Lee 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 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.
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.
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.
Sachnoff is a founding partner of Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd., that merged with world-wide Reed Smith LLP where he serves as “Of Counsel.” Sachnoff has specialized in trial and appellate word, and has served as Visiting Lecturer on trial and litigation matters at the University of Chicago, Northwestern and Chicago Kent Law Schools. In 1969, he was one of the founders of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and he continues to serve on the board of the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Sachnoff’s dedication to civil rights, social justice, and pro bono work for himself and his law firm has earned him numerous awards, including the recent “American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award.” Throughout his career, he has worked to protect the interests and advance the civil rights of the poor, the disenfranchised and the most vulnerable in our community. At present, Sachnoff and lawyers in his firm represent several prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. He has served on the board of the Lawyers Alliance for Nuclear Arms Control.
Scoby retired as group publisher of Crain Communications in December, 2013. She joined Crain in 1978 to launch Crain's Chicago Business; then on to New York, where after a stint as Publisher of Crain's New York Business, she returned to Chicago as publisher of the Chicago paper in 1989. Scoby went on to become Group Publisher for Crain Communications, overseeing offices and financial, general business news and marketing newspapers in Chicago, New York, California, Mexico, and England. She launched Crain's first website in 1994 (the first business site in America), after which she led the expansion of websites and e-products as well as other sources of non-traditional revenue throughout the company. She has served on numerous civic, artistic, and charitable boards and is currently a member and past board member of the Commercial Club, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives Club, the Chicago Network, and trustee emeritus of Steppenwolf Theatre, where she served as chair. Scoby has received numerous leadership and professional awards, most recently a life time achievement award from the international ALLIANCE of business publications. She currently serves on the board as a member of the executive committee for TERRA (The Terra Foundation for American Art) and as President of MAC (Museum Associates Council) at the Palm Springs Art Museum, a major fundraising arm of the museum.
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.
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.