Governing Board

Lee FrancisLee Francis (Chair)

An internist and CEO at Erie Family Health Center, Francis is clinical instructor of internal medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), a national organization dedicated to the prevention of violence and nuclear war, and continues to serve on its Board of Directors.

Austin HirschAustin Hirsch (Secretary & Treasurer)

Hirsch is a partner at Reed Smith. His practice encompasses all aspects of business law, including mergers and acquisitions with both financial and strategic parties, corporate and real estate finance, venture capital transactions, partnership and joint ventures, and international transactions, with special expertise in counseling significant privately owned companies.

Harlan Loeb

Loeb is the Global Chair of Crisis and Risk at Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm. He is Professor of Crisis Litigation and the Court of Public Opinion at Northwestern University Law School, as well as a lecturer on reputational risk at Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Ford Scholar at the Ford Center for Global Citizenship at the Kellogg Business School. He has served as Convener with the Cambridge Centre on Risk Studies of the Aspen Forum on Crisis & Risk and on the Advisory Board for the Conference Board’s Annual Global Risk Management Program.

Mark RatnerMark Ratner

Ratner is a materials chemist, whose work focuses on the interplay between molecular structure and molecular properties. This includes such aspects as molecular electronics, molecular optoelectronics, molecular systems design and biomolecular behavior, as well as quantum and classical methodologies for understanding and predicting molecular structure and responses. The major focus of his research for the last three decades has been the understanding of charge transfer and charge transport processes based on molecular structures, ranging from nonadiabatic intramolecular behavior to aspects of molecular devices, including photovoltaics, conductive polymers, molecular transport junctions and molecular switches.

William Revelle (Vice-Chair)

An American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow, Revelle directs the personality program in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University. Formerly, he served on the Federation of American Scientists' Board of Directors. He is chairman of the board of Calcomco, a small information company that publishes the San Diego Daily Transcript and Columbus Business Journal.

Lew Watts

Watts has more than 35 years of experience within the global energy industry and has lived and worked on four continents. He retired in early 2009 after serving as CEO of PFC Energy, a global energy consultancy, and chaired an external expert panel of the World Bank focused on climate change and energy security in the same year. He currently serves on a number of technology-and-energy-related boards and is a published poet.

David Wolf

Wolf is founder and president of the Fremont Group, LLC, which includes private equity advisory, origination, and investment activities in international joint ventures in Europe, India, and the Middle East. Wolf is also co-founder and chief operating officer of Biovec and Biovec Transfusion, which are biotechnology research companies involved in gene therapy and platelet preservation technologies in the Netherlands, Denmark, and the US. He is a past executive board member of the US-India Business Council and a board member of the Global Offsets and Countertrade Association.