David Van Winkle – Chairman
David is a retired executive of Texas Instruments, where he managed semiconductor chip business units. He led the Energy/Climate Change and Communications thrusts for the Sierra Club in New Mexico from 2009 to 2012. He is currently leading the energy supply-side team for the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, which he led since 2011. David has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State and an MS in Electrical Engineering from SMU. David has provided expert testimony and technical analysis in NEE’s cases before the PRC uncovering literally billions of dollars of mistakes, omissions, and lies by the utility. NEE owes much of our legal success to David’s brilliance.
Gay Block - Vice Chair
Gay Block is an internationally exhibiting photographer who also devotes a large part of her life to benevolent pursuits. Whether it is climate change or economic injustice, women’s rights or prison reform, the issues are on her passion list. She has several published books, including: Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust, Holmes & Meier, 1992; Bertha Alyce: Mother exPosed, UNM Press, 2003; About Love: Gay Block, Photographs and Films, 1973-2011, Radius Books, 2011. She lives in Santa Fe with her wife, Billie Parker.
Ron Flax-Davidson - Treasurer
Ron Flax-Davidson currently serves as a developer and financier of wind farm projects for one of the largest wind turbine manufacturing firms in the world. Prior to this position, Mr. Flax-Davidson managed a nearly $100 million portfolio of renewable energy projects for Central Hudson Enterprises Corporation of New York. He has spent over thirty years arranging over $4 billion in financing and investment transactions around the world. Mr. Flax-Davidson has lived in Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico and worked in nearly every country in Latin America, as well as in Germany, Russia, and India. Mr. Flax-Davidson began his career as Executive Director of the Colorado Public Interest Research Group where he led a lawsuit to the United States Supreme Court (CoPIRG v. Train) to force environmental oversight of the nuclear power industry. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., one of the first environmental groups in the United States. Mr. Flax-Davidson is an attorney and holds a degree in International Development from Harvard University.
Louie Hena is a member of the Tesuque and Zuni Pueblos in New Mexico. He is a renowned permaculture design consultant, Rio Grande and Rio Chama river guide, and an educator on traditional land management systems. He helped organize the Traditional Native American Farmer Association, the New Mexico Acequia Association and the Indigenous Food and Seed Sovereignty Alliance. He has developed tribal environmental programs in several communities, represented New Mexico’s tribes vis-à-vis the EPA, developed the Native Cultures Feast and Float (a unique educational tourism experience), and is the co-author of A Tradition of Farming: Northern Rio Grande Pueblo Lessons of Land Stewardship and Sustainable Agriculture. Louie is adept at making the connection between local food and local energy, and as a member of the tribal council for the Pueblo of Tesuque, Louie led energy initiatives that resulted in a solar system at the Taytsugeh Oweengeh Intergenerational Center at the Pueblo of Tesuque.
Neri Holguinis an Albuquerque-based political consultant who manages candidate and issue campaigns, developing strategy and voter contract programs to win elections. With over 15 years of nonprofit and electoral campaign experience, Neri opened her own consulting firm in 2007. Neri cut her teeth as a student and community organizer and moved into electoral politics after working with the SAGE Council on the campaign to protect Albuquerque’s petroglyphs from a controversial road project in the 1990s. She has also served as the Campaigns Director for Soltari Inc., a New Mexico consulting group, and worked for The Wilderness Society in southern New Mexico. She has served on the board of the Conservation Voters New Mexico and the Environmental Improvement Board. Neri’s family hails from Las Cruces and the El Paso area.
Mariel Nanasi – Executive Director & President of New Energy Economy
Mariel Nanasi is the Executive Director and President of New Energy Economy. A civil rights and criminal defense attorney, she is licensed to practice in both the state and federal courts. Legal cases she has won and settled have been featured in the major media, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican, and on many television stations, including a documentary, “End of the Nightstick,” on PBS. When Mariel realized the urgency of climate change, she came to work for New Energy Economy as the senior policy advisor. Two years later, she was asked to serve as executive director. A zealous organizer, Mariel’s can-do spirit is infectious. As comfortable with complex policy and legal challenges as on-the-ground organizing, she easily connects with the public, including young Hispanic artists, firefighters on the front lines, acequia caretakers, grassroots Native leaders, funders, and legislators. Mariel lectures on climate change and environmental justice at conferences and college classrooms and her essay, A Future Without Coal: In New Mexico Supreme Court, Again, can be read at http://www.climatestorytellers.org/stories/mariel-nanasi-a-future-without-coal-in-new-mexico/. She is also a rhythmic skier and enjoys having friends over for delicious meals and lively discussions.
Marla has worked in the Intermountain West since the mid 1970s on energy and environmental justice issues with a focus on the impact of the activities of the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy on local communities, particularly the proposal to place high level nuclear waste in Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, deployment of the MX Missile System, cleanup of the West’s Nuclear Weapons Production facilities and the impact of day to day military training on the lands and people of the West. Since moving to New Mexico, and for many years, Marla has consulted with small communities on how to organize when threatened by environmental injustice, focusing especially on the inequitable impacts of environmental degradation on poor communities. As a consultant, Marla advises donors who fund Native American, environmental/anti-nuclear groups and has worked with a variety of organizations to raise money for their work, and to enlarge the progressive philanthropic community. Marla has also worked as staff, volunteer and fundraiser for political candidates committed to the environment and human rights.
Born and raised in Ecuador, Maria Perez immigrated to the United States in the 1990s to pursue a B.S. in Biology and later a M.S. in Chinese medicine. She has crafted a career guided by her passion to address social disparities. With 18 years of experience working on equity and equitable policy, she is a seasoned organizer, facilitator, health care practitioner, advocate, coalition builder and a firm believer in the power of people coming together to address complex social problems. Before joining FairVote as their Director, Maria worked on place-based health equity initiatives in the Bay Area, where she supported collaborative groups in planning and implementing campaigns around issues of health access, education, economic opportunity, and housing. As a health care practitioner and advocate, Maria spent over ten years serving uninsured and underinsured populations. She is also a former health educator, having served in faculty and curriculum development roles for community health workers and Chinese medicine students. Maria spent several years deeply involved with Affordable Care Act outreach, education and enrollment, and legislative work in the state of New Mexico.
Michael McCally – Chairman
Dr. McCally is a public health physician and environmental heath scientist. He was Treasurer of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) when it won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. A leader in the international effort to increase physician involvement in the public health response to global warming, Dr. McCally is also on the national Board for the US Green Building Council.
Private Consultant & Entrepreneur, international and business development, multi-lingual communications, corporate capacity building, political analysis, fundraising, and sustainability strategist.
Melina McClure is a senior at Albuquerque Academy. She grew up in Corrales, New Mexico, climbing trees with her little sister, running along the acequias, and making goat cheeses with her mother. She marched in her first environmental protest in San Fransisco at the age of three. She is planning to double major in Linguistics and Astrophysics. Melina serves as the Executive Director of Read to Excel, a program that offers tutoring to African refugees in Albuquerque.
Subhankar is a photographer, writer, educator, and activist. Over the past decade, he has been a leading international voice on issues of Arctic conservation, indigenous human rights, resource development, and climate change. More recently he has been focusing on global forest deaths from climate change. His photographs, writing, and lectures have reached tens of millions of people around the world. In 2010, he founded the blog climatestorytellers.org. He is currently editing an anthology titled Arctic Voices (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2012), is featured in a solo show at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, and his work is included in Earth Now: American Photographers and the Environment.
Beth Beloff is Principal of Beth Beloff & Associates, a consulting group that develops sustainability strategies and assessment methodologies for all kinds of organizations. She was Founder and President of the non-profit think tank, BRIDGES to Sustainability Institute. Prior to BRIDGES, Ms. Beloff founded and directed the Institute for Corporate Environmental Management in the business school at the University of Houston. She a member of the steering committee for the Carbon Management Technology Conference of the Engineers' Founders Society and is on the boards of EarthEcho International, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (Executive Committee and Gala co-chair), Performance Santa Fe (Executive Committee and chair Governance Committee), as well as the Performance Santa Fe Foundation. Ms. Beloff is one of the founding directors and past chair of Sustainable Travel International. She is on the Santa Fe Climate Action Task Force. She has written and spoken extensively on how to develop actionable sustainability strategies, including writing/editing the book "Transforming Sustainability Strategy into Action, the Chemical Industry" (Wiley InterScience) as well as development of the GEMi Metrics Navigator workbook. She was one of the inaugural speakers at Houston’s UP Conference. Beth has a BA from University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA, and an MBA from the University of Houston.
John is a physician trained in family medicine and public health, and he has worked on energy and climate change issues for many years. Involved with the Indian Health Service in Pueblo and Navajocommunities since 1997, John has also taught courses on human rights and health at the University of New Mexico. He serves on the national Board of Directors for Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Teresa Leger de Fernandez
Teresa Leger de Fernandez founded Leger Law & Strategy in Santa Fe, NM, an expansion of her 26 years as General Counsel to Native American Tribes, minority businesses, and community enterprises. Teresa is the President of Homewise, an award-winning affordable housing and lending organization, was a member of the New Mexico Community Foundation Board, and served as the Vice President of MALDEF (the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund). She is Vice-Chair of the National Center on Genome Resources and serves as an American Bar Association Commissioner on Women. President Obama recently appointed Teresa to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and in 1995, President Clinton appointed her a White House Fellow. The National Law Journal recognized her as one of the top 40 US attorneys under 40 in 1996. She is featured in the book Mujeres Valerosas and in the documentary “Reclaiming Their Voice: The Native American Vote in New Mexico.”
Patron of the Arts, active community member and philanthropist.
Mike Pertschuk was on the New Energy Economy Board of Directors for 6 years and now serves on the Advisory Board. Pertschuk was named by President Carter as Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, was the former President of Common Cause, and has written more than 20 guides and 5 books on effective (and ineffective) strategies for citizen advocacy, especially public health advocacy.
Kevin Skelly is President of KM Skelly, Inc., a Santa Fe based sustainable architecture firm that is NAHB Research Center Green Certified. Kevin is a Green Certified Master Builder who built his business on the ability to entertain diverse architectural style and cross all aspects of construction needs. From contemporary to pueblo styles, the company has built award-winning houses, featured in Su Casa andThe Santa Fean. KM Skelly built its first green house in the 1970s, long before the City of Santa Fe began requiring all new homes to follow the Santa Fe Residential Green Building Code. Living in Santa Fe for the last 12 years, Kevin has developed a love for homes that incorporate simple lines and reflect nature’s beauty.