Gary Appel

Gary Appel is the Michigan state manager for the Great Lakes East Comprehensive Center, a federally funded center based in Illinois that provides capacity building assistance to state departments of education in the Great Lakes region. A former science teacher, he co-authored The Growing Classroom: Garden-Based Science (National Gardening Association, 2007), a curriculum guide to help teachers use school gardens to teach science, and Leading Lesson Study: A Practical Guide for Teachers and Facilitators (Corwin Press, 2007) about a Japanese approach to teacher collaboration. Prior to moving to Michigan, Gary served as the executive director and codeveloper of the Life Lab Science Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He serves on the Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education, the Michigan Staff Development Council Board and the Michigan Land Use Institute Board. In 1990, he was awarded a three year Kellogg Foundation National Fellowship .

Mimi Appel

Mimi Appel serves as Midwest Program Director for the New Teacher Center (NTC) at University of California Santa Cruz. As part of the NTC national dissemination, she serves on the leadership team of the Chicago New Teacher Center, and provides mentor teacher professional development and technical assistance. She also coordinates the NTC’s Midwest policy initiative, providing facilitation and technical assistance to state induction policy initiatives. Mimi served as a new teacher mentor in the early years of the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project. Mimi worked as the founding coordinator of the Giv’Em 40 Coalition, a regional partnership to develop youth assets under the auspices of a large consortium of non-profits, school districts and other youth related organizations. Giv’Em 40 received national recognition for its dynamic approach to developing healthy young people. Through a multi-county intermediate school district, she supported creative leadership among youth in schools, and helped launch multiple youth-led initiatives to promote caring schools and communities. Mimi is married to Gary Appel, and is the proud mother of two teenage sons.

Harriet Babbitt

Attorney in Washington, D.C.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States

Ms. Babbitt served as U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States from 1993 to 1997. While in that role she led the U.S. negotiating effort to completion of the world’s first anti-corruption convention and helped strengthen the Inter-American Human Rights Commission.

Ms. Babbitt has served as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. As the second most senior official overseeing the U.S. foreign assistance program, she oversaw programs in the fields of democratization, rule-of-law, humanitarian relief, women’s empowerment, economic growth, education, health, and the environment. Her responsibilities included oversight of USAID efforts to assist post-conflict reconstruction in the Balkans and East Timor.

Ms. Babbitt also served as a Senior Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and spent almost 20 years as a litigation attorney in Arizona.

Rich Beckman

Rich Beckman is the Knight Chair of Visual Journalism at the School of Communication at the University of Miami and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile.

From January 1978 to June 2008 he was the Director of Visual Communication at the University of North Carolina. During that time he served two terms on the Faculty Council; won the Tanner and David Brinkley Awards, both in recognition of excellence in undergraduate teaching; was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in South Africa, Chile and Spain; a charter member of the UNC-CH Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and Carolina Speakers and served as the Julian Sheer Term Professor of Journalism and the James L. Knight Distinguished Professor of Journalism, awards given for overall excellence in teaching, research and service. He twice chaired divisions within the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and was the founder and director of the Multimedia Bootcamp Workshops held at UNC-CH for the past eight years.

Brian Collins

Brian Collins is one of the nation’s most prolific communications designers and creative directors. He was the chairman and chief creative officer of the Brand Innovation Group, Ogilvy & Mather, in New York City for nine years (1998–2007), prior to starting his own experiential branding firm, COLLINS: His new agency is part of the Interpublic Group. Collins has spoken about innovation and design around the world, including at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and Tianjin, China.

Collins produced The Ecology of Design, a handbook on environmental design thinking, published by the AIGA He also initiated the annual forum “Designism: Design for Social Change,” sponsored by the Art Directors Club of New York. Panelists discuss the direction of the design industry and explore whether design and advertising demand a “social context. With J. Carl Ganter, he co-founded the Designing Water’s Future initiative, which was launched at the World Economic Forum in 2008.

Dr. Geoff Dabelko

Director, Environmental Change and Security Project Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Dr. Geoffrey D. Dabelko is director of the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP), a nonpartisan policy forum on environment, population, and security issues at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. For the past 12 years, he has helped facilitate dialogue among policymakers, practitioners, and scholars grappling with the complex connections linking the environment, health, population, conflict, and security. His recent research focuses on environmental pathways to confidence building and peacemaking, with a special emphasis on managing fresh water resources. Geoff is principal investigator for ECSP’s “Navigating Peace: Forging New Water Partnerships” initiative and co-principal investigator for the “Environment, Development, and Sustainable Peace” initiative, an international effort to bridge the gap between Northern and Southern perspectives.

Jerry Dennis


Jerry Dennis has earned his living since 1986 writing about nature and the environment for such publications as The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon, Orion, Wildlife Conservation, and National Geographic Traveler. His books, essays, and articles have won numerous awards and have been frequently anthologized in The Best American Nature Essays and elsewhere. In 1999 the Michigan Library Association presented him with its Michigan Author of the Year Award, the foremost literary award in Michigan. The most recent of his ten books, The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas, won the 2004 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award and the 2004 Great Lakes Culture Award from Michigan State University. Jerry lives with his wife and two sons on Old Mission Peninsula, near Traverse City, Michigan.

John Elkington

John Elkington is founding partner & director of Volans, also co-founder of SustainAbility (1987) John Elkington is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. In 2004, BusinessWeek described him as “a dean of the corporate responsibility movement for three decades.” In 2008, The Evening Standard named John among the ‘1000 Most Influential People’ in London, describing him as “a true green business guru,” and as “an evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable.” Volans, launched in April 2008, aims to find, explore, advise on and build innovative scalable solutions to the great global divides that overshadow the future. Volans is carrying forward John’s work with The Skoll Foundation on a $1 million, 3-year field-building programme in relation to social entrepreneurship. Directly linked to this work, John’s latest book is on entrepreneurial solutions—particularly on the work of leading social and environmental entrepreneurs. Co-authored with Pamela Hartigan, previous Managing Director of The Schwab Foundation, now Partner of Volans, The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World, was published by Harvard Business School Press on 5 February 2008.

Bob Giles

Curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard

Bob Giles became the curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard in 2000 after nearly forty years in newspapers. Previously, he had been editor and publisher of the Detroit News. From 1977 to 1986, Giles was executive editor and then editor of the Rochester, N.Y.,Democrat and Chronicle and the Rochester Times-Union. His career began in 1958 at the Akron Beacon Journal. As managing editor in 1970, he directed coverage of the campus shootings at Kent State University, for which the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize. Giles was a 1966 Nieman Fellow and received an honorary doctorate in journalism from DePauw University in 1996. He retired from the Nieman Foundation in 2011.

Dr. Peter Gleick

President, Pacific Institute MacArthur Fellow and Member of National Academy of Science

Dr. Peter H. Gleick is co-founder and President of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California. His research and writing address the critical connections between water and human health, the hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization, and international conflicts over water resources. Dr. Gleick is an internationally recognized water expert and was named a MacArthur Fellow in October 2003. In 2001, Gleick was dubbed a “visionary on the environment” by the BBC. In 1999, Gleick was elected an Academician of the International Water Academy, in Oslo, Norway and in 2006, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. Gleick received a B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations, and is the author of many scientific papers and five books, including the biennial report, The World’s Water, published by Island Press (Washington, D.C.)

Måns Hultman

Former CEO of QlikTech International AB

Måns Hultman was CEO of QlikTech International AB (later Qlik Technologies, Inc.) between 2000 and 2007, and was Chairman of the Board between 2004 and 2009. During his time as CEO the company went from being a small Swedish technology company to becoming one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies in the world. Qlik introduced the world to the benefits of In Memory Analytics and went from $2 million to $80 million in revenue in seven years. QlikTech was founded in Sweden but is now headquartered in USA. Since 2009 Måns is focused on helping other technology companies achieve the same success as QlikTech and serves on the board of several Swedish and international companies.

Kigge Hvid

Kigge Hvid is CEO of INDEX: the global non-profit organization based in Copenhagen that focuses on Design to Improve Life worldwide.

INDEX: works through a global network to ensure access to the best knowledge on design and the cutting edge of contemporary thinking.

The network consists of designers, businesses, organizations and design institutions who collaborate in disseminating and applying the latest knowledge in the field of “Design to Improve Life.” Between its large-scale biannual events, INDEX: Community gathers the best expertise and collects and distributes the latest knowledge, making INDEX: the most extensive center of knowledge on Design to Improve Life. INDEX: is a partner in the Designing Water’s Future initiative.

Kenny Irby

Visual Team Leader The Poynter Institute for Media Studies

Kenny Irby is an integral figure in visual journalism education and recognized for his insightful knowledge about photographic storytelling, innovative management ideas, and steadfast ethical thinking. He teaches seminars and consults in areas of photojournalism, leadership, ethics, and managing diversity. He is affiliated with the Poynter Institute and contributed as a photo editor to three Pulitzer Prize-winning projects while at Newsday.

Keith Jenkins

Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia National Public Radio

Keith Jenkins directs and produces leading-edge multimedia projects at National Public Radio. Jenkins received his law degree from Boston University in 1982 and migrated to the the world of journalism. He has worked as a photojournalist for the Boston Globe and Washington Post. Following a stint as director of photography during the most innovative years at AOL, he became photography editor of the Washington Post Magazine then Multimedia Director for the Post. Jenkins is a regular judge for the Best of Photojournalism competition and a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

Larry Keeley

Larry Keeley is an innovation strategist. He is co-founder of Doblin and current president. A frequent lecturer and teacher about frontiers of innovation and strategy, he is also a board member for the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a lecturer in innovation at Kellogg and University of Chicago and at many executive education programs.

Karin Krchnak

Co-chair, UN Non-Governmental Organizations Water Caucus
Director, International Water Policy
The Nature Conservancy

Karin Krchnak is Director of International Water Policy at The Nature Conservancy. She leads the international strategy of the Sustainable Waters Program, including working with TNC country program offices to identify opportunities for demonstration projects in targeted sectors. Karin’s current work involves identifying opportunities to advance water policies supportive of sustainable water management at the international and national levels and advancing ecologically sustainable water management (ESWM) in various global water arenas. She leads the Programs efforts in the hydropower sector, working with international organizations to integrate the principles of ESWM into hydropower projects. Karin currently serves on the Steering Committees of the Global Water Partnership and the Gender and Water Alliance and she is Co-Chair of the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development’s Freshwater Caucus. Before joining the Conservancy, Karin worked as an environmental lawyer to improve policies and procedures related to environmental management and resource conservation worldwide. Her work included managing two global secretariats aimed at improving transparency and accountability in environmental decision making, helping non-governmental organizations such as the World Resources Institute and the National Wildlife Federation address environmental issues on a global scale, directing the Environmental Law Program for the American Bar Association Central and Eastern European Law Initiative, managing environmental planning projects in the former Soviet Union, and serving as adjunct faculty for universities in the U.S. and abroad. Karin holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland (Baltimore) and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Duke University (Durham, North Carolina).

Dr. Jerry Linenger

NASA/MIR astronaut

Jerry Linenger is a retired astronaut and cosmonaut, having spent 132 harrowing days in space aboard Mir. Perhaps there’s no story more captivating than that of his life-threatening ordeals on the Russian space station. He survived an out-of-control spacecraft tumbling through darkness, low oxygen, the worst fire ever to occur in space and a language barrier with fellow crewmembers who spoke only Russian. All are skills perfectly aligned with finding new approaches to the global freshwater crisis. Jerry graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and proceeded directly to medical school. After completing surgical internship training at Balboa Naval Hospital, San Diego, California, and aerospace medicine training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola, Florida, he served as a naval flight surgeon at Cubi Point, Republic of the Philippines. He was then assigned as medical advisor to the Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, San Diego. After completing doctorate-level training in epidemiology, Linenger returned to San Diego as a research principal investigator at the Naval Health Research Center. He concurrently served as a faculty member at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine in the Division of Sports Medicine. Linenger is board certified in preventive medicine and is the author of Off the Planet, which chronicles his time in space; and Letters from Mir: An Astronaut’s Letters to His Son. Besides his active involvement with Circle of Blue, Jerry is a popular motivator for international audiences, such as the World Economic Forum. He is represented by the Washington Speakers Bureau.

Dr. Melinda Moore

Rand Corporation
Former Deputy Director, Global Health and Human Services

Melinda Moore is a public health physician and Senior Natural Scientist at RAND Corporation since 2005. Prior to that, she served with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 20 years and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office Global Health Affairs for five years. Her principal career focus has been global health, and her areas of expertise include child survival and nutrition, infectious disease surveillance and control, environmental health and urbanization, safe drinking water, and health and foreign policy. At RAND, she has focused on infectious disease surveillance, public health and pandemic influenza preparedness, military health, and environmental health. Public health preparedness projects she has led or participated in have: compared plans and response to potential anthrax incidents; identified strategies for improving global influenza surveillance; implemented tabletop pandemic influenza preparedness exercises in the United States, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She has led or co-led military health projects related to medical intelligence, community disaster preparedness, the DoD Serum Repository, Army veterinarians in stability operations, and evaluation of humanitarian assistance efforts. She leads RAND’s efforts, working with the University of North Carolina, to help develop a long-term strategy and medium term action plan for environmental health in the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Moore is board certified in pediatrics and preventive medicine; has worked in over 45 countries; and speaks five languages. She is a retired Medical Officer (Captain, O6) of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Greg Mort

Greg Mort, internationally acclaimed, self-taught artist hikes the rugged coast of Maine and travels the rural trails of Maryland with his brushes, paints and canvases. Drawing and painting since childhood, Mort’s professional art career star began to rise at an early age with his first museum show at eighteen. Recognized today as one of America’s leading contemporary artists, his watercolor, oil and pastel images are in notable collections around the world. He is founder of “The Art of Stewardship” initiative, which brings together leading and emerging artists in service of global issues. Circle of Blue is a founding member.

Karen Mullarkey

Former Director of Photography
Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated

Karen Mullarkey began her career in photography at Life magazine in the mid-1960s. She has been Photography Director at various publications, including Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated. In the mid-1990s, Karen produced and directed a series of HDTV documentaries for Japanese television. During the last 30 years she has been involved in editing and producing over 70 photographic books. In 1995, she began working on Internet projects beginning with groundbreaking project 24 Hours in Cyberspace as the director of assignments and photography. Since then, she has been Vice President of Creative at, an online consumer photography site and the Editorial Director of Mullarkey has served as a photographic consultant for the designer Roger Black; the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth, Texas; the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Stanford University, where she ahs been working as curator for special photographic collection documenting the birth of Silicon Valley. Mullarkey was the Assignment Director for the America 24/7 National book project (a New York Times bestseller) and later became the director of photography for the 50 state books.

Rich Odell

Richard F. Odell is recently retired from IMG Academy where he was Vice President of Student Affairs and IMG Academy Headmaster.   He founded the PK-PG school of 1,000 students on IMG’s Bradenton, Florida campus in 2000.   The school’s academic program and delivery is specifically designed to meet the college preparatory expectations of students and their families from 90 countries.  This is accomplished by offering a unique blend of teaching styles that work for students who come to the school with a passion for sport and spend half of each day in that sport and the other half in school.

Mr. Odell began his professional career in 1972, working in fundraising and alumni affairs at his alma mater, Heidelberg University from which he had recently graduated.  In 1976, he began serving independent schools in a variety of administrative capacities including: chief financial officer, development, alumni and marketing director, Assistant Headmaster, Headmaster and President.   Much of his career has focused on serving schools that have struggled to find a niche that would provide long term financial stability, a strong public image and success.   He has also helped schools develop new revenue sources, streamline administrative operations and think strategically about what elementary –secondary education might look like 10 years out and help Boards, Administrators and faculty design facilities and programs to be ahead of the education curve.

Rich has served on a number of not-for-profit boards including: The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), national ,state and local arts councils, and The Circle of Blue (an organization addressing worldwide safe water concerns.  He is regarded by many as an education visionary.

Odell graduate with a music education degree from Heidelberg University in 1972 and from Bowling Green State University with a master’s degree in Student Personnel in 1976.  He is married and has three grown children.

Patti Richards

Director of Media Relations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Former Vice President, HarperCollins Publisher

Aaron Schindler

Wealth Advisory Group
Board Member, Eugene Smith Fund

Aaron Schindler is a Managing Director with Wealth Advisory Group LLC.  Aaron specializes in providing wealth-building and protection strategies for families and small businesses with an emphasis on investments and insurance. Before joining the financial services industry, Aaron was a photographer’s agent at Contract Press Images, Inc. and Director of Photo Perspectives, his award-winning exhibition production firm.  Aaron is the preferred provider of disability, life and long-term care insurance for the Advertising Photographers of America and writes for Photo District News. Aaron has a B.A. from Columbia University, speaks Spanish, collects photography, and has won two World Hunger Year awards

Deborah Schindler

President, Sony International Motion Picture Production Group

Described by Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Women in Entertainment: As Martin Scorsese’s assistant on 1980’s “Raging Bull” and 1986’s “The Color of Money,” Schindler had her dream job right out of college. “It was the most wonderful introduction to moviegoing and storytelling I could ever have had,” she says. Carrying that storytelling passion forward through a producing career (in partnership with Julia Roberts), Schindler now heads Sony’s recently created international production unit and released four films in four countries in 2008.

Her 2009 slate includes at least 16 pictures from six different nations, including the Michael Sheen-starring BBC co-production “The Damned United,” the Russian musical “It’s That Music!” and multiple Indian films. Unlike most studio execs, Schindler lives in New York and works with local-language production units around the world. “I’ll go to bed at night and get 100 e-mails,” she laughs. “It’s the middle of the day in India, and they’re eager to get to work.”

John Simson

Executive Director, SoundExchange

John L. Simson, Executive Director of SoundExchange, has been involved in the music industry since his 1971 signing with Perception Records as a singer/songwriter. His career has included a ten-year partnership in Studio One Artists, managing country superstar Mary Chapin Carpenter (1988-1995), Steve Forbert (Geffen), Jonell Mosser (MCA), Mike Henderson (RCA) and others.

Simson has been active in the Washington, D.C. arts community for years. He was one of the founders of the Washington Area Music Association and served as its first President (1985-1990). Simson has also served as Vice President of the Steering Committee of the D.C. Bar’s Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Section and as a Board member and Legal Counsel to the Songwriters Association of Washington.

Simson was elected President of the Washington, D.C. chapter of NARAS (Recording Academy) in April of 2004. He was elected to the Recording Academy Board of Governors in 1997 for the Washington, D.C. chapter, and served three years as a National Trustee of the Academy (1997-2000). Simson has also served on the Board of the Alliance of Artists and Record Companies (AARC), the Washington Area Music Association, Institute For the Arts In Science Education, Inc., Video Culture, Inc., the Takoma/Silver Spring Thunderbolts and the 20th Century Consort. He is a member of the Folk Alliance, the Country Music Association and an alumnus of Nashville’s “Leadership Music.”

Simson is currently an adjunct professor of Entertainment Law at American University’s Washington College of Law, and taught Entertainment Law for two semesters at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. He has also taught Criminal Procedure at Temple University’s School of Criminal Justice, Free Press/Fair Trial at the American University School of Criminal Justice and has lectured frequently on entertainment law and business.

Dr. Bob Steele

Circle of Blue Ethics Advisor
Director of the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics and Distinguished Professor of Journalism Ethics at DePauw University

Bob Steele works with questions. Some he answers. Most he asks. He’s worked with professional journalists from across the country and around the world – from reporters and photographers to editors and corporate news executives – on issues of ethics, values and leadership. He’s taught thousands of journalists in seminar sessions; conducted workshops for over 100 news organizations; and written case studies, articles, handbooks and book chapters on journalism ethics issues. His favorite role is coaching and guiding journalists on real-time ethics challenges. Bob spent 19 years on the faculty of The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, FL leading the ethics program during much of that time. He is still the Nelson Poynter Scholar for Journalism Values and an adjunct faculty member at Poynter. In 2008, he returned to his undergraduate alma mater, DePauw University, where he is the Director of the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics and a Distinguished Professor of Journalism Ethics. Bob earned his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa writing his dissertation on journalism ethics and he has received two honorary doctorates. In 2010 he was named a Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, the highest honor given by SPJ to recognize extraordinary contribution to the profession.

Chris Traub

Chief Executive Officer and Cleantech / Sustainability Practice Lead, and a Co-Founder of the SES Group

Over the past 22 years, Mr Traub has led and supported hundreds of senior level search engagements across a broad range of industries, supporting both private and public corporations, as well as private equity and venture capital investors, in building world-class leadership teams. He is particularly well known in Asia for his search work in the technology and clean technology sectors. He travels extensively in North America, Europe, and Asia, regularly attending leading global CEO forums.

Chris began his executive search career in 1988 when he established the first retained executive search firm in Taipei, that later joined Ward Howell International, a leading global executive search firm in 1992. In 1998, with the listing of Ward Howell in the US, the Asian partner companies of Ward Howell merged and established SES, the Strategic Executive Search Group. During his Ward Howell tenure, Mr Traub established the first Asia Pacific Technology search practice in 1992, encompassing 13 offices from Tokyo through Sydney. Born in the US and educated in the US, the Philippines, and Taiwan, Mr Traub has lived in Greater China continuously since 1986. He graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies & Cultural Anthropology. Chris is fully bicultural and bilingual in English and Mandarin, is a keen outdoorsman and musician, and is a committed contributor to global Sustainability initiatives. He is an also an Advisor to Dr. Sylvia Earle’s foundation MissionBlue (ocean biodiversity), and the CorporateEcoForum.

Jonathan Wege

President, SymbioCycles Foundation
Board Member, Wege Foundation

Jonathan Wege is a serial entrepreneur, directing the SymbioCycles Foundation and SymbioCycles. Through every industry he works to change to the way business is done, focusing on long-term, sustainable enterprises that have large-scale impact. He is a member of the Founder’s Circle of the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development and serves on numerous company and nonprofit boards. He is a participant in the Clinton Global Initiative.

Dr. Scott Whiteford

Director, Latin American Studies Program
University of Arizona

Dr. Scott Whiteford is the director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona and a leading authority on water and development issues in Mexico and Latin America. Professor Whiteford, whose recent co-edited books include “Seguridad, Agua y Desarollo: El Futuro de La Frontera Mexico-Estados-Unidos” (2005), “Globalization, Water and Health: Resource Management in Times of Scarcity” (2005); “Managing a Sacred Gift: Changing Water Management Strategies in Mexico” (2003); and eight other volumes published in Spanish and English, was previously professor of anthropology and the director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Michigan State University (MSU). Whiteford’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the Social Science Research Council, the Hewlett Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment of the Humanities and the National Institute of Health. He presently serves on review boards for several foundations and federal agencies as well as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars water task force, Navigating Peace.