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Board of Trustees

Rocky Mountain Institute is governed by a self-perpetuating Board that has complete oversight and policy responsibility, is kept currently informed of the Institute's affairs, confers frequently on an individual basis with RMI's operating officers, and meets for two days twice a year.

Current Board Members

Thomas Dinwoodie, Chair, Board of Trustees

Richmond, California. BS, Structural Engineering, Cornell University; MS, Mechanical Engineering, MIT; MA, Architecture, UC at Berkeley. Founder and CTO, SunPower Corporation Systems. Founder, Former founder, CEO and Chairman of PowerLight, a leading and global supplier of PV products and systems. Author of numerous papers and holds over 30 patents on building-integrated photovoltaic and related products.

 John Abele

Shelburne, Vermont. BA Physics and Philosophy, Amherst College. Chairman FIRST. John is the retired Founder and Chairman of Boston Scientific Corporation a 16,000 employee, $6 billion world-wide company that is a leader in the field of “Less Invasive Medicine.” He holds numerous patents and has published and lectured extensively on the technology of various medical devices and on the technical, social, economic, and political trends and issues affecting healthcare. His major interests are science literacy for children, education, and the process by which new technology is invented, developed, and introduced to society. 

David Allen

David AllenSeattle, Washington. BA, University of Washington; Accounting. Principle and Executive Vice-President of McKinstry, a Seattle-based construction, energy and facility services firm. During his 35-year career, David has championed countless marketing and strategic initiatives for his firm and others within the industry. He is widely respected for his contributions to creating McKinstry’s positioning strategy, which has enabled the company to emerge as a valued thought-leader on the sustainable built environment. In addition, David has played a significant role in establishing McKinstry’s Innovation Center, a business incubator created to help newly established companies quickly bring their products and services to market. David currently serves on the executive committees of Enterprise Seattle and the Washington Clean Technology Alliance, of which he is a former board chair. He is also a Seattle Chamber of Commerce board member and former chair of the Construction and Green Design/Building Skills panel for the Workforce Development Council of King County.

Sharman Altshuler

Cambridge, Massachusetts. BA, University of Vermont; VMD, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Veterinarian. Trustee of Shelburne Farms, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Burr and Burton Academy, and The Farm School. In addition to her medical practice, Sharman is also President of Moonbox Productions. Moonbox Productions is a non-profit theatrical production company that produces contemporary musicals and partners with local non-profit organizations to raise awareness of their causes, create connections with the community, and increase the shared reach and impact of their work.

Peter Boyer

Peter BoyerSan Francisco, California. San Francisco State University; American Studies. Former owner of a design-build residential construction firm. Artist, fine art painting, exhibited widely in U.S. and Japan with works owned by numerous private and public collections. Trustee of The Ayrshire Foundation. Member, National Advisory Board, Union of Concerned Scientists.


 Mary Caulkins, Chair, Development Committee

Denver, Colorado. BA, Pitzer College. Artist, philanthropist, lead investor in one of the largest residential and solar community project in the nation following the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes (LEED-H) guidelines, in Mosier, Oregon. Director of the Caulkins Family Foundation. Held an apprenticeship at the Public Art Project at Penn. Station, New York City.


 Michael Fain, Chair, Audit Committee

Aspen, Colorado. University of Chicago; Humanities, Geology; Engineering Director, Hydrodynamics Lab, University of Chicago; Mechanical and Optical Engineer and Project Manager, various aerospace companies; Founder and former President, Alphametrics, Ltd., manufacturer of precision light measuring equipment; Co-founder and former Chairman of Computers for Kids Foundation; Member of National Council of NPR and Physical Sciences Visiting Committee University of Chicago; Co-author, with wife, Judith Barnard, of eleven contemporary novels.

Suzanne Farver, Chair, Finance Committee

Woody Creek, Colorado. BA, Grinnell College (Phi Beta Kappa), economics; JD, University of Denver; ALM in Environmental Management (Class Marshal), Harvard University. Suzanne teaches corporate social and environmental responsibility classes to graduate students at Harvard University, promoting many of the holistic and positive business concepts advanced by RMI. The classes are taught on campus and online and are some of the most popular courses in the environmental and sustainability curriculum. Before her studies in sustainability, Suzanne was the executive director of the Aspen Art Museum, where she oversaw a major restructuring of the organization and its finances to bring the once struggling organization back to vibrancy. She is an active board member for several other organizations, including the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and the Denver Art Museum.

Arjun Gupta

Arjun is the Chief Believer of TeleSoft Partners, a special situations venture capital firm. Over the last two decades, he has overseen investing in and helping build 61 companies, of which 37 companies have gone public or been acquired. Earlier in his career, Arjun was a Technology Strategy Consultant for high-tech clients with McKinsey, where he led top management projects for Apple, AT&T, AMD, Siemens/ROLM and Vodafone. Arjun serves on the boards of Calient Networks, Nexant and Validity Sensors. He is a Henry Crown Fellow and Trustee of the Aspen Institute. Arjun joined Rocky Mountain Institute’s board of trustees in the spring of 2009. He has an MS and BS Computer Science, Phi Beta Kappa, from WSU, BA Economics from St. Stephen's College, and an MBA from Stanford. Arjun is a passionate outdoorsman and splits his time between Aspen and San Francisco.

Kristina M. Johnson

Kristina JohnsonKristina M. Johnson served as Under Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy from May 2009 until October 2010.  Prior to this appointment, Dr. Johnson was Provost and Senior Vice President at The Johns Hopkins University (2007-2009), Dean of Engineering at Duke University (1999-2007) and Professor of ECE at the University of Colorado, Boulder (1985-1999).  She received her B.S, M.S.E.E., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University and was a NATO post-doctoral fellow at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

An NSF Presidential Young Investigator and Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Johnson received the Dennis Gabor Prize, John Fritz Medal, Society of Women Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award, the ARCS Foundation Eagle Award and the Anita Borg Foundation Woman of Vision Leadership Award. A fellow of the OSA, IEEE and AAAS, she has authored 142 refereed publications, holds 129 U.S. and international patents and has honorary degrees from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Tufts University and Trinity College, Dublin.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the States of Colorado and North Carolina and the U.S. Small Business Technology Council for technology transfer work having co-founded ColorLink,Inc (sold to RealD), SouthEast Techinventures and Enduring Energy, LLC.  Dr. Johnson serves on the Boards of Boston Scientific and AES Corporation.

Jules Kortenhorst

Carl BassJules was previously CEO of Topell Energy BV, a company developing a leading technology for the torrefaction of biomass.  Before that, Kortenhorst served as the founding CEO of the European Climate Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization in Europe focused on influencing government policy on climate and energy.  At the ECF among others, he lead a major effort to develop the roadmap for decarbonized power generation in Europe. Before launching the foundation, he was elected as a member of the Dutch parliament for the Christian Democratic Party.

Earlier, Kortenhorst was the CEO for International Operations of ClientLogic Corporation, a global leader in outsourced Customer Relationship Management solutions.  Earlier in his career, Kortenhorst worked for eight years for the Royal Dutch Shell in several roles and countries, and in his last position was the managing director of Shell Bulgaria.  Kortenhorst graduated with high distinction from Harvard Business School and holds a master's degree in monetary economics from Erasmus University in The Netherlands. He began his career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co. in Amsterdam.  Kortenhorst is married and has four children.

Amory B. Lovins, Cofounder, Chief Scientist of RMI and Chairman Emeritus

Snowmass, Colorado. MA, Oxford (by special resolution), twelve honorary doctorates; physicist, author, consultant. (Full bio)


Reuben Munger, Chair, Investment Subcommittee

Boulder, Colorado. B.A., Politics and Economics, and B.S., Business Administration, magna cum laude, Washington and Lee University. Currently Founder and Managing Partner of Vision Ridge Partners, L.L.C. which aims to develop financially viable solutions to the global climate crisis. Mr. Munger was a co-founder and CEO of Bright Automotive, Inc a fleet focused electric vehicle company. He was formerly a Managing Director at The Baupost Group, L.L.C., a $25 billion investment firm. Founding member of the Electrification Coalition, Director of the Stand for Children Leadership Center and the Energy Systems Network.

Martha C. Pickett, Executive Director and General Counsel of RMI

Snowmass, Colorado. BA, Guilford College; MCDP, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado, Denver; JD, University of Denver; President, Windstar Land Conservancy; member of Advisory Board to Catawba College’s Center for the Environment. (Full bio)



Chris Sawyer

Chris SawyerAtlanta, Georgia. BA, University of North Carolina; Master of Divinity, Yale University; JD, Duke University. Partner at Alston & Bird since 1985, specializing in corporate governance, real estate and conservation issues. Former Chairman of the Board for the Trust for Public Land; Chairman of the Chattahoochee River Coordinating Committee. Serves on the Board of Directors of Industrial Developments International and of EDAW, one of the largest land consulting firms in the world. Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Yale Divinity School.

Ted White

Denver, Colorado. BA, Yale University; JD, New York University School of Law. Ted is a business lawyer and a name partner of Moye White LLP where he serves as Chair of the Transaction Section. His legal practice focuses on corporate governance, complex financings, and M&A transactions. He is on AAA’s panel of arbitrators for complex commercial cases and is the Vice President-Americas Region for the International Alliance of Law Firms. He is the author of “Drafting Business Contracts” which was published in 2010. Ted is also the Founding Managing Director of the Estabrook Funds, whose managers are global, multi-strategy absolute return investors. Currently, Ted is Chairman of the Boettcher Foundation and a trustee of the AWM Charitable Trust, the Schlegel-White Foundation, Kent Denver School, and Judi’s House; he has served on numerous civic boards, was the Founding Chairman of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, and has chaired the boards of Biennial of the Americas, Graland Country Day School, Webb-Waring Institute for Biomedical Research, and Webb-Waring Foundation.

Emeritus Board Members

The following are nonvoting Emeritus Board Members:

Adam Albright, Jimmy Mills, Mike Curzan, John Fox, Elaine Lebuhn, Dr. Michael Edessess, Dana Jackson, Dr. Adele Simmons, Michael Stranahan, Dr. David Orr, Suzanne Woolsey PhD

Special Advisors

The following are nonvoting Special Advisors:

Peter A. Bradford

Formerly Chair of the New York PSC and Maine PUC, President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and member of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Professor, Vermont Law School.

Jason Clay

Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund.

The Very Reverend James Parks Morton

Retired Founder of the Interfaith Center and for 25 years Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City.

Robert Nagourney

MD Clinical and research oncologist; Founder and Medical Director, Rational Therapeutics Cancer Evaluation Center.

Peter Schwartz

Senior Vice President, Salesforce.com. Former Cofounder and President of Global Business Network and Director of Group Planning, Royal Dutch/Shell.

Bardyl R. Tirana, ESQ.

President of the China/USA Educational Fund, former

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