BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The As You Sow Board of Directors is comprised of talented and dedicated volunteers. Our Directors, all of whom are independent voting members, 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
1992 – current
Thomas has been a leader in the field of socially-responsible investing since starting at Dean Witter in 1983. In 1987, he founded a firm dedicated to socially responsible investing where he created a shareholder advocacy program. In 1997, he joined Piper Jaffray and developed an investment management consulting team, now called the SRI Wealth Management Group. SRI Wealth Management moved to RBC Wealth Management in 2006.
Van Dyck has authored numerous articles and studies on the economics of socially responsible investing. He has been actively involved in cleantech investing and was instrumental in developing Piper Jaffray's Cleantech Ventures private equity fund of funds strategy. 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.
Thomas is the founder of As You Sow**, a shareholder advocacy foundation, and is active with a number of environmental groups. 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.
Randy Hayes, Vice President
2006 – current
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 Master's degree in Environmental Planning from San Francisco State University; his master's 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.
2016 – current
Amanda Hanley is the Co-Founder and a Director of the Hanley Foundation, formed to advance environmental, educational and empowerment solutions. She serves as a board member of the Academy for Global Citizenship, a green Chicago Public Charter School; the Global Catholic Climate Movement; As You Sow; and the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) Midwest Council Chair and Global Leadership Council member. Along with her husband, George, she helped found and advises the Hanley Sustainability Institute at the University of Dayton. She is also on advisory board of Loyola University Chicago Institute for Environmental Sustainability.
Amanda is on the steering committees of North Shore Green Women and Chicago Women in Green, and a member of Grab the Wheel and Invest to Elect women’s groups as well. She has been a Fresh Taste member, an initiative to advance the Midwest’s good food system; a Shine interim working group member, a campaign to end global energy poverty; and an advocate and signatory of Divest-Invest. She shares inspiring information on her foundation’s and Huffington Post blog, along with print publications. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and four children.
2014 – current
Annarie Lyles, Ph.D. has more that 30 years of executive experience in widely varied life science and environmental businesses. Driven to make a positive impact, she invests and mentors start-ups for more sustainable and healthy living via Bio-Gist Ventures, where she is Managing Director; as the leader of Philadelphia's IC-SVN network, she coordinates a group of impact angel investors. Dr. Lyles leads the family side of a closely-held business, and also serves on the boards Sustainable Princeton and as Treasurer of Rachel's Network.
A frequent speaker, Dr. Lyles has authored three dozen publications. Home, in New Jersey, is shared with an ecology professor spouse and occasionally with their two young adults; they relish woodland rambles with friends and hounds, and other nature adventures.
Previously, she gained a decade of biotech deal-making experience as Head of Business Development and Senior Vice President at Genmab. After earning a BS from Yale and a PhD in Biology from Princeton University, she worked in non-profit management as an animal curator at NYC's Central Park and Bronx Zoos.
2013 – current
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
2014 – current
Kaveri Marathe is the Founder and CEO of Texiles, a clothing recycling startup based in Washington, DC. She moved to DC in 2011 to pursue her Master's in International Relations at Georgetown University where she focused on energy and environmental policy. She has spent the last few years working as a sustainability consultant and she launched Texiles in 2017. With Texiles, Kaveri is focused on eradicating textile waste in American landfills by offering consumers an alternative to throwing clothing in the trash.
2011 – current
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.
2014 – current
Abigail Rome is a conservationist and environmental advocate who has worked in the eastern US and Latin America to establish and manage nature reserves, fight against climate change, support the health of communities, and raise awareness about assaults on the environment. She started and ran an ecotourism business, consulting on tourism projects and programs around the world and offering ecotours to selected sites in Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Abi currently works with Green America, managing the Green Business Network's certification program to ensure that member companies operate according to principles of environmental sustainability and social justice. She is an active Board member of American Rivers and Rachel's Network, volunteers with a private foundation supporting organizations addressing the drivers of climate change, and provides English-Spanish interpretation services to neighbors in her suburban Maryland community.
Finally and importantly, Abi loves to be active outdoors – hiking, biking, swimming, paddling, camping, and enjoying nature.
Cari Rudd, Secretary
2014 – current
Cari Rudd is a strategic communications consultant. Cari helps organizations optimize their institutional assets towards clear, effective and productive results. Cari’s experience spans public, private and non-profit sectors. From a background in film production, producing award-winning ads to designing winning campaigns for Democratic candidates and Issue initiatives, Cari seeks innovative solutions. A leadership aide to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and a Vice President at Fenton Communications, Cari blends her diverse background in politics, advertising, and marketing to her clients, advocacy and funding priorities.
Cari is a member of Rachel’s Network, a collection of women committed to environmental protection and conservation. She has a long history of advocacy serving 12 years as a board member to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Board Chair to EWG’s Action Fund. She currently serves as a board member to Veterans Education Success, Rachel's Action Network and the EthicMark Award for socially responsible advertising.
Taraneh Arhamsadr, Communications Director, GO Public Schools
Nishita Bakshi, Senior Program Officer, Give 2 Asia
Ann Blake, Consultant, Health and Safety Standards Development Project at B Lab
Michelle Chan, Economic Policy Project Director, Friends of the Earth
Bob Clark-Riddell, President & Principal Engineer, Pangea Environmental Engineering
Robert Gould, President, SF Bay Area Chapter, Physicians for Social Responsibility
Lori Grace, President, Sunrise Center
Mark Lancaster, Footprint Network
Geoff Lomax, Sr Officer for Medical & Ethical Standards, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Melissa E. Lopez, CFA, Research Analyst and Investment Committee Member, Wetherby Asset Management
Jeff Mendelsohn, President/Founder, New Leaf Paper
Amanda Metcalf, Attorney, Law Offices of Amanda Metcalf Litigation
Dara O’Rourke, Co-Founder, GoodGuide
Rafael Reyes, Executive Director, Bay Area Climate Collaborative
Neerja Raman, Distinguished Scholar, Stanford University
Alan Ramo, Professor of Law Director, JD & LLM Env., Golden Gate University School of Law
Tiffany Schauer, Founder & Executive Director, Our Children’s Earth
David Shearer, CEO, Full Circle Solutions
Tim Smith, Senior Vice President, Environmental, Social, Governance Group, Walden Asset Management
Ruth Stringer, International Science & Policy Coordinator, Health Care Without Harm
Adam Werbach, Chief Sustainability Officer, Saatchi & Saatchi
Michael Passoff, CEO, Proxy Impact and Consulting Senior Strategist, As You Sow