Episcopal Liaison

On April 10, 2008, Bishop Richard E. Pates was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to be the ninth bishop for the Diocese of Des Moines. He is the third consecutive Twin Cities auxiliary bishop to be given the appointment. He has previously served as the chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Daniel Misleh
Ex Officio

Dan Misleh is the founding Executive Director of Catholic Climate Covenant, which he started in 2006 with the help and support of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Since 1982, Dan has been involved in the social mission of the Church beginning with two years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Alaska. He worked for eleven years at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a policy advisor and as the Director of Diocesan Relations for the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development.  Dan graduated with a degree in business management from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and holds a masters degree in theology from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California. 

Board Member

Dr. Stephen Schneck is a Washington-based public lecturer and Catholic political activist who recently retired as Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America. He is a frequent media source for queries about Catholicism and contemporary public issues, having offered commentary for most national print, radio, television, and online news sources. He writes regularly for the Catholic and religious media. In 2015 President Obama appointed Schneck to the White House Advisory Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In addition to his work for Catholic Climate Covenant, Schneck also serves on the governing boards for Sojourners and for Democrats for Life of America. A political philosopher by training, Schneck received his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. He holds a tenured faculty position at The Catholic University of America, where he served previously as professor, department chair, and dean. His academic books and articles range in topic from political philosophy to public policy.


Scott Hurd is the Senior Director for Leadership Formation with Catholic Charities USA, has more than twenty years’ experience in professional ministry, and has earned degrees from the University of Richmond and Oxford University. He is the author of four books including Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach and When Faith Feels Fragile: Help for the Wary, Weak, and Wandering.

Vice Chairman

John Kerry is based in NYC, procuring electricity and natural gas and developing energy projects with commercial, institutional, government and not-for-profit institutions throughout the Northeast. His partners, based in Texas and Washington DC, develop energy projects and procure energy throughout the country. John has recently developed strategic relationships with Siemens, Metro New York and Siemens, New England to provide full-service Procurement, Production and Reduction of Energy to clients in the Northeast. He is working with VHB Environmental Engineering, Watertown, MA to advance their environmental permitting and civil engineering profile in New England and Revolution LED Lighting, to install in-door and out-door LED Lighting for municipal, institutional and industrial entities throughout the country. John is a former senator for the state of Maine and former executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference. He is an advisor to Catholic Climate Covenant's Catholic Energies program.


Sr Patricia Talone is vice president emerita for mission services of the Catholic Health Association, after serving their for 15 years. She has published widely and is an accomplished moral theologian and ethicist. She is a Sister of Mercy of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Community.

Board Member

Jeff Rauenhorst is the founder of 7,100 Solutions, a consulting business to help the Catholic church become more energy efficient. After earning his BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, he was a Senior Consultant to Honeywell for six years and then received his MBA from the Hass School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. As the first employee at Vigilent, an energy efficiency company, Jeff spent ten years in several executive roles growing the company.


Glenn Willard is Of Counsel at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, where he has practiced political law since 2003.  He helps candidates for public office, political committees, corporations and nonprofit organizations participate in federal and state elections under federal and state campaign finance regulations, while also guiding organizations concerning legislative and executive branch ethics rules and lobbying law as they seek to influence public policy.  Before this, he was counsel to a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission.

Board Member

Dr. Nancy C. Tuchman is an Aquatic Ecologist whose research focuses on human impacts on Great Lakes aquatic ecosystems. Her research has been awarded over $4.5 million in federal grants over 28 years, and she has published over 50 manuscripts and book chapters, and mentored over 60 undergraduate and graduate students in her lab. She is a professor in the biology department at Loyola University Chicago. In 2005 she founded and directed—for five years—the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy at Loyola, and served as its Founding Director from 2005-10. Her innovative work in building sustainability at Loyola earned her the Chicago Magazine Green Award in 2013. She chairs the International Association of Jesuit Universities’ Task Force on Environmental & Economic Justice, and serves on the Steering Committee of EcoJesuit, the international network of Jesuit affiliates working for a sustainable planet.