Frank D’Agnese, Ph.D.

President/Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder

Dr. Frank D’Agnese has a distinguished history of directing interdisciplinary investigations relying on big-data management, analysis, and visualization of complex natural- and human-engineered systems utilizing enterprise- and cloud-computing resources. He has developed innovative methods for assessing the impacts of resource development in complex natural, economic, and socio-political environments. His work has informed important decisions by The White House; numerous Federal, State, and Municipal government agencies; and industry leaders throughout the U.S. and abroad. Before co-founding Earth Knowledge, Dr. D’Agnese was a senior-level manager at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), directing technical programs of national and international significance, all of which involved big-data, geographic information integration, and enterprise collaboration. Dr. D’Agnese holds a B.S. (summa cum laude), M.E., and Ph.D., in Geological Engineering, Environmental Science, Earth Systems Modeling, and Information Management from the Colorado School of Mines.

 

 

Julia Armstrong D’Agnese, M.S.

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Julia Armstrong D’Agnese is a thought leader in building and maintaining strategic partnerships and driving “Big Picture” innovative opportunities to inspire and propel individuals and organizations into new paradigms of thought and operation. In her role as Earth Knowledge’s CEO, she builds innovative strategic partnerships and facilitates corporations and financial institutions shifts to increasing sustainability and mitigation of global change risks. She bridges cultural paradigms of private-public organizations to create strong teams and valuable integrated models and tools for understanding our complex and dynamic earth. Julia draws on her passionate commitment to building a more sustainable world, along with her entrepreneurial heritage to facilitate paradigm shifts critical to become more sustainable. She utilizes her ability to gain the respect of, and constructively challenge, business and organizational leaders advocating and driving transformational advancements in partnerships and technology. Prior to starting Earth Knowledge, Julia owned her own consulting business for 18 years advising and mentoring successful business leaders and individuals to “think-outside-the-box” in order to advocate and accelerate paradigm shifts in various industries, including venture capital, medical, legal, scientific, entertainment and technology sectors. Julia holds a B.S. in Spanish and Business with International Studies from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and an M.S. in Psychology from the University of Arizona, and post-graduate degree on dynamics of success in business, leadership, innovation and change management.

 

 

Business Advisors

Cabot Brown

Cabot Brown has spent his career leading, advising, and investing in numerous entrepreneurial and social enterprises. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Carabiner LLC, which provides strategic and financial advice to leading and emerging companies and social enterprises in the US and internationally, with particular expertise in healthcare, education, and infrastructure. Previously, Cabot headed healthcare investment banking groups at GCA Savvian; Seven Hills, which he co-founded; and Volpe Brown Whelan, which he joined at its founding. He also co-founded Brown, McMillan & Co., a private equity firm. He started his finance career at Lehman Brothers. He currently serves as a director of GW Pharmaceuticals plc, a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company based in the UK. Previously, Cabot served as a director of Seven Hills, Car Wash Partners, PointShare, and several other private companies. Early in his career, Cabot worked as a journalist at the Los Angeles Times, ABC News, and Rolling Stone magazine. Cabot currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Thacher School and is a board member of The BASIC Fund, an educational foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cabot is a past Trustee and Board Chair at Town School. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School and the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. He has an AB from Harvard College in Government cum laude and an MBA from Harvard Business School as a Baker Scholar.

Chas Edelstein

Chas Edelstein was a partner at Credit Suisse, Head of its Global Services Group and Head of its Chicago office. He advised many of Credit Suisse's most important clients including Apollo, BP Amoco, Career Education, Corinthian Colleges, DeVry, Ford Motor Company, and S.C. Johnson. Mr. Edelstein is now a Sr. Advisor for Apollo Group, and Apollo Group past CEO. He also is on Roundtable Advisory Board for Madison Dearborn Partners, Senior Advisor Investment Banking for Credit Suisse, Senior Advisor for Apollo Education, Director for Triumph Higher Education, Director for Lightspeed Systems, Board Advisor for Full Sail University, and on the Alumni Advisory Board for PriceWaterhouse Coopers. He has a BA from the University of Illinois and MBA from Harvard Business School as a Baker Scholar.

 

 

Science & Technology Advisors

Donald J. Wuebbles, Ph.D.

Dr. Wuebbles shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for Climate Change and is a lead author on numerous IPCC panel reports. He is the Harry E. Preble Endowed Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences as well as in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois. He is a lead author on the first and second international assessments of climate change sponsored by the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dr. Wuebbles is a Faculty Fellow in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. In 2007, Prof. Wuebbles was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Wuebbles served as Assistant Director, Office of Science & Technology, Executive Office of the President in 2014-2016. In 2018 Dr. Wuebbles was awarded The Burt Bolin Global Environmental Change Award by AGU American Geophysical Union.

A. Keith Turner, PhD.

Dr. Keith Turner is a former Chairman of the Subcommittee on Climate Change, Energy, and Sustainability Impacts on Transportation Infrastructure at the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board. Dr. Turner has long been involved in applying computers and spatial information technologies to environmental issues including the fields of hydrology, geology, and engineering focusing on how such new applications can influence society-at-large. In the 1970's, he served as a consultant concerning these computer applications for the UN and various national, academic, and private firms in several countries. From 1990 to 1996, he developed 3-D GIS applications for the USGS Yucca Mountain Project. From 1998 to 2002, he organized and presented a series of 1/2-day workshops to transportation engineers describing the technical, economic, and managerial ramifications of the new remote sensing and data capture technologies. From 1999-2002, Dr. Turner served as Chair in Engineering Geology at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. During this period, he consulted with several European Geological Surveys concerning spatial data management, visualization, and analysis. Dr. Turner has recently been appointed Visiting Research Associate (VRA) to the British Geological Survey, a distinction conferred by the BGS and the United Kingdom's Natural Environmental Research Council to a limited number of research scientists. Dr. Turner is one of only eight active VRA appointees and is the only one who is not resident in the United Kingdom. He is a Professor Emeritus in Geological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.

Lorraine Flint, Ph.D.

Dr. Lorraine Flint has an internationally distinguished career in applying biophysical models to characterize and better understand the dynamics of water in landscapes of many scales. Her research has been utilized to address societally relevant issues from the isolation of high-level radioactive waste to understanding the potential impacts of climate change to ecological systems on four continents. Dr. Flint’s current research involves downscaling future climate projections to ecologically relevant scales (1-km to 30-m) for use into a regional scale hydrologic model to evaluate the hydrologic response to climate change. Projects are being conducted throughout the western US, South and Central America for analyses of water availability, flow and transport, snowmelt processes, and ecosystem change. Activities include the development of climate and hydrology surfaces for 1900-2100 and scientific guidance with regard to the impacts of current and future climates on ecology and hydrology. Dr. Flint is an Emeritus Research Hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Alan Flint, Ph.D.

Dr. Alan Flint is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the area of soil physics and hydrologic modeling. He is the developer of hydrologic computer codes that have been used in the characterization and licensing of the nation’s first proposed high-level radioactive waste facility at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. These computer codes have been adapted over his long and distinguished career for use in understanding the potential impacts of climate change on water resources throughout the United States, Central and South America, Africa and the Middle East. Dr. Flint’s current research involves refining and applying the Basin Characterization Model to provide hydrologic response to climate change. As part of this research a method of downscaling precipitation and air temperature was developed to produce maps at fine scale (1-km to 30-m) that better reflect the influence of variable topography typical downscaled GCMs (12-km). Goals and objectives are to provide fine scale analysis of climate change and hydrologic response to hydrologists, biologists, ecologists, among others to better understand potential changes and stresses on a landscape due to climate change. Interactions with multiple research groups, local, state, and federal agencies, and NGOs provide information regarding the use of the research and data for adaptation to climate change to evaluate vulnerability and resiliency to changes in water availability, habitat suitability, frequency of droughts and storms, landscape stresses, urbanization, environmental flows, and species distributions. Dr. Flint is an Emeritus Research Hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Mary C. Hill, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Hill was a Research Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey from 1981-2014 where she was promoted to the rank of GS-ST, the highest level possible for government scientists and only the second woman to reach that level in the U.S. Department of Interior. Dr. Hill has been a Professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Kansas since 2014. Professor Hill received her PhD from Princeton University in 1987. Professor Hill’s work has centered on quantification of processes and characteristics of environmental systems, with recent inclusion of associated human systems. At the USGS, she focused on integrating models and data using sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification as applied to groundwater and surface-water systems. Her thoughts and accomplishments about model calibration and uncertainty evaluation are documented by the Hill and Tiedeman (2007) textbook published by Wiley. At KU, Professor Hill’s research focus has broadened. Her primary interest is in the future economic possibilities for food/renewable energy/water systems, with emphasis on agriculture and agricultural community adaptation to water depletion and rich renewable energy resources in the central USA. Dr. Hill is also working to combine process-based and agent-based models to explore the interaction of engineered systems, economic development, and agricultural communities.

William C. Steinkampf

Mr. Bill Steinkampf has over 30 years of experience in the design, implementation, and supervision of multidisciplinary programs working closely with businesses, NGOs, and many levels of government to address natural resource sustainability issues of regional, national or international concern. Bill’s decades of experience creating and facilitating ethnically, culturally, and technically diverse collaborations and partnerships include responding to international natural disasters, siting high-level radioactive waste management facilities, and affecting transnational border conflicts related to water-resource exploitation. His strong interpersonal and multilingual communication (French, German, Spanish, Arabic) skills have made him a key player in resource sustainability efforts throughout the world including the U.S., Central America, Europe, Japan, and the Middle East.

 

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