About Us

David Whitlock, Advisor, Director Emeritus

David grew up in Columbus, Ohio and was very active in sports, the local community and school activities. He received his BS, with merit, from the United States Naval Academy and, following his Navy service, his MBA from Harvard Business School. Davi
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Jorgen Thomsen, Director Emeritus

Jorgen Thomsen is a founding member of the board of New Course. He also serves as the Director of Conservation & Sustainable Development in the MacArthur Foundation’s International Programs.   Prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation in 2
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Lincoln Spoor, Director

Lincoln Spoor was instrumental in bringing the most sought after doughnuts in the country to the heart of Nevada and the western United States. Lincoln, who spent several years running the high yield group as Managing Director of Bank of America’s
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Dr. Assheton Stewart Carter, Director

Dr. Assheton Carter is a recognized expert on sustainable business strategy, social and environmental standards and ethical sourcing. He has dedicated his career to positioning socially committed businesses to create and capture financial value throu
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Penny Abeywardena, Director

Penny Abeywardena is Head of Girls & Women and Associate Director of Commitments at the Clinton Global Initiative, a non-partisan organization that convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressin
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Brenda Berry, Chair

Brenda Berry is a professional photographer and writer whose work focuses on environmental portraiture, travel and nature photography. She comes to photography from an educational background in science and the visual arts. Brenda holds a MFA from the
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Karl Morrison, co-founder and Chief Program Officer

Karl has been working in Africa for over 20 years developing ways to provide rural people with opportunities to improve their lives, the lives of their families and of future generations. Karl began his career in southern Africa where, living in a sm
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Jamie Bechtel, co-founder and CEO

Jamie Bechtel is the Co-Founder and CEO of New Course and is a highly regarded leader in international conservation. Her work has led to strategic advances in the fields of conservation, sustainable finance, and biology. Before founding New Course, J
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Our Mission

For many of us, protecting the environment seems like a luxury.  It is something you worry about after you have fed your family, provided clean water to drink, heated your home and secured healthcare for your kids.  However, over a billion people d
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