Board of Directors
Michael Baldwin, Co-Founder and President
After previously working at Morgan Guaranty, Michael Baldwin founded Baldwin Brothers in 1974. In addition to his duties as President of Baldwin Brothers, Michael is also a trustee of the Nathaniel Saltonstall Arts Fund and The Garfield Foundation. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.
“I am passionate about the Marion Institute because of the leading edge initiatives it undertakes with extraordinary discernment that generate the positive and effective change so desperately needed throughout the world today. These initiatives are practical, get to the root causes of problems, and offer wise and oftentimes simple solutions.
Margherita Baldwin, Co-Founder and Clerk
Along with her husband, Michael Baldwin, Margie co-founded the Marion Institute.
Margie has been leading this charge since 2009. Margie is a leader in the community and sits on the Community Foundation of Southeastern MA (CFSEMA) and Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP).
Along with his partner, Monica Guggisberg, Philip Baldwin has been involved with glass for over thirty-two years (1979). They began as students in Sweden, where they assisted Ann Wolff and Wilke Adolfsson, followed by twenty years in Switzerland where they opened their studio in 1982. They currently reside and work in Paris, having moved their studio in 2001.
While discussing their work, Philip explains that, "while a point is a cross section of a line, the line itself runs indefinitely through space without limit. Our work is composed of short moments of these imagined lines, captured in glass, hot and cold. We love what we do, and count on the pleasure we hope our work conveys".
Philip has been a board member of the Marion Institute since its inception. While the primary purpose of the Marion Institute has evolved dramatically over the years, Philip remains above all committed to its local emphasis, its capacity to embrace diverse and eclectic efforts for change, and a devotion to his brother, which remains at the root of his involvement.
Peter Dean, Treasurer
Peter Dean currently teaches Design Theory and Process, Furniture Design Studio Methods, Sustainability: Green Materials and Green Behavior, and Research Elective at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He also serves as Senior Degree Projects Tutor. Before entering the design world, Peter Dean was an Environmental Science major at college. Environmental issues are still a priority and he has become involved with implementing programs devoted to environmental education from Kindergarten through University level in an effort to transform mankind’s relationship to Nature by reaching out to young people.
As a Marion Institute board member, he has been responsible for implementing the Gaviotas Carbon Offset Initiative and the ZERI Learning Initiative. Peter feels that “If we are to preserve the earthly home that supports the human experiment, we must shift from a relationship to Nature based on ‘subdue and exploit’ to a relationship based on ‘renew and restore’”.
Tem Blessed (Temistocles Duarte Ferreira)
In 1996, Tem Blessed graduated from UMass Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, with a minor in Afro-American Studies and Sociology. He successfully balanced his educational interests along with his musical aspirations. Tem has been making socially conscious music for over ten years now with Busted Fro and also as a solo act. Tem Blessed has also opened up for nationally known recording artist such as Common, Das Efx, Brand Nubian, Killa Preist, Wordworth, Dead Prez, Slick Rick and KRS-1. He currently performs with a live band named Blessed Energy and is about to tour the country.
Tem Blessed currently lives in New Bedford, MA and has been working with youth, using his Hip Hop as a tool to educate, empower and inspire. As a Green for All Fellow, and a father of three, he has been active in "Greening" New Bedford by coordinating youth energy Audits and retrofitting for YouthBuild New Bedford and making Sustainable Hip Hop music like the "Green Anthem" with 3rd Eye Unlimited. Tem joined the Marion Institute Board in 2009.
Eric is the Director of Development at the Center for Global Health, International Development at Mass. General Hospital. He has a strong background in resource development, partnership development, board development, strategic planning, change and program management with a track record creating innovative programs with clients, donors and partners.
Eric has his Bachelor degree in Entrepreneurial Studies and Organizational Behavior. He also has a degree in architecture and a special interest in green building and adapting old buildings to new uses. Eric is currently a Strategic Advisor to JUCCCE (Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy; on the Advisory Board of Sol Solution, on Boston +Acumen Executive Committee and the Babson College Leadership Committee. Eric has received numerous accreditations including a Special Commendation for Leadership in Public Policy, Massachusetts Legislature, 2008.
Lisa is currently Program Director for PACE YouthBuild New Bedford. Lisa's responsibilities include quality programming, outcome delivery, reporting and community outreach. Lisa is a New Bedford native and her educational background brings a range of experience and includes: Friends Academy, Northfield-Mount Hermon School, UNC Greensboro and UMass Dartmouth. She is a dedicated environmentalist, counselor, manager and social change advocate. Lisa has been a regular attendee at Connecting for Change Conference and has arranged for young people from New Bedford to attend. She feels the conference provides important inspiration and education for the local community.
A pioneer in the field of Transformation Energetics (TM), Elaine Seiler works with the energies of the unseen realms, the vibrations present beyond the five senses that make up all life. She allows her body to be a conduit for other dimensional vibrations to create balance and harmony in people and places here. Building on skills gained over 30 years of experience in career consulting, life planning, group facilitation, holistic health, non-profit management and sustainable development, Elaine believes that the extreme polarities on the planet can be bridged and that transformation of inequitable and dysfunctional systems is not only possible, but is happening now. Elaine focuses full time on her energetic work, facilitating the transformation and evolution of the planet and all her beings.
A global citizen, Elaine travels extensively, following her inner guidance as to when and where to be, and what to do in any specific location. She divides her time between America and Australia. Elaine has been a Board Member of the Marion Institute for ten years.
Pattie served for many years as the Deputy Executive Director of NRDC and remains a consultant there. Her first environmental experience was co-producing "The Empty Nest," a film about the impact of pesticides on the osprey. Pattie oversees NRDC's institutional development and special projects. She also serves on the boards of the Open Space Institute, the Ploughshares Fund and the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
She is the Senior Director of the International Honors Program (IHP), a comparative global study abroad program for undergraduates founded in 1958 to address timely issues with overarching themes relating to the environment and social justice. Students study with a faculty team, live in homestays, meet with experts in the field and local activists during one and two semester programs in three to five contrasting countries. IHP is a rigorous academic program. Thematic areas of study include globalization, urban issues and public health. IHP is a program of World Learning.
Joan has been a Board Member of the Marion Institute since 2006. Her interests are in the arts, international environmental and social justice issues and the impact of individuals and community leaders to make a difference in creating change. In addition to IHP and the Marion Institute, Joan has been involved with the Museum of Fine Arts, United South End Settlements and First Night, a community New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts started in Boston.
Ryan is the founder and president of Oak Hill Investments and currently resides in Providence, RI. Ryan's background is in finance and real estate. He is a graduate of Colby College and Northwestern MBA. Ryan is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Nantucket Community Sailing, the Associates Board Nantucket Conservation Foundation and a member of the International One Design Racing Fleet at the Nantucket Yacht Club. Ryan has a strong interest in environmental issues and agriculture. He and his sister are very involved as directors of a new and growing family foundation.
Orson Watson, Ph.D.
Orson Watson is a Boston-based philanthropic advisor specializing in urban economic and workforce development. In addition to working with several foundation clients, he is the Advisor for Community Revitalization Programs at the Garfield Foundation and is on the Board of the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. From 1999 to 2002, Orson was Vice President for Research and Strategy at Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) where he led several projects related to the expansion of business and employment opportunities in low-income urban communities. Prior to joining ICIC, Orson was a Fellow at the Batten Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Darden School of Business Administration, and worked for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Marsh and McLennan in Saudi Arabia. A native of New York City, Orson holds an AB from Vassar College, and a MA and Ph.D. in International Political Economy from the University of Virginia.
In Memoriam: Wangari Maathai (1940 – 2011)
In 1999, the Marion Institute became Wangari's representative and partner with the Green Belt Movement in the United States – and has advocated for and raised funds for the Green Belt Movement. Maathai served on the Marion Institute Advisory Board and was the founder of the Green Belt Movement, an environmentalist, a civil society and women's rights activist, and a former parliamentarian. The Green Belt Movement is one of the most prominent women’s civil society organizations, based in Kenya, advocating for human rights and supporting good governance and peaceful democratic change through the protection of the environment. Its mission is to empower communities worldwide to protect the environment and to promote good governance and cultures of peace.