Rocky Mountain Institute is governed by a self-perpetuating, term-limited Board of Trustees that has complete oversight and policy responsibility. The trustees meet three times a year and confer frequently on an individual basis with RMI’s operating officers.
Tom Dinwoodie, founder of PowerLight and CTO of solar power supplier Sunpower, takes over in May 2012 as lead independent trustee. Trained in architecture and engineering, he has served on RMI’s board since 2009.
He succeeds Dr. Suzanne H. Woolsey—formerly a Coopers & Lybrand partner, associate director of the Office of Management and Budget, and chief communications officer and COO of the National Academies—who has been lead trustee since 2008 and joined the board in 2003. Previous lead trustees were Michael Stranahan (1982–98), Jimmy Mills (1998–99), Michael Edesess (1999–2000), and John C. Fox (2000–08).
Other current trustees are:
John Abele, retired founder and chairman of Boston Scientific Corporation, a leader in the field of less-invasive medicine.
David Allen, principal and executive vice president of McKinstry, a Seattle-based construction, energy, and facility services firm.
Dr. Sharman Altshuler, veterinarian and president of Moonbox Productions, a non-profit theatrical production company that partners with nonprofit organizations to raise awareness of their causes.
Carl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk, Inc., the leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.
Peter Boyer, artist and former owner of a design-build residential construction firm.
Mary Caulkins, artist, philanthropist, lead investor in one of the largest residential and solar community projects in the nation following LEED guidelines, in Mosier, Oregon.
Michael Fain, engineering director, Hydrodynamics Lab, University of Chicago. Co-author, with wife, Judith Barnard, of eleven contemporary novels.
Suzanne Farver, member of graduate faculty at Harvard University, teaching corporate social and environmental responsibility classes.
Arjun Gupta, founder and chief believer of Telesoft Partners, a special situations venture capital firm.
Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, U.S. undersecretary of energy (May 2009 – October 2010), and former provost of Johns Hopkins and dean of engineering at Duke University.
Reuben Munger, founder and managing partner of Vision Ridge Partners, L.L.C., which aims to develop financially viable solutions to the global climate crisis. Cofounder and former CEO of RMI spinoff Bright Automotive, a fleet-focused electric vehicle company.
Chris Sawyer, attorney, partner at Alston & Bird since 1985, specializing in corporate governance, real estate, and conservation issues; former chairman, the Trust for Public Land.
Ted White, business lawyer and a name partner of Moye White LLP, where he serves as chair of the Transaction Section.
Also serving on the board ex officio are Amory B. Lovins, cofounder, chairman, and chief scientist; Martha C. Pickett, executive director and general counsel; and Michael Potts, CEO.