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John BurtJOHN BURT
Mr. Burt is co-founder of the non-government support organization, Cambodian Living Arts. Under his leadership, Cambodian Living Arts commissioned and produced the new Cambodian-American rock opera, Where Elephants Weep, which had its World Premiere in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2008 he serves on the CLA board as Chair of its new initiative, Season of Cambodia, a festival of Cambodian arts coming to New York in the spring of 2013.

Mr. Burt has been a practicing expressive arts therapist and coach for thirty years. He received a Master of Arts in Expressive Art Therapies from Lesley University and is currently a doctoral candidate in Expressive Arts at the European Graduate School, Switzerland. He is current president of the Fresh Sound Foundation and is past board member of the Marion Institute, Save the River and the Roberts Foundation.

John Burt was founding producing director of the Traveling Artists and Performers Company. In 1986 he founded and became executive artistic director of River Barge Productions and its Theater Institute at St. Lawrence University. During his tenure he also was associate producer of the Broadway musical, Starmites, nominated for a TONY Award for Best Musical, and was executive producer of the first New York State Eco-Theater Festival. In 1996, Mr. Burt founded and executive produced the Children of War Theater and Film Project in association with Fordham University that premiered New York’s Asia Society before an international tour.

JEFF BURTJEFF BURT
Jeff Burt has been actively involved with land conservation for over a decade and currently serves on the boards of the Thousand Islands Land Trust (NY), Killingworth Land Conservation Trust (CT) and the Board of Advisors for the Appalachian Mountain Club.

In 2000, Mr. Burt retired from 30 years in the trust investment business in Connecticut, managing personal, institutional and endowment client accounts for Colonial Bancorp, Shawmut Bank, and serving as Chief Investment Officer for Webster Trust Company.

Mr. Burt is the current treasurer of the Fresh Sound Foundation. He was the co-founder of the Catalyst Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven. Mr. Burt is a past board member of the Guilford Art Center, Shoreline Foundation, Hammonasset School and The Country School. Mr. Burt received his MBA from University of Bridgeport (CT) and BA from Franklin College (IN).

Laurie BurtLAURIE BURT
Laurie Burt is President of Laurie Burt, LLC, providing strategic advice and project management on clean energy, climate and environmental matters to foundations, businesses and public officials throughout New England and the country. Ms. Burt most recently served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, where she championed environmental, clean energy and public health issues, including the integration of environmental and energy programs, permit streamlining, energy efficiency for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects, promotion of recycling markets and “greener” opportunities for Brownfield redevelopment.

As Commissioner, Ms. Burt represented Massachusetts on the regional and national stage on greenhouse gas regulation and development of a regional clean fuel standard. Prior to 2007, Ms. Burt was a partner at Foley, Hoag LLP of Boston and Washington, D.C., where she started the firm’s Environmental Practice Group. Ms. Burt has served as Vice President of the Boston Bar Foundation, Board Chair of the Appalachian Mountain Club and several environmental and business organizations. She currently serves on the board of the Environmental Law Institute and is a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Ms. Burt previously served as a Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General in environmental enforcement. She received her J.D. from Boston College Law School, MA in Urban Affairs from Boston University and BA from University of Wisconsin.

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