies – one of the largest and most diverse such portfolios in the country. In this role Katie worked to help establish the first utility scale offshore wind farm in the country, the 800MW Vineyard Wind project, followed by subsequent procurements for 800 and 1600MW wind farms, and the establishment of major supply chain and port investments in the Commonwealth.

Katie has significant experience negotiating complex climate, energy and environmental legislation, directing agency budgets, implementing new initiatives, and building a climate resiliency program for the Commonwealth.  Theoharides guided the development and implementation of the Administration’s efforts to safeguard Massachusetts from the impacts of climate change, support cities and towns, and coordinate efforts across state government to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. She worked to implement Executive Order 569, led the development of the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan and created the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program, working to grow the program to reach 95 percent of cities and towns in the Commonwealth in less than 4 years. Theoharides established a net zero by 2050 goal for Massachusetts while in the role and focused on aligning the Clean energy and climate plan with this target.

Trained as an ecologist, Katie has significant experience in leading complex projects and policy initiatives, team management, and strategy. She loves sharing her passion for clean energy and climate change with her husband and three kids.

Rob Tuchmann

Rob Tuchmann

Rob Tuchmann is a retired partner from WilmerHale’s Regulatory and Government Affairs and Corporate and Transactional groups. He has expertise in real estate development and leasing, remediation of contaminated sites, and environmental permitting. Rob is a former chair of the Environmental and Real Estate Practice Group, as well as the Executive Committee at Hale and Dorr. He was also the chair of the Central Artery Environmental Oversight Committee for 17 years.

Rob was a Fellow in the Lawyers ClearingHouse inaugural class of 2012-2013. Since then, he has been active in the community, leading the Access to Justice Fellows project in collaboration with the Boston Public Market Association to create and operate the new Boston Public Market. Rob has devoted 1500-2000 hours to help create and operate the Boston Public Market.

Rob received WilmerHale’s 2008 Reginald Heber Smith Award for Community Service and WilmerHale’s 2007 “Mentor of the Year Award” in recognition for his career guidance and professional development advice to junior attorneys at the firm. Rob was also named “New England Super Lawyer” in real estate for more than twenty years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College magna cum laude and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

Ann Wallace

Ann Wallace

Ann Wallace is currently the Director of Programs at The Funders Network where she manages working groups and regional networks, and serves on the governance committee for the Partners for Places grant program. She was a partner at GMA Foundations for 15 years where she focused on environmental grantmaking and consulting. Ann received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and her Master of Arts with a concentration in environmental policy from Tufts University. She has expertise in environmental policy, smart growth and sustainability, as well as extensive experience in foundations and fundraising. Ann enjoys spending her free time gardening, bird watching on the South Coast, and enjoying the outdoors.