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Clark President's Lecture by Michael S. Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts and Professor at Northeastern University.

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Mosakowski Institute Keynote Address by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania

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Plenary Session Address by Jeffrey Henig, Professor of Political Science and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

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The Institute, which was established in the fall of 2007 thanks to a generous founding gift from two Clark alumni, William '76 and Jane '75 Mosakowski, is dedicated to improving the effectiveness of government and other institutions in addressing social concerns through the mobilization of university research.



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David P. Angel is the Provost of Clark University, where he is also the Leo L. and Joan Kraft Laskoff Professor of Economics, Technology and Environment. He received his B.A. from Cambridge University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA. His background and training are in economic geography, focusing upon issues of industrial restructuring, technological change and the environment. He is the recipient of numerous major grants from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Professor Angel’s current work focuses on global economic change and the environment with a particular focus on rapidly industrializing economies in Asia. His research includes work conducted for the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

Charles D. Baker is President and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides health care to one million members in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire. Under Baker’s leadership, Harvard Pilgrim has finished first in the country for four years in a row on the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s annual ranking of health plan performance on clinical effectiveness and member satisfaction, and for the third year in a row, was featured in a special issue of U.S. News & World Report on the nation’s best health plans. Prior to joining Harvard Pilgrim, Baker spent eight years in Massachusetts state government, where he served as Secretary of Administration and Finance and Secretary of Health and Human Services under Governors Bill Weld and Paul Cellucci. He won several awards for his work in state service, including the National Governor’s Association Distinguished Service Award. Baker received a B.A. in English from Harvard College and a Master’s Degree in Management, concentrating in Public Administration and Finance, from Northwestern’s Kellogg School.

John Bassett became the eighth President of Clark University in 2000. Prior to coming to Clark, he served for seven years as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. President Bassett is a scholar and teacher of American literature and has published books on the work of authors such as William Faulkner, Mark Twain, William Dean Howells, and Sherwood Anderson. Working with Clark’s neighbors in Worcester’s Main South neighborhood is an important focus for President Bassett. In 2004 Clark received the first Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Award for the most outstanding college-community partnership in Massachusetts. President Bassett serves on the board of the Worcester Chamber of Commerce and is a corporator of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Nationally, Bassett serves on the Board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and chairs its Accountability Committee. Bassett holds a B.A. and M.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Ph.D from the University of Rochester.


Nancy Budwig is Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Clark University. Dr. Budwig, a professor of psychology, is interested in the relationship between language and thought in the early years of life, and the contribution of social interaction to such development. By examining children's acquisition of different languages (e.g., English, German, Hindi) she seeks to better understand the role of universal and cultural patterns of development of children growing up in diverse communities around the world. Budwig's publications include the book, A Developmental-functionalist Approach to Child Language (Lawrence Erlbaum, 1995), an edited volume, two edited monographs, and several publications in journals such as Journal of Child Language, Theory & Psychology, Linguistics, First Language, as well as chapters that have appeared in handbooks and edited volumes. She has sat on the editorial boards of the journals First Language, Cognitive Development, and Child Development. She is an executive board member and past president of the Jean Piaget Society. She received a B.A. from Vassar College and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Jennifer Davis is the Co-Founder and President of Massachusetts 2020, a non-profit organization whose mission is to expand educational and economic opportunities for children and families across Massachusetts. She earned her undergraduate degree from Connecticut College and her Master's Degree in Public Policy from the Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California. In 1988 and 1992 Ms. Davis managed presidential campaign operations in several East Coast states and between these times was the Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the National Governors Association. Ms. Davis served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs, at the U.S. Department of Education and was appointed by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino in 1998 to serve as the Executive Director of the Boston 2:00-6:00 After-School Initiative.

Thomas Del Prete is Chair of the Education Department and Director of the Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education at Clark University. He holds an A.B. from Brown University, an M.A.T. from Rhode Island College, and an Ed.D., from Harvard University. Professor Del Prete founded and oversees continuing development of the Hiatt Center "K-17 Professional Development School Collaborative," a partnership that includes Worcester’s Goddard and Hiatt elementary schools and the A.L.L., South High and University Park Campus secondary schools. The Collaborative is dedicated to the joint development of learning environments and practices that serve students in "Main South," a diverse and low-income area of Worcester.The Collaborative is also committed to developing exemplary models of urban teacher preparation, professional development and school reform, and to learning from the effort. Professor Del Prete developed the "rounds" model, a classroom-based learning model for teachers, as well as the curriculum team model that bridges and integrates arts and sciences and practitioner perspectives.


Michael S. Dukakis is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and is a Visiting Professor at the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. He was the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States in 1988. He served several terms as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and was elected three times as Governor of Massachusetts. As governor, he led numerous path-breaking initiatives in fields as diverse as regional economic development, homelessness prevention, universal health care, and acid rain reduction. He was voted Most Effective Governor in the U.S. by the National Governors Association in 1986. He has been a long-time advocate for and user of public transportation and served as Vice-Chair of the Amtrak Reform Board. He has written and lectured extensively on health care policy, the electoral process, and public service. Governor Dukakis holds a B.A. degree from Swarthmore and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Catherine M. Dunham is the president of The Access Project, a research and advocacy organization that works to improve access to health care for people without adequate health insurance. She has previously been National Program Director of the Community Health Leadership Program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Earlier in her career Dunham served as the chief health and human services policy advisor to Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis and as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers. She has faculty appointments at Brandeis University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Dunham earned her B.A., M.E., and Ed.D. from Clark University.

Jim Gomes is the Director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark University. He was the president and CEO of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, a leading advocacy and policy organization, from 1993 to 2007. During that time he founded or co-founded several key initiatives, including the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and the Massachusetts Environmental Collaborative. Earlier in his career, Gomes served as Massachusetts Undersecretary of Environmental Affairs, as Executive Assistant to Senator John Kerry, as a Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General, and as an attorney at the Boston firm of Hale and Dorr. In 2006, he co-chaired Governor Deval Patrick’s transition working group on energy and the environment. He currently serves as Chairman of the Massachusetts Environmental Trust. He has taught at Williams College and Tufts University and held a research appointment at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He received his B.A. from Trinity College, a Master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a law degree from Harvard Law School.


Jeffrey R. Henig is a Professor of Political Science and Education at Teachers College, and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. He earned his B.A. at Cornell University and his Ph.D. at Northwestern. Before coming to Teachers College, he taught at George Washington University, where he served as Director of the Center for Washington Area Studies, and as Professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science. His research has focused on the boundary between private action and public action in addressing social problems. Most recently, he has been focusing on the politics of school choice, charter schools, and coalition-building for urban school reform. His books include Public Policy and Federalism (St. Martins, 1985); Rethinking School Choice: Limits of the Market Metaphor (Princeton, 1994); The Color of School Reform: Race, Politics and the Challenge of Urban Education (Princeton, 1999); Building Civic Capacity: The Politics of Reforming Urban Schools (Kansas, 2001) (these two were named by the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association as the "best book written on urban politics" in 1999 and 2001); Mayors in the Middle: Politics, Race, and Mayoral Control of Urban Schools, (Princeton, 2004); and Spin Cycle: How Research Gets Used in Policy Debates, The Case of Charter Schools (Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2008).

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jamieson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society. She is the author, co-author or editor of 15 books including: Presidents Creating the Presidency (University of Chicago Press, 2008), Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment (Oxford, 2008) and unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation (Random House, 2007). During the 2004 general election Jamieson regularly appeared on “NOW With Bill Moyers” and “The NewsHour,” and throughout the 2008 campaign appeared regularly on PBS’s “Bill Moyers Journal.” Dr. Jamieson has won university-wide teaching awards at each of the three universities at which she has taught. Among her many awards have been the Speech Communication Association's Distinguished Career in Scholarship Award, 1992; the American Political Science Association, Political Communication Division, Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award for lifetime contribution to the study of political communications, 1995; and the American Political Science Association's 3rd Ithiel de Sola Pool Award, September 2001. Dr. Jamieson holds a B.A. from Marquette University and an M.A. and PhD. from the University of Wisconsin.

Robert J. Johnston is director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute and professor of economics at Clark University.He holds a B.A. in economics from Williams College and a Ph.D. in environmental and natural resource economics from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Johnston is both a Distinguished Member and Director of the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association and Vice President of the Marine Resource Economics Foundation.He serves on the editorial board of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. He is an internationally recognized expert in the valuation of non-market resources and ecosystem services, benefit transfer, management of coastal and marine resources, and tourism economics.He has authored or edited over 350 works, including 52 articles in peer reviewed scholarly journals such as the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics and the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, a book on the economics of land use policy (RFF Press, 2006), and a book on the economics of ecosystem-based management (RFF Press, forthcoming, 2009). The University of Connecticut presented him with its 2007 Research Excellence Award and its 2008 Award of Excellence in Teaching.


Barbara Kates-Garnick is a consultant on energy policy and the energy industry. She has a Ph.D. in international political economy from the Fletcher School of Tufts University, an A.B. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College, and was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She was previously the Vice President of Corporate Affairs at KeySpan Energy, and has served as a Massachusetts Public Utility Commissioner and as Assistant Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Consumer Affairs. In her active civic life, she established Social Venture Partners in Boston and played a critical role in her alma mater Bryn Mawr College's acceptance of Posse Foundation Scholars.

Nicole St. Clair Knobloch is Associate Director of the D.C. office of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. Prior to joining the Nicholas Institute, she was director of communications for the Climate Campaign at Environmental Defense. Earlier, she served in a similar capacity for the Natural Resources Defense Council and as director of strategic communications for Ceres, a Boston-based coalition of environmental organizations and investment funds, where she worked with some of the nation’s largest institutional investors and major companies on the concept of “climate risk.” Her efforts at Ceres produced some of the first coverage of global warming in the nation’s financial press, as well as the engagement of Wall Street analysts in the issue and attention from Congress. Earlier she worked on health policy at the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health. While at MCMCH, Ms. St. Clair Knobloch co-led and developed policy through a statewide initiative to increase and streamline funding for early childhood education and care. She holds a B.A. from the University of Hartford.

Peter Levine is Director of The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), which is part of Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. Levine is also Research Director of the Tisch College. Levine graduated from Yale in 1989 with a degree in philosophy. He studied philosophy at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving his doctorate in 1992. From 1991 until 1993, he was a research associate at Common Cause. From 1993-2008, he was a research scholar at the University of Maryland's Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy. Levine helped to launch CIRCLE at the University of Maryland serving first as its deputy director and then its director. In the late 1990s, he was also deputy director of the National Commission on Civic Renewal. Levine is the author of The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens (University Press of New England, June 2007), three other scholarly books on philosophy and politics, and a novel. He also co-edited The Deliberative Democracy Handbook (2006) with John Gastil and co-organized the writing of The Civic Mission of Schools, a report released by Carnegie Corporation of New York and CIRCLE in 2003. He serves on many governing boards and advisory boards of organizations involved in civic renewal.


John Mecklin is the editor-in-chief of Miller-McCune and Miller-McCune.com, a 100,000- circulation national public policy magazine and website. Over the last 15 years, Mecklin has been the editor of High Country News, the consulting executive editor for the launch of Key West, and the editor of newsweeklies in San Francisco and Phoenix. He was also an investigative reporter at the Houston Post and covered the Persian Gulf War from Saudi Arabia and Iraq for the paper. He has won numerous writing awards, including the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism. He has lectured on journalism at Northwestern and San Francisco State University. Mecklin earned a B.A. from Indiana University and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Shelley H. Metzenbaum is the Director of the Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies of the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is the founder of the Environmental Compliance Consortium, a project that brings state environmental protection agencies together to develop better ways to measure and manage state environmental compliance and enforcement programs. She has served as Director of the Performance Management Project at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, convening public and private leaders to identify ways to make public sector performance measurement more useful. Metzenbaum is the author of several articles on the importance of strengthening the environmental protection system by making it more information-driven and performance focused. During the first term of the Clinton Administration, she served as Associate Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Regional Operations and State/Local Relations. Previously, Metzenbaum served as Undersecretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Metzenbaum holds a Bachelors' degree in Humanities and Asian Studies from Stanford University and Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Ricardo Millett is a consultant on issues of program evaluation and strategic planning. Dr. Millett most recently spent five years as the President of the Woods Fund of Chicago where he spearheaded successful efforts to articulate a grant-making focus and increased local and national collaboration efforts resulting in a significant leveraging of grant support. Previously he was the Director of Evaluation at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. His earlier work includes service as the Senior Vice President of Planning and Resource Management at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and as the Executive Director of the Roxbury Multi-Service Center. Millett is Co-chair of the Governor of Illinois’ New Americans Policy; a National Advisory Member for Hispanics in Philanthropy; Treasurer and a member of the Board for the Association of Black Foundation Executives; and a board member for Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. He has written numerous articles on evaluation including “Evaluation as a Democratizing Practice” in Foundations & Evaluation, “Information as a Management Tool” in Evaluation with Power, and provided editorial direction and writing for the Kellogg Foundation’s Empowerment Evaluation and Foundations. Millett has a Ph.D. in Social Policy Planning and Research, an MSW in Social Policy and a BA in Economics, all from Brandeis University. He was the 2001 winner of the Alva & Gunnar Myrdal Evaluation Practice Award of the American Evaluators Association.


Dolores L. Mitchell is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission, the agency that provides life, health, disability and dental and vision services to 250,000 state employees, retirees and their dependents. She has held that position since 1987, serving in the administrations of six governors of both parties. Mrs. Mitchell is a member of many professional and community organizations, including the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, of which she is a Director, the Massachusetts Healthcare Purchaser Group, of which she is currently the President, the Greater Boston Big Sister Association, of which she is Board President, her local Democratic Town Committee, of which she is Vice President, the Leapfrog Group, the National Academy for State Health Policy, the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, the Massachusetts Health Council, the Business Advisory Group of the E-Health Initiative, of which she is Co-Chair, and the E-Health Collaborative of which she is a Director. During the first Dukakis administration she served as Cabinet Coordinator, and for several months, as Secretary of Human Services.

William S. Mosakowski is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Consulting Group (PCG). He founded PCG in 1986, combining his entrepreneurial business interests with a growing expertise in public sector fiscal and operational management. The firm quickly grew from a three-person operation to a highly successful company with over 600 professionals in 27 offices around the U.S. and in Montreal, Canada. PCG offers a wide range of management consulting and technology solutions to help public sector clients achieve their performance goals and better serve populations in need.As president and CEO, Bill oversees day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives for the firm. Prior to starting PCG, he served as Assistant Revenue Director for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, as Manager of Reimbursement for the Harvard Community Health Plan, and was a senior consultant with Touche Ross & Company. Bill holds a B.A. from Clark University and currently serves as chairman of the Clark University Board of Trustees. Bill and his wife Jane Mosakowski, who is also a Clark graduate, are the founding benefactors of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise.

Susanne Moser is a Research Associate at the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Moser is a geographer who is currently working as an independent research consultant with federal, state, and local governments, non-governmental organizations, and academic collaborators. She received her doctorate at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government working on the Global Environmental Assessment Project. In 1998-99, she worked for the Heinz Center in Washington, D.C. on a congressionally mandated project on coastal erosion and management. From 1999-2003, Dr. Moser worked for the Union of Concerned Scientists as the staff scientist for climate change. She was a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research's (NCAR) Institute for the Study of Society and Environment from 2003-2008. Dr. Moser is the co-editor of the anthology, Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change (Cambridge University Press, 2007).


Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D. holds a B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School. Since 1991, he has served as Pastor and Chief Executive of St. Andrew AME Church, initiating multiple ministries and program development in social service outreach, childcare and Pre-K education, adolescent enrichment and economic development. Dr. Robinson served as Tennessee’s first African-American Commissioner of Health, emphasizing the need to engage in data-driven redirection of State resources. His signature focus was on the epidemic of obesity, the burden of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, the pervasiveness and impact of infant mortality and adolescent pregnancy, and the overarching racial and ethnic disparities that magnify these matters for minorities. Prior to his Tenure as Commissioner, he practiced and taught Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt. He has received numerous national honors; including being named by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of the country's Ten Community Health Leaders of the year, the annual Community Builder Award from the national United Way of America, and an Honorary Doctorate from Meharry Medical College.

Paul Rosenberg is a Partner in the Boston office of The Bridgespan Group, a strategic consulting firm that serves nonprofits addressing three broad sets of societal challenges: disadvantaged populations, environmental well-being, and civic engagement. He joined Bridgespan from Bain & Company, where he directed teams developing and implementing strategies in a variety of areas, focusing primarily on health care. While at Bain he led the firm's pro-bono partnership with Charlestown (Boston) High School for nine years. Paul co-authored Bain’s work on “Innovation Imbalance” which was featured at the World Economics Forum’s Healthcare Board of Governors in Davos in 2004, and was published in The Economist and In Vivo. Prior to Bain, Paul served as special counsel to the United States Department of State, where he oversaw a review of all assistance programs to the former Soviet Union. From 1993 to 1995, he served as senior adviser to Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown, coordinating all international trade issues for the secretary; he also managed the 1984 US Senate campaign of then-Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor John F. Kerry. Paul is an honors graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, and is a member of the Massachusetts and Federal bars.

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy. From 1999 to 2002 he was the national education columnist of The New York Times. He has written three books, Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap; The Way We Were? Myths and Realities of America's Student Achievement; and the recently published Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right and coauthored The Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the Evidence on Enrollment and Achievement and All Else Equal. Are Public and Private Schools Different? Rothstein has been a Visiting Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and a member of the task force that published A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (2008) and an original signatory of that statement.


Warren Simmons directs the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. The Institute was established in 1993 to generate, share, and act on knowledge that improves conditions and outcomes in American schools, particularly in urban areas and in schools serving disadvantaged students. Prior to joining the Institute in 1998, Dr. Simmons headed the Philadelphia Education Fund, a nonprofit organization that played a key role in helping the School District of Philadelphia fund, develop, and implement new academic standards, content-based professional development, standards-based curriculum resources, and comprehensive school reform. As a grant maker at the National Institute of Education and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, he developed and funded initiatives on youth and adult literacy, community development, and urban school reform. As special assistant to the superintendent of schools in Prince George's County, Maryland, he designed and implemented reforms that improved the achievement of disadvantaged students; these included the Comer School Development Project, the College Board's Equity 2000 Project, and the school system's multicultural education and Black male achievement initiatives. He serves on boards and advisory groups of numerous education reform organizations including the Public Education Network, the Merck Institute, the National Center on Education and the Economy, and The College Crusade of Rhode Island. Dr. Simmons received his B.A. in psychology from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and earned a doctorate in psychology from Cornell University.

Brian P. Stern is the Chief of Staff to the Governor of the State of Rhode Island, Donald L. Carcieri. As Chief of Staff he is responsible for overseeing the operations of state departments within the Executive Branch employing more than 13,000 people. He is also the lead policy and political adviser to the Governor and serves as the Governor’s representative in major labor, budget, legislative and federal-state matters. Earlier in his state service he was Executive Director of the Rhode Island Department of Administration and Deputy Chief of Legal Services for the Department of Business Regulation. During that time he prosecuted numerous securities fraud, insider trading, banking and insurance cases. Prior to that, he practiced law in New York City concentrating primarily in business, securities and franchise matters. Mr. Stern graduated from Clark University with a B.A. in Government with a concentration in Public Policy and Administration. He attended Brooklyn Law School where he was awarded a Juris Doctorate. Mr. Stern has also been an Adjunct Faculty member at Roger Williams University School of Law and has published numerous law review and scholarly articles.

B.L. Turner II is the Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society at Arizona State University and a Research Professor in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. At Clark he served previously as Director of the Graduate School of Geography and Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute. Professor Turner’s research interests include human-environment relationships, land change science, sustainability, and tropical forests. Professor Turner is currently engaged in land change science focused especially on deforestation and sustainability in the southern Yucatán. He has published extensively on these and other subjects. Professor Turner has served on numerous panels, committees, and boards of the Association of American Geographers, the National Research Council, and the International Council of Science. He helped to form the Global Land Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and International Human Dimensions Programme and currently serves on its Scientific Steering Committee. Professor Turner is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He earned his B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Gary W. Yohe is the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics at Wesleyan University. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his PhD in Economics from Yale University in 1975. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and several books. Dr. Yohe served as Convening Lead Author for one chapter in the Response Options Technical Volume of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He is also a senior member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and was awarded a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. In his involvement with the IPCC he has served as a Lead Author for four different chapters in the Third Assessment Report, Convening Lead Author for the last chapter of the contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report and worked with the Core Writing Team to prepare the overall Synthesis Report for the entire assessment.