Advisory Committee for the Climate Communications Initiative

The Advisory Committee for the Climate Communications Initiative will provide expert oversight and guidance for the Initiative (See Statement of Task). As a first step, the Advisory Committee, together with staff from across the National Academies, will develop a strategic plan for the Initiative. Once the strategic plan is completed and approved, the Advisory Committee will provide ongoing guidance on implementation. The specific charge to the Advisory Committee will be amended to reflect their strategic plan, and could include guiding development of new digital content, supporting social media engagement, nurturing relationships with partner organizations that can help extend National Academies’ findings to other stakeholders, and assisting in coordination with other related National Academies’ communications efforts.

The Advisory Committee will include members with expertise including climate science, climate impacts and economics, potential response options, science communication, social media engagement, science education, and other issues considered to be contentious in public discourse.  In selecting members, efforts will be made to include individuals with experience and expertise related to the many climate and communication-related activities underway across the National Academies (e.g., by seeking members with joint appointments to other boards or former members of committees that issued key reports).

David W. Titley (Chair), The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. David Titley is a Professor of Practice in Meteorology and a Professor of International Affairs at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the founding director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk. After graduating from Penn State, Titley served as a naval officer for 32 years and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. Dr. Titley’s career included duties as commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, and Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy. While serving in the Pentagon, Dr. Titley initiated and led the U.S. Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change. After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Titley served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Operations, the chief operating officer position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dr. Titley serves on numerous advisory boards. He has served as a member of the National Academies Climate Intervention Committee, co-chaired the National Academies Decadal Survey on Ocean Science, and chaired the National Academies committee on the Attribution of Extreme Weather Events to Climate Change. Dr. Titley received his B.S. in Meteorology from Penn State in 1980. From the Naval Postgraduate School, he earned his M.S. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Meteorology in 1998. He received an honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dominique Brossard is professor and chair in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an affiliate of the UW-Madison Robert & Jean Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, the UW-Madison Center for Global Studies and the Morgridge Institute for Research. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in strategic communication theory and research, with a focus on science and risk communication. Dr. Brossard’s research agenda focuses on the intersection between science, media and policy with the Science, Media and the Public (SCIMEP) research group, which she co-directs. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a former board member of the International Network of Public Communication of Science and Technology, Brossard is an internationally known expert in public opinion dynamics related to controversial scientific issue. She is particularly interested in understanding the role of values in shaping public attitudes and using cross-cultural analysis to understand these processes. SCIMEP’s recent work has focused on scientific discourse in online environments, such as Twitter. She has published more than 100 research articles in outlets such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science Communication, the International Journal of Public Opinion, Public Understanding of Science, and Communication Research. Dr. Brossard earned her M.S. in plant biotechnology from the Ecole Nationale d’Agronomie de Toulouse (1987), and her M.P.S (1998) and Ph.D. (2002) in communication from Cornell University. Dr. Brossard served as a member of the National Academies Committee on A Science-Based Look at Genetically Engineered Crops Study (2014-2016) and the National Academies Committee on Science Literacy and Public Perception of Science (2015-2016).

Robert Bullard, Texas Southern University

Robert D. Bullard is the former Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University 2011-2016. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy. Prior to coming to TSU he was founding Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. He has been described as the father of environmental justice. He received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is the author of eighteen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity.

Caitlin Choate, Airbnb

Caitlin Choate is the Editorial Content Lead for Airbnb. Caitlin has spent the past ten years working for disruptive brands that are growing fast and changing industries. She began her career at TOMS, an altruistic fashion company credited with the One for One business model. In her role as the global social media director, Caitlin was an early adopter of using platforms like Twitter and Facebook to build a brand and connect with an engaged tribe around the world. Making a shift to the tech industry in 2014, Caitlin led social and digital content for Nest, a smart home company acquired by Google, bringing cultural cache to thermostats and smoke alarms. Currently, Caitlin leads editorial content at Airbnb, empowering teams around the world to bring to life the stories of the Airbnb community in social and digital-savvy ways.

Mariette DiChristina, Scientific American, Nature Research Group

Mariette DiChristina is Director of Editorial & Publishing for Nature Research Magazines, overseeing the global editorial teams for Nature magazine, Partnership & Custom Media and Scientific American, for which she also serves as editor in chief. She was appointed as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011 and is on the executive board of Science Counts. She was honored as a “Corporate Visionary” in Folio’s 2014 Top Women in Digital Media. She is past president of the National Association of Science Writers in the U.S., past president of Science Writers in New York, and was an adjunct professor and Visiting Scholar in the graduate Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program at New York University for the several years. Mariette received her Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism from Boston University in 1986.

David Goldston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

David Goldston became Director of the MIT Washington Office in May, 2017. In that role, he directs MIT’s federal relations and helps develop policy projects on campus. Prior to that, he was the Director of Government Affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental group, for eight years, where he helped shape NRDC’s federal political strategy, policies and communications. He came to NRDC after spending more than 20 years on Capitol Hill in Washington, working primarily on science policy and environmental policy. He was Chief of Staff of the House Committee on Science from 2001 through 2006. After retiring from government service, Goldston was a visiting lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 2007 and at the Harvard University Center for the Environment in 2008 and 2009. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. From 2007 through November 2009, he wrote a monthly column for Nature on science policy titled “Party of One.” Goldston also was the project director for the Bipartisan Policy Center report “Improving the Use of Science in Regulatory Policy,” which was released in August 2009. He authored a chapter in The Science of Science Policy: A Handbook (Stanford University Press, 2011). He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Academies’ Division on Earth and Life Studies and has served on numerous panels of the National Academies and other science policy organizations. He holds a B.A. (1978) from Cornell University and completed the course work for a Ph.D. in American history at the University of Pennsylvania.

William Hallman, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

William K. Hallman is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Ecology and is a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Psychology, the Department of Nutritional Sciences, and of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He is also a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. An expert in risk perception and risk communication, Dr. Hallman has written extensively on public perceptions of controversial issues concerning food, technology, health, and the environment. He has served as a member of several National Academies committees focused on food safety, as Director of the Rutgers Food Policy Institute, the Chair of the Risk Communication Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and recently co-authored a handbook on risk communication applied to food safety for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization. He also recently served on a committee of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education of the National Academies on the science of science communication, which released its report, Communicating Science Effectively: a Research Agenda, in January of 2017. Dr. Hallman holds a B.S. (biology, psychology) from Juniata College (1983) and received a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1989.

David Herring, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

David D. Herring currently leads the Communication, Education and Engagement Division within NOAA’s Climate Program Office, where he also serves as Program Manager for both NOAA and the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. After earning his Master of Arts in Technical Communication from East Carolina University in 1992, he has worked as a science communicator and program / project manager for the federal government (at NOAA from 2008-present, and at NASA from 1992-2008) for about 25 years. Over that span, David has initiated and led a number of highly successful communications and web development projects aimed at promoting public science literacy and greater civic engagement in policy-relevant science topics. Throughout his career, David has consistently followed “best practices” in information design, data visualization, storytelling, and audience engagement while also innovating new practices and building new, broad-based alliances across and beyond the federal government. David has received numerous awards for his work and is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. David was invited to serve as a panelist in the National Academy of Sciences’ 2017 Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication.

Matthew Krehbiel, Achieve, Inc.

Matthew Krehbiel is the science program consultant for the Kansas Department of Education. Mr. Krehbiel is the primary contact for Kansas’s participation in writing the national Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Mr. Krehbiel is also a member of the Kansas Common Core State Standards implementation team and the career and technical education agriculture and STEM pathway teams. Before taking the position at the Kansas State Department of Education, Mr. Krehbiel spent 10 years teaching high school science in Kansas. He has taught a wide variety of science courses and was the science, engineering, technology academy leader at Junction City High School. Mr. Krehbiel is a member of the National Academies’ Board on Science Education. He serves on the board of directors for the Council of State Science Supervisors and the Kansas State Science and Engineering Fair. He is also an ex-officio member of the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education and the Kansas Association for Teachers of Science for the Kansas State Department of Education. In 2010, he received the Award for Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education from the Kansas Association for Environmental Education. Mr. Krehbiel earned his B.A. in biology and natural sciences and his secondary teacher certification in general science, biology, and physics from Bethel College. He received his M.S. in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University.

Maureen Lichtveld (NAM), Tulane University

Dr. Maureen Lichtveld received her MD from the University of Suriname in 1981. Dr. Lichtveld, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, has over 35 years of experience in environmental public health and is Professor and Chair, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She holds an endowed chair in environmental policy and is Associate Director, Population Sciences, and Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium. Her research focuses on environmentally-induced disease, health disparities, environmental health policy, disaster preparedness, public health systems, and community resilience. Lichtveld’s track record in community-based participatory research includes the impact of chemical and non-chemical stressors on communities facing environmental health threats, disasters and health disparities. As Director, Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health Research, Leadership, and Strategic Initiatives, she serves as Principal Investigator of several Gulf Coast-associated environmental health research and capacity building projects.

David May, AIG

David May is the Chief Marketing Officer for AIG. His work integrates brand marketing, reputation, and corporate culture to help companies establish a strategic public voice. Leading corporate brand marketing, David is responsible for AIG’s digital and content marketing, market research, brand strategy and design, advertising and sports sponsorship programs, and corporate social responsibility. Before joining AIG, David was Managing Director responsible for marketing and communications for private wealth management at Goldman Sachs. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 to create the Brand Marketing Group, responsible for global brand strategy and marketing across corporate and product marketing communications, corporate social responsibility and internal communications. David began his career at Young & Rubicam working with clients such as AT&T, Andersen Consulting, Kraft, Pirelli and the U.S. Army. In 1995 David joined J. Walter Thompson as senior partner, managing director on the Citibank and Dow Jones accounts. He served on the management committee of JWT New York. David’s current non-profit board service includes the Opportunity Agenda, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and The Demand Institute. He has previously worked with the National Advertising Review Board, Endicott College, and the Patrons Program of the Archdiocese of New York. David earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his AB from Princeton University and held a teaching fellowship with the Princeton-in-Asia Foundation.

Sabrina McCormick, George Washington University

Sabrina McCormick, Ph.D., is a sociologist and filmmaker whose research investigates the social factors that shape the address of climate change and produces media to reveal these findings. She currently investigates how diverse groups use the judicial system to affect climate outcomes, obstacles and catalysts in city-level stakeholders addressing climate change, and how to improve measurement and prevention of climate change effects on human health. She was Lead Author on the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and has advised Congress, the State Department, and the White House. She served as an expert for the National Academies’ review of the US Global Change Research Program’s report, Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. McCormick produces media to convey climate change issues and assesses which story-telling approaches catalyze audience responses. Among other projects, Dr. McCormick’s film work includes her current feature fiction film, Tribe, set in the Brazilian Amazon, After the Cap, an interactive documentary on the Deepwater Horizon spill, and the Showtime series, The Years of Living Dangerously, that won the Emmy for Best Documentary Series in 2014. She is the author of two books, and over fifty articles and book chapters. Dr. McCormick’s work has been featured in NBC Nightly News, NPR, TIME Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and many other media outlets. She is Associate Professor at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She received her MA (2001) and Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University (2005).

Tancred Miller, North Carolina Division of Coastal Management

Tancred Miller is the Coastal & Ocean Policy Manager for the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, within the Department of Environmental Quality, where he manages the division’s strategic planning and program enhancement functions. He has been with the Division of Coastal Management for 15 years, and is the program lead for the coastal hazards and sea-level rise resilience program areas. He has been the division’s sea-level rise program lead for 10 years; coordinating two scientific assessment reports about relative sea-level rise in North Carolina, and drafting a proposed State sea-level rise policy. He has made numerous conference presentations about sea-level rise within the U.S., and participated in a climate change working group in Germany. He is frequently called upon to speak with State and local government agencies, academia, and the private sector. He sits on the Advisory Committee to the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments program, and the Core Management Team for the North Carolina Sentinel Sites Collaborative. He is a former board member of the Bald Head Island Conservancy, and the Duke University Marine Lab Advisory Board. Tancred earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College in 1996, and a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University in 1999, with a concentration in Coastal Environmental Management.

Philip Mote, Oregon State University

Philip Mote is a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. His current research interests include regional climate modeling with a superensemble generated by volunteers’ personal computers, and the influence of climate change on western US snowpack. He is the co-leader of the NOAA-funded Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) for the Northwest. He has served as a lead author for the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), on three US National Climate Assessments, and seven reports of the National Academies. He is President-Elect of the Global Environmental Change Section of the American Geophysical Union and serves on AGU’s Council. While at University of Washington, he created a class on climate communication. He has given over 800 public talks about climate change, testified over a dozen times before committees of the US Congress and the legislatures of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and has given hundreds of media interviews, appearing in Time, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Fox News, National Public Radio, Seattle Times, Seattle Magazine, and many more. He earned a BA in Physics from Harvard University and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.

Anton Oenning, Future Shape, LLC

Anton Oenning is a Partner at Future Shape, an investment and advisory firm helping deep tech companies get out of the lab and into people’s lives. His work involves brand identity development, product definition & messaging alignment, messaging architecture, naming taxonomy, marketing planning and budget allocation, asset development, and team structure. Prior to joining Future Shape, Anton was the first marketing hire at Nest. As Director of Marketing he was responsible for brand identity development, product definition & messaging alignment, messaging architecture, naming taxonomy, marketing planning and budget allocation, asset development, and team structure, ie all of the things he is now helping engineer- and scientist-led startups with. His work helped launch the Nest brand and the Nest Learning Thermostat, defining marketing best-practices for the connected home industry. Anton’s career started at various advertising agencies in San Francisco. He worked on the California Lottery at JWT, Microsoft at AKQA, Levi’s at TBWA/Chiat/Day, and Microsoft again at McCann-Erickson. At his own agency he supported BMW, Birkenstock, Boudin Bakery, and Spaten Bier. Anton has a B.S. in Marketing and International Business from Georgetown University.

Michael P. Ramage (NAE), ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (ret)

Michael P. Ramage is retired Executive Vice President, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. Previously he was Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Director of Mobil Oil Corporation. Dr. Ramage held a number of positions at Mobil including Research Associate, Manager of Process Research and Development, General Manager of Exploration and Producing Research and Technical Service, Vice President of Engineering, and President of Mobil Technology Company. He has broad experience in many aspects of the petroleum and chemical industries. Dr. Ramage has served on a number of university visiting committees. He was a Director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is a member of several professional organizations, and the Energy Advisory Board of Purdue University. Dr. Ramage chaired the National Acdemies reports “The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities, Costs, Barriers, and R&D Needs”, “Resource Requirements for a Hydrogen Economy”, “Alternative Liquid Transportation Fuels from Coal and Biomass”, and “Transitions To Alternative Transportation Technologies: A Focus on Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles”. He was also a member of the National Academies Americas Energy Future Committee. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has served on the NAE Council. Dr. Ramage has B.S., M.S., Ph.D., and HDR degrees in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.

Louis Schick, NewWorld Capital Group, LLC

Louis (Lou) Schick, Partner & CTO, co-founded NewWorld in June 2009. Before NewWorld, he was an independent consultant specializing in business applications of environmental technologies. Earlier, he was a Managing Director at Ritchie Capital, a hedge fund, where he oversaw a legacy portfolio of environmental businesses. Mr. Schick spent 8 years at General Electric, mainly at Corporate Research. He began as a product service engineer supporting installation and repair of gas turbine power plants worldwide. Subsequently, his senior roles included leading evaluation of Disruptive Technologies for GE Energy. He functioned as developer and head of GE’s solid oxide fuel cell program, and Master Black Belt focusing on low-carbon technologies. In his role as head of the solid oxide fuel cell program, he led a team with more than 100 scientists and researchers in five facilities and participated in strategic partnership negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, and government relations. Lou Schick graduated cum laude with a BS in Physics and Phi Beta Kappa from Union College and holds an MS in Physics from Cornell University.

Susan Tierney, Analysis Group

Dr. Tierney, a Senior Advisor at Analysis Group, is an expert on energy economics, regulation and policy, particularly in the electric and gas industries. She has consulted to businesses, government, tribes, environmental groups, and other organizations on energy markets, economic and environmental regulation and strategy, and energy projects. Her expert witness and consulting services have involved market analyses, wholesale and retail market design, contract disputes, resource planning and procurements, regional transmission organizations, the siting of electric and gas infrastructure projects, electric system reliability, ratemaking for electric and gas utilities, clean energy resources, climate change and carbon-emission-reduction policy, and other environmental policy and regulation. She has participated as an expert in civil litigation cases, regulatory proceedings before state and federal agencies, and business consulting engagements. Previously, she served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy. She was the Secretary for Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Council. She taught at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and at the University of California at Irvine, and has lectured at Harvard University, Yale University, New York University, Tufts University, Northwestern University, and University of Michigan. She received NARUC’s Mary Kilmarx Award in 2015. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in regional planning at Cornell University and her B.A. at Scripps College.