Governance Committee

The Governance Committee is responsible for the health and functioning of the board. The Committee identifies and recruits new members, conducts orientations, produces board materials, and evaluates the performance of the board itself. The Committee is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of the current board and for recruiting tomorrow's leaders.

Members of the Governance Committee

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Steve Ramsey (Chair)

Ramsey is the former Vice President of Corporate Environmental Programs at General Electric, where he managed GE’s environmental strategy. He was previously the head of environmental practice at Sidley Austin in DC and was the first Chief of Environmental Enforcement Section at the US Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. Ramsey has served as a Visiting Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environment, the Chair of the Board of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, and as a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Texas School of Law.

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Virginia Berkeley

Berkeley served as Executive Vice President of CoBiz Bank from 2009-2012 after performing numerous other leadership roles at the organization. She previously served as Senior Vice President and Manager of Business Banking of Bank One, Denver and held several positions with Colorado National Bank. Berkeley’s extensive community involvement includes work with numerous Boards of Trustees, most recently with Colorado Public Radio, where she served as board chair, and the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Berkeley holds a BS degree in economics from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Oklahoma.

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Rachel Bronson (Ex Officio)

Bronson is the president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, where she oversees the publishing programs, management of the Doomsday Clock, and a growing set of activities around nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change, and disruptive technologies. Before joining the Bulletin, she served for eight years at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in a number of capacities including: vice president of studies, vice president of programs and studies, and senior fellow, global energy. She also taught “Global Energy” as an adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management. 

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Cyndi Conn

Conn is the Founder and President of LaunchProjects LLC, a creative consulting firm with a track record of engaging and inspiring organizations, influencers, and leaders. She serves on the Governing Board of the International Council for the Black Mountain Institute, and on advisory boards of N Square Innovators and the National Parks Arts Foundation. In 2018 she co-chaired Mayor Alan Webber’s task force to catalyze job creation, in 2014 chaired Mayor Javier Gonzales’ housing and community development transition team and was selected as one of New Mexico’s 40 Under Forty awardees statewide. She was previously the Executive Director of Creative Santa Fe, a non-profit dedicated to leveraging collaboration and the power of the arts to reframe critical issues and drive positive change. Prior to that was the Visual Arts Director and Curator of the Center for Contemporary Arts. She holds a Masters Degree in Curatorial Studies and Arts Administration from Skidmore College in conjunction with the Tang Museum, a BA in Latin American studies from Tulane University and studied at the Universidad Ibero Americana in Mexico City.

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Lynn Eden

Eden is Senior Research Scholar (Emeritus) at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. Her scholarly work focuses on the military and society; science, technology, and organizations; and US nuclear weapons history and policy. Eden’s Whole World on Fire: Organizations, Knowledge, and Nuclear Weapons Devastation won the American Sociological Association’s 2004 Robert K. Merton award for best book in science and technology studies. Her current research and writing asks how a specific US military planning organization has enabled very good people to plan what, if put into action, could or would result in the deaths of tens of millions of people. In other words, how do US military officers make plans to fight and prevail in nuclear war? The answer lies not in individual psychology but in common organizational processes such as abstraction, categorization, and fragmented responsibilities. 

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David Kuhlman (Ex Officio)

Kuhlman is managing partner of Axiom Consulting Partners, a consulting firm that helps clients identify pathways to profitable growth and align their organizations for long-term success. For over 30 years, he has worked with people-intensive/asset-light businesses including accounting and law firms to establish and realize transformative strategies. Previously, Kuhlman was managing partner of Sibson Consulting, a leading HR consultancy and global head of Human Resources for Russell Reynolds Associates, a premier executive recruiting firm. As chair of the Governing Board, Kuhlman is a member of the Science and Security Boardex officio.

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Robert LoPrete

LoPrete is a partner in Reed Smith’s Private Client Services group, based in Chicago. His practice includes complex estate, gift, and tax planning for high net worth individuals and families. In addition, he organizes charitable entities and advises clients on tax compliance, governance, and fiduciary obligations, and assists clients with charitable gift planning through a variety of techniques. LoPrete serves on Reed Smith’s Pro Bono Committee and on the Recruiting Committee for the firm’s Chicago office.

LoPrete is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council; a member of the Education Committee at Steppenwolf Theatre; and a Heritage Society Ambassador of the Chicago Botanic Garden. He also serves as trustee of a private family foundation based in Michigan. He received a BA from DePauw University and a JD from University of Michigan Law School.

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Haneen Khalid (Board Fellow)

Khalid is a research and policy professional in international security. She is an admitted PhD student in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. Khalid has worked on women’s affairs and advocated on issues of nuclear security and climate action at the National Assembly of Pakistan. Khalid was an Obama Foundation Scholar at the University of Chicago and has established youth-led initiatives for greater peace, security, and cooperation in South Asia and beyond. She will co-direct the Policy Speaker Series at the Centre for International Strategic Studies and focus on diplomatic and technical collaboration on security issues at Princeton.