Jim Cole, Board Member - Jim is a founding member and assistant principal at Middle School 328, The Manhattan Middle School for Scientific Inquiry, in Washington Heights. In 1998, he won an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Westside Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Cole also attended the Harvard Institute for School Leadership where he coauthored an organizational action plan for MS 328. In 2010, Mr. Cole traveled to Japan to study education for sustainability in a program sponsored by the Fulbright Foundation. He wrote a General Electric Middle School Success Grant for $300,000 and coauthored a $28,000 grant from Bronx Health Reach focused on health issues through the lens of sustainability. He holds an MA in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. He also earned a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine as well as a certificate in conservation biology from Columbia's Center for Environmental Research and Conservation. He received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation to study environmental science in Costa Rica. Currently he is focusing on development of an Education for Sustainability (EfS) Program at Middle School 328. This initiative aims to integrate EfS principles – environment, economics, and equity - into the major subjects (science, ELA, math, social studies).
Andrea Kornbluth, Secretary/Acting Treasurer - Andrea is a Northern Manhattan resident and attorney, volunteer mediator, coauthor of a grant for $150,000 from Empire State Development to produce Hudson Rising in partnership with I Love NY, and a printmaker who focuses on uptown urban landscapes. She is a member of Manhattan Community Board 12, and serves as Assistant Chair of the Land Use Committee. She is a graduate of Hunter College High School, and holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. in Art History from Columbia University, a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and a certificate in Real Estate Law from New York Law School.
Roger Meyer, Chair - Roger is an energetic public space advocate and CEO and president of Level M Inc., an NYC based communications agency delivering civic strategies, awareness campaigns, design, and branding. Career highlights include: directing the national brand strategy to reclaim Governors Island which was recognized by the White House and won PRWeek's Nonprofit Campaign of the Year; served as brand strategist for New York City Marketing for two years; and produced The Waterfront Action Agenda for the Waterfront Alliance, a policy document that influenced NYC’s Vision 20/20 Waterfront Plan and the Hudson River Estuary Agenda of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. He produced the Climate Change Report for New York City Department of Environmental Protection which was presented to Congress signaling NYC's commitment to Climate Change and helping launch the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. He served on the board of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the Mechanisms for Action Task Force for the Hudson River Valley, founded New York Outrigger, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the Hudson River Park, and produced the Liberty World Challenge, the largest established competition in New York Harbor.