Board of Directors
S. Loren Cole, PhD
CEO, Chairman & Treasurer
Founder and CEO of Inquirings Systems, Inc.
Dr. Cole founded ISI in 1978, to provide ethical and sustainable ecosystem management services to nonprofit organizations, community-based projects, and value-driven for-profit entities. Cole holds the first PhD awarded by UC Berkeley in the field of Ecosystomology.
For over thirty-seven years ISI has provided ethical business consulting services, and development & resilience management services for both nonprofit and for-profit business enterprises. As a key element of ISI Development & Resilience Services, and ISI’s overall systemic approach to management, Dr. Cole has stepped into the roles of President, CEO, COO, Controller, Business Manager and Director, for 37 organizations and corporations over the years.
Dr. Cole is the founder of the Environmental Program within the Conservation and Resource Studies Program, U.C. Berkeley. Winner of many awards and commendations, Dr. Cole is a keynote speaker & guest on radio and television. He has published numerous articles and papers related to his areas of expertise.
Founding Board Members
Past Chairman Emeritus:
C. West Churchman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, California (deceased)
Past Chairman Emeritus:
Arnold M. Schultz, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Conservation & Resource Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley, CA (deceased)
Gil Friend, MS
President and Chief Executive Officer of Natural Logic.
A systems ecologist and business strategist with nearly 40 years experience in business, communications, and environmental innovation, Gil Friend combines broad business experience with unique content experience spanning strategy, systems ecology, economic development, management cybernetics, and public policy. Tomorrow magazine called him “One of the country’s leading environmental management consultants—a real expert who combines theoretical sophistication with hands-on, in-the-trenches know-how.”
Gil was a founding board member of the Sustainable Business Alliance, Sustainable Berkeley, and the California Sustainable Business Council. He serves on the boards of directors of Open Data Registry, Inc. and Environmental Building Network, the executive board of OpenEco.org and the advisory boards of CleanFish, WattBot, Green World Campaign, and (past) San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Clean Tech Advisory Council (and has been named one of the Bay Area’s top 25 movers & shakers in cleantech). Gil also founder and Executive Director of Foundation for the Arts of Peace, and was cofounder and co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a leading urban ecology and economic development “think-and-do tank,” where he pioneered the current “green roof” trend more than 35 years ago.
Constance Grauds, RPh, MNPA
Board Secretary & Member
Director & Founder, Spirited Medicine Alliance, Living Shaman Museum
Connie Grauds joined the ISI Board of Directors in 2009. Connie serves as President of the Association of Natural Medicine Pharmacists; Adjunct Faculty, University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing; and as Advisory Board member, Integral Health, California Institute of Integral Studies.
Connie holds a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Public Administration, emphasis on ethical business of transformational social change. Her projects, The Center for Spirited Medicine, and The Spirited Medicine Alliance, work to preserve the rainforest’s medicinal plants and indigenous healing practices. Connie is also founder of The Living Shaman Museum, which is devoted to keeping shamanism relevant in the modern world. She has completed eighteen years of shamanic apprenticeship with don Antonio Montero Pisco in the Amazon, and was appointed to carry on his ancient Cocama shamanic teachings and healing practices.
Kirk Marckwald, MA
Kirk is the Founder of CEA and has been at the helm as a Principal since 1984. His deep experience in energy and environmental regulation provides the foundation for CEA’s work with a variety of private and public sector clients. Prior to establishing CEA in 1984, Kirk was the Under Secretary of California’s Natural Resources Agency and served as the Director of the Office of Appropriate Technology. He also held various positions at the U.S. Department of the Interior. At California’s Natural Resources Agency, Kirk was responsible for managing budget and policy initiatives of the agency’s nine departments. He resolved policy conflicts among departments, cabinet officers, legislators, companies, and private citizens. Later, he worked as a consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund to help implement programs in energy, water, and hazardous materials.
Kirk has led large-scale regulatory reform and strategic planning projects for major manufacturing and transportation companies as well as for trade associations and nonprofits. He has represented individual clients and trade associations before legislative and regulatory agencies in California and Washington, D.C. In July 1999, Governor Davis appointed Kirk as a public member of the California Board of Forestry, where he served as the Vice-Chair of the Board until 2007. Kirk currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and on the Boards of the Pacific Forest Trust, the Blue Mountain Center and the Point Reyes National Seashore Association.
Kirk has a master’s degree in Natural Resources Policy and Management from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College. While Kirk has a passion for travel to places far and near, many of his fondest times are spent enjoying the wonders of the Tomales Bay region, by foot, sail or oar.
S. Loren Cole, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Principal management of ISI is under the direction and guidance of Dr. S. Loren Cole. Dr. Cole is an Ecosystemologist specializing in ethical and sustainable ecosystem management. For over thirty-five years Dr. Cole has also provided ethical business consulting services for starting-up, development, recovery and management of nonprofit and for-profit business enterprises. Dr. Cole has created, developed and operated many types of businesses and provided technical assistance and training to over twenty-six thousand board members and senior managers.
Pamela Campbell, MPA
Chief Operating Officer
Pam Campbell joined ISI in the summer of 2013. Working as an entrepreneur business consultant, Pam first approached ISI on behalf of a client. One thing led to another, and in January 2014, Pam became Project Director for ISI. Two years on, in February of 2016, Pam became Chief Operating Officer for ISI.
Before joining ISI, Pam was an Executive Director / Administrator in the healthcare field. Her life-long interest and involvement in sustainability and environmental issues led her to ISI. Pam shares her UC Berkeley Alma Mater with Dr. Cole, along with holding a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, emphasizing End-of-Life-Care – a field closely linked to ethics and sustainability.
Jenna Svobodova, MS, BS
Jenna (real name: Jirina) joined the ISI team in April 2016. Jenna brings plenty of Quickbooks and computer experience with her to ISI, along with all-around excellence when it comes to teamwork and attitude. Mother to two young boys, Jenna stays busy with hockey and swimming, helping her husband with their solar company, and being an all around great Mom. Jenna hails from the Czech Republic, coming to the states for college twenty years ago. She holds a Masters Degree in Economics and Finance from The University of Agriculture, Prague, Czech Republic, and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina.