Combination of faculty, campus and solar farm

Our leadership model

The Gund Institute for Environment is led by Founding Director Taylor Ricketts (on sabbatical until June 2018) and Acting Director Donna Rizzo. 

Our leadership team has five people: a Director, Communications Director, Research Coordinator, Administrative Assistant and Policy Lead (pending). Administratively, the Institute sits in the Provost's Office. The following groups advise and assist our team.

Meet our leadership team

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is a group of 5-7 UVM leaders invested the Institute’s success. It helps the Director to maintain campus-wide engagement, design programs, deploy resources strategically, and communicate the Institute’s mission and contributions to audiences on campus and beyond.

Meet our Steering Committee

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is currently being filled and will be announced in Fall 2018. This group of 8-12 academic, business, government, and non-profit leaders with global and regional perspectives will advise and assist the Director in determining priorities, launching initiatives, connecting the institute to key partners and stakeholders, and securing the resources needed to fulfill the Institute’s ambitious mission.

UVM Faculty

UVM faculty who become Gund Fellows play a role in governance, advising the Director on funding and strategic decisions, thematic priorities, new Fellows and affiliates, and PhD and postdoctoral candidates.

Meet our Fellows