A clinical/developmental psychologist, Elizabeth retired five years ago after a career in higher education. Most recently, she served as the president of Bank Street College of Education, and previously was a professor, dean, and provost at The New School in New York City. She holds a B.A. in art history from Lake Forest College, a masters and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; she also completed a post doctoral fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Her aspirations as an organic gardener have been tempered by the years, but she keeps trying.
Anthea is a principal in the Women’s Enterprise Initiative, a nonprofit in NW CT which helps women entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Before that she was Executive Vice President for Content at News Corporation, one of the world’s largest media companies. In this position she guided the Company’s global initiatives in content development and distribution. She was a member of News Corporation’s worldwide Executive Management Committee. Until the sale of the company in May 2008, Ms. Disney also acted as Chairman of Gemstar-TV Guide International, a technology and guidance company in which News Corporation was the largest shareholder.
Prior to this position, Anthea was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TV Guide, Inc., before its merger with Gemstar, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of News America Publishing Group, a division of News Corporation. Prior to these appointments, Ms. Disney was President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers. Ms. Disney joined News Corporation in 1990 and held a number of senior management positions including Editor-in-Chief of TV Guide; Editor-in-Chief of News Corporation’s online development. Before joining News Corporation, Ms. Disney was Deputy Managing Editor of The New York Daily News, and Editor-in-Chief of Self magazines. She began her career in the United Kingdom as a newspaper reporter and a foreign correspondent. She was educated in England.
Steve Gaines, Ph.D.
Steven Gaines's research focuses on marine ecology and conservation, sustainable fisheries, the design of marine reserves, and the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems. He has served as director of the UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute, and as UCSB Acting Dean of Science and Acting Vice Chancellor for Research. Professor Gaines currently serves as a principal investigator for the Sustainable Fisheries Group, which seeks scalable solutions for the world’s fisheries through partnerships among UCSB researchers, industry leaders, NGOs, and governments.
Peter is the founder and Managing Member of NGEN Partners, LLC. Peter invests in sustainable businesses with innovative solutions to impact the world’s biggest problems. His passion for the environment and improved utilization of natural and material resources has taken him from operating traditional manufacturing companies to technology and ultimately to found NGEN in 2001. Peter has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, operating executive, and growth equity investor. He has grown the firm from one of the earliest to invest in sustainable technologies, to a firm with three funds with over $500 million under management. NGEN invests in consumer-facing brands and services that span various sectors, from personal care to energy efficiency products and innovative agricultural solutions: all with the goal of changing consumer behavior to improve consumer and environmental health.
Prior to NGEN, Peter made diverse private investments, ranging from leveraged buyouts and leveraged recapitalizations to early venture investments in materials science enterprises. Peter has had successful investment exits in a variety of companies in the manufacturing and retail sectors. He gained early career experience as an executive in a global manufacturing family business, working in Germany as well as the United States.
Peter is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Enzymedica, Native Foods Café, BrightFarms, Regen Energy and Renewable Funding, and is an observer on the Boards of Soraa, Choose Energy and Two Moms in the Raw. He was chosen as a 2012 Power Player in Greentech by AlwaysOn. Peter is a graduate of Yale University and the Phillips Exeter Academy. He is an avid outdoorsman and former Division 1 oarsman, and in his next life aspires to be an Olympian in at least two sports. He is passionate about making the world a better place and is focused on educating children on the importance of the environment.