The Beahrs ELP and its sessions are designed and led by the world-renowned faculty of UC Berkeley, as well as industry experts from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. These ground-breaking academics, policy makers, and executives turn their latest research and innovations into tools and skills environmental professionals can use to increase their effectiveness. Our curriculum is updated each year to meet the changing needs of our participants and our instructor lineup also changes.
Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning, College of Environmental Design
University of California, Berkeley
Charisma Acey is an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her background includes work, research and travel to countries in West Africa, southern Africa and Central America. Her work focuses on local and regional environmental sustainability, with a focus on poverty reduction, urban governance and access to basic services. Her work relies on both quantitative and participatory, qualitative research approaches to understanding individual and household demand for improved infrastructure and environmental amenities. Current and past research projects, teaching and service learning courses have focused on addressing barriers to sustainable development such as human-environment interactions at multiple scales in urban areas around the world, poverty and participatory approaches to governance and development, the financing and sustainability of publicly provided services and utilities, local and regional food systems, environmental justice, and urbanization domestically and globally.
Recent and ongoing research includes fieldwork in Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda exploring sustainable household scale alternative energy solutions and access to basic services such as water and sanitation. She also has worked on participatory re-zoning for local healthy food systems and sustainability planning in Columbus, Ohio, and Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Professor Acey was an assistant professor of city and regional planning in the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University, with a joint appointment with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity where she worked on global food justice issues and mapping geographic differences in resources and opportunities at the metropolitan scale. Her background includes six years of international work as a senior manager for relief and development NGOs working in countries in West Africa, southern Africa and Central and South America. She has also served as a U.S. State Department Fellow in Malawi and an American Marshall Memorial Fellow to Europe.
Rausser College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley
David Ackerly is the Dean of the College of Natural Resources and a professor in integrative biology, and has been on the faculty at UC Berkeley since 2005. He started his career as a volunteer on the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project in the Central Amazon, and then did his PhD research on the ecophysiology of tropical pioneer trees, working in Mexico. As a postdoc, he combined molecular phylogenetics with comparative studies of canopy architecture in maples (Acer), working in Japan and the northeastern US. As a faculty member, David's lab has tackled a variety of topics in plant ecology and evolution, including trait-based studies of plant strategies, integration of phylogenetics and community ecology, and comparative studies of trait evolution. In the last few years he has shifted his focus to the study of climate change impacts on biodiversity, focusing on the native flora of California, and implications for future challenges in conservation and land management. David co-directs the Terrestrial Biodiversity and Climate Change Collaborative (tbc3.org), a partnership with the Dwight Center for Conservation Science at Pepperwood Preserve, focused on climate change and resource management in the San Francisco Bay Area.
David is the PI and Director of an NSF NRT program: Environment and Society: Data Sciences for the 21st Century (DS421, 2015-2020). The program brings together Master’s and PhD students from a range of departments on the UC Berkeley campus to address interdisciplinary challenges related to global change. He also helps lead the Berkeley Initiative in Global Change Biology, which promotes integrative work addressing biotic impacts of global change.
Assistant Deputy Director
California Department of Water Resources
John Andrew is Assistant Deputy Director of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), where he oversees all of DWR's climate change activities. Andrew was the lead author of DWR's white paper on climate change and water adaptation, Managing an Uncertain Future; Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for California’s Water (October 2008), and was the water sector lead for the California Climate Change Adaptation Strategy/Safeguarding California Plan (December 2009/August 2014) and the State’s Cap and Trade Investment Plan (May 2013). He also helped develop the water-related measures in the AB-32 Scoping Plan (December 2008), led the establishment of DWR’s first sustainability policy (April 2009), and supervised the preparation of the DWR’s Climate Action Plan (May 2012).
John has over 25 years of experience in water resources and environmental engineering, and holds degrees in Civil Engineering and Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
George Pardee Jr. Professor of International Sustainable Development
Dr. Max Auffhammer is the George Pardee Jr. Professor of Sustainable Development and Associate Dean in the Division of Social Sciences at UC Berkeley. He is also an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and International and Area Studies at UC Berkeley and Chair at the Political Economy. He specializes in environmental and resource economics, energy economics and applied econometrics, focusing his research on forecasting greenhouse gas emissions and the agricultural effects of air pollution. Along with his academic contributions, he is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Humboldt Fellow and the co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.
He has been invited to present his research at conferences and seminars around the world, and he co-chaired the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE)’s annual conference in 2011. Prof. Auffhammer earned his Ph.D. in economics from UC San Diego.
Watch Professor Auffhammer's webinar, Biden Administration and Global Environmental Regulation on the Beahrs ELP YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/1yJ-rUCK31s
Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program
Dick Beahrs had a 35-year career as a media executive with Time Warner. During that time, he served as the President of Court TV and the Comedy Channel, which evolved into Comedy Central. He also served as the head of New Business Development for HBO, where he oversaw the launch of Cinemax. As the Director of Sports Illustrated Enterprises, he also managed the development of ancillary businesses for the magazine.
In 2001, he and his wife Carolyn funded the launch of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at UC Berkeley. This multidisciplinary program has trained over 500 environmental professionals from over 100 countries in sustainable development skills.
Beahrs served on the UN Hunger Task Force as part of the Millennium Development Goals Initiative. He is currently focused on efforts to enhance school feeding programs with locally produced foods on the African continent. He served as a trustee for the University of California, Berkeley Foundation as well as on the Advisory Boards of numerous University initiatives and programs. He has served on the Leadership Council of the Initiative for Global Development and the Boards of The School of Management at St. Petersburg University in Russia, the World Agroforestry Centre in Kenya and as Chairman of the Arbor Day Foundation. His current business activities include serving on the Board of the San Jose Giants (a minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants), and as a Senior Advisor to Revolution Foods.
He graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 1968 where he served as the Student Body President his senior year. He and his wife Carolyn reside in Berkeley. They have four children and six grandchildren.
Susan Carpenter and Associates
Susan Carpenter is a mediator, trainer, and writer in private practice. She has spent the past thirty-five years developing and managing programs to reach consensus and resolve controversies at the local, state, and national level. She was the founding director of the Program for Community Problem Solving in Washington, D.C. Prior to that she spent ten years as the associate director of ACCORD Associates in Boulder, Colorado mediating complex public disputes and training others to handle conflict productively.
Ms. Carpenter holds a Doctorate in Future Studies from the University of Massachusetts. She was the first Visiting Fellow at the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School. She taught for two years in Ethiopia as a Peace Corps volunteer. Ms. Carpenter has authored numerous materials including the book, Managing Public Disputes: A Practical Guide to Handling Conflict and Reaching Agreements. She currently works with diverse stakeholder groups to reach agreements on complex public issues and to build capacity for collaborative leadership. She resides in Southern California.
Advisor to the Dean and Executive-In-Residence
Rausser College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley
Mike Cheng is the Advisor to the Dean and Executive-In-Residence in the Rausser College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley. He transitioned to this current role after his nine-year term as a RCNR Advisory Board member with the aim of exploring opportunities to enhance collaborations between Rausser College of Natural Resources (RCNR) and the industry. Mike is also a faculty member in the Master of Molecular Science and Software Engineering (MSSE) Program from the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley and an advisory board member of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program.
Mike had a 30-year career as an executive in the technology industry before pursuing his current interest in academia. He has served as the MBA Director at Golden Gate University where he led the redesign and launch of their current MBA and EMBA programs. He is an adjunct professor of management in the Ageno School of Business and has served on the School’s Advisory Board.
During his time in the technology industry, Mike served as the Corporate Vice President and President of the Eimac Division of Communications & Power Industry Inc. (CPI), a successor company of Varian Associates in Palo Alto, CA. Prior to that he held management positions in Marketing and Operations at both CPI and Varian Associates.
Mike is a graduate of the Management of Technology Companies program from the American Electronics Association/Stanford Executive Institute. He holds an MBA in General Management from Golden Gate University and received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mike and his wife, Ruth, also an alumna of UC Berkeley, are active supporters of numerous academic units on the Berkeley campus. Together, they have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
Founder and Principal
Systems Leadership Lab
Lisa Dreier is Founder and Principal at the Systems Leadership Lab, an independent consultancy that equips leaders to drive systemic change on complex issues. The Lab provides teaching, capacity building and thought leadership on the Systems Leadership approach – engaging a wide array of leaders and practitioners who work on sustainable development, social impact and corporate responsibility issues.
Prior to founding the Lab, Lisa developed research on Systems Leadership as a Senior Program Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Corporate Responsibility Initiative, and designed executive education programs on social impact as Managing Director of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative. She researched food-system innovations as a Visiting Scholar with Stanford University’s Center for Food Security and the Environment. She has authored or co-authored numerous reports and articles on sustainable development and leadership-related topics.
During 13 years at the World Economic Forum, Lisa pioneered the organization’s practice of Systems Leadership, developing a unique approach profiled in a Harvard Kennedy School case study. She founded and led the Forum’s largest and most action-oriented global program at the time, engaging over 650 organizations and 1500 individual leaders with a focus on transforming food systems. The initiative mobilized over 100 value-chain partnerships in 21 countries; catalyzed investments; partnered with the G7 and G20 on major initiatives; and founded a 150-person Transformation Leaders Network to support food system innovators.
Lisa previously worked at the U.N. Millennium Project and Columbia University Earth Institute, consulted with the World Bank and North American Development Bank, and worked for 8 years at the Environmental Defense Fund. She holds an M.P.P. in Public Policy and an M.A. in Energy and Resources from U.C. Berkeley, and a B.A. from Bowdoin College. She is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program
J. Keith Gilless is Dean Emeritus of the College of Natural Resources (CNR) at UC Berkeley, and holds a joint professorial appointment in CNR’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and its Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
Gilless’s research program has encompassed issues in forest products trade and markets, regional economic analysis of resource-dependent communities, wildland fire protection planning, forestry decision support systems, and international development. He holds an appointment from California Governor Jerry Brown to the chair of the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, where he leads the development of general forest policy for the state and represents the state’s interest in federal forestland. He is a recipient of Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and the co-author of two textbooks on forest resource management and economics. He has previously held visiting professor and researcher appointments at Beijing Forestry University and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Gilless earned his B.S. in Forestry from Michigan State University and a joint Ph.D. in Forestry and Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Cooperative Extension Specialist
University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Dr. Theodore Grantham is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in climate and water with the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and a faculty member of the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) at U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Grantham’s research integrates freshwater ecology, hydrology, and water resources engineering to inform sustainable, cost-effective practices and policies for managing water in California. Core research and extension interests include climate risk assessment, environmental flow science, and conservation planning. Dr. Grantham has over 15 years of professional experience in freshwater science and applied environmental research. Before arriving at Berkeley, he was a research biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and a postdoctoral researcher at the U.C. Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. Dr. Grantham earned his PhD from U.C. Berkeley (ESPM) and B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.
Kass Green & Associates
Kass Green’s experience spans over thirty years of managing and supervising GIS and remote sensing professionals, as well as leadership in GIS and remote sensing research and policy. Her research includes innovations in automated change detection and machine learning for object oriented image classification. Over the last seven years, Ms. Green has had the pleasure of using object oriented techniques to create fine-scale vegetation maps of Grand Canyon National Park, the national parks of Hawaii, and Sonoma County, California from high resolution optical and lidar imagery. Her work in this area continues with her current fine scale vegetation mapping projects in Marin and San Mateo Counties, California.
Ms. Green is the past chair of NASA’s Earth Science Applications Committee, co-founded and chaired the Department of the Interior’s Landsat Advisory Group and has served on a variety of Federal Advisory Committees for NASA, NOAA and DOI. She has taught numerous workshops for ASPRS and federal agencies, is a fellow and an honorary member in the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), and a past president of both MAPPS and ASPRS. Her recent publications include the text Imagery and GIS, Best Practices for Extracting Information from Imagery (Green et al, 2018), and the third edition of Assessing the Accuracy of Remotely Sensed Data, Principles and Practices with Dr. Russell Congalton (Congalton and Green, 2019). Ms. Green’s career was recently showcased in the Esri Press book, Women and GIS – Mapping Their Stories. Deemed a “rock star of remote sensing” by Directions Magazine, her research and accomplishments in mapping and GIS are world renowned.
Professor and Russell L. Rustici Chair of Rangeland Ecology and Management
University of California, Berkeley
Lynn Huntsinger is a professor and the Russell L. Rustici Chair of Rangeland Ecology and Management at the University of California, Berkeley and Associate Dean of Instruction and Student Affairs for the College of Natural Resources. Her research focuses on the conservation and management of grasslands and woodlands, particularly the social and ecological systems that support working landscapes in the western United States. Her dissertation was on vegetation management using livestock, a topic that has surprisingly renewed resonance today given the massive fire problem in the western United States. She has published more than 160 articles and book chapters on topics including grazing ecology, ranching, and pastoralism. Example publications include “Save water or save wildlife? Water use and conservation in the central Sierran foothill oak woodlands of California, USA,” published in Ecology and Society in 2017, Ecosystem services may be better termed social ecological services in a traditional pastoral system: The case of California Mediterranean rangelands at multiple scales in Ecology and Society in 2014; “Integrating social and ecological data to model metapopulations in coupled human and natural systems” published in Ecology in 2019;l and “Rebuilding pastoral social-ecological resilience on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in response to changes in policy, economics, and climate” in Ecology and Society in 2018. In 2018 she also co-edited a special issue in Rangeland Ecology and Management on Complex Rangeland Systems: Integrated Social-Ecological Approaches to Silvopastoralism.
Former Executive Director
UC Berkeley’s Institute for Parks, People, and Diversity
Jonathan B. Jarvis was the inaugural Executive Director of UC Berkeley’s Institute for Parks, People, and Diversity from 2017-2019. He served as the 18th Director of the United States National Park Service from 2009 until 2017. A career civil servant, Jarvis had been with the service for over 30 years, including tenures as the superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve.
Jarvis is a co-author of the book The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water (University of Chicago Press, 2018).
Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy
Dan Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was appointed the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) Fellow by former Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton in April 2010. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), co-director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment and director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. He has founded or is on the board of over 10 companies and has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities.
Dr. Kammen was educated in physics at Cornell and Harvard. He has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999, a scientific body that shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He serves on the Advisory Committee for Energy & Environment for the X-Prize Foundation. During 2010 and 2011, Kammen served as the World Bank Group’s Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency with the aim to enhance the operational impact of the Bank’s renewable energy and energy efficiency activities while expanding the institution’s role as an enabler of global dialogue on moving energy development to a cleaner and more sustainable pathway.
Operations Officer, Policy, Partnerships, and Operations Unit
Global Environment Facility
Olha Krushelnytska is a green finance expert based in Washington DC. For the past 3 years she has been conducting green finance capacity building sessions all around the globe, working with project developers, private sector representatives, government officials and multilateral agencies involved in environmental issues.
She joined the World Bank Group in 2006 and held several positions in financial policy reform and environmental management. She is a founder of the Green Finance Network and is involved in sustainable infrastructure financing at the Global Environment Facility. Olha previously consulted for Environmental Resource Management in Hong Kong, resettled vulnerable population for UNHCR in Eastern Europe, and worked in private sector firms in Mexico and Ukraine.
Olha holds MAs in international business and management from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and Lviv University respectively, and is working towards completing her CFA charter. Originally from Ukraine, she is fluent in English, Spanish, Ukrainian and Russian. Her expertise includes green investment research, sustainability indicators and rankings, and incentives for responsible investing.
Cooperative Extension Specialist, Plant and Microbial Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Cooperative Extension Specialist Peggy Lemaux’s laboratory performs both basic and applied research focused primarily on cereal crops, like sorghum, wheat, rice and barley. The objectives of these studies are to better understand crop plants and to use that knowledge to improve their performance and quality. More recently efforts with colleagues have focused on bioenergy – especially in the versatile feedstock, sorghum. In addition to research, Lemaux develops educational resources on food and agriculture that are disseminated to professionals, the media and consumers. These resources include an award-winning website (http://ucbiotech.org) that has afterschool curricula for middle school students, educational displays and games, videos, PowerPoint presentations and fact sheets. In 2015 the Global Food Initiative, through the UC Office of the President, provided resources for the CLEAR (Communication, Literacy and Education for Agricultural Research) program. This effort focuses on mentoring undergrads, grads and postdocs to engage in science-based communication with the media, legislators and the general public.
Nat Simons Presidential Chair in China Energy Policy
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Dr. Jiang Lin is the Nat Simons Presidential Chair in China Energy Policy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, a Staff Scientist at its China Energy Group, and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Lin's research is focused on energy and climate policy, energy and emissions pathways, electricity market and planning, low-carbon economics transition and appliance efficiency issues in China. He is a co-Director of the Berkeley-Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change, a collaborative initiative between Berkeley Lab, the University of California-Berkeley, and Tsinghua University in China.
From 2007-2016, Dr. Lin was the Director of the Energy Foundation's China Sustainable Energy Program (2007-2013) and Senior Vice President for Strategy and Analysis (2014-2016). Dr. Lin managed the growth of Energy Foundation China into one of the largest international NGOs devoted to promoting clean energy and climate solutions in China. Before joining the Energy Foundation, Dr. Lin was previously at LBNL from 1994-2007, conducting research in the Appliance Standards and China Energy Groups.
Dr. Lin has a PhD in Demography from the University of California-Berkeley, an MS in Population Studies and BS from the Department of Cybernetics Engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China.
Assistant Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy
University of California, Berkeley
Jonas Meckling is Assistant Professorof Energy and Environmental Policyat the University of California, Berkeley.Hestudies the politics of climate and clean energy policy, with a focus on carbon pricing and green industrial policy. Jonas is the author of two books, the latest of which isCarbon Coalitions: Business, Climate Politics, and the Rise of Emissions Trading(MIT Press). He has published articles inInternational StudiesQuarterly,Governance,Science,Nature Energyand various other journals. Jonas is a Faculty Affiliate at the Energy and Resources Group at Berkeley and a Fellow at the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns HopkinsUniversity. Previously, Jonas served as Senior Advisor to the German Minister for the Environment, was a Research Fellow at Harvard University, and worked at the European Commission. He holds a Ph.D.in International Political Economyfrom the London School of Economicsand Political Science.
Founder and President
Will Parish is a credentialed public high school science educator with a 30-year record of innovative accomplishments in the environmental and educational fields. He taught environmental science and civics at Gateway High School in San Francisco, and now serves on their board. He served on the California State Board of Education’s Curriculum Commission and then founded Ten Strands as a nonprofit organization to support California’s efforts to achieve statewide penetration of high-quality environment-based education into schools.
California Sea Grant Extension Specialist
University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Dr. Carrie Pomeroy is based in the Monterey Bay region of Central California and works statewide. Stewardship, long-term social and economic well-being, and responsible use of California’s coastal and marine resources are at the heart of California Sea Grant's mission. Pomeroy supports this mission by conducting research and outreach programs that focus on the social, cultural and economic (“human dimensions”) aspects of fisheries and coastal communities, and finding research-based solutions to opportunities and challenges facing fisheries and fishing communities.
Pomeroy is a social scientist interested in the human dimensions of fisheries and fishing communities, and how environmental, regulatory, social and economic factors affect their function and well-being. She is conducting several research projects that engage California’s fishing communities to better understand trends in fisheries and coastal communities, identify sources of resilience and vulnerability, and help evaluate and inform management. She also is studying the human dimensions of seafood production and consumption in the context of local marketing and public health protection. She uses a variety of qualitative and quantitative social science research approaches, including ethnographic, survey and archival research, and integrating diverse types and sources of data to afford contextualized results.
In addition to conducting research, Pomeroy helps organizations conduct workshops to evaluate and disseminate information useful for the development of marine policy. Pomeroy provides technical advice to governmental agencies, resource users and communities, and environmental organizations on resource management, working waterfronts and related topics. She has assisted with the development of the Monterey Bay area Voices of the Bay Fisheries Education Project, providing social science information, and serving on its advisory board since its inception in 2005. She also is working on the development of informational materials that educate communities about local fisheries and fishing communities, including development of the Discover California Commercial Fisheries and Market Your Catch websites.
Pomeroy earned her bachelor's degree from Yale University, master's in Marine Policy from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and doctorate in the Human Dimensions of Fisheries from Texas A&M University. Her dissertation research examined social factors associated with cooperation in the commons in the context of a Mexican fishery. Prior to becoming a California Sea Grant extension specialist, she was a research scientist and lecturer at UC Santa Cruz, where she conducted applied research on the human dimensions of California fisheries, and developed and taught a marine policy course for undergraduate and graduate students.
UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
David Riemer lives at the intersection of innovation and storytelling. He helps entrepreneurs, artists and business people focus their ideas through the power of narrative. In short, he helps people get their story straight.
After running an ad agency and holding numerous senior marketing roles in Internet companies, including Yahoo! earlier in his career, David created Box Out Industries to work with innovators and Spiral Staircase to collaborate with artists. He teaches at Berkeley-Haas Business school and speaks all over the world about the power of storytelling.
Geospatial Innovation Facility
Nancy Thomas is the Executive Director of the Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF). She has over 18 years of experience in managing successful GIS and remote sensing projects in both consulting and academic arenas. Nancy brings extensive experience in the development and analysis of geospatial data to map, monitor, and model land use and land cover for a variety of domestic and international natural resource management applications. She has given numerous presentations and workshops on geospatial technologies, trained students and researchers on remote sensing and GIS tools, and facilitated many successful research collaborations.
Solomon P. Lee Professor Emeritus, Haas School of Business
University of California, Berkeley
David Vogel's research focuses on business-government relations with a particular emphasis on the comparative and international dimensions of environmental and consumer regulation. He also writes on corporate social responsibility, and religion and environmentalism. Vogel teaches classes on environmental policy, and business ethics and corporate responsibility. His books include The Dynamics of Regulatory Change: How Globalization Affects National Regulatory Policies (co-editor, Robert Kagan) (UC Press 2004), Barriers or Benefits? Regulation in Transatlantic Trade (Brookings 1998), Kindred Strangers: The Relationship Between Business and Politics in America (Princeton University Press 1996), Trading Up: Consumer and Environmental Regulation in a Global Economy (Harvard University Press, 1995), Fluctuating Fortunes: The Political Power of Business in American (Basic Books 1989) and National Styles of Regulation: Environmental Policy in Great Britain and the United States (Cornell University Press, 1986).What's the Beef? The Contested Governance of European Food Safety (co-editor Chris Ansell) MIT Press, 2006) The Market For Virtue: The Potential And Limits Of Corporate Social Responsibility, (Brookings Institution Press, 2005).
His most recent book is The Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States (Princeton University Press 2012)
Department of Environmental Toxicology, UC Davis
Zachary Wong, Ph.D., D.A.B.T. is an adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology at the University of California at Davis. He holds a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in environmental toxicology and pharmacology from UC Davis and is an Honored Instructor at UC Berkeley Extension with more than twenty years of teaching and consulting experience.
Dr. Wong has thirty years of experience as a manager and senior business analyst at Chevron with expertise in environmental toxicology, project management, economics, strategic planning and leadership. "I bring a lot of practical, hands-on knowledge and experience to the classroom," he says. "Thirty years in private industry and international business have helped me to bring key concepts to life for the students. Also, my diverse work background has allowed me to put things in a larger perspective and to identify the most critical elements for business success."
Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program
Dr. David Zilberman is a professor and holds the Robinson Chair in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at UC Berkeley, where he has been since 1979. He was awarded the Wolf Prize in Agriculture in 2019. In his time at UC Berkeley, he served as Department Chair of Agricultural and Resource Economics from 1994 to 1999, as Director of the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics and the Center for Sustainable Resource Development, respectively; the Faculty Director of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program; and as a consultant to the World Bank, the USDA, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Environmental Protection Agency, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Professor Zilberman’s areas of expertise include agricultural and environmental policy; biotechnology; bioenergy and climate change; and the economics of innovation, risk, marketing, water, and pest control. He has edited 16 books and coauthored 270 papers in refereed journals ranging from Science to the Quarterly Journal of Economics. During the 1980s, his work served as the basis for several projects on the adoption of modern irrigation technology and computers in California agriculture. These studies demonstrated that farmers adopt new technologies when it makes economic sense and that extreme events, such as droughts or high prices, can trigger changes in farming practices. During the early 1990s, his research on pesticide economics and policy made the case against policies that called to ban pesticides, and advocated instead for smart policies that take advantage of the vast economic benefits that pesticides generate while using incentives to protect against side effects.
Dr. Zilberman is one of the most cited scholars in agricultural, environmental, and resource economics with 28,980 citations on Google Scholar as of October 2019. He is a current fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA), the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERA), and the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association.