The Board and Staff of Save the Sound

cordially invite you to attend

Save the Sound


Thursday, October 8, 2020

4 to 5:30 p.m.

Zoom Conference

Election of Officers and Directors

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please vote by returning your proxy ballot by September 30, 2020.

Nominees as Officers:

For Chair of the Board – Todd Cort – nominated for election for a one-year term as Chair, having served on Save the Sound/CFE’s board for three years and as Treasurer from 2017 to the present. Mr. Cort is a faculty member at the Yale School of Management and Yale School of the Environment where he teaches corporate responsibility and sustainable finance. He also serves as the Faculty Co-Director for the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) and Director for the Yale initiative on Sustainable Finance (YISF). His research focuses on the hurdles to moving capital from mainstream investing practices to more sustainable investments including green bond labelling standards, data quality of environmental and social metrics for investing and market mechanisms to create appropriate pricing of environmental externalities. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and a Professional Engineer’s license in California.  He previously served as Director of Sustainability Advisory services for TUV Rheinland and Det Norske Veritas where he consulted to companies and asset managers on sustainability matters including metrics, risk management and auditing practices. Mr. Cort teaches classes in ‘Quantitative Methods in Sustainability’; ‘Wicked Challenges for Business and the Environment’, Corporate Responsibility in Wine and Agriculture’, ’Sustainable Finance’, and ‘Business Solutions in Constrained Natural Resource Systems’. Todd resides in Hamden with his wife Jenn and two daughters. Before moving to Connecticut in 2014, he and his family were active with environmental organizations including the Golden Gate Audubon Society, Prairie Dog Coalition and the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies.  

For Vice-Chair of the Board –   Johan Varekamp, Ph.D. – nominated for re-election to a one-year term as Vice-Chair, having served on Save the Sound/CFE’s board for fourteen years.  Dr. Varekamp is the Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science and the Mineralogy Curator of the Joe-Webb Peoples Museum of Natural History at Wesleyan University, Middletown CT.  He is an author of ~80 publications on environmental geochemistry and volcanology, including two chapters in the Long Island Sound monograph, The Urban Sea.  He edited five special volumes and organized conferences on volcanic lakes and coastal issues. He is past-President of the Limnogeology Division and past-Chair of the Geology and Public Policy Committee for the Geological Society of America, and has been a long- serving member of the EPA-STAC Committee for Long Island Sound.  He served as CFE/Save the Sound Board Chair from 2011-2015.  Dr. Varekamp resides with his wife Ellen Thomas, a paleo-climatologist at Wesleyan and Yale University, in Durham.

For Treasurer – Mr. Richard W. (Chip) Angle, Jr. – nominated for election to a one-year term as Treasurer, having joined the Save the Sound/CFE board in 2019.  Mr. Angle has substantial non-profit financial experience as he was a consultant for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, serving as Acting Chief Financial Officer, Acting VP of Communications and Acting VP of Development from 1997 to 2000.  He also served as the Vice President of Global Marketing for Save the Children from 1994 to 1997.  Prior to his work at Save the Children, Mr. Angle served in various capacities at Time Inc. from 1967 to 1994, including Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Administrative Officer, Vice President of Manufacturing and Distribution, Vice President of Consumer Marketing, Associate Publisher of Time Magazine and General Manager of Sports Illustrated.  Mr. Angle served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1965.  He also received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1963 and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1967.  Mr. Angle serves on the Board of the Shoreline Greenway Trail, where he was the Founding Chair from 2002 to 2015.  He also served on the Boards of Big Brothers/Big Sisters NYC, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation NYC, Direct Marketing Association, St. George’s School and West Side Montessori School.  In addition, he served on the Rails to Trails Conservancy from 1992 to 2019, where he held the positions of Treasurer from 1993 to 1997 and Chair from 2003 to 2005.  Mr. Angle resides in Guilford.

For Secretary – Joseph A. MacDougald, Esq. – nominated for election to a one-year term as Secretary, having served on the Save the Sound/CFE board for two years.  Joseph serves as Professor in Residence, Strasser Fellow in Environmental Law, and the Executive Director of Center for Energy & Environmental Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law.  He teaches courses in Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, Climate Law, Renewable Energy Law and others. He is also the Director of the LL.M. program in Energy & Environmental Law. He has published and spoken on topics ranging from Climate Change and Insurance, automobile emissions, the Paris Agreement and Energy Policy, to President Theodore Roosevelt’s environmental legacy. As an Executive Board member and Director of Applied Research at the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), he has helped guide research projects exploring legal and policy responses to sea level rise in Connecticut and elsewhere. Prior to transitioning into full-time academia, Joe led an international biomaterials company in several senior executive positions. Joe also spent nearly 20 years in municipal elected and appointed offices, including selectman, in his hometown of Madison, CT.  Joe received his BA in mathematics from Brown University, MBA from New York University, JD from UConn Law, and Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Mr. MacDougald resides in Madison.

Nominees for re-election to the Board for a three-year term, ending 2023

Todd Cort – also nominated for election as Chair of the Board.

Dawn Henry – nominated for re-election.  Ms. Henry is the founder of Henry Strategy Partners, a boutique consumer insights and brand strategy consultancy.   She has 20 years of brand strategy experience working across Fortune 500 brands with a specialty in the luxury goods market. Ms. Henry holds leadership roles in a variety of environmental organizations including Sustainable Westport and the Electric Vehicle Club of CT. She is also a leader with the Climate Reality organization and gives presentations locally to help educate the public on climate change and inspire them to take action. Ms. Henry grew up spending summers on one of the Thimble Islands in Branford where she developed her affinity for Long Island Sound. She currently resides in Westport with her husband James, son Charles, and yellow lab Baxter.

Kiki Kennedy, M.D. – nominated for re-election.  Dr. Kennedy is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Yale University Department of Psychiatry and is a practicing physician in New Haven.  She has been very active in organizing grassroots projects that benefit the environment.  Dr. Kennedy resides in Branford with her husband and two children.

Leslie Lee – Leslie S. Lee – nominated for re-election.  Ms. Lee is an Honorary Board member and past President of the Greenwich Land Trust. She is the Vice President of the Board of the Greenwich Tree Conservancy. She serves as the Vice Chair for Energy on the Conservation and National Affairs Legislation Committees of the Garden Club of America, having served as their Conservation Representative for Zone II from 2014-16, from 2012-14 as Vice Chair of  Zone II and from 2006-08 as the Zone II Program Representative. She is a former President of the Greenwich Garden Club.  Ms. Lee was chair of the Selectmen’s Nominations Advisory Committee for the Town of Greenwich from 2007 -14. She is a former President and Honorary Board Member of the Round Hill Association.  She is a former Vice President of Financial Development for the South Street Seaport Museum and also served as Director of Development for Outward Bound.  Ms. Lee resides in Stamford.

Joseph A. MacDougald, Esq. – also nominated for election as Secretary.

Nominees for election to the Board for a one-year term

Elizabeth Swanson – nominated for election to the Board. Ms. Swanson is an associate at Prospect Capital, a private debt and equity manager based in New York City. She received her B.A in economics from Brown University in 2011. Ms. Swanson grew up in Connecticut and is a competitive sailor in her free time. Spending time on the water inspired her passion for keeping Long Island Sound clean and she is active in engaging members of the sailing community to reduce their environmental impact.  Ms. Swanson currently resides in Stamford with her husband, Charles.

Current Board Members:

Term Ending 2021

E. Donald Elliott, Esq. 

Evan Heller

Johan Varekamp, Ph.D. 

Term Ending 2022

Richard W. (Chip) Angle, Jr. 

Dina Brewster

Barbara David

Raphael Elkind

Celia A. Felsher

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