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Richard L. Oram, Chairman
Englewood, New Jersey

Mr. Oram has worked in the urban transportation field for 35 years, with Federal and local agencies, as a consultant and as a business owner. In 1990 he formed Commuter Check Services Corp., a national marketing and financial service for the public transit industry, to facilitate use of employer-provided tax-free “transit benefits.” He has a degree in economics and business administration from Lehigh University, a master's degree in urban planning from the London School of Economics, and published doctoral work. He received a US Department of Transportation Outstanding Public Service Award in 1980. Richard lived in New York City from 1980 to 2000 and now lives in Englewood, NJ where he is a Board Member of Flat Rock Brook Nature Association.
He is also a Board Member of the New York non-profit Regional Plan Association. In 2003 he co-founded Sun Farm Network, an innovative New Jersey solar energy company. His son and daughter — environmentalists and political activists — are both in college. His wife, Leslie Knowlton, is a widely-published journalist.

Stuart M. Baker, Executive Director
Berkeley, California

Mr. Baker has dedicated his career to environmental work: urban transportation, recycling, alternative fuels, and environmental education. Since 1993 he has promoted alternative commute options, including the role as president of Commuter Benefits Management, Inc. He also managed an alternative fuel vanpool fleet for the San Francisco Bay Area and coordinated alternative fuel projects for the City and County of San Francisco. For East Bay Conservation Corps, Stuart developed a bilingual environmental curriculum and managed a recycling internship program for at-risk youth. Before his professional career, he taught environmental education on schooner boat on Puget Sound and volunteered for four years in Latin America with Amigos de las Americas on public health projects such as rabies vaccination and latrine building. He has served on the local chapter board of the Sierra Club and volunteers at senior care facilities. He lives in Berkeley, CA.

Mitchell Pines, Secretary
Leonia, New Jersey

Mr. Pines is an attorney with 35 years experience, including the management of small businesses, non-profits and foundations.


Al Cormier
Toronto, Canada

Mr. Cormier is the Founder and Executive Director of Electric Mobility Canada, an organization dedicated to promoting electric mobility in Canada. Al also founded the Centre for Sustainable Transportation, a non-profit organization dedicated to achieving sustainable transportation in Canada. He is a former President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Association. Al also worked in the Ontario Ministry of Transportation of Ontario as a manager of transit programs. He has extensive contacts across Canada and internationally and has advocated for alternate transportation programs for many years. Al is a member of various Boards of Directors of non-profit organizations dealing with sustainability issues and of several advisory committees to policy makers at the national and local levels.

Rev. Fletcher Harper
Hackensack, New Jersey

Rev. Harper is Executive Director of GreenFaith, an interfaith environmental coalition in New Jersey. Under his leadership, GreenFaith has become a national leader in mobilizing people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental stewardship through innovative programs that help religious institutions integrate environmental concerns into worship, education, facility management and outreach. A graduate of Princeton University and Union Theological Seminary in New York, Fletcher speaks to religious and secular audiences in New Jersey and nationally on the moral and religious basis for protection of the earth. An Episcopal priest, he served as a rector of two New Jersey Episcopal churches and in Episcopal Church leadership positions for ten years before joining GreenFaith. Father of two, he loves to fly fish and camp.

Continuing a decades-long career as a successful entrepreneur in the field of information technology and software development, Mr. Klein is engaged in his fourth startup, a Business Intelligence software-and-services firm headquartered in the Hudson Valley, north of New York City. Mr. Klein also spends time working as a volunteer with the Sierra Club in the Hudson Valley, with a focus on conservation and politics as it relates to the environment.

Guenter Schlusche
Berlin, Germany

Mr. Schlusche, an architect and urban planner, has worked on architecture, planning and environmental projects for over 33 years. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he managed the implementation of the Berlin redevelopment plan. From 1996 until 2005 he was head planner for the Federal Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Central Berlin; completed after 17 years of controversy, it has been internationally acclaimed and drawn millions of German and international visitors. He is now responsible for the Berlin Wall Memorial, which will recall the division of Berlin, Germany and Europe during the Cold War, and its successful ending and the peaceful revolution of the East German people. Guenter studied architecture in Berlin, completed a master's degree in Urban Planning at the London School of Economics, and received a PhD in Urban Development at Technical University Berlin. He has long volunteered his skills for national and community activities on numerous environmental and social topics.

Martin Stott
Oxford, England

Mr. Stott has had a 30 year career in sustainable development in the UK. He worked for over 25 years in local government both as an elected member (including as Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Countryside/leisure) and as a senior official, most recently at Warwickshire County Council from which he retired as Head of Environment and Resources at the end of 2011. He is now an independent sustainability consultant at He has a long commitment to community and social enterprises, as a trustee of allotment, mental health charities and other community groups. His experience includes being a non-executive director of the Phone Co-op, the fastest growing Co-op in Britain. He has authored and edited books and articles on economic and environmental issues (The Nuclear Controversy, City Fields, Country Gardens, Allotment Essays) and is a columnist for Town & Country Planning magazine. He has degrees from Oxford University and London School of Economics.

J. Scott Weaver
San Francisco, California

Mr. Weaver is an attorney whose three-attorney firm, founded in 1981, focuses on housing rights and real estate law. He has been active in a range of community and social justice issues for over 30 years, including housing rights, neighborhood conciliation, and political and cultural issues as they pertain to the predominantly Latino Mission neighborhood in San Francisco. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Accion Latina, a long-standing political and cultural organization that sponsors cultural events, produces a bi-weekly newspaper and involves youth in community-based activities. Scott received his B.A. from Northeastern University, and became an attorney after a four-year course of self-study. He has two adult children, both engaged in political activism.


Steven H. Oram, Esq.
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Mr. Oram, an attorney with over 35 years experience, has expertise in the creation and management of private foundations.


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Richard L. Oram
spacerEnglewood, NJ

Stuart M. Baker
spacerBerkeley, CA

Al Cormier

spacerToronto, Canada

Rev. Fletcher Harper
spacerHackensack, NJ

Robert T.P. Huang

spacerBerkeley, CA

George Klein

spacerOssening, NY

Guenter Schlusche

spacerBerlin, Germany

Martin Stott
spacerOxford, England

J. Scott Weaver

spacerSan Francisco, CA

Steven H. Oram
spacerChevy Chase, MD