Keying off our post yesterday about Native American enviro Tom Goldtooth’s criticism that U.S. environmental groups practiced exclusionary racism, we decided to check to see if the accusation was true. Here’s what we found for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Below are the NRDC board members. We’ll do the math for you at the end.
Daniel R. Tishman; Chair
Vice Chairman, AECOM Technology Corporation; Chairman and CEO of Tishman Construction Corp. of New York
Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr.; Chair Emeritus
Senior Counsel, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP
Adam Albright; Vice Chair
Private investor; Environmentalist
Patricia Bauman; Vice Chair
Co-director, Bauman Foundation
Robert J. Fisher; Vice Chair
Director, GAP Inc.
Alan Horn; Vice Chair
President and COO, Warner Brothers
Joy Covey; Treasurer
President, Beagle Foundation
John H. Adams; Founding Director
Chair, Open Space Institute
Richard E. Ayres, Esq.
The Ayres Law Group
Anna Scott Carter
Consultant, NRDC; Environmentalist
Principal, Henry Crown and Company; Executive, Foundation Chairman, Community Activist
Laurie P. David
John E. Echohawk
Executive Director, Native American Rights Fund
Co-Founder, Sybase, Inc., and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2); Organizer and Director, New Resource Bank
Michel Gelobter, Ph.D.
Founder, CEO, Cooler Inc.
Founder and Managing Partner, Telesoft Partners
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Founder and Advisor, Green for All
Philip B. Korsant
Managing Member, Korsant Partners, LLC
Co-Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)
Chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Shelly B. Malkin
Landscape painter; Conservationist
Josephine A. Merck
Artist; Founder, Ocean View Foundation
NRDC Global Council Member
Peter A. Morton
Chairman/Founder, 510 Development Corp.
Senior Vice President, Hugo Neu Corp; Grassroots community organizer and activist
Frederica Perera, Ph.D.
Professor, Columbia University; Director, Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health
Actor; Director; Conservationist
Jonathan F.P. Rose
President, Jonathan Rose Cos., LLC
Thomas W. Roush, M.D.
Private investor; Environmental activist
Philip (Pete) Ruegger III
Chairman, Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP; Chairman of the Board of Henry Street Settlement House
Christine H. Russell, Ph.D.
Environmentalist; Foundation director
William H. Schlesinger
President, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
President, The Schmidt Family Foundation; Founder, The 11th Hour Project
James Gustave Speth
Professor of Law, Vermont Law School; Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos
Max Stone [Photo Not Available]
Managing Director, D.E. Shaw & Company, L.P.
Bryant Smith Chair, University of Texas Law School
Environmentalist; Founder, Leadership Council
George M. Woodwell, Ph.D.
Founder, Woods Hole Research Center
Of the 41 board members, we count one Native American (Echohawk) and two African-Americans (Gelobter & Jones).
Only about 0.8% of Americans are Native American, so NRDC has this box more than checked (1 of 41 is about 2%). But African-Americans make up about 12.4% of the population and Gelobter and Jones only comprise 4.8% of the NRDC trustees.
Finally, while white people make up only about 66% of the U.S. population, but they make up about 90% of NRDC trustees.