A board of advisors is critical to the success of any digital start up. EarthTechling is proud to have the following individuals on its board, helping us make strategic decisions to constantly improve what we do.
Nick Aster is the founder of TriplePundit.com, one of the world’s most read websites on responsible business. He is a New Media Architect specializing in using online technology to advance conversations on sustainability. He most recently worked for Mother Jones magazine to help relaunch the magazine’s online presence. He has also worked with companies like Nike, SAP, Gawker Media, Offermatica, and many others on internal and external strategies for communication. With a great deal of interest in environmental matters he worked for many years on TreeHugger.com, the most popular environmental website in the world. Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.
Sarah Backhouse is founder and host of Future360.tv – a digital video platform dedicated to clean technology. We use storytelling to raise awareness about cleantech and encourage mass adoption. A TV host, producer and sustainability expert, Sarah has lived in Sydney, London and Los Angeles, where she worked for a diverse array of broadcasters including: CNBC, BBC, PBS, Fine Living, Discovery Channel and Planet Green. In 2011, she was a host on Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Reality.
Nick Barham started his advertising career in London in the mid-90s, working at BBH and then Karmarama, on brands like Levi’s, IKEA and Amnesty International. After ten years he decided he needed a change of scenery and moved to Shanghai to join Wieden+Kennedy as Planning Director. In December 2010, Nick moved to Portland as Global Director of W+K Tomorrow. Working across the network to help W+K innovate beyond its core advertising business, he is currently exploring how emerging tech, sustainability, open data, and a bunch of stuff he doesn’t know about yet are changing how a communications company could behave and what it makes.
Michael Parrish DuDell is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. As the New York City-based founder of race + vine—a marketing and branding consulting firm—Michael specializes in connecting businesses with consumers in more authentic and meaningful ways. Previously, Michael served as the Managing Editor of The Domino Project—a publishing company started by marketing guru Seth Godin and powered by Amazon.com. He also once served as Editor of ecomagination.com—GE’s cleantech and sustainable innovation website. During his tenure, Michael oversaw the development of hundreds of pieces of original content, from full-length editorial features to branded videos. Outside of the office, Michael works closely with a myriad of social organizations. He is a One Young World Ambassador, an active participant in Big Brothers Big Sisters, and member of UNICEF’s Next Generation—a group of young professionals dedicated to ending child mortality.
Marissa Feinberg is Co-Founder of Green Spaces in New York City, a co-working space for innovators and change-makers to work, innovate, and host meaningful events that drive dialog and action. W. She is also behind Flockd, a real-world app for connectivity and productivity, inspired by the coworking movement and social concerns like what’s happening in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. A contributor to Forbes as well as doing consulting work in the evaluation of environmental investments, business development, marketing and PR., Marissa has degrees in public relations, marketing, and Spanish from Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. During her free time, Marissa dedicates herself to causes and the arts. She is part of Zoological Lighting Institute’s Advisory, and NYU Stern Social Entrepreneurship Conference’s board. She also acts in off-Broadway, tv and independent films.
Since 2008, David Kenney has led Oregon BEST, a non-profit that is a nexus for clean technology innovation and commercialization. He has over 20 years of business, nonprofit and public management experience with formal training in business and policy. During 12 years with Intel Corporation, Mr. Kenney filled a wide range of roles in finance, project management, and business and organizational operations. During his last seven years at Intel, he helped build Intel Solution Services, a technical consulting organization, from its start to an organization operating in more than ten countries worldwide. He also co-founded and led the Intel Employee Sustainability Network. Before joining Intel, Mr. Kenney was a Senior Consultant with Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group in Portland and also worked in local government. A native Oregonian, he holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. and Certificate of Public Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Silvio Marcacci is the founder and principal of Marcacci Communications, an independent public relations company focused on clean energy issues. He has eleven years’ public relations experience in energy issues, online communications, and government affairs. Before starting Marcacci Communications, he was Director of Public Relations for energyNOW, a nationally broadcast television show focused on energy and climate issues. Prior to energyNOW, he managed campaigns for multiple energy industry clients in the Washington, D.C., office of Fleishman-Hillard International Communications. Silvio began his career in New Jersey government and politics, and is a contributor to several energy-focused websites. He lives outside Washington, D.C. with his wife and pug.
Oliver Strube is Founder and President of 350 Media, an online advertising platform created to connect green economy advertisers and publishers. Prior to launching 350 Media in 2011, Oliver served as publisher of RenewableEnergyWorld.com (REW), the leading online publication for the global renewable energy industries. He co-founded REW in 1998 and sold the business to Pennwell Publishing in early 2011. Oliver was born in the UK and grew up in Germany, coming to the U.S. in 1984 to complete high school, then going on to art school in San Francisco to study photography. An avid cyclist, Oliver has also apprenticed as an electrician, worked as solar installer, is a self-taught programmer, and earned a humanities degree with a focus on international development studies from the World College Institute at New College of California. When he’s not working on growing the green economy, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children at their home in Harrisville, New Hampshire.
Greg Swanson has spent his entire career in media-as an entrepreneur, an opinion leader on media strategy, an innovative product developer, and as a nationally respected leader in digital sales training and management. Since November of 2005, Greg has been CEO of ITZ Publishing Group, Inc. ITZ offers clients years of consulting experience with media companies, cultivating cultural change, managing complex project introductions, executing marketing campaigns, creating effective sales packages, coaching sales managers and providing sales training. Greg attended UNC Chapel-Hill (Radio, Television and Motion Pictures and Comp Lit) as a John Motley Morehead Merit Tuition scholar and now lives in Portland, Oregon, He has a wife and two daughters.
Prior to co-founding Greentech Media in 2007, Rick Thompson spent 15 years at leading technology start-ups, incumbent networking and communications companies, and technology media and market research firms. Most recently, Rick was senior telecom analyst at Light Reading/Heavy Reading, the dominant online media company in the telecommunications market, acquired by CMP Media in 2005. Mr. Thompson previously served as the vice president of marketing at PanGo Networks, a wireless software company, and as director of product management and marketing at Sycamore Networks Inc., where he defined the product strategy and launch of the industry’s first intelligent optical switching platform. Under his leadership, Sycamore deployed several of the world’s largest intelligent optical network infrastructures. Prior to joining Sycamore, Rick held similar product management positions with Packet Engines, a pioneer of Gigabit Ethernet switching that was later acquired by Alcatel, and FORE Systems, a leader in ATM networking that was later acquired by Marconi and, subsequently, Ericsson. Mr. Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Rick Turoczy (@turoczy) has been working in high-tech marketing communications in the Portland area for nearly 20 years. As founder and editor of Silicon Florist, he has blogged about the Portland startup scene for more than five years — even though numerous people have begged him to stop. That side project led Rick to cofound PIE (the Portland Incubator Experiment), a startup accelerator formed in partnership with global advertising firm Wieden+Kennedy. In addition to blogging and mentoring, he currently advises the City of Portland and the Portland Development Commission on startup stuff, organizes an untold number of hackathons and a whole bunch of other stuff.