CIPL is governed by a Steering Committee that is composed of individuals representing faith-based organizations throughout California. The Steering Committee provides general oversight and guidance to the staff and helps deliver CIPL’s mission of environmental stewardship throughout the state.
The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, President, The Regeneration Project & CIPL
The Reverend Canon Sally Grover Bingham, an Episcopal priest and Canon for the Environment in the Diocese of California has been active in the environmental community for twenty-five years. She is also founder and president of The Regeneration Project, which is focused on its Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) campaign, a religious response to global warming. The IPL campaign includes a national network of over 10,000 congregations with affiliated programs in 38 states. She has brought widespread recognition to the link between faith and the environment, and as one of the first faith leaders to fully recognize global warming as a moral issue, she has mobilized thousands of religious people to put their faith into action through energy stewardship and advocacy.
The Rev. Bingham recently joined President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and
Neighborhood Partnerships and is a member of the Forum on Children and Nature. She serves on the board of directors of the Environmental Defense Fund, the Environmental Working Group, and the U.S. Climate Action Network as well as the national advisory board for the Union of Concerned
Eijun Linda Cutts came to San Francisco Zen Center in 1971 and was ordained as a priest in 1975. She has lived at Tassajara, San Francisco City Center and has resided at Green Gulch Farm since 1993. In 1996 Linda received Dharma transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson and served as Abbess of San Francisco Zen Center from 2000 to 2007. She was appointed Abiding Senior Dharma Teacher at Green Gulch Farm in 2010 and continues to teach and lead practice periods and retreats at Tassajara, Green Gulch, and elsewhere.
Mark Carlson, Director, Lutheran Office of Public Policy
Mark Carlson is a native of Idaho and attended public schools is Yakima, WA and Fremont, CA. As a toddler, he was imprinted with the Snake River, and several national parks and forests. As a five-year-old, he was exposed to the consequences of “progress” when his father took their family to the spectacular Native America salmon fishing grounds at Celilo Falls, shortly before it was flooded by The Dalles Dam. Mark graduated from Bethany College, Kansas, with a degree in history and political science, studied Swedish environmental politics and policy for a year in Stockholm, received a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, and worked as an organizer and consultant in opposition to a new coal and a new nuclear power plant in Kansas.
Mark has been in Sacramento with the Lutheran Office of Public Policy – California since 1984, where he works on a variety of poverty, human rights, and care for creation issues for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Part of his work has included ballot proposition campaigns where care for creation values are at stake. In another life, Mark worked 29 seasons as a firefighter with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, offering a different perspective on forest policy and practice.
Barbara Bisel, Commission for the Environment, Episcopal Diocese of California
Barbara is a lifelong Episcopalian, and a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Orinda. After starting and chairing a Caring for Creation team at her church, Barbara was asked to co-chair the Commission for the Environment for the Diocese of California, in partnership with Rev. Canon Sally Bingham. At the request of Bishop Marc Andrus, and with help from the members of the Commission, they developed a network that includes Liaisons from over 70 churches in the diocese – supporting education, action, and legislative advocacy to reduce our carbon footprint and live more sustainably. Barbara was an Alternate Deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, during which time she wrote and testified for two resolutions which were passed at the Convention: Government Policies for Environmental Stewardship; and Scientific Integrity and Environmental Policy.
Barbara holds a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University, where she focused on Policy Analysis in Health Care Organizations. She has sat on the Board of St. Dorothy’s Rest diocesan camp and retreat center, and has served on church vestry. Additional philanthropies include National Charity League; Cantare Con Vivo Education and Outreach in Oakland; and PTA.
Rev. Peter Rood, Pastor, Holy Nativity Church, Westchester, California
The Reverend Peter H. Rood, co-founder of the Environmental Change-Makers, is the rector of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, an energetic and diverse community of faith. Central to Peter’s ministry is his commitment to creating a broader community where people live in harmony, peace, and justice. His work encourages raising awareness about environmental concerns and cultivating a community committed to caring for God’s creation. During his nine-year tenure at Holy Nativity, Peter has encouraged an environment where the church is a central meeting place for members of the community at large to gather for social and educational purposes. The church hosts a variety of music and art events, cooking classes, drumming workshops, and educational and community outreach programs. The church is also the location for the World Community of Christian Meditation Center of Southern California.
A native Californian, Peter is a graduate of Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena and received his Master’s of Divinity from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas. Before his ordination to the priesthood, Peter had a career as an investment advisor. Peter is involved in various social activism projects, including the Century Corridor Project. He is also a member of a Hindu/Episcopal dialog group and is also a participant in a Buddhist/Catholic dialog group. His interests include gardening, cooking, reading, yoga, and running.
Rabbi Marvin Goodman, Executive Director, Northern California Board of Rabbis
Marvin Goodman was ordained as a rabbi by the Jewish Theological of America in 1975. He studied at the seminary after having earned his BA from Indiana University in 1970. From 1975-1988 he was the Executive Director of the Northern California Region of the United Synagogue of America as well as the Regional United Synagogue Youth Director. During that time, he was very instrumental in the development of Camp Arazim. From 1988-2007, he was the rabbi of Peninsula Sinai Congregation, a Conservative Congregation in Foster City, California. Since 2007 he has been the Rabbi in Residence at the San Francisco based Jewish Community Federation and the Executive Director of the Northern CA Board of Rabbis. Marvin is married to Deborah Kelman and has two daughters, Rena and Naomi.
Rev. Earl Koteen, Consulting Minister for Climate Justice, Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry California
Rev. Earl W. Koteen is the Consulting Minister for Climate Justice, Unitarian Universalist (UU) Legislative Ministry California. He serves on the board of UU Ministry for Earth, and is currently community minister at the Berkeley Fellowship of UUs. Before attending training at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Earl had a 30-year career in strategic planning, organizational development, and human resources. He has two adult daughters.
Fr. John Coleman, S.J., Associate Pastor, St. Ignatius Parish, USF
John A. Coleman S.J. is associate pastor at Saint Ignatius Church, San Francisco. He holds his PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He was the Charles Casassa Professor of Social Values at Loyola Marymount University from 1997 to 2009.. From 1974-1997 he was a professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkely. Among his most recent books are: John Coleman and William Ryan, eds., Globalization and Catholic Social Thought ( Orbis Press, 2005) and Christian Political Ethics ( Princeton University Press, 2007).
For the past several years, Coleman has been lecturing and writing on environmental topics. He keeps a blog at the popular national Catholic magazine “America.”
Betsy Reifsnider, Environmental Justice Director, Catholic Charities Stockton Catholic Diocese
Betsy has spent more than 30 years working in the environmental field. She began her career as the Conservation Coordinator for the Sierra Club, Angeles Chapter and then worked as a legislative deputy for Los Angeles City Council member Ruth Galanter. She served as the Associate Director of the Mono Lake Committee and as the Executive Director of Friends of the River, California’s statewide river conservation organization. She has also worked for the federal government as the water conservation manager for the Mid-Pacific Region of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, encompassing Northern California, Nevada, and Southern Oregon.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Sierra Nevada Alliance and as a jail visitation volunteer for Loaves and Fishes, a Sacramento-based organization. She is active in her parish, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sacramento.
In the 1990’s, Hodge worked in business and community development, helping to open a Kmart store in Compton, California. where he interviewed and hired 70 people. After the Rodney King verdict, which rendered severe civil unrest throughout the immediate area, Hodge’s relationship with the community provided the security and personnel to operate during the crisis. This deliberate act of mitigating the disaster by maintaining store operations, promoting a sense of normalcy, and being a consistent resource of goods and services to the community before, during and after the crisis, was successfully achieved. Under the management of G. L. Hodge, the fully operational Compton Kmart became the National Guard’s Compton Command Headquarters 48 hours after the verdict.
G.L. serves on the Boards of The San Francisco Foundation FAITHS Program, The San Francisco Interfaith Council, The United Way FEMA, and the A Philip Randolph Institute Board. G. L. was a BRMA Community Member in 2010-2011. Today, Hodge consults with non-profits on facilities capabilities and disaster preparedness, as they fulfill the needs of the surrounding community and neighbors.