Methane Action Team Members

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

Organizational Development Director

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 over 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

Legal and Governance Advisor

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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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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Portrait of Peter Jenkins

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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Sara Radcliffe

Sara Radcliffe

Vice Chair, Secretary, Board of Advisors

Sara Radcliffe is Vice Chair and Secretary of the Board of Advisors of Methane Action, and a nationally recognized expert on the impact of changes in regulatory, scientific, and reimbursement policy on the life sciences industry. She has played a prominent role in public debates regarding the science-based FDA approval of new drugs, optimization of reimbursement for marketed drugs by public and private payers, and policies to advance personalized medicine and emergency preparedness, and she is a leading authority on the regulation of biosimilars. Sara currently advocates for health policy that maximizes biomedical innovation, patient safety and patient access, and ...
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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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Heather McGeory

Heather McGeory

Member, Board of Advisors

Heather McGeory, a Member of the Board of Advisors of Methane Action, is a collaborative leader with over 20 years of experience working on climate change issues with business, governments, foundations, non-profits and multilateral institutions through the enablers of communications, campaigns, finance, policy and philanthropy. She has worked to create successful projects and partnerships in and across the public and private sectors in climate change, social innovation and social justice. Ms. McGeory oversees the Climate and Sustainability practice at APCO Impact, working with clients to successfully navigate developing and executing on climate and sustainability strategies. She works with clients on ...
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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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Durwood Zaelke

Durwood Zaelke

Member, Board of Advisors

Durwood Zaelke is an Advisory Board Member of Methane Action, and the founder and President of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) in Washington, DC and Paris, focusing on fast mitigation strategies that avoid maximum warming over the critical next decade in order to slow climate feedbacks and avoid irreversible tipping points. IGSD’s strategies include reducing short-lived super climate pollutants (methane, tropospheric ozone, HFCs, and black carbon), starting with reductions of methane emissions, which can avoid nearly 0.3C of warming by 2045, and strengthening the Montreal Protocol, starting with the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFCs and parallel efforts to improve energy efficiency of cooling equipment ...
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Bill Drayton

Bill Drayton

Senior Advisor, Ambassador at Large

Bill Drayton is a senior advisor and ambassador at large 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 ...
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