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Governance

The ERT Board of Directors, all members of Winrock's Board, governs ACR and ensures focus on its mission of harnessing the power of markets to improve the environment.

William Bumpers, Winrock Board Chair, practiced as an environmental lawyer in the Washington, D.C., for 34 years, retiring recently from Baker Botts LLP, where he headed the firm’s global Climate Change Practice. Mr. Bumpers has been involved with climate change issues for over thirty years and has been a frequent speaker regarding national and international climate policy. He was part of the team that undertook the feasibility study for the Prototype Carbon Fund established by The World Bank Group. He advised multiple companies regarding emissions trading under the Kyoto Protocol and related national action plans. He has been involved in GHG-related projects and transactions under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Malaysia, China, Liberia, Brazil and Equatorial Guinea. Mr. Bumpers has helped multiple companies in developing responsible climate and energy policies, including the development and use of GHG offsets through forestry practices, renewable energy projects and destruction of CFCs. He represented companies involved in the capture and storage of GHG emissions, helped structure some of the first contracts regarding use of anthropogenic CO2 for oil production. Mr. Bumpers currently serves as a Board member of the Architecture for REDD+ Transactions (ART) and is a Board member of Neighborhood Sun, a Maryland community solar company.

Suzanne E. Siskel is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Asia Foundation and Winrock Board Vice Chair. She worked at the Ford Foundation from 1990 to 2011, serving in various leadership positions in field offices in Southeast Asia and in its New York headquarters. Most recently she was Ford Foundation’s director of Social Justice Philanthropy, overseeing efforts to mobilize philanthropic resources and to build strong local and regional foundations engaged in social development in the United States and throughout the world. Siskel joined the Ford Foundation in 1990 as program officer for Rural Poverty and Resources in Jakarta and later was representative in Indonesia and the Philippines. In these roles she was engaged in strengthening civil society; promoting economic development and community-based natural resources policy; and enhancing local capacity for socioeconomic research and analysis. Moving to New York in 2005, she directed Ford Foundation’s Community and Resource Development unit, providing support to organizations working in community development, local philanthropy, sexuality and reproductive health, and environment and development in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Russia and the United States. Trained as a social anthropologist, Siskel has served variously as a consultant, university teacher and researcher throughout Indonesia, in rural northeast Brazil, and highland Chiapas, Mexico. She first lived and worked in Indonesia as a member of the first cohort of Luce Scholars in 1974 and later returned there as a Fulbright scholar and development advisor. She recently completed a three-year tenure as president of the Fulbright Association, and also served on the Governing Council of the European Foundation Centre. Currently she is a member of the Global Philanthropy Committee of the Council on Foundations and serves on the board of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. Siskel studied anthropology, receiving her bachelor degree from Harvard University and her masters from The Johns Hopkins University.

John Nees, Founding Partner of the Getty Land Company, has a broad background encompassing finance, agriculture, infrastructure and energy. He has conducted business throughout the world, including Russia, Venezuela, India and Indonesia, where he managed complex energy projects, as well as eastern and southern Africa where Nees participated in one of the premier eco-tourism companies. Nees has been actively engaged in agriculture since 1995 as a co-founder of the Plump Jack Winery in the Napa Valley. He organized an investment fund to acquire and develop vineyard properties, where he has introduced best farming and viticulture practices. Nees is currently developing Kukio Golf & Beach Club, a residential resort community located on the Big Island of Hawaii and manages a privately held energy company with operations in the Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent and Appalachian regions. Nees earned his Bachelor of Science in geological engineering from Purdue University, his Master of Business Administration from Emory University, and his Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He is an active member of the California Bar and serves on the advisory board of As You Sow, an environmental advocacy organization.

Rodney Ferguson, Winrock President and CEO, is responsible for the strategic, programmatic, financial and management operations of Winrock International, a $100 million nonprofit organization with over 1,000 employees in more than 40 countries. Ferguson ensures that Winrock fulfills its mission to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources through its 100-plus projects managed from offices in D.C., Arkansas, California, Kenya, the Philippines and project offices around the world. Before coming to Winrock, Ferguson worked for 20 years as one of the country’s leading consultants on communications and strategy for the nonprofit sector — most recently with Lipman Hearne, Inc., the largest marketing firm in the U.S. that exclusively serves nonprofits. There he helped the MacArthur Foundation manage its $15 million MacArthur Fellows — a.k.a. “genius” — awards portfolio. Ferguson also worked with other major foundations, service providers and philanthropic organizations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Children’s Medical Center, and with international aid and development projects in Iraq, Slovenia and Qatar. He assisted dozens of colleges and universities, including Seton Hall University and the State University of New York (SUNY), the nation’s largest state education system. There he helped develop and execute the SUNY strategic plan “The Power of SUNY” to leverage the $5 billion-a-year system’s economic development for the benefit of New York’s students and taxpayers. Born and raised in Alabama, Ferguson graduated summa cum laude from Birmingham Southern College. He attended the University of St. Andrews in Scotland as a Rotary Foundation International Scholar, and graduated from Harvard Kennedy School with a master’s in public policy.