Board of Directors
Christina DeConcini is the Director of Government Affairs at the World Resources Institute (WRI). Christina is an attorney and advocate with demonstrated effectiveness in achieving policy change through litigation, designing and directing legislative strategies, forging diverse and effective coalitions, and framing and advancing issues for public support. At WRI Christina has focused on overseeing WRI’s legislative work and strategy on climate change and energy issues, engagement with the US Administration and corporate partners on these issues and leads WRI’s Climate Impacts work. Christina speaks on these issues in a number of forums.
Prior to joining WRI in September 2007, Christina spent 20 years representing and advocating for the rights of immigrants and refugees, serving as the as the Director of Policy and Advocacy in several national organizations seeking to change federal immigration laws, provide representation to indigent immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers and improve conditions of detention for immigrants. Christina has written and spoken frequently on issues related to immigration and refugee policies, has taught immigration law, served on a number of boards and been recognized for her work in this field.
Tom has been working on environmental causes for more than 40 years and served as the founder and director of the Pricing Carbon Initiative since 2013. Starting in 2004, Tom directed the Climate Crisis Coalition’s efforts to link issues of social, economic and environmental equity to the global climate crisis. Tom has served in local and regional government in western Massachusetts as a Stockbridge, MA selectman and as a Berkshire County Commissioner, and has worked in numerous political campaigns and initiatives. Tom founded the New York City environmental action group, Environment! in 1969, worked for Friends of the Earth in the 1970s, and for the Housatonic Valley Association in the 1990s. Tom has a BA in Science and Society from Wesleyan University.
Janet Peace is Chief of Advisory Services at Bluesource. Prior to Bluesource, Peace was the Senior Vice President of Policy and Business Strategy at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) where she managed the center’s Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC), the largest U.S.-based association of companies devoted to climate-related policy and corporate strategies. The BELC contains mainly Fortune 500 companies with combined revenues of over $2 trillion and more than 3.5 million employees. She also managed the center’s resilience program and its analysis of market-based policy options. Janet brings more than 20 years and a wide spectrum of experience on environmental issues to her work. As a recognized expert on climate policy, she is a member of the Program Advisory Board for American University’s Center for Environmental Policy and a past member of both the National Research Council’s Roundtable on Climate Change Education and the Council of Canadian Academies on oil sands environmental technologies. Prior to C2ES, Peace worked on climate policy in Alberta and taught environmental and natural resource economics at the University of Calgary. She also worked as a resource specialist with the U.S. General Accounting Office and as a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. She holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in economics and an undergraduate degree in geology.
Tony Sager is Clerk/Secretary of Pricing Carbon Initiative, Inc. He practiced law in Cambridge, MA, and as a Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General. He was Executive Director of a national lawyers’ nuclear arms control advocacy and educational organization. He created and managed rule of law programs for parliament members, presidential staff, governors, constitutional court justices, and academics from the Russian Federation and other countries of the former Soviet Union, with the participation of their U.S. counterparts. Amherst College, B.A., Harvard Law School, J.D.
Rafe has spent much of his career raising awareness of global warming and building support for climate solutions. Mr. Pomerance has previously served as President of Friends of the Earth, senior associate for climate change and ozone depletion policy at the World Resources Institute, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment and Development (1993-99) and climate negotiator, and President of the Climate Policy Center. He was a founder and Chairman of the Board of American Rivers, as well as Chairman of the Board both of the League of Conservation Voters and of the Potomac Conservancy. His work plays a central role in Nathaniel Rich’s New York Times magazine article and subsequent book, Losing Earth. It tells the story of a handful of scientists, politicians, and strategists who were among the first to try to convince the world to act on climate change – and the fossil fuel industry’s fight to stop them.
Autumn is currently the Vice President of Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS). She joined TCS in 2000 and directs their Energy and Natural Resource campaigns. During her tenure at TCS, Autumn has led legislative and outreach efforts to reform federal policy covering natural resources, including hardrock mining, energy subsidies, carbon pricing, western water, and integrated water projects. She is the lead author of several reports, including Green Scissors: Cutting Wasteful and Environmentally Harmful Spending, Smart Water Strategies, Subsidy Gusher, and Subsidizing Oil Shale. A frequent source for investigative reporters, her work is regularly cited in the press. Autumn is a recognized expert on financing mechanisms, including federally-backed energy loan guarantees; royalty collection for public lands; and supports for unconventional fossil fuels. Autumn first began working on energy and natural resource issues at the Penn State Center for Sustainability. She has studied at the National University in Heredia, Costa Rica and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. from Penn State University Schreyer Honors College.
Bob Inglis is the Executive Director of republicEN, where he promotes free enterprise action on climate change. For his work on climate change Inglis was given the 2015 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. He appears in the film Merchants of Doubt and in the Showtime series YEARS of Living Dangerously, and he’s spoken at TEDxBeacon Street and at TEDxJacksonville. Inglis was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics in 2011, a Visiting Energy Fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in 2012, and a Resident Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics in 2014. Inglis was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, having never run for office before. He represented Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, from 1993-1998. In 2004, he was reelected to Congress and served until losing reelection in the South Carolina Republican primary of 2010.
Inglis grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, went to Duke University for college, met and married his college sweetheart, graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and practiced commercial real estate law in Greenville, SC, before and between his years in Congress. Bob and Mary Anne Inglis have five adult children and live on a small farm in northern Greenville County, South Carolina.
Clarence Edwards is the Executive Director of E3G’s Washington, DC office. He brings extensive experience in government relations, issue advocacy, and strategic communications. Clarence has represented the policy interests of governments, nongovernmental organizations, and foundations. Prior to joining E3G, Clarence led the Friends Committee on National Legislation’s work on sustainable energy and environmental policy. Clarence spent six years at the Australian Embassy in the United States, where he advised on strategies to engage the Congress and executive branch. As a lobbyist and advocate, he represented the interests of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, the ONE Campaign, and the Enough Project. He has also served as a congressional appropriations liaison for the Department of Energy, managed congressional outreach for the Council on Foreign Relations, and served in the Bureau of Public Affairs at the Department of State. Clarence holds a Master’s in international public policy from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and studied economic development at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.