Board of Directors
Marc Brody, President USCEF and Environmental Alliance
For over 25 years, Marc Thein Brody has actively been involved in China. Starting in 1983, Mr. Brody began to travel throughout the country for his father’s trading company. Witnessing China's profound economic and social reforms for 10 years, led Mr. Brody to found the U.S.-China Environmental Fund (USCEF) in 1993.
Since then, Mr. Brody has designed and managed USCEF programs in-country, and he has also guided the organization’s development in the U.S. as well. USCEF’s growth has been based upon Mr. Brody’s ability to facilitate partnerships among government agencies, industry, universities, and non-governmental organizations, and on his commitment to build multi-disciplinary teams of dedicated professionals that volunteer their expertise in education, environmental policy, and resource management.
Today Mr. Brody is bringing an entrepreneurial approach to conservation by leading an integrated conservation and development campaign for the Wolong Nature Preserve. In the aftermath of the May 2008 Sichuan earthquake, USCEF has started to operate its Wolong programs under the name of “Panda Mountain.”
Mr. Brody was born, raised and educated in Los Angeles, California, and received a BA in political philosophy from Claremont McKenna College, just east of Los Angeles. In 1986 he moved to Wisconsin to pursue graduate studies in environmental policy and to live in the country side. He received a Masters of Science from the Institute for Environmental Studies, the University of Wisconsin-Madison in environmental planning and management. His graduate thesis "Conserving China's Heritage through Concession Management" is guiding USCEF's investment and commercial activities in Wolong.
The United States offices of USCEF are located on a 110-acre (50 hectare) property near Madison, Wisconsin, where in addition to overseeing the daily operations of USCEF he manages ecological restoration projects on his own property where he lives with his wife Dr. Lori Thein Brody and their four children Nathaniel (10) and Lousia (7) , and twins Benjamin and Ethan (4). Marc also is now active in supporting an environmental educaiton and restoration program for the county park next to his home and his children’s schools. Additionally, he serves as the President of the Mt. Horeb Academic Booster’s Club and a Steering Committee member of the Mt. Horeb Parent Teacher Organization.
Tom Lamb, Vice President, USCEF; Principal, Lamb Studio
Mr. Lamb is the USCEF project director for the Badaling International Friendship Forest at the Badaling Great Wall and the Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve project in Sichuan Province. Mr. Lamb has worked with USCEF in China since 1994. As a landscape and ethnographic photographer and an environmental planner he has worked internationally on numerous environmental projects and for USCEF he is instrumental in organizing teams of design professionals and creating communication tools and images for many of USCEF core programs and activities. He holds advanced degrees from the University of Hartford, the Hartford Art School and the Rhode Island School of Design. For ten years he was a general partner with the SWA Group, a landscape architectural firm based in the United States. Currently he owns and operates Lamb Studio, a communication and graphics arts design studio in Southern California.
David Vossler, Board Member, USCEF; President, ECOEZ & I ACT
Mr. Vosseler has broad experience in business management and capacity building for small and medium enterprises and non-government organizations around the world. He has developed and managed programs linking social and economic activities, education and conservation, marketing, product and resource certification, credit provision and other business development components. Has held senior positions with the Marine Aquarium Council (Standards setting body for the global marine aquarium trade), Fauna and Flora International, Counterpart International, Australian Foundation for Asia and the Pacific, and The Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific. As the President of EcoEZ (a for-profit company focused on the development of shared-brand ecoenterprises) he will assist indigenous communities of The Wolong Nature Reserve develop, certify, and market sustainably produced and Wolong branded products. He is also the President of I ACT (a NGO focused on the promotion and use of awareness theatre as a communication and educational medium) and was the inspiration for USCEF’s Theater for Environmental Awareness program. Based in Washington, D.C.
Jeff Gersh, Board Member, USCEF, and Vice President, Environmental Alliance; President, Narrative Lab Communications
Mr. Gersh has 17 years of experience in the field of environmental communications, ranging from research, writing and strategic planning to media relations and video production. Narrative Lab is a production and marketing communications firm specializing in strategic storytelling. Mr Gersh holds a BA in biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and an MS in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Based in Portland, OR.