John de Graaf
John J. Berger, Co-Producer/Content Expert/Writer
John Berger is an ecologist, energy consultant, editor, and writer who wrote the book Restoring the Earth: How Americans are Working to Renew our Damaged Environment (Knopf, 1985; Doubleday, 1987). Dr. Berger's popular writing on energy and natural resource issues has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. He is the author or editor of several books on environmental issues, including: Beating the Heat: Why and How We Must Combat Global Warming (Berkeley Hills Books, 2000), Understanding Forests (Sierra Club Books, 1998), and Charging Ahead: The Business of Renewable Energy and What It Means for America (Holt, 1997, University of California Press, 1998). He has also edited Environmental Restoration: Science and Strategies for Restoring the Earth (Island Press, 1990), The Ecological Restoration Directory of the San Francisco Bay Area (Restoring the Earth, 1990), and contributed to The Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems: Science, Technology, and Public Policy (National Academy of Sciences Press, 1992).
Dr. Berger also serves as an independent energy and environmental consultant with a diversified consulting practice. He has consulted for the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences, Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofit groups, and governmental organizations, including the U.S. Congress. Dr. Berger holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford University; a master's degree in energy and natural resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis, with an emphasis on environmental policy and planning for environmental restoration. He has been a Visiting Associate Professor of Environmental Policy at the Graduate School of Public Affairs of the University of Maryland and an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science at the University of San Francisco.
David Donnenfield, Producer/Director/Writer
David Donnenfield has worked in visual media since 1975. After receiving his bachelor's degree in Film from UCLA, David worked as a staff producer for the California State Department of Education. David also worked on numerous programs for the syndicated TV magazine programs, PM Magazine and Evening Magazine. He also served as assistant producer for the Academy Award–nominated documentary Eight Minutes to Midnight. In 1991, he was awarded a master's degree in Educational Technology from San Francisco State University and established his own independent media production company. In the ensuing years, he has produced numerous educational and environmental programs for government agencies including Guardian of the Golden Gate, A Clean Exit and On Track to Reuse. His Secrets in Stone for the U.S. Geological Survey recounts the critical scientific discovery that led to the geologic model of plate tectonics. It aired on local PBS stations and won numerous awards. His documentary on an austere meditation practice introduced into a U.S. jail, Changing from Inside, won the National Council on Crime and Delinquency's Pass Award. It has aired on domestic cable stations as well as Dutch and Spanish TV, and enjoys worldwide distribution. David recently teamed with Kevin White to produce Fair Fight in the Marketplace, an award-winning educational program on antitrust policy that aired nationally on PBS in 2007. In addition, he and Kevin are the producers of the How On Earth project.
Kevin White, Producer/Director/Writer
KKevin has worked in media since 1980. After receiving a BA in Philosophy in France, and graduate school in Film & Television at San Francisco State, Kevin freelanced for CBS News, CNN, Grenada Television and several other media companies. In 1984 he started Full Frame Productions. His work includes Not All Parents Are Straight, which was included in the San Francisco Film Festival, Film Arts Foundation Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, and aired nationally on PBS. He was co-director/cameraman for We Bring a Quilt, narrated by Robert Wagner, which aired on PBS and Bravo and was nominated for a national ACE Award. He was Co-Producer for The Women Next Door, which was in the Berlin Film Festival and aired nationally on the PBS documentary series POV, receiving many awards. His film Returning Home for the How On Earth video series was broadcast on PBS as part of the emmy-winning "Natural Heroes" series and also received a CINE Award and a Special Merit Award from the International Wildlife Film Festival. Other environmental documentaries include Restoring Balance, narrated by John Cleese, and From the Ground Up, which were included in the Hazel Wolf Film Festival, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and several other festivals. Kevin also co-produced, wrote and directed Fair Fight in the Marketplace, which received a national PBS feed in April 2007. His documentary on the history of central California entitled, A Land Between Rivers, received a CINE Golden Eagle award and multiple festival invitations. His broadcast clients include PBS, Discovery, ABC/Disney, CBS News, National Geographic, the History Channel, Bravo, CNN and several local affiliates.
John de Graaf, Consulting Producer
John has worked with KCTS-TV, the Seattle PBS affiliate, for 22 years, as an independent producer of television documentaries. More than 15 of his programs have been broadcast in Prime Time nationally on PBS. He is the recipient of more than 100 regional, national and international awards for filmmaking. He produced the popular PBS specials, Running Out of Time, an examination of overwork and time pressure in America, and Affluenza, a humorous critique of American consumerism. His other national PBS specials include: For Earths Sake: The Life & Times of David Brower, Visible Target, Beyond Organic, Escape From Affluenza, It's Up To Us: The Giraffe Project, Circle Of Plenty, Green Plans, and A Common Man's Courage.
He is currently producing two public television specials: Silent Killer: The Unfinished Campaign Against Hunger, and A Win-Win World: The Promise of Product Certification, with funding from the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations. Prior to his work in TV, he was the Public Affairs Director for KUMD Radio in Duluth, Minnesota. He has taught documentary film production at The University of Washington and The Evergreen State College. John is the editor of Take Back Your Time (Berrett-Koehler, 2003). He is the co-author of the best-selling Affluenza: The All Consuming Epidemic (Berrett-Koehler, 2001), and of the children's book David Brower, Friend of the Earth (Henry Holt, 1992). John is the founder of the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival and former president of the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Network. He is also the recipient of the Founders of a New Northwest Award for his work in environmental media.
John Anderson - Board Member, National Audubon Society
Jennifer Boyce - Restoration Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
John Cairns Jr. - Noted Author & Prof. Emeritus of Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Storm Cunningham - Executive Director of the Revitalization Institute & author of The Restoration Economy
Paul Ehrlich - Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University & author of The Population Bomb
Keyt Fischer - Wildlife Ecologist, Wildlife Conservation Society
Carol Gorbics - Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife
Tom Griggs - Senior Restoration Ecologist, Sacramento River Partners
Karen Holl - Associate Prof. of Environmental Studies, U.C. Santa Cruz
David Howell - Project Scientist, U.S. Geological Society
Cynthia Koehler - Environmental Attorney and Visiting Prof., UC Berkeley
Richard Reiner - Project Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy
Karen Rodriguez - Chair, Education and Training Working Group, Society for Ecological Restoration
Michael Soulé - Conservation Biologist & noted author
Robert Stephens - Board President, California Audubon Society
Bernie Tershy - Executive Director, Island Conservation Group
Jeanne Wirka - Restoration Ecologist, California Native Grasslands
The following organizations have expressed their endorsement for the project:
California Assocation of Resource Conservation Districts
Defenders of Wildlife
Environmental Defense (letter pending)
National Audubon Society
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Natural Resources Defense Council
North American Association for Environmental Education
Save the Bay
Sierra Club (letter pending)
Society for Ecological Restoration
The Bay Institute
The Nature Conservancy
The Revitalization Institute
Trout Unlimited (CA)
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
USDA Forest Service