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Daniel R. Katz is the Senior Program Director at The Overbrook Foundation where he leads the Foundation’s environmental giving in the areas of international biodiversity conservation and sustainable consumption and production. He is the Board Chair and former executive director (1986-2000) of the Rainforest Alliance, an organization he co-founded in 1986 at the age of 24. The Rainforest Alliance works in over 70 countries and has a budget of nearly $40 million.

A former Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellow, Mr. Katz serves as a board member of several other organizations, including the People for the American Way Foundation, Catalog Choice, Grist, and the Gibson Guitar Foundation, among others. He is the editor of two volumes: Why Freedom Matters: The Spirit of the Declaration of Independence in Prose, Poetry and Song(Workman) and Tales from the Jungle: A Rainforest Reader (Crown). Mr. Katz is a frequent speaker on the topics of the environment, leadership and how corporations and nonprofits work together. He received his MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University, and studied Chinese linguistics in Wuhan, The People’s Republic of China. He lives in New York City with his wife, Maggie, and their two children.

Nate Loewentheil hails proudly from Baltimore, Maryland. In early 2005, while in his sophomore year at Yale University, he helped found the Roosevelt Campus Network ( and later served from 2007 to 2009 as fulltime executive director. Following Roosevelt, he spent a year working in development in Cochabamba, Bolivia. In 2010, he moved back to New Haven, where he is currently enrolled in a dual degree program with the Yale Law School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Nate sits on the Board of Directors of the College Democrats of America Alumni Association. He also sits on the advisory boards of the New Leaders Council and Fundación Sodis, an international NGO focused on water provision in developing nations. He has submitted testimony to Congress on topics like Social Security, published with the Center for American Progress and in the Review of Policy Research and contributes to the Huffington Post. He is a member of the Royal Society of Arts of England and the Sandbox Network. He is also the editor of a recent book, Thinking Big: Progressive Ideas for a New Era.

Samantha Harvey is project manager of Conservation 2051: Planet in Sight, and has been assisting Daniel Katz with the environment program at The Overbrook Foundation since 2009. In 2008, she received an M.A. from the University of Colorado’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication, which she attended on full scholarship as research and program assistant for the Ted Scripps Fellowships through the Center for Environmental Journalism. Samantha culminated her studies at CU with an in-depth project on wilderness therapy, which found her trailing a group of teenagers through the wintry Utah desert, clutching her voice recorder in an over-sized mitten. Prior to graduate school, she coordinated an internship program for under-served New York City public high school students at the American Museum of Natural History. Samantha has worked as a freelance writer for Plenty magazine, a fact-checker for Natural History magazine, and a writer of inquiries and artists’ statements for photographers Lynn and Robert Bianchi. She is also a professional modern dancer, and currently works with Zvi Gotheiner/ZviDance, with whom she has taught and performed on four continents.

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