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Jim Elser
Director, Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance
Jim Elser is a limnologist with research focused on the effect of key limiting nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus in lake ecosystems.  He is a Research Professor and Distinguished Sustainability Scientist in ASU’s School of Life Sciences and School of Sustainability and serves as the Director for the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance. He is also director of the Flathead Lake Biological Station of the University of Montana.

Matt Scholz
Program Manager, Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance
Matt Scholz is the Program Manager for the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance. He worked for 3 years as a Senior Research Scientist for The Sustainability Consortium after completing a postdoc in the Department of Chemistry at Colorado School of Mines and a PhD at the University of Arizona, where his research focused on algal biofuels. He has worked in maize molecular genetics and holds an MS in environmental engineering from the University of Arizona.

Board of Directors

Kerry McNamara
Advisor to the Chairman & CEO, OCP S.A.

Eric Streeter
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Ostara

Joe Nester
Alliance of Brookside Consulting Professionals

G. Melodie Naja
Chief Scientist, Everglades Foundation

Amit Pramanik
Chief Innovation and Development Officer, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WERF)

Chris Hornback
Chief Technical Officer, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

Brian Madigan
Director of Business Development, FEECO International

Advisory Board

James Elser
Research Professor, Arizona State University

Bruce Rittmann
Regents’ Professor, Arizona State University

David A. Vaccari
Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

Andrew Sharpley
Professor, Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas

Elena Bennett
Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University

James Mihelcic
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida

Arnoud Passenier
President of the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform, Netherlands Ministry for Infrastructure and Environment

Katie Flahive
Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Chris Cassidy
National Business Renewable Energy Advisor, US Department of Agriculture

Barbara Anderson
Senior Policy Advisor, Land and Water Policy Branch, Ontario Ministry of the Environment

TieQuan Zhang
Senior Research Scientist, Soil Fertility and Chemistry, Water Quality, Science and Technology Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Government of Canada

Livio Lederer
Environmental Ventures, LLC

Chris Thornton
Secretariat, European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform