Susan E. Alcock is the Special Counsel for Institutional Outreach and Engagement and Professor of Classical Archaeology and Classics at the University of Michigan. Alcock is a classical archaeologist and she has been involved in fieldwork in Greece, Armenia, and now at the site of Petra in Jordan. She has won numerous awards for teaching and scholarship, including a MacArthur Fellowship.
Larry Coben is SPI's Executive Director and an archaeologist affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Coben is Chairman of the Board of NRG Energy. He is also the founder, chairman and CEO of Tremisis Energy Corporation, a company that invests in and advises businesses in the energy and environmental sectors, and has served as CEO of both public and private companies.
John Crary began his career in investment banking and as an independent financial advisor. Today he devotes much of this attention to non-profit organizations, such as SPI and Community Agroecology Network, that aim to promote economic development in communities in need. Mr Crary is also director of Scheid Vineyards of Monterey County, California.
Doug Dunn is currently a partner in the CFSD Group, a financial advisory group. Previously he worked in global energy and has extensive experience advising energy companies, private equity investors and hedge funds.
Katie Ford served as President, CEO and, most recently Chairman of Ford Models, a role she relinquished in the beginning of 2008 in order to focus on her philanthropic interests. During her tenure Ford Models became the world's largest model and talent management company. Ms Ford devotes much of her time to preventing human trafficking and is on the board of the Wayuu Taya Foundation, which provides support of indigenous groups in South America.
Peter Gould is an expert on archaeology and economic development and holds academic positions at University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, American University of Rome, University College London and Indiana University. He is on the Board of SGI and Fortna. Inc. and was previously the President of the Superior Group and the Chief Executive Officer of the Berwind Financial Group.
Melik Kaylan is a reporter on culture for the Wall Street Journal who has written extensively on issues relating to archaeology, preservation and looting. He has held positions at the Village Voice, Spy magazine, Connoisseur magazine, forbes.com, and Regan Books. He has been published widely and also traveled extensively, especially to the Middle East. He has won cultural awards in Italy and Turkey for print and television work on antiquities smuggling.
Brent Lane is Director of the University of North Carolina Center for Competitive Economies and an Adjunct Professor at the university's Kenen-Flagler Business School. Before he joined UNC, his professional life bridged the worlds of venture capital, R&D commercialization and entrepreneurial development. Lane is currently working on strategies to preserve sensitive natural and cultural World Heritage sites while enhancing their value to regional economies and benefiting local people.
Sunil Paul runs Spring Ventures, a VC fund. He was the co-founder of Sidecar, which invented ridesharing, and was founder and CEO of Brightmail (the leading anti-spam company) and Freeloader. Paul has also established civic initiatives including iCanvas.org, Cleantech for Obama, The Clean Economic Network and the Gigaton Throwdown Initiative. Some year soon he will be launched into space as a Virgin Galactic founder.
Daniel R. Revers
Daniel Revers is a co-founder of Arclight and has 25 years of energy finance and private equity experience. Prior to forming Arclight in 2000, Mr. Revers was a Managing Director in the Corporate Finance Group at John Hancock Financial Services. Before working there he held various financial positions at Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.
Cynthia Schneider leads the Arts and Culture Dialogue Initiative within the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and is a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Schneider served as U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands from 1998-2001, and from 1994-1998 as Vice Chair of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
Charles Stanish is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Southern Florida. Stanish specializes in studying the development of complex political and economic systems in the pre-modern world and has worked extensively in Peru, Bolivia and Chile. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Charles Steinmetz is President of JCA Associates and Tierny Properties. He is also President Trustee of the Steinmetz Foundation, a member of the Governing Board of the Archaeological Institute of America and a long-time volunteer at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA.
Dean Vanech is Chairman and CEO of Olympus Holdings, LLC, a firm based in New Jersey engaged in electrical energy, entertainment and commercial finance. Vanech holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Western New England University. He has served on a number of non-profit boards including New York Stage & Film Company and Citizens Schools New York.