EPIBuilding a Sustainable Future
Who We Are

LESTER R. BROWN, founder and President of Earth Policy Institute, has been described by the Washington Post as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” and as “the guru of the global environmental movement” by The Telegraph of Calcutta. The author of numerous books, including Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity, chapters, articles, etc., he helped pioneer the concept of environmentally sustainable development. His principal research areas include food, population, water, climate change, and renewable energy. The recipient of scores of awards and honorary degrees, he is widely sought as a speaker. In 1974, he founded Worldwatch Institute, of which he was President for its first 26 years. As President, he launched the World Watch Papers, the Worldwatch/Norton books, the annual State of the World, World Watch magazine, the annual Vital Signs, and the Institute’s News Briefs. For relaxation, Lester runs. Read a complete biography. View a selected list of recent publications by Mr. Brown.

Lester Brown


REAH JANISE KAUFFMAN, co-founder and Vice President, has assisted Lester Brown in his work since 1986. As in any small organization, Reah Janise wears many hats. She oversees the administrative aspects of EPI, including managing its worldwide publishing network, outreach program, website, marketing, fundraising, and personnel. Prior to her work at EPI, she worked at the Worldwatch Institute for 15 years as Lester Brown's special assistant and as Director of International Publications. Prior to joining Worldwatch, she was an editor and technical writer focusing on sustainable agriculture at Michigan State University, from which she graduated with a degree in English. Reah Janise squeezes exercise into her busy day by either running or biking to work. She also practices yoga, is active in her church, and relaxes by knitting socks and sweaters of her own design, which she posts on her knitting blog.


JANET LARSEN, Director of Research, holds a degree in Earth Systems from Stanford University. She is a co-author of The Earth Policy Reader and has written on topics ranging from natural resources availability to population growth and climate change. Her research has been translated into various languages and featured in a number of print, on-line, and radio publications. Prior to the creation of Earth Policy Institute in 2001, Janet worked at Worldwatch Institute, providing research support for State of the World and contributing to Vital Signs. She has conducted ecology fieldwork on the Chilean coast and in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest and continues to enjoy spending time outdoors.

Janet Larsen


MILLICENT JOHNSON, Manager of Publications Sales and Assistant Treasurer, brings with her more than 20 years of people-oriented sales/service experience. Warm and personable, Millicent manages easily the diverse and exacting area of customer service, publications fulfillment, database management, accounting, and ordering office supplies. Prior to Earth Policy, she was the Publications Sales Coordinator at Worldwatch Institute for 11 years. A graduate of Commonwealth College in Richmond, VA, Millicent enjoys classic movies and reading.

Millicent Johnson


J. MATTHEW RONEY, Research Associate, graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2006 with a BS in Environmental Conservation, summa cum laude. Matt has been with Earth Policy Institute since 2007, working closely with the research team on many publications and scanning internet resources for relevant news clips and scientific studies. He has also written Eco-Economy Indicator articles on world bicycle production/promotion and wind energy development. In 2012, Matt completed a master’s degree in environmental sciences and policy from Johns Hopkins University, with a focus on Chesapeake Bay conservation and management. In his free time, he enjoys eating crabs with his lovely wife Sarah, listening to reggae music, hiking, running, and suffering as an Orioles fan.

Matt Roney
   
JULIANNE SIMPSON, Web Communications Coordinator, graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Strategic Communications and a minor in Business Administration. In college she worked for the campus recreation department, visited Peru on an experimental learning trip, and spent a semester in Florence, Italy. At EPI she is responsible for web communications, media outreach, and general assistance around the office. Native to the area, Julianne is a huge fan of the Washington Capitals and cheers for other D.C. sports teams. In her free time she enjoys yoga, reading, discovering new music, and watching reruns of Seinfeld. Julianne Simpson
EMILY ADAMS, Staff Researcher, received a Master of Environmental Management degree in 2010 from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment with a focus on the intersection of science and policy.  Emily is glad to return to the city of her undergraduate institution, American University, where she studied environmental science and graduated magna cum laude.  Prior to joining Earth Policy Institute, she spent a year living in Geneva, Switzerland learning French, hiking, and working at the World Meteorological Organization.  At EPI, Emily contributes to the research, writing, and editing of releases and follows global environmental trends.

BOARD MEMBERS
Judith Gradwohl, Chairman
William Mansfield
Scott McVay
Raisa Scriabine
Hamid Taravaty
Jeremy Waletzky