Board of Advisers

The Responsible Investment at Harvard Coalition Board of Advisers supports the Coalition’s Leadership Team in its efforts to advocate for changes in Harvard University’s endowment management policies and practices. The Board of Advisers serves as a resource for the Leadership Team and the broader Coalition by connecting the Coalition with potential allies and supporters and advocating for the cause in the public eye.  Further, the members of the Board of Advisers counsel the Leadership Team on issues regarding their areas of expertise and guide the organization’s overall direction.  

Dan Apfel, Executive Director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition

Dan Apfel is the Executive Director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition. He is an expert at supporting and implementing responsible investment strategies on campus. He works with allies in advocacy organizations, industry, and the university community, to learn about and stay on top of the newest strategies in responsible investing. Dan’s work on responsible investing has been covered in Institutional Investor Magazine, Forbes, Chronicle of Higher Education, and GOOD, among others. Prior to joining the REC Dan served as a Program Officer at the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, where he worked with credit unions serving diverse low- and moderate-income communities around the country. He managed a coalition of 16 credit unions running free tax-preparation sites that filed over 3,500 returns for low-income people in 200 and co-administered the New York State Coalition of Community Development Financial Institutions. While living in Rochester, NY Dan also lived in and served on the boards of two student housing cooperatives.

Dan is passionate about creating democratic institutions that serve their communities. He loves the outdoors, and aside from changing the way the world invests its money, Dan dreams of sailing around the globe.

Nina Gardner, Founder and Director of Strategy International, Harvard College, Class of 1982

Nina Luzzatto Gardner (BA in Government ’82) is the founder and director of Strategy International, a consulting firm specializing in Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainability and public private partnerships. One of her main clients is ENEL, a global electric utility headquartered in Rome, Italy and has worked with their CSR and Investor Relations divisions in the last few years to help mainstream sustainability (specifically, Environmental, Social and Governance criteria) throughout the company.

She also teaches a course on international business and human rights at the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington DC and at John’s Hopkins, SAIS where she is an adjunct professor. A great believer that the investment community can drive the change toward sustainable capitalism, she is an active member of US SIF – the Form for Sustainable and Responsible Investment  — and works closely with teams from the UN Global Compact, the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, UNEP–FI (Finance) and Ceres.

She is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe, Columbia Law School, and was a Rotary scholar at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotà, Colombia. Prof. Gardner is fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and is a member of the New York Bar, the Council on Foreign Relations, and is founding president of three professional women’s associations (Prague, Rome, Paris)

Josh Humphreys, Fellow at Tellus Institute and President at Croatan Institute, Former Harvard Lecturer

Joshua Humphreys is a fellow at Tellus Institute, the sustainability think tank in Boston.  He is also President of the Croatan Institute. He is a leading advocate for more sustainable and transparent forms of finance, who has also taught history and politics at Harvard, Princeton and NYU and in the Bard Prison Initiative. Humphreys has served as a Fulbright Scholar in Paris, associate fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, visiting research associate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Archive Center, and an Aspen Environment Forum Scholar.

His insights on trends in sustainability, shareowner advocacy, and impact investing have been widely published and regularly cited in the press, most recently in Barron’s, the Boston Globe, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, and on NPR.

He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Dwight Hall SRI Fund at Yale University.

Helene Marsh, Consultant to Center for Environmental Leadership in BusinessHarvard College, Class of 1982

Helene Marsh is a Consultant to Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business and the owner/developer of one of the few LEED platinum homes in the country. She is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe (B.A.’82) and UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management (M.S.2004).

Prior to engaging in the environmental arena, she worked in international finance and business, in both large and medium sized companies including Lloyds Bank and Euromoney . She also started her own business and a non profit when living in Prague in the 1990s. With years of experience in the business world, involvement in NGOs and a passion for the environment, she is a strong believer in the importance of shifting the capitalist paradigm to one of greater sustainability and planetary responsibility. Helene has lived in the USA, England, Spain, and the Czech Republic and is fluent in French, Spanish and Czech.

Bob Monks, Shareholder ActivistHarvard College, Class of 1954 and Harvard Law School, Class of 1958

Pioneering shareholder activist and corporate governance adviser, Robert AG Monks, has written widely about shareholder rights & responsibility, government capture, corporate impact on society and global corporate issues.

He is the author of Corporate Governance (with Nell Minow), Power & Accountability (with Nell Minow), Watching the Watchers, The New Global Investors, The Emperor’s Nightingale, Corpocracy and Corporate Valuation (with Alexandra Lajoux).

Mr. Monks is an expert on retirement and pension plans and was appointed director of the United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation by President Reagan, who also appointed him one of the founding Trustees of the Federal Employees’ Retirement System.  Mr. Monks served in the Department of Labor as Administrator of the Office of Pension and Welfare Benefit Programs having jurisdiction over the entire U.S. pension system.

Mr. Monks was a founder of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), now the leading corporate governance consulting firm.  He also founded Lens Governance Advisers and co-founded GMIRatings (formerly The Corporate Library).  He is a shareholder in and advisor to Trucost, the environmental research company.

Mr. Monks was a featured part of the documentary film, The Corporation, and was the subject of the biography, A Traitor to His Class by Hilary Rosenberg.

Douglas Y. Park, Partner and Chief Sustainability Officer, Rimon, PC, Harvard College, Class of 1991

Douglas Y. Park is a Partner and Chief Sustainability Officer at Rimon, PC, a law firm that is a B Lab certified B Corporation. He is responsible for Rimon’s sustainability and social responsibility initiatives, including the firm’s public reports regarding those activities. Doug believes that an emphasis on Environmental, Social, and Governance factors can result in superior returns for investors and companies. Combining a unique background in business and law, he practices in the areas of corporate governance, corporate and securities law, information governance, and strategy.

Investors, practitioners, and the media regularly seek Doug’s views on corporate governance. He served on the Evaluation Committee of the Corporate Governance Innovation Challenge co-sponsored by BlackRock and the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Doug taught Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organization Theory at the School of Business and Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has also taught at the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.

Doug holds an AB magna cum laude with highest honors in Sociology from Harvard College, a PhD in Business from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a JD from the University of Michigan.

Doug has served three terms as President of the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley.


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