The As You Sow Board of Directors is comprised of talented and dedicated volunteers. Our Directors bring a broad range of expertise and interests including experience in social activism, publishing, education, environmental law, business, socially responsible investing, fundraising, and philanthropy.
Thomas Van Dyck, Chairman
Thomas has been a leader in the field of sustainable investing since starting at Dean Witter in 1983. In 1987, he founded Progressive Asset Management (PAM), a firm dedicated to socially responsible investing. Joining Piper Jaffray in 1997, he developed an investment management consulting team, now called the SRI Wealth Management Group, which moved to RBC Wealth Management in 2006, and is now one of the largest sustainable wealth management practices in North America. Over the last 15 years Thomas pioneered the practice of using sustainability criteria to maximize investment returns, a major evolution on the older practices of socially responsible and ESG investing. In 2004, he assisted CalPERS in adopting Green Wave, and he has authored numerous articles and studies on the economics of sustainable investing. Tom has also been actively involved in cleantech investing and was instrumental in developing Piper Jaffray's Cleantech Ventures private equity fund of funds strategy.
Van Dyck is the founder of As You Sow, a shareholder advocacy foundation, and is active with environmental and human rights groups, including Rainforest Action Network, Baykeeper, Bioneers and Earth Rights International, Engage, SVN and the Ella Baker Center. Throughout his career, he has worked to encourage major pension funds like CalPERS and CalSTRS to consider issues such as divestment from South Africa and environmental investment strategies. He also serves on the board of Napo Pharm. He is most proud, however, of his role of active parent to his two children. Van Dyck graduated from Duke University in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science. He is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) and is Series 7 and Series 66 licensed.
JJ is founder of Healy Capital a technology investment and asset management firm and a technology industry veteran with more than 20 years of operational and investment experience with some of the largest companies in the Digital Economy, including Yahoo! Inc. and EMC Corporation. JJ's investments and acquisitions combined were greater than $10 billion in transaction value and he has orchestrated several of the largest acquisitions in the history of the Internet. JJ brings a wealth of operating and deal structuring expertise to the companies in which he invests, as well as an extended network of domestic and international business contacts.
JJ has a BA in Chemistry from St Anselm College and an MBA in International Finance from Thunderbird. He is Board Vice Chair at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. JJ is an avid outdoorsman and operates the Double J Ranch LLC in Daniel, WY.
Randy is the founder and board president of Rainforest Action Network in addition to Senior Staff with the International Forum on Globalization. Randy is a veteran of many high-visibility corporate accountability campaigns and has advocated for the rights of Indigenous peoples. He worked as the President to the City of San Francisco Commission on the Environment and Director of Sustainability in the office of Oakland with Mayor Jerry Brown.
Randy has a Masterís degree in Environmental Planning from San Francisco State University; his masterís thesis was the award-winning film The Four Corners, which won the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award for Best Student Documentary in 1983. He is a contributing author to Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World is Possible.
Carl Pope is a former Chairman of Sierra Club. He had been with Sierra Club for nearly thirty years serving as Associate Conservation Director, Political Director and Conservation Director and Executive Director. He served on the Boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Public Voice, National Clean Air Coalition, California Common Cause, Public Interest Economics, Inc., and Zero Population Growth (now Population Connection).
Mr. Pope is co-author of "Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress," other books including, "Sahib: An American Misadventure in India" (1971) and "Hazardous Waste in America" (1981).Mr. Pope graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1967. He then spent two years as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Barhi, Bihar, India, where he helped communities and families address the human and environmental impacts of population growth due to a lack of access to voluntary family planning.
Ric currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of a San Francisco Bay Area management consulting firm that he co-founded in early 2008. He has served previously as Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and in operating and executive management capacities in both public and pre-public companies where he has helped raise over $150 million in public and private financings. He has extensive international experience, including cross-border M&A transactions and post-acquisition business integration. His managerial background includes finance and operational oversight of multi-subsidiary international companies.