Board of Advisors
Professional Engineer, specializing in climate change and rising sea level; former partner Ernst and Young
Jason Box Ph.D.
Glaciologist, Professor at Geologic Survey of Denmark and Greenland
John A. Coleman is Chief Executive Officer of the Bay Planning Coalition (BPC), a non-profit, business association advocating for the balanced use of San Francisco Bay-Delta resources. The Coalition includes ports, maritime industries, labor unions, and local government, as well as builders, engineers, planners, and legal professionals. Under his leadership BPC has greatly expanded education and advocacy locally and nationally.
Coleman has also served on several Boards of Directors and has been a senior officer at many organizations including the East Bay Municipal Utility District, Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), Marine Exchange of the San Francisco Bay Region, and Chair of the Freeport Regional Water Authority (FRWA). Coleman holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a certificate in management from the University of the Pacific School of Business and Public Administration.
Deeply involved with various nonprofit climate change efforts; previously Special Projects at Dept. of Homeland Security
Expert advisor in environmental, social and corporate governance. He is the Managing Partner at ESG Matters IVS in Copenhagen Denmark, and has more than 25 years of senior management experience with the planning, construction and operation of public transport infrastructure in the far East.
Gary B. Griggs, Ph.D.
Dr. Gary Griggs is a Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz, where he is also the Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences. His research has focused on the coast of California and ranges from coastal landforms and shoreline processes, to coastal hazards and engineering, and more recently to sea-level rise impacts and adaptation.
He was given the Outstanding Faculty Award in the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences. He has served on the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council (NAS-NRC) Committee on Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon and Washington as well as for the Ocean Protection Council’s Science Advisory Team. In 2010 he was elected to the California Academy of Sciences and in 2015 he was appointed to the state Ocean Sciences Trust. He has published over 170 articles in scientific journals and eight books.
Peter Illig, J.D.
Attorney with diverse international nonprofit experience
Executive Director of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), has in-depth experience working with Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. and state and local governments in analyzing and addressing the issues of Climate Change. ACCO, hosts a conference, the Rising Seas Summit
Research and Development; Digital Media and technology expert
Strategy and sustainability advisor, Principal with Nadler Strategy LLC. He has spent over 40 years helping public and private organizations make difficult decisions about strategy, investment and disinvestment.
Principal at Industrial Economics, Cambridge MA and lead author of several published studies about the economic impacts of sea level rise. Mr. Neumann specializes in the economics of climate change adaptation, and analysis of the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge.
Chairman of Oceana Energy, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment, former US EPA Assistant Administrator for International Activities
Consultant for Energy, Climate, and National Security
Will Travis is a consultant, author, teacher and speaker on climate change, and particularly sea level rise adaptation. He has over forty years of experience in California coastal management, including 17 years as the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), the state agency that regulates development in the Bay and along its shoreline.
In 2011 he built a coalition of business, environmental, and local government support that lead to BCDC’s unanimous adoption of the nation’s first state coastal management agency development regulations for addressing sea level rise. He has written extensively on planning and resource management, been on the boards of numerous organizations, and served on the Berkeley city planning commission. In 2009 he received the Jean Auer Environmental Award from the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, and in 2012 he received the Frank C. Boerger Award from the Bay Planning Coalition. He has degrees in architecture and regional planning from Penn State University.
Harold Wanless, Ph.D.
University of Miami, Chairman of Geoscience Department. He has published numerous articles about rising sea level and is a leading voice about the challenges of adaptation, particularly for Florida.