Methane Action Team Members

Portrait of Daphne Wysham

Daphne Wysham

CEO

Daphne Wysham is the Chief Executive Officer of Methane Action. For 20 years, Daphne was a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, DC, where she founded and directed their climate justice program and served on the executive committee of the board of directors. Her team's groundbreaking research drew attention to the disproportionate ratio of fossil fuel investments by international financial institutions, the World Bank in particular, and resulted in world leaders, including former Vice President Al Gore, and members of the US House and Senate calling for reforms. Partnering with others, she launched an international campaign ...
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Julia Dederer

Julia Dederer

The Chief of Staff at Methane Action, Julia empowers leaders dedicated to transforming the challenges of our time. She has worked in transformational education for 40 years in organizational development, leadership development and group facilitation. She has worked for 30+ years as an activist and fundraiser on ending global hunger, and is a founding staff member of both the Foundation for Climate Restoration and the Stable Planet Alliance from her commitment to leave a world we are proud of to our children and grandchildren. She brings this commitment to Methane Action ...
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John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald

Lead Attorney

John MacKnight Fitzgerald coordinates the legal and governmental strategy for Methane Action. In the late '70s and early '80s, John worked in Congress as a legislative aide to help strengthen Superfund and staff the Congressional Solar Energy Caucus. As Counsel to a House Subcommittee, he helped strengthen the Ethics in Government Act and sparked and helped lead an investigation of the Reagan-Bush Campaign of 1980 that unearthed facts leading, among other things, to the Iran Contra investigation. John expanded his duties from legislation to include overseeing litigation as Chief Counsel for Defenders of Wildlife for a decade.  When the Bush ...
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Portrait of Maarten van Herpen

Dr. Maarten van Herpen

Science Advisor

A scientific advisor to Methane Action, Dr. Maarten van Herpen holds a PhD in Physics and a Master’s Degree in Business Innovation. Throughout his career, he has combined his technical and business background and has extensive experience in public-private collaboration. As the former founder of Philips Africa Innovation Hub, Maarten served as the unit’s director for five years, working with a team of corporate social "intrapreneurs" on inclusive health innovation, and explored 35 innovations of which 5 transitioned-to-scale. In 2018, he founded Acacia Impact Innovation to continue his career as an innovation consultant and social entrepreneur to help social impact ...
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Dr. Renaud de Richter

Dr. Renaud de Richter

Science Advisor

Renaud de Richter is a scientific advisor to Methane Action. Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Renaud has lived in France since 1973, and graduated from the organic chemistry department of the engineering school of chemistry of Montpellier, France in 1985 with a Master's degree in chemistry. His PhD thesis was on organoborane asymmetric synthesis. Renaud received his PhD degree in 1989 from University of Science and Technology in Montpellier, France. From there until 1991, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the medicinal chemistry laboratory of the school of pharmacy of Minneapolis, Minnesota, led by Prof. P.S. Portoghese, former editor in ...
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Peter Jenkins

Chair, Board of Advisors

Peter Jenkins is Chair of the Methane Action advisory board. He has been an environmental, land use, consumer, and personnel law attorney and advocate since 1983. He currently is Senior Counsel at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) in Silver Spring, Maryland. His career has centered on bringing the best science to bear in environmental protection efforts, as well as in federal litigation. Most of his work has been in U.S. and international wildlife conservation efforts, but also in the fields of pesticides, GMOs, invasive species, wildlife disease prevention, international trade, climate change, land-use conflicts, and other areas. Peter’s prior ...
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Alex Counts

Vice Chair, Board of Advisors

Alex Counts is the Vice Chair of Methane Action's advisory board. The author of Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind: Leadership Lessons from Three Decades of Social Entrepreneurship (Rivertowns Books, 2019), he is an independent consultant to nonprofit organizations (including the India Philanthropy Alliance), and an affiliated faculty of the Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. In 1997 he established Grameen Foundation with the support of Nobel laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus and became its President and CEO. He did so after having worked in microfinance and poverty reduction for 10 years, mostly spent ...
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Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.

Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.

Member, Board of Advisors

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. is an advisory board member of Methane Action, the President & Founder of Hip Hop Caucus, a minister, community activist, U.S. Air Force veteran, and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life. Rev Yearwood entered the world of Hip Hop Politics as the Political and Grassroots Director for the Hip Hop Summit Action Network in 2003 and 2004, and as a key architect of P. Diddy’s “Vote Or Die!” campaign in a run up to the 2004 Presidential Election. To carry the energy of the efforts beyond election day, he founded Hip ...
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Dr. Rob Jackson

Dr. Rob Jackson

Member, Board of Advisors

Dr. Rob Jackson is a member of the advisory board of Methane Action, and Michelle and Kevin Douglas Provostial Professor and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. He and his lab examine the many ways people affect the Earth. They seek basic scientific knowledge and use it to help shape policies and reduce the environmental footprint of global warming, energy extraction, and other issues. They're currently examining the effects of climate change and droughts on forest mortality and grassland ecosystems. They are also working to measure and reduce ...
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Bill Drayton

Bill Drayton

Of Counsel, Board of Advisors

Bill Drayton is an advisory board member of counsel to Methane Action. A social entrepreneur with a long record of founding organizations and public service, Bill Drayton is the founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Bill has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, growing a global association of over 3,900 leading social entrepreneurs, Ashoka Fellows, who work together to create an ‘Everyone a Changemaker’ world. Ashoka Fellows bring big systems change to the world’s most urgent social challenges. Over half have changed national policy within five years of launch. As a student, he founded organizations ranging from ...
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Peter Fiekowsky

Co-Founder

Peter Fiekowsky is the co-founder of Methane Action. He has a mission to “leave a world we’re proud of to our children." He established the field of climate restoration and was the founding Chairman of the Foundation for Climate Restoration. He is an MIT educated physicist and Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist with 27 patents and 30 years’ experience as a citizen lobbyist for poverty and climate issues. Now that the United Nations and the Vatican are adopting the climate restoration goal, he is establishing the organizations required to ensure the survival and flourishing of humanity ...
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Dr Susan Lee portrait

Dr. Susan Lee

Co-Founder

As co-founder of Methane Action, Dr. Lee convened an international interdisciplinary working group of scholars and entrepreneurs committed to a transformative approach to addressing the environmental impact of atmospheric methane. Since 2017, Lee has been a proponent of climate restoration, a return to safe pre-industrial levels of the main greenhouse gases by 2050. She has frequently spoken, testified, and moderated panels on climate restoration topics. Lee has been active in Washington, DC-area climate organizations since 2015 and serves on the advisory board of Climate XChange. Lee has 30 years of experience providing strategic and economic advice to NGOs, government, private ...
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