Board of Directors
Joshua Reyneveld, is the Founding Chair of the Board of Directors. Josh's contribution to Earth Economics can be traced back to 1996, to its original inception in Seattle, when he served as organizational advisor and co-founder. Since this time he has executed several projects for Earth Economics as a volunteer. Josh is an accomplished architect, engineer and planner with over 25 years of consulting experience as Project Director of significant planning and design projects, up to $180 million in scale, and as Managing Principal of regionally-recognized design firms. He also has considerable expertise advocating for, and successfully executing, projects which utilize soft energy strategies and enhance ecological sustainability. Currently serving as Board Chair, Josh's responsibilities are focused on coordination of Board activities, budgetary oversight and public relations as well as general assistance to the Executive Director and principal staff members with strategic planning, project management and general counsel.
Joshua Farley is currently Associate Professor of Community Development and Applied Economics and of Public Administration at the University of Vermont (UVM). He is also a fellow of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at UVM. Josh's interdisciplinary academic background includes a B.S. in biology from Grinnell College, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural, Resource and Managerial Economics from Cornell University. Although he was formally trained in neoclassical economics, Josh is a renowned ecological economist working to integrate social, human, and natural capital into the way the world views economics. With Herman Daly, he co-authored a foundation textbook titled Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, which is now available in its 2nd edition. He is currently working on two other books, Restoring Natural Capital: Financing and Valuation and Beyond Uneconomic Growth: Ecological Economic Solutions to our Current Crises. Josh has spent considerable time abroad including a Fulbright Fellowship in Brazil and several years teaching ecological economics at the School for Field Studies Centre for Rainforest Studies in Far North Queensland Australia, first as resident faculty and later as Program Director. He also held the position of Executive Director of the University of Maryland's Institute for Ecological Economics. Josh continues to advance the field of ecological economics and teach/advise the next generation of economists and community development professionals. Josh Farley provides literature and report reviews, assists in workshop development and presentation and serves as a mentor to Earth Economics research staff.
Ingrid Rasch, Member of the Board of Directors, retired in 2008 as Vice President Human Resources of Sonus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company near Seattle focused on developing oncological pharmaceuticals. Ingrid has over 20 years of experience in human resources management and corporate strategy in a variety of industries and institutions. She served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., a $10 billion leading grocery retailer. She also established the human resources department at Microsoft Corporation in 1984. In early 2005 she worked at EPEA headquarters in Hamburg, Germany with Michael Braungart and his team of scientists and consultants to learn more first-hand about the "cradle-to-cradle" process. In addition to her work with for-profit companies, Ingrid is an active volunteer in the not-for-profit sector. In addition to serving on the Board of Earth Economics, she is a member of Social Venture Partners and serves on the Environmental Collective Action Team and is a volunteer with other NGOs.
David Cosman, Member of the Board of Directors, has a B.A. in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Pennsylvania State University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, M.D., in 1983 he joined Immunex where he held several positions in discovery research including Vice President and Director of Molecular Biology. After the acquisition by Amgen, he continued to work in research, most recently as a Scientific Director, until retiring in November 2005. During his scientific career, David served on the Keystone Symposia Scientific Advisory Board and as a member of the Faculty of 1000. He has published more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is listed as one of the Institute for Scientific Information’s highly cited scientists in Immunology. David also serves on the Board of the Sustainable Path Foundation in Seattle, WA.