Food & Water Watch Board of Directors

Rudolf Amenga Etego

Rudolf is a prominent lawyer and civil society figure in Ghana. Rudolf is the Executive Director of GrassRootsAfrica.  He previously worked for the Integrated Social Development Center (ISODEC) as the Director of Advocacy and Campaigns. The program was established as a response to the impact of International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank polices with the poor and disadvantaged in Ghana. As an active student leader during the repressive Rawlings regime, Rudolf fought to restore democracy. He was jailed without prosecution several times during Rawlings rule in the 1980s for voicing the concerns of Ghanaian citizens.

The Integrated Social Development Centre works closely with the National Coalition Against the Privatization of Water where Rudolf serves as the National Campaign Coordinator for the Coalition. The coalition is a broad consortium of organizations including health professionals, academia, trade unions, students, disabled, and women’s groups. They have been instrumental in raising public awareness about the water policies set by the World Bank.  World Bank involvement led to a 95% increase in water rates in 2001 in Ghana. Rudolf fears privatization will reduce access to clean and affordable water. The Integrated Social Development Centre works to inform players in both government and civil society of the consequences of a globalized economy.

Maude Barlow

Maude is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs Food & Water Watch’s board. She is also an executive member of the San Francisco-based International Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. Maude is the recipient of eight honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, and the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award. In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly. She is also the best-selling author or co-author of 16 books, including Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever and Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.

Wenonah Hauter

Wenonah Hauter is the founder and Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. She has worked extensively on food, water, energy and environmental issues at the national, state and local level. Her book Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America examines the corporate consolidation and control over our food system and what it means for farmers and consumers. Experienced in developing policy positions and legislative strategies, she is also a skilled and accomplished organizer, having lobbied and developed grassroots field strategy and action plans. She is currently writing Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment due for publication in June 2016. Order your copy of Frackopoly from a local bookstore.

From 1997 to 2005 she served as Director of Public Citizen’s Energy and Environment Program, which focused on water, food and energy policy. From 1996 to 1997, she was environmental policy director for Citizen Action, where she worked with the organization’s 30 state-based groups. From 1989 to 1995 she was at the Union of Concerned Scientists where, as a senior organizer, she coordinated broad-based, grassroots sustainable energy campaigns in several states. She has an M.S. in applied anthropology from the University of Maryland.

Kelsie Kerr

Kelsie is a passionate chef and cooking instructor. Most recently she was chef of Chez Panisse Restaurant. As an instructor, Kelsie has taught cooking classes in and around the Bay Area and operated an intimate cooking school in her home, which received rave reviews from students and media alike. As a writer, Kelsie has collaborated and contributed to Alice Water‚ cookbooks: The Art of Simple Food, Chez Panisse Vegetables, Chez Panisse Café Cookbook, and Chez Panisse Fruits. Kelsie is currently director of the Cooking School at Cavallo Point, the Lodge at the Golden Gate, at Fort Baker in Marin County.

Elizabeth Peredo Beltrán

Elizabeth Peredo Beltrán is a social psychologist, writer and activist on water and human rights issues. Elizabeth was the co-founder of TAHIPAMU, a women’s history research workshop during the 1980s, which produced women in history research and feminist writing. She is the author of several books, articles and video scripts about social, economic and cultural rights related to water, women, racism and environmental crises.

Between 1999 and 2003, Elizabeth was the Coordinator of the National Committee for the Solidarity with Domestic Workers in Bolivia. She belongs to the Women’s Net for Transforming the Economy in Latin America (REMTE). Since 2006, she has promoted and coordinated the “Blue October” campaign in Bolivia, a large annual social mobilization for the right to water as a common good. Elizabeth lives in La Paz, Bolivia and currently is the Executive Director of the Solon Found

Mary Ricci

Mary is an activist especially interested in local economic and other community-based issues. She is a professional writer and editor. In the past she has worked as a news writer and as a software engineer. Mary has worked as an editor on many books and magazines, including five titles in the Re/Search series. As a software engineer, she released seven video games, two children‚ educational titles, and ten business applications.

Lisa Schubert

Lisa Schubert has spent most of her career either directing, developing or coordinating projects. She is currently Vice President for Cathedral Events, Marketing & Communications at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York, where she has been charged with creating an institutional framework for funding, staffing and implementing a multi-disciplinary arts program and an ongoing menu of events and projects of civic engagement in the humanities. Prior to joining the Cathedral, Ms. Schubert worked for the Rubin Museum of Art (RMA), which she joined as the first staff member at the inception in 1998. She worked closely with the founders to refine and develop the original concept and put together the “start-up” team. RMA, dedicated to the art of the Himalayas, is today considered one of New York’s paramount cultural institutions. Her career has involved most aspects of cultural administration including policy, strategic planning, public education, programming, operations, administration, communications and development. Ms. Schubert has a B.A. in Anthropology from Sweet Briar College, Virginia, and did graduate work at The University of Sydney, Australia. She was the co-director of Sony Wonder Technology Lab in New York, hired during start-up to develop administrative, operating and financial procedures for the state-of-the-art interactive facility. She established the Visitor Services program at the Museum of Television and Radio, and early on (1979 – 1989) worked at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.rk.

Robert Howarth

Robert Howarth is an Earth systems scientist and ecosystem biologist. He earned a BA from Amherst College (1974) and a Ph.D. jointly from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1979).  After several years as a staff scientist in Woods Hole, Howarth joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1985 and was appointed the David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology & Environmental Biology in 1993.  Howarth is the Founding Editor of the scholarly journal Biogeochemistry and served as Editor-in-Chief for more than 20 years.  Since 2014, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Limnology & Oceanography.   Howarth has published over 200 scientific papers, reports, and book chapters.  His most recent book is the 4th edition of the text Essentials of Ecology (Begon, Howarth, and Townsend, 2014).

Howarth’s research interests include:  application of science to sustaining the biosphere; biogeochemistry and aquatic ecosystem science; global and regional nitrogen and phosphorus cycles;  global methane cycle; environmental consequences of biofuels;  role of trace gases in global warming and climate disruption; life-cycle analysis for greenhouse-gas footprint of energy technologies; influence of land-use, management practices, and climate change on nutrient fluxes from the landscape; atmospheric deposition of nitrogen onto the landscape; controls and consequences of eutrophication in estuaries; biotic, physical, and geochemical controls on nitrogen fixation; environmental management and the effects of pollutants on aquatic ecosystems.

In 2011, Howarth published the first comprehensive analysis of the greenhouse gas footprint of shale gas in Climatic Change Letters and an invited commentary on shale gas in Nature. This work was cited in over 1,500 newspapers globally, winning Howarth an honorable mention as one of “50 People who Matter” in the annual Time Magazine Person of the Year issue for 2011.