Dr. William Boyd is the Founder and Director of LEEP. He is also Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and Professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment & Sustainability. Prior to joining UCLA in 2018, he was Professor and John H. Schultz Energy Law Fellow at the University of Colorado Law School and a fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a joint institute between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Professor Boyd teaches and conducts research in the areas of energy law & regulation, climate change law & policy, and environmental law. He received his Ph.D. from the Energy & Resources Group at UC-Berkeley and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. After law school, Professor Boyd clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Professor Boyd then served as American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellow and Counsel on the Democratic minority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works. He then practiced energy, environmental, and climate change law with the firm of Covington & Burling LLP in Washington DC. Professor Boyd continues to be actively involved in energy and climate change law and policy at state, national, and international levels. At LEEP, he oversees all activities and has major responsibilities for the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF), the PUC Clean Energy Collaborative Project, and the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Project.
Colleen M. Scanlan Lyons
Dr. Colleen Scanlan Lyons is a cultural anthropologist specializing in strategic planning for forest conservation, international network building, and social inclusion in sustainable development. Dr. Scanlan Lyons currently serves as the Project Director for the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force and the co-Director of the LEEP Innovation Lab. She is also a Research Associate with the Environment and Society Group in in the University of Colorado’s (CU) Institute of Behavioral Science and an Adjunct Professor in the Anthropology Department at CU. Scanlan Lyons’ expertise includes project development and management, focusing on the social aspects of climate resilience and forest conservation and community participation, mobilization, and empowerment. She is an expert in developing experiential and applied educational opportunities that bring together governmental, civil society, and private sector actors and work to create integrated approaches to forest governance, sustainable livelihood development, and cultural preservation. Scanlan Lyons has taught leadership courses for the President’s Leadership Class, an honors program at CU. She also started CU’s Global Seminar in Brazil: Sustainable Development, Environmental Governance, and Social Entrepreneurship and co-founded the Brazil-US Network for Environment, Society, and Governance, which includes research and academic institutions in the U.S. (CU along with the Universities of Wisconsin, Kansas, and Indiana) and Brazil (University of São Paulo, Federal University of Maranhão, State University of Santa Cruz, and the National Institute for Research in the Amazon). Scanlan Lyons has worked with and consulted for diverse social-environmental institutions and organizations such as the Climate Reality Project, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Global Greengrants Fund, the City of Boulder Open Space Department, the American Forum for Global Education, and the National Institute for Research in the Amazon. While her geographic expertise lies in Brazil, where she has over twenty years of experience working with organizations in the Amazon and Atlantic Forests, she has also developed projects in Bolivia, Belize, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Uganda, and the United States. Dr. Scanlan Lyons speaks proficient Portuguese, reasonable Spanish, and some French. She is the mother of Max (20), Ella (18) and Maya (15).
Senior Program Officer
Luke Pritchard is the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force Secretariat’s Senior Program Officer, bringing over a decade of experience in international development, tropical forestry, natural resource governance, and climate change. Prior to joining the GCF Task Force he worked as a policy advisor and researcher in Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific on initiatives funded by donors, development banks, foundations, and the private sector focusing on the nexus of deforestation and climate change. He holds an MSc in Agricultural Development and an MSc in Environmental and Forest Sciences.
Dr. Rishi Das joined Governors’ Climate & Forests Task Force Secretariat as a Program Officer for the 2050 Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project in August 2019. Rishi is an environmental scientist with 12 years of experience in forest ecosystem ecology, natural resource management, climate change and international development. He has worked in 16 countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia on agriculture, watershed management, forestry, disaster risk and resilience, climate change mitigation and REDD+ and conservation/protected area management. Across his professional and academic career, Rishi has worked with a diverse group of institutions, from international agencies and donors (USAID, World Bank, UN-FAO, UNDP), international development consulting firms, national and regional government agencies and civil service professionals, NGOs and civil society (Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, Peoples’ Science Institute, The Trust for Public Land) to local communities and local institutions, cooperatives and associations. Over the past 6 years, Rishi has focused on developing technical tools, capacity building and applied research on measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) for REDD+ and ecosystem services accounting, national land use monitoring systems, and low emissions development strategies. He has received the ESA’s Sustainability Science Award for his work on tropical forest resilience in Mexico, and has published in peer-reviewed journals, white papers and technical guidance manuals on agriculture, forestry and land use change. Rishi has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, an M.Esc. in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of California, Berkeley. He was born and raised in Mumbai, and currently lives with his family outside Washington, D.C.