PRESIDENT & CEO
Paula J. Ehrlich, DVM, PhD
Paula J. Ehrlich, DVM, PhD, is the President & CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, where she champions biodiversity research to inform conservation efforts, and uses pioneering educational tools and creative media to engage people in the importance of our biological heritage and to encourage a robust response to the extinction crisis.
Dr. Ehrlich has more than 25 years of strategic scientific management and research expertise, and diverse academic, non-profit, and corporate leadership experience. She was formerly President & CEO of the Drug Discovery Center of Innovation (DDCOI) in Research Triangle Park, NC, a non-profit that pioneered innovative approaches to early drug development. Dr. Ehrlich joined DDCOI in 2010, as Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer. Prior to joining the DDCOI, she was Senior Director of Scientific Affairs at Ansaris (formerly Locus Pharmaceuticals), which she joined as Senior Director of Translational Biology. At Ansaris, she led strategic activities to establish preclinical proof-of-concept for novel therapeutic targets and led business development efforts to identify new collaboration opportunities. From 2002–2008, Dr. Ehrlich held positions of increasing responsibility at Merck Research Laboratories in West Point, PA, culminating in her role as Preclinical Oncology Imaging Lead & Associate Franchise Director. At Merck she led initiatives to establish imaging biomarkers and proof-of-concept for over 12 lead compounds, which are currently in clinical trials. She has held research, clinical, and teaching positions at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, the Atlantic Veterinary College, and the Royal Veterinary College.
Dr. Ehrlich has a B.S. in Zoology from Duke University, a Masters degree in Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, a DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and a PhD in Bone Physiology from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. She has Six Sigma Green Belt training and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David J. Prend, Chairman
David J. Prend is a Managing General Partner and co-founder of RockPort Capital Partners, a Boston and San Francisco-based venture capital firm focusing on investments in technologies in the energy, mobility and sustainability sectors.
Mr. Prend currently serves on the Boards of RockPort portfolio companies Achates Power, Enki Technology, Enlighted Inc., Glasspoint Solar, InVisage Technologies and Solar Universe. In addition, he serves as a Director of the National Advisory Council for the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where he is also Chairman of the Solar Technology Review Panel. He is also Chairman of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. David served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association from 2007–2011.
Mr. Prend began his career in the energy industry as an engineer at Bechtel where he worked in the area of advanced energy technologies. From 1984–87, he worked at Amoco in the Treasurer’s Department, and in the chemical and upstream oil and gas subsidiaries. He later joined Shearson Lehman in their Natural Resources Investment Banking Group where he advised companies in the energy, mining and forest products industries. In 1990 he joined Salomon Brothers where he was promoted to Managing Director and headed the Global Energy Investment Banking Group. In 1998, Mr. Prend co-founded RockPort Partners, a merchant bank specializing in the energy and environmental sectors and in 2000 he co-founded Rockport Capital Partners.
Mr. Prend received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Gregory C. Carr, Treasurer
As a humanitarian and prolific philanthropist, Mr. Carr has dedicated the last 15 years of his career to the betterment of the human condition and the world we live in. In 1999, he co-founded the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. Joining family and friends, he co-founded the Museum of Idaho in 2000, a cultural and natural history museum in Idaho Falls that is the largest institution of its kind in the state. In 2008, Mr. Carr signed a 20-year agreement with the Government of Mozambique to restore and co-manage the country’s flagship national park, Gorongosa. National Geographic Television chronicled the Park’s restoration in their film Africa’s Lost Eden.
Charles J. Smith, Secretary
Mr. Smith is a serial entrepreneur who has launched four companies and one foundation. He is perhaps best known for developing the royalty-free licensing model for digital images which today accounts for over 95% of worldwide image sales. Mr. Smith also co-founded Knowledge Factor, a company that pioneered the Amplifire protocol, which demonstrably accelerates learning and enhances long-term retention. He has served on the Director’s Cabinet at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the world’s oldest and largest organization devoted to understanding the dynamic between land, ocean, and atmosphere. Mr. Smith currently serves on the board of Nature and Culture International, a position from which he is applying time and expertise toward saving the remaining biodiversity hotspots on the planet before they disappear forever. To date, Nature and Culture has conserved nine million acres in the most diverse ecosystems of Latin America.
Marcia Angle is an environmental advocate and preventive medicine physician, who spent two decades as medical director at IntraHealth.org, focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa. At Duke University’s School of the Environment, Dr. Angle taught environmental epidemiology, and now serves on Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment’s Advisory Board. She has a BA from Harvard University, where she was Professor E.O. Wilson’s enthusiastic student. At Duke University, she completed her MD and Family Medicine training. She holds an MPH from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, NC, where she also serves on the Advisory Board. Dr. Angle is also a member of the Board of Directors of NatureServe.org, Nourish.org, and SouthernEnvironment.org.
John Gantt was a central figure in the establishment and development of the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF). The ICCF is an NGO based in Washington, D.C. that advances U.S. leadership in international conservation through public and private partnerships and by developing the next generation of conservation leaders in the U.S. Congress. As President of ICCF, he runs its day-to-day operations , managing the foundation’s programs and Congressional, donor, and partner relations. John has extensive experience on Capitol Hill and working with foreign governments and has supported development programs in both Africa and Latin America. He has a B.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from the University of Cambridge where he concentrated in Finance.
Thomas A. Patterson
Mr. Patterson is a General Partner and co-founder of Madrone Capital Partners, a Menlo Park-based investment firm focusing on investments in founder/family owned businesses, the emerging middle class in China and Brazil, and clean energy technology. Mr. Patterson serves on the Boards of Barry Wehmiller, Progreso Financiero, DMB Pacific, and Trumpet Behavioral Health. He has also been active in private land conservation and is a Director At Large of the Montana Land Reliance. Mr. Patterson grew up on a small farm in Western Colorado, which is where he developed his passion for the natural world and recognized the significant opportunity to enrich biodiversity in working landscapes by pursuing intelligent stewardship practices.
Ashley Gordon Stone
Mrs. Stone is a philanthropist and serves on the Boards of Heifer International and Friends of Bonobos. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Emory University and earned a Master’s Degree of Social Work from San Diego State University. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Mrs. Stone devoted her time to the foster care system and international adoption before dedicating herself to raising her three children and to volunteer service in the San Diego area and abroad. Mrs. Stone is committed to bringing E.O. Wilson’s critical work on biodiversity research and education to a wider philanthropic audience in the Southern California area and beyond.
Paula J. Ehrlich, DVM, PhD, President (Ex-officio)
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Edward O. Wilson, Chairman
University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
Director, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University
Oceanographer, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence
Actor and conservationist
Daniel Nathans Professor and Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Johns Hopkins Institute of Basic Biomedical Sciences, Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, 2009
Eric R. Kandel
University Professor, Columbia University, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2000
Cofounder, Chief Scientist and Chairman Emeritus, Rocky Mountains Institute
Gregory T. Lucier
Chairman and CEO
Life Technologies Corporation
James B. McClintock
Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Sir Paul Nurse
President, Royal Society
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2001
Stuart L. Pimm
Doris Duke Professor of Conservation, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
President, Saving Species
Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
Peter H. Raven
Director Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden
Larry G. Rosenstock
CEO, High Tech High
Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University, Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General
Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment
Provost, Washington University in St. Louis
James D. Watson
Chancellor Emeritus, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1962