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Scientists Warning Foundation – Board of Directors

Dr. Alison Green – President

Matthew Gahan – Secretary

Robert Garrity – Treasurer

Shani Cairns – Board Member

 

Scientists Warning Executive Team

Dr. Alison Green, Executive Director (ED)

Alison is the Executive Director of the Scientists Warning Foundation. She has overall responsibility for the strategic

direction of Scientists Warning and for the content on our website and TV channel. Alison hosts interviews and conversations that feature on Scientists Warning TV, as well as representing Scientists Warning on various panels and groups. 

Based in Cambridge in the UK, she is a cognitive psychologist and former university Pro Vice-Chancellor. Her PhD focused on aspects of skill acquisition and she has a particular interest in the psychology of climate denial. 

She was inspired by movements like Scientists Warning, Extinction Rebellion and Fridays for Future to give up her academic career and to focus her efforts on protecting life on earth. Alison has given presentations to international audiences, co-edited the Extinction Rebellion book, ‘This is not a Drill’ and has authored numerous press letters and articles, e.g. 

Robert Garrity, Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Robert serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Scientists Warning Foundation and oversees the day to day operations and the overall functioning of the various teams on the Foundation.  Robert was responsible for incorporating the Foundation and currently also serves as the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer. He interacts with all the various teams, providing assistance as needed and keeping track of the overall schedules for producing content.

Robert has a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the University of San Francisco and had a career that included being involved with a major internet
startup company, @HomeNetworks, that became the leading company for high speed
internet over cable modems. Robert also spent 40 years involved in spiritual studies and practices and served on the Board of Directors of the Arica Institute, a non-profit spiritual educational organization. He also served as Treasurer of the Institute.

A lifelong environmentalist, Robert came out of retirement to help with the Scientists Warning website but soon took on more duties and was ultimately asked to become the Chief Operating Officer. Robert is married and lives with his wife, April, in the San Francisco Bay Area. His other interests include wine, sports, travel and films.

Matthew Gahan, Chief Technical Officer (CTO)
Bio Coming Soon. Check back shortly.

Shani Cairns, Director of Research
Shani Cairns is the Director of Research for the Scientists Warning Foundation. She is an avid science researcher and communicator. She analyzes data from many scientific agencies. She manages media, content, and knowledgebases. She also works with both the Web and Video content teams and manages several social media marketing platforms; including the Scientists’ Warning Foundation Facebook Group. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was part of various teams with the Scientists Warning initiative for several years. Shani Cairns holds a BA in Psychology and East Asian Studies as well a Masters in Information Science and Research Methodologies. Currently, she is researching, writing and blogging about cryosphere and geological topics such as the Arctic, methane, direct air capture, renewable energy and more.

Patrick Lincoln, Director of Education
Patrick Lincoln has a Masters degree of science in Mathematics from the University of Copenhagen and teaches mathematics and statistics at the high school level in Denmark, where he promotes the incorporation of concepts from Climatology and Ecological Economics into coursework in these subjects at the high school level. Patrick is a member of the Danish chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby and the organization “ansvarlig fremtid” (literally translates to responsible future). With the help of ansvarlig fremtid Patrick was able to convince local authorities that Guldborgsund Commune (in Denmark) should divest from fossil fuels. 
 
Regina Valdez, Executive Video Producer
Regina is a top Video Producer for the Scientists Warning Foundation. She lives in New York City and believes that urbanization and net zero building and city planning is key to building a greener, more circular economy.  Regina is a Climate Reality Leader and Climate Reality Mentor. She is also a GreenFaith Fellow, EcoSattva, and LEED Green Associate. She is particularly concerned with plastic and its role in further endangering the lives of billions of sea animals as well as the overall health of the oceans. She also believes in the moral imperative of maintaining the integrity of indigenous land the world over.
 
Regina has a Master’s Degree in English Literature and is currently working on completion of her Master’s Degree in Psychology. Before joining the Foundation, Regina was part of the pre-planning committee for COP25 with Scientists Warning. There, she moderated panels with Dr. William Moomaw and Dr. James Hansen. Regina is working on a project, ‘Voces del Sur,’ to help elevate the voices of indigenous peoples and those on the front lines most affected by climate change. 

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