Our president | Our staff | Our board | Our consultants
David Freeman, senior advisor
S. David Freeman is a senior advisor with Friends of the Earth’s nuclear campaign. He has more than four decades of experience directing federal, regional and local energy policies. He was appointed chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority by Jimmy Carter in 1977, where he stopped the construction of eight large nuclear power plants and pioneered a massive energy conservation program. Subsequently, David served for two decades as general manager of several large public power agencies including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the New York Power Authority and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. David is a renowned expert on clean energy, efficiency and the risks of nuclear power. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, and an L.L.B. from the University of Tennessee. He wrote Energy: The New Era in 1974, and Winning Our Energy Independence: An Energy Insider Shows How in 2007.
Fred Felleman, northwest consultant
Fred Felleman is a longtime maritime activist and whale biologist who is leading our work in the Pacific Northwest to reduce the significant air and water pollution and harm to marine mammals caused by the shipping industry in Puget Sound, the Salish Sea and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. He currently serves on the Puget Sound Harbor Safety Committee, the Puget Sound Partnership Oil Spill Advisory Committee and the Strait of Juan de Fuca Regional Network. Fred holds an M.S. from the University of Washington’s College of Ocean and Fisheries Sciences.
Ian Illuminato, health and environment consultant
Ian’s mandate at Friends of the Earth U.S. is to encourage the safe and precautionary management of nanotechnology. He has served on the Executive Committee of Friends of the Earth International and has worked for Greenpeace Italy, Greenpeace International and the United Nations Environmental Program in Italy. At Greenpeace, he helped lead an international movement against genetically engineered crops in Europe and the Middle East. He persuaded Europe’s largest rice company to stop importing American rice to keep its stock GM-free. He has also worked closely with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to remove toxins from beauty products. Ian has authored reports including, “Nano and biocidal silver: extreme germ killers present a growing threat to public health,” “Nanotechnology, climate and energy: over-heated promises and hot air?,” and “Nanoparticles in baby formula: Tiny new ingredients are a big concern.” His writing has appeared in publications including the Journal of Nanoparticle Research, the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the European Journal of Oncology. He has also appeared in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Scientific American, Business Week and Reuters. Ian has a B.A. degree in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.