Board of Directors

Robert Herdt, Chair

Adjunct International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University

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Bob is currently Adjunct International Professor of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. For 17 years, he was on the staff of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York as Program Director in charge of the Foundation’s work on Agriculture and most recently as Vice President responsible for the Foundation’s budget and for oversight of its agricultural, health, and overseas programs. He earlier served as Scientific Advisor to the CGIAR Secretariat at the World Bank in Washington from 1983-1986 and for 10 years before that was Economist at the International Rice Research Institute in Los Banos, Philippines. He is the author or co-author of six books or mongraphs, including The Rice Economy of Asia with Randolph Barker. He received his PhD at the University of Minnesota in Agricultural Economics after obtaining his Undergraduate and Master’s degrees at Cornell. Bob is a “solar geek” having invested in solar PV and solar hot water, and enjoys hiking, gardening and other outdoor activities like cutting and hauling firewood to feed his woodstove.

David Rich, Vice Chair

Executive Director, Supportive Housing WORKS

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David has twenty years experience creating and building market-based solutions to alleviating poverty in North & Central America, Africa and Asia. David grew up in the Middle East and South Asia and received degrees from Yale, Southern Connecticut State University and the Kellogg School of Management. David is the former Country Director of IDE in India where he was responsible for developing and marketing low-cost appropriate technologies to over 250,000 rural households throughout the country.

Eric Hangen, Treasurer

President, I Squared Community Development Consulting, Inc.

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Eric Hangen, AICP, is the President of I Squared Community Development Consulting, Inc., which provides nonprofit business and strategic planning, neighborhood revitalization planning, and housing finance consulting services to clients nationwide.

Eric has worked in the community development field for over 15 years. He is an award-winning trainer leading courses at the NeighborWorks® Training Institute on financial analysis, neighborhood planning and community building, and management of nonprofit real estate development businesses.  Eric has also taught collegiate courses in community development at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Eric has a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from Brown University.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.  He is fully bilingual, Spanish / English.


Len Finocchio, Secretary

Associate Director, California Department of Health Care Services

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Len Finocchio is a senior health researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, a research firm dedicated to improving public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on information collection and analysis. Finocchio previously served as associate director of the California Department of Health Care Services, managing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for California’s Medicaid agency. Throughout his career, he has provided strategic and effective leadership across government, nonprofit, academic, and philanthropic organizations whose goals are to serve vulnerable populations in the safety net. Among his other positions, he served as senior program officer for health reform and public programs for the California HealthCare Foundation. Finocchio holds a Dr.P.H. in health management and policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. His research has been published in Health Affairs, Academic Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Public Health Reports.

Ian E. Warburg

Independent Consultant

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Ian Warburg is an experienced executive, investor, advisor, and board director with broad ranging experience in a variety of industries including retail, hospitality, sales promotion & loyalty marketing, real estate, and more. Ian currently advises individuals, companies, and not-for-profit organizations including GS America, Inc, RMZ Development, Jump Start Revolution, and The Aquaya Institute. Ian’s community endeavors include more than two decades of dedication to the Hole in The Wall Gang Camp, more than seven years as a board director with The Aquaya Institute, and nearly a decade of service with the American Friends of the Hebrew University, where he was co-founder and chairman of the President’s Council. Ian holds a Masters of Science in Organizational Development from American University and a Bachelor of Arts from New York University in International Politics and Economics.

Desmond Fitzgerald

Chairman of the Board, North American Properties Group

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Desmond is a Graduate of Harvard College and has an M.A, from Columbia University. He is Chairman of the Board of North American Properties Group and US Guaranteed Finance Corporation, Board Director of Hilliard Farber & Co, Williams Capital Management and Holland Balanced Fund Inc, Advisory Director of Putnam Trust Company, Trustee of the Children’s Aid Society, and a Member of Harvard University Art Museums Visiting Committee.


Stephanie Hastings

Shareholder & Co-Chair of the Natural Resources Department at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

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Stephanie Hastings has 15 years of experience in water rights, supply and management. Stephani Shareholder e is a with the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, she is Co-Chair of the firm’s Natural Resources Department. She specializes in water law and related environmental and natural resource issues. Her practice includes representation of all water users – public and private water providers, land developers, industry and agriculture – in both transactional and litigation matters. Stephanie was recognized as a top California environmental attorney in 2009 and 2010 by Chambers and Partners in its Chambers USA guide. Stephanie received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Mike Freedman

President at MAF Management, LTD

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Mike is a seasoned entrepreneur, having successfully founded, grown and exited from 10 companies in Asia, the United States and Europe over the past 25 years. Mike started his career as an investment banker, initially with the First Boston Corporation in New York and Tokyo, and latterly with Wasserstein Perella & Co.

Mike is a 1983 cum laude graduate of Harvard College in East Asian Studies, and is fluent in Japanese. In addition to his Harvard degree, Mike spent one year studying as an exchange student at Doshisha University in Kyoto Japan, and is a graduate of Middlebury College’s renowned summer Japanese language institute.

In addition to Aquaya, Mike currently sits on the Board of Directors of Edifice Managed Access, Ltd, a real estate commercialization company based in London; New York Collaborates for Autism (NYCA), one of the longest serving organizations in the country which develops innovative programs for the autism community; and Cheshire Academy, the sixth oldest college preparatory school in the United States.

Zorba Lieberman

Private Investor
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Zorba Lieberman is an investor, advisor, and board member with various information-based companies serving the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Mr. Lieberman was founder and CEO of Citeline Inc., the leading provider of global clinical trial intelligence to the pharmaceutical industry. In the mid-1990’s, he cofounded and built Citizen 1 Software, which pioneered the effort to organize and mine business-relevant information from the Internet. Previously, Mr. Lieberman was in strategic and new product planning at both Genentech and Eli Lilly, and was a management consultant at The Wilkerson Group. Mr. Lieberman holds BA and MBA degrees from Cornell University, as well as a Masters in international finance from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.

Jeff Albert

ex officio, Co-founder, The Aquaya Institute

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Jeff has worked in the water field for 15 years, on issues that include water reclamation and efficiency in irrigated agriculture, hydrologic cycle aspects of climate change, water treatment in low-resource settings, and the uptake of household water treatment. Jeff co-founded Aquaya in 2005 following a Fellowship with the Office of the Global Change Research Program the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he was awarded a Bronze Medal for his work on drinking water in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. From 2002 to 2004, he held a joint faculty appointment with the Center for Environmental Studies and the Department of Geological Sciences at Brown University. He was also a Visiting Scholar at Brown’s Watson Institute of International Studies during that time.

Jeff holds a PhD degree from Yale University and a BS degree from Brown University.

Ranjiv Khush

ex officio, Co-founder, The Aquaya Institute

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As Executive Director, Ranjiv guides Aquaya’s development as a leading research and consulting organization dedicated to effective water quality management in developing countries. Ranjiv brings a science and technology focused approach to Aquaya that builds on extensive basic research and policy experience. Ranjiv co-founded Aquaya in 2005 following a Fellowship with the Office of the Science and Technology Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State.  Previously he was a research scientist at Stanford University and the Centre National de Recherché Scientifique in Paris, France.

Ranjiv holds a PhD degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and MS and BS degrees from the University of California, Davis.

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