Paul Haible, Treasurer
Iva Kaufman, Board Chair
Buck Parker, Secretary
Whit Sheard, President
Lisa Speer, Member

Advisory Board

Jim Ayers
Sarah Burt
Brock Evans
Faith Fjeld
Ester Fjellheim, M.D.
Becca Gisclair
Anna Kertulla, Ph.D.
Shawna Larson
Pratt C. Remmel, Jr.
Erika Rosenthal
Larry Ruth
Brooks B. Yeager
Oran R. Young, Ph.D.


Evelyn M. Hurwich

Board Bios

Executive Director
Peace Development Fund

Paul Haible has worked in the public foundation field for many years, as a staff member and Development Director of the Vanguard Public Foundation from 1978 – 1990, as a co-founder of the Funding Exchange and technical assistance consultant to many of the member funds of the Funding Exchange; he has been an advisor and board member of the Fund of the Four Directions, board member of the Seva Foundation, co-founder and advisor to the Flying Eagle Woman Fund; he was the Development Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network from 1992 – 1997; consultant to the Chickaloon Village, AK; member of the Threshold Foundation Social Justice and Justice and Democracy Committees; and served twelve years as a board member of the Peace Development Fund.  He also is Deputy Representative at the UN representing the Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum; from 1979 – 1986 he was involved in the commercial Halibut Fishery in the North Pacific, and holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MS CED from Southern New Hampshire University.

Iva Kaufman & Associates

Iva has built institutions and coalitions throughout her career in non-profit management, and advising in philanthropy. Iva has advocated for CCU since 1995, when she served as Program Director of the Sun Hill Foundation; and played an active role in positioning the Arctic within the work of the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) and other affinity groups of the Council on Foundations.Presently, Iva staffs the American Sustainable Business Council’s Working Group on Women; and represents the Guide to Impact Investing by Julia Balandina. She serves on the board of the People’s Movement for Human Rights Learning and the Peace Development Fund, and is a member of Bolder Giving. BA,University of Chicago, 1975.

Strategic Advisor

Buck joined Earthjustice (then Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund) in 1980 as coordinator of litigation, served as general vice president and then as president and executive director from 1997 through 2007.  He now works primarily on Arctic offshore oil and gas development issues both within the United States and internationally.  Buck has also served on the boards of the Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente, Ecojustice Canada, the Campaign for America’s Wilderness and the Wilderness Land Trust. JD, Harvard Law School, 1972; BA, Stanford University, 1967

Director of the International Arctic Program at Ocean Conservancy

Since 1993, Whit has worked with and for nonprofit organizations dedicated to environmental conservation and human rights.  His roles have included attorney, board member, program manager, volunteer and consultant.

Whit has worked for the League of Wilderness Defenders, Cascadia Wolf Project, the Western Environmental Law Center, The Ocean Conservancy, Alaska Conservation Foundation, University of Oregon, Alaska Pacific University, Alaska Marine Conservation Council, Oceana, Pacific Environment, and the Denali Citizens Council. JD/MS University of Oregon; BA Miami University.


Lisa Speer is director of NRDC’s international oceans program in New York. Her expertise is in the area of management and conservation of biodiversity, fisheries, and ecosystems of the high seas and the Arctic marine environment.

Lisa served on the National Academy of Sciences'(NAS) Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology from 2001 to 2007 and has also served on NAS Committees on the Arctic and marine environmental monitoring. She has served on U.S. delegations to many high seas fisheries negotiations and testified before Congress and the United Nations on a variety of high seas and Arctic management topics. She received her master’s degree from Yale University and her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.

Advisory Board

Alaska Strategies

Currently serving as a conservation consultant and advisor, Jim is working with several conservation organizations in discussions with the Department of Interior, NOAA, United States Coast Guard and the White House in addressing the importance of further Arctic science as well as preparation and response capabilities prior to further oil and gas exploration and shipping in the Arctic. Jim was also an advisor and member of USCG Incident Specific Preparedness and Response review panel of the Deep Water Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which included specific recommendations for change that would apply directly in protecting the Arctic. Until 2010, Jim was Vice President and Senior Advisor at Oceana, responsible for all aspects of management of Arctic and Pacific programs. There, he held lead advocacy resulting in an innovative precautionary federal Arctic management plan and US Policy banning bottom trawling in over 1,000,000 sq miles. Previously, Jim held a number of positions including Chief of Staff to the Governor of Alaska; Executive Director of the Exxon Valdeez Oil Spill Trustee Council; and Director of the Alaska Marine Highway System.


Endangered Species Coalition

Brock has been President of the Endangered Species Coalition since 1997, prior to which Brock served as Vice President for National Issues for the National Audubon Society for 15 years. He earlier served for eight years as Director (head lobbyist) of the Sierra Club’s Washington DC Office, and for six more as the Club’s Northwest Representative, responsible for its interests from the North Pole to California. His major focus in these positions was on forest, wilderness, and energy policies, especially as they affected public lands. Brock has done scholarly work at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, as a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, and teaching in Israel as a Visiting Professor at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Michigan Law School, Brock also served with the U.S. Marine Corps. A prolific writer and public speaker, Brock has received numerous awards for his work, including Lifetime Achievement Awards from the League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Council of America, and the John Muir Award, the Sierra Club’s highest honor. [Read Fight & Win: Strategies for the new Eco-Warrior]

Saami Baiki Foundation

Publisher and Editor, Baiki, the North American Saami Journal, and Project Coordinator of “The Sami: Reindeer People of Alaska,” a traveling exhibit that opened March 2004 in Bethel, Alaska. Faith is based in Anchorage, Alaska.

Saami Medical Association and International Union for Circumpolar Health

Former Member of the Saami Parliament of Norway. Ester lives and practices as a medical doctor in Tromsø, Norway.

Ocean Conservancy

Program Director of Arctic Social Sciences
National Science Foundation

Previously Associate Director of the Alaska Governor’s Office in Washington, DC. Anthropologist and author of Antler on the Sea: The Yup’ik and Chukchi of the Russian Far East, her extensive fieldwork has covered research topics from land use patterns and subsistence economies to ethnic identity, household organization and domestic violence, and has ranged across a diversity of peoples including Central Yup’ik (Eskimos), Tanana (Athapaskan), Pribiloff Aleuts, Siberian Yup’ik and Chukchi of Russia.

Former CCU Board Member

Former CCU Board Chair
Environmentalist and Peace Activist

Founder of the Arkansas Ecology Center, Pratt served as Director and led the Center through two lawsuits considered “landmark litigation” to protect natural resources in Arkansas: enjoining Gillam Dam construction on the Cossatot River in the Ouachita Mountains in southwest Arkansas, and halting hundreds of miles of stream channelization of the Cache River in eastern Arkansas. The latter led to the protection of thousands of acres of bottomland swamps and forests, now known as the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge, where the Ivory-billed Woodpecker was recently rediscovered. In 1970 received Arkansas Conservationist of the Year Award from the Arkansas Wildlife Federation and the Sears Roebuck Foundation. Founding member of the Threshold Foundation, former staff and board member of American Rivers, Pratt also served ten years on the Board of Directors of the Peace Development Fund. Founder and Director of the Dunbar Garden Project of the Little Rock Parks Department from 1992-2004, Pratt is currently a board member of Arkansas Urban Gardening Educational Resources, working with the University of Arkansas Medical Center to develop and expand school gardens to help slow the epidemic of early onset diabetes. Pratt received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

is a staff attorney with the International program.

Her work focuses on climate change, at international negotiations and with U.N. Environment Programme and regional bodies like the Arctic Council to reduce emissions of atmospheric pollutants such as black carbon and ozone.

Lawrence Ruth + Associates

LR+A is a consultancy in natural resource and environmental policy. Previously Larry taught, conducted research and handled programmatic responsibilities in various capacities at the University of California for 15 years, where he was also a S.V. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the College of Natural Resources and Boalt Hall School of Law, as well as Director of the William Mann Distinguished Visitor Program. Research interests and recent work include development and analysis of ecologically sensitive approaches to resource management, sustainability of natural resources and ecosystems, wildland fire policy, adaptive management, environmental assessment, and the effectiveness of administrative regulation. His numerous publications include individual and co-authored articles on federal forest fire policy, ecosystem management, forest policy in the Sierra Nevada, and adaptive management.

Environmental Policy Consultant

Brooks Yeager has long experience with issues in the Arctic, and is a frequent visitor to the region. As Executive Vice President at Clean Air-Cool Planet, he promoted effective policies for reducing global and national greenhouse gas emissions, and for national approaches to adaptation to unavoidable climate change impacts. During eight years in the Clinton Administration, Brooks served in senior positions in the Department of the Interior and the State Department. As the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Development at State from 1999 – 2000, he was the lead U.S. negotiator for the 2001 Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs under Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, he worked with the State Department on the initial establishment of the Arctic Council, and led a number of administration efforts in Alaska, especially with regard to oil and gas development on Alaska’s North Slope. From 2001 until 2005, Brooks was the Vice President of the Global Threats Program at World Wildlife Fund-U.S. He is the co-author of WWF’s first major assessment of Arctic governance, A New Sea: the Need for a Regional Agreement on Management and Conservation of the Arctic Marine Environment, published by WWF-International in October, 2006. He is also the author of Managing Towards Sustainability in the Arctic, Some Practical Considerations, Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, Heidelberg Journal of International Law, 2009.  Brooks received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

Former CCU Board Chair

Oran Young specializes in the fields of Institutional and International Governance and Environmental Institutions. He served as Co-director of the Program on Governance for Sustainable Development at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara; and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Tromsø, Norway. Former Director of both the Institute of Arctic Studies and the Institute on International Environmental Governance at Dartmouth College. Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of the Arctic, and Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee on the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change under the auspices of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change. Served for six years as vice-president of the International Arctic Science Committee. Author of over twenty books and numerous scholarly articles. [Read Arctic Stewardship in Ethics and International Affairs]



Human ecologist (College of the Atlantic, Maine) and attorney (University of California, Berkeley), Evelyn has specialized in polar affairs since 1989. Until 1991, she served as Associate Director and Counsel to The Antarctica Project, a Washington DC-based NGO, where she successfully worked to defeat a Minerals Treaty for Antarctica and achieve instead the negotiation and signing of an Environmental Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty. In 1993, convinced of the need for a new entity to address international Arctic issues she founded and directed the Circumpolar Conservation Union as a project of the Tides Foundation for 12 years. Ms. Hurwich served as the Arctic reporter for the Yearbook of International Environmental Law from 1993 through 1997, and participated in the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy and the Arctic Council, as a nongovernmental member of the United States delegation for many years, until 2000, when CCU was officially accredited as an Observer. Under her leadership, CCU became an independent public interest nonprofit organization in 2005.