Co-Chairmen

maya rodale

Maya Rodale

Maya Rodale is a fourth generation member of the Rodale family and has served on the board of the Institute in addition to working as the organization’s Director of Communications and Outreach where she launched the Organic Apple Festival and Organic Pioneer Awards. A prolific writer and blogger, Maya is a bestselling author of more than fifteen books and is a frequent contributor to NPR, The Huffington Post, Bustle and more. Maya lives in New York City.

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Paul A. McGinley

Paul A. McGinley received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University (A.B. 1970) and his law degree from Georgetown University (J.D. 1974). He has been practicing law in the Lehigh Valley since 1974 and is one of the founding partners of Gross, McGinley, LaBarre & Eaton. McGinley previously served as chairman of a hearing committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, president of the Lehigh County Bar Association, and president of the Swain School board of directors. He is a member of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Magazine Publishers of America, a member of the American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, and is director and secretary to the Velodrome Fund.

Members

corby kummer

Corby Kummer

Corby Kummer is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he has worked since 1981. A frequent commentator on television and radio, Kummer has also served since 1997 as restaurant critic for Boston Magazine and writes for many other magazines. His books include The Joy of Coffee and The Pleasures of Slow Food.

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Roberta Lang

Roberta Lang serves as General Counsel and Global Vice President of Legal Affairs for Whole Foods Market, Inc., a Fortune 300 company and the world’s largest retailer of natural and organic foods headquartered in Austin, Texas. She has been recognized five times as a Whole Foods Market “All*Star,” the Company’s highest honor. Roberta is a Board Member of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating the theory and practice of a more complex form of capitalismy. She is a founding Board Member of the Whole Planet Foundation and she also sits on the National Council of Valparaiso University School of Law. She is passionate about and regularly consults with business leaders regarding Purpose, Mission, Culture and the fundamental principles of Conscious Capitalism.

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Grant Lundberg

Grant Lundberg was raised in Richvale, California. He holds a B.S. from California Polytechnic State University in Agricultural Management, and an M.S. from Iowa State University in Agricultural Economics. Grant started working for Lundberg Family Farms, the leading producer of organic and eco-farmed rice and rice products, in 1987. In 1997, he was appointed the CEO. Since then, Lundberg Family Farms has expanded its board of directors to include the third generation Lundberg family. The company is owned by the second, third and fourth generations of the family. In 2012, Grant served as the co-chair of the California Right to Know campaign. He currently serves on the Frontier Natural Products board of directors.

Jeff Moyer

Executive Director, Rodale Institute

Jeff Moyer is a world renowned authority in organic agriculture who brings a farmer’s perspective and approach to issues in organic agriculture. He is a past chair of the National Organic Standards Board, a founding board member of Pennsylvania Certified Organic, the Chairman of the Board of The Seed Farm, part of the Green America Non-GMO Working Group, a Project Member of The Noble Foundation’s Soil Renaissance project, and a Board Member of PA Farm Link.

Erik Oberholtzer

Erik Oberholtzer is the chef and entrepreneur who co-founded Tender Greens in Los Angeles, CA. He now serves as chairman of the growing restaurant group, which currently has 30 restaurants in CA, NY and MA. Erik serves as a global champion for the Food Forever Foundation and, in 2009, founded the Sustainable Life Project, a six-month, paid internship program offering culinary job training at Tender Greens for at-risk, former foster youth in the US. In 2017, he partnered with the Crop Trust on ‘The Spice of Life Project,’ an effort to reintroduce forgotten foods and heirloom seeds back into the food system. Erik holds undergraduate degrees in psychology from Temple University and culinary arts at Johnson & Wales in Rhode Island, respectively. He spends his time between New York City and Venice Beach, California.

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Maria Rodale

Maria Rodale is a writer, activist and former Chairman and CEO of Rodale Inc, a global health and wellness media company. While CEO of Rodale Inc she launched the Rodale Kids book imprint, which is now owned by Penguin Random House. She is the author of many books, including Organic Manifesto, How Organic Farming Can Feed Our World, Heal Our Planet and Keep Us Safe, and Scratch, Home Cooking for Everyone Made Simple, based on recipes from her former blog Mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com. Maria also served for many years as a board member of Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project (NYRP) which planted over 1 million trees in New York City. In 2004 she received the National Audubon Society’s “Rachel Carson Award” for “Working to Ensure a Healthy Environment for Future Generations.” She is the granddaughter of the late J.I. Rodale.

Peter Sherman

Peter Sherman’s investment career includes over 36 years of strong, active institutional portfolio management. As Chief Investment Officer at Penn Mutual Life, a major life insurance company, he managed over $10 billion. Sherman safely and profitably led Penn Mutual’s investment portfolio through the 2000-01 recession and importantly through the 2008-09 financial crisis. Executive Vice President at Penn Mutual for close to 20 years, Peter also served as CEO of the wholly owned investment company Independence Capital Management.

Loren Speziale

As Deputy Managing Partner, Loren Speziale regularly counsels small to mid-sized, private and public corporations as well as privately held businesses on corporate and employment matters. Loren is a former member of the District XA Attorney Ethics Committee. She was selected for inclusion in the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, and in 2010 and 2011 Loren was recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers on their Rising Stars list. Loren was nominated as one of Lehigh Valley Business’s 2018 Women of Influence. In 2017, she was recognized by Lehigh Valley Magazine as a “Local Legal Leader” and was selected for Lehigh Valley Style’s “Lehigh Valley Select Lawyers” issue. In 2014, Lehigh Valley Business also recognized Loren on their list of “Forty Under 40.” After receiving this recognition, Loren was asked to serve as a judge for 2015.

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