BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Guru Madhavan, Norman R. Augustine Senior Scholar and Senior Director of Programs of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Guru began thinking holistically about engineering from an evolutionary perspective as a graduate student and now is a senior spokesperson for the profession at the NAE and as author of Applied Minds: How Engineers Think.

Michele Gelfand, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business. Michele is trained as an organizational and cross-cultural psychologist and has moved to Stanford after a distinguished academic career in the department of psychology at UMD-College Park. Her pioneering work on an axis of cultural variation, from “tight” to “loose”, is summarized in her book Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World.

Joon Yun, President and Managing Partner, Palo Alto Investors. Joon has adopted an evolutionary worldview ever since he was influenced by Edward O. Wilson as a college student at Harvard University, on his way to obtaining a MD in Radiology. It informs his approach to investing in the healthcare industry and his own initiatives, including the $1 million Palo Alto Longevity Prize and $2 million National Academy of Medicine Aging and Longevity Grand Challenge. Joon’s newest initiative, which is highly informed by evolutionary science, is described in his book Interdependent Capitalism: Redesigning the Social Contract Through Inclusive Stakeholding.   

Rita Colwell, Distinguished University Professor, UMD-College Park, and former Director of the National Science Foundation. Rita’s scientific training is in microbial ecology and molecular genetics, where she pioneered both groundbreaking techniques and concepts in disease epidemiology. As an administrator, she has also been a fierce and effective advocate for gender and ethnic equality in science, as she recounts in her book A Lab of One’s Own: One Woman’s Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science.

David Sloan Wilson: David expects to channel all his energy through PW as president, having recently retired as SUNY Distinguished Professor at Binghamton University. 

Paul Atkins: After a distinguished career as an academic and practising organizational psychologist, Paul created the Prosocial Facilitator Training, authored the Prosocial book with David Sloan Wilson and Steven C. Hayes, and is now Paul is co-founder and Vice President at Prosocial.World.

Jeff Genung. Jeff brings a depth of experience as an entrepreneur and senior executive. He has founded and managed both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and has experience with fundraising and developing strategic partnerships with some of the largest corporations in the world. He is transitioning from his current role as President of ContemplativeLife.org to work full time as Treasurer and Chief Architect of PW.

Lori Wiser: Lori is an accomplished senior marketing executive whose career spans positions in public relations, account services, consumer insights, and strategy for global brands. She is co-founder of Wiser Insights Group, which delivers behaviorally-driven analytic models to be used for strategic decision-making in all types of organization, and will additionally serve as Secretary and Chief Culture Officer for PW.