Steering Committee

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David R. Foster

David Foster is the Director of the Harvard Forest, Harvard University, where he has been a faculty member in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology since 1983. He is the author of many publications, including Thoreau's Country – Journey through a Transformed Landscape and New England Forests Through Time. At Harvard University, Foster teaches courses on forest ecology and environmental change, directs the graduate program in forest biology, and serves as Principal Investigator on the Long Term Ecological Research Program. Foster has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Minnesota.

Steve Reifenberg

Steve Reifenberg is executive director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he leads international, public policy, and strategic planning initiatives and teaches international development studies and Latin American studies. Currently, he is interim director of the Institute’s Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity. Previously, Reifenberg served for seven years as the executive director of Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. He subsequently opened and directed Harvard’s regional office in Chile. The author of an award-winning memoir, Santiago’s Children: What I Learned about Life at an Orphanage in Chile (University of Texas Press, 2008), Reifenberg holds an MPP (master in public policy) from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, an MS in print journalism from Boston University, and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.