Advisory Board

Chip Comins: Chip is Chairman and CEO of the American Renewable Energy Institute, Founder of the AREDAY Summit, Expo and IMPACT FILM Festival, Managing Director of American Spirit Productions, President and CEO of WEnergy, LLC, Co-founder of the Green Girl Minute and Managing Partner of S&C Capital, LLC. He produced and directed both long and short form documentary films for educational and broadcast television markets, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, DOE, Wind Powering America, PBS, Link TV, BET and was Associate Producer of the 2015 film “Racing Extinction” globally broadcast on the Discovery Channel. He produced 13 official side events at COP15 in Copenhagen, co-launched the World Climate Summit at COP16 in Cancun and presented at COP21 in Paris. Chip is a long-time advocate of renewable energy and clean technology solutions for a healthy and sustainable planet.

Richard Z. Donovan: Richard is Senior Vice President and Vice President for Forestry for Rainforest Alliance. He is a lead auditor for forest management, with field experience in tropical, temperate and boreal forests in 40+ countries. Richard was a founding member and leader in the development of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). He represents Rainforest Alliance to the FSC, the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, High Conservation Value (HCV) Network, Consumer Goods Forum, Rights and Resources Initiative and the Interlaken Group, High Carbon Stocks (HCS) Steering Group, PARTNERS (a restoration science and practitioners alliance) and Forest Guild. He is also a longstanding advisor to the World Wildlife Fund’s Global Forest & Trade Network in North America and globally. Prior to Rainforest Alliance, Richard was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, a natural resources specialist with consulting firm ARD, Inc. and field project director for a joint WWF US and Neotropica Foundation forest conservation project on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Richard has an MSc in natural resources management and administration from Antioch New England Graduate School.

Randy Hayes:  Randy founded the Rainforest Action Network, is the Executive Director of Foundation Earth, an environmental think tank and serves as a Special Advisor to the World Future Council.  Randy, a filmmaker in the 1980s, is a veteran of many high-visibility corporate accountability campaigns and has advocated for the rights of Indigenous peoples throughout the world.  He served for five years as president of the City of San Francisco Commission on the Environment, and for two-and-a-half years as director of sustainability in the office of Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown.   Hayes has a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning from San Francisco State University.  His master’s thesis, the award-winning film The Four Corners, won the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award for “Best Student Documentary” in 1983.

Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy:  Tom is a conservation biologist who has worked in the Brazilian Amazon since 1965 and made the fate of tropical forests a public issue. He was Chief Biodiversity Adviser to the President of the World Bank and Senior Adviser to the President of the United Nations Foundation before becoming President (2002 to 2008) and then Biodiversity Chair (from 2008 to 2010) of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. He introduced the term “biological diversity” to the scientific community in 1980, originated the concept of debt-for-nature swaps and has worked on the interaction between climate change and biodiversity for more than 20 years. Tom received his B.S. and Ph.D. in biology from Yale University and is currently University Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy at George Mason University.

Erik Wohlgemuth:  Erik is the Chief Operating Officer of Future 500, a global non-profit specializing in stakeholder engagement.  He works to engage and align diverse organizations – corporations and activists, the political left and right, and others – in support of market-based solutions to urgent global challenges.  He has become a trusted counsel for executives across sectors who seek his expertise in connecting agents of positive change.  Erik has an MBA from Yale School of Management, and a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Board of Directors and Officers

The Million Acre Pledge is supported and operated by its pledgers. Pledgers comprise all of the members of board of directors and the officers of, and those providing financial support to, the Million Acre Pledge, a 501(c)(3) charity. The Million Acre Pledge has been operated with minimal operational expenses and no staff, so as to focus the financial resources of pledgers on direct conservation. The members of the board of directors and officers of the Million Acre Pledge are as follows:
Brett Byers: member of the board of directors and president
Trammell S. Crow: member of the board of directors
Leslie Danoff: member of the board of directors, treasurer and secretary