Board of Directors


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Ann Berdy, Educator

Ann is a graduate of the Biomimicry Specialist Certificate Program. She has taught underserved communities with Arts Corp in Seattle and Audubon in New York City. She has been a member of Threshold Foundation since 1989, has co-facilitated the Sustainable Planet Committee, and is a co-founder of both the Middle East Peace Funding Circle and Partnership for Peace. Annie is also on the board of the Biomimicry Institute, and serves on the advisory board of Inside the Middle East at the Eisenhower Institute.


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Lisa Dokken, Professor and Consultant

Lisa is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, having developed and taught the first biomimicry course offered at the Earth Institute, since 2015. She is also teaching the first biomimicry business course at Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability program. Lisa holds a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University, a Masters in Science in Biomimicry from Arizona State University, and is a Certified Biomimicry Professional. In addition to lecturing, Lisa delivers corporate and government workshops that introduce the framework of living systems to shift our mindsets to move to a more regenerative economy.


Mark Dorfman

Mark Dorfman, Green Chemistry Naturalist

Mark is a biomimicry chemist with 13 years experience working with Biomimicry 3.8. He consults the natural world for innovative, life-friendly, sustainable solutions to toxic chemical challenges facing our industrialized world. Mark applies the design principles of nature’s time-tested chemical strategies to develop innovative solutions to the toxic chemical and material challenges of the 21st Century. Mark has worked closely with FT 500  clients such as Estee Lauder, Colgate, Johnson and Johnson, Coca-Cola, Levi’s, and Patagonia.






Chris Garvin, Sustainability Expert and Architect

Chris Garvin is a highly accomplished sustainability expert and architect who has run small companies as the managing director /CEO /CSO and active voice in the sustainable design community. With over twenty years experience, his work spans across building type and scales and includes developing innovative products and building systems integration to large-scale planning issues and building code development.


Adiel Gavish

Adiel Gavish, Founder and Sustainability Strategist

Adiel is the founder of the BiomimicryNYC network, a former corporate sustainability strategist, and former director of a non-profit environmental policy and advocacy organization. A graduate of Columbia University’s MS in Sustainability Management, she has consulted social enterprises on strategic partnerships and is currently dedicated to cultivating a local community of nature-inspired innovators through the BiomimicryNYC regional network. Adiel is also the social media and communications manager for the Biomimicry Institute where she gets to spread the latest biomimicry news, events, and research on a daily basis.


Amy Larkin

Amy Larkin, Author and Speaker

Amy is an author and green business consultant for Greenpeace and the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis. Ms. Larkin recently published, “Environmental Debt: The Hidden Costs of a Changing Global Economy” and was also appointed Vice Chair to the Global Agenda Council on Climate Change for the World Economic Forum. An award-winning entrepreneur, producer, and environmental activist, Amy has launched cultural institutions, co-founded one of the first affinity marketing businesses, and worked with Greenpeace for 30 years as a volunteer, board member, and adviser.






C. Mike Lindsey, Biomimicry & Social Entrepreneur

C. Mike strives to generate positive impact through collaborative solutions in the urban ecosystem. He co-founded NexLoop, an award-winning biomimicry startup developing systems to collect and integrate freely available water into urban agriculture.  He also co-founded FeedForward, a culinary collective supporting sustainable food producers and providing formerly incarcerated individuals with meaningful work to ensure that no material or human potential is wasted. His professional experience spans veterinary medicine, neurobiology, public radio, the restaurant industry, and urban agriculture.


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Clare Miflin
 AIA, LEED AP, CPHD, Biomimicry Professional (Spring 2018)

Clare has extensive experience designing buildings to the highest environmental standards. She recently led the development of the AIANY Zero Waste Design Guidelines – a multidisciplinary collaboration to develop strategies to reduce waste through design of the built environment. She is now working to apply biomimicry to our material flows and integrate ecological performance standards with high density living.


John Webb

John Webb, Digital Design and Research

John Webb is a Staff User Experience researcher at Google. He is currently UX research lead for the Search Social Impact team which is focused on building meaningful, user-centered products and experiences across the Health, Education, and Civic Engagement spaces. John was also instrumental in designing AskNature.org, a directory of nature-inspired innovations and strategies.


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