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Board of Directors

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Dominika Parry, PhD

President/CEO and Board Member

 

Dominika Parry is the founder of 2CMississippi.  She is the President/CEO, as well as a Board Member.  She is an environmental economist, professionally and personally passionate about climate change.  Dominika established 2C Mississippi to promote a bipartisan, science-based dialog and action on climate change in Mississippi.  Dominika received her PhD in 2003 from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she also trained as a Postdoctoral Associate, working on valuation of air pollution damages.  She spent most of her career in academia as an Assistant Professor at the Earth and Environment Department at Boston University, Visiting Assistant Professor at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at University of Kentucky, and a Researcher at the Department of Forestry and Wildlife Ecology University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she worked on climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for federally and state owned land management. 

Since moving to Mississippi, in 2013, Dominika became an Independent Consultant in Environmental Economics and Policy working on a variety of projects including local support for Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee, Vicksburg, MS and publishing a report on the Economic Impact Analysis of the Lower Mississippi River.  In 2016, Dominika founded a Jackson Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby.  Currently, she is both the Jackson Chapter Leader as well as a pro-bono State Coordinator for CCL in Mississippi leading local efforts in support of federal climate change regulations.  

Dominika received also a BA/MS in Sociology from Warsaw University in Poland and completed two years of PhD work in Political Science at the University of Maryland, College Park.  She was a Research Fellow at the Warsaw Ecological Economics Center, Warsaw University conducting  international valuation studies on eutrophication in the Baltic Sea; endangerment of Polish wetlands; and protection of lynx population in the Carpathian Mountains.  In the summer of 1999, she participated in the Young Scientists Summer Program International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA) in Austria.  She worked there on costing standard harmonization in the European Union.

Dominika is a native of Poland, but after 25 years of moving across the US, she and her family chose Mississippi as their forever home.  She lives with her two sons, husband, two dogs, nine fish, hermit crab and an occasional toad in Ridgeland Mississippi. 

Chairman of the Board

Alan Penman, MBChB, PhD, MPH

Dr. Penman is a physician with specialty training in ophthalmology, public health, epidemiology, and biostatistics. He graduated MBChB from Aberdeen University Medical School, Scotland in 1979, and received an MSc in Clinical Tropical Medicine from London University, England in 1981, an MPH from the University of Alabama (Birmingham) in 1998, and a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Mississippi in 2008. He has extensive experience analyzing population and sample survey data on mortality, morbidity, and behavioral risk factors, and from 2005-2013 was head of data analytics for the Jackson field site of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study, funded by the NIH/NHLBI. He has served as the local PI and co-investigator on 2 extramurally-funded grants focused on the genetics and epidemiology of diabetic retinopathy. As a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Dr. Penman consults regularly with UMMC investigators conducting clinical studies and population research. In addition, he directs and teaches courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health and disease prevention for medical students and graduate medical faculty. For the past 4 years he has worked on course development and teaching in public/community health, epidemiology, and global health. Dr. Penman is a listed author on more than 75 peer-reviewed publications.

 

Nancy Anne Branton

Secretary of the Board

Nancy Anne Branton is a First Vice President- Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC in  Ridgeland Ms.  Nancy Anne has been a financial advisor in the Jackson, Mississippi area for over 25 years. She graduated from Delta State University with a degree in Banking and Finance.  Nancy Anne has served her community working with many non-profits thru the years.  She most recently served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.  She is also a member of the National Advisory Board for the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.  Nancy Anne lives in Brandon, MS with her wife Suzi Altman and her dog Walter.

 

Mary Bruce Alford

Mary Bruce is Vice President of Investor Relations at Hope Enterprise Corporation & Hope Credit Union (HOPE), a family of community development organizations dedicated to strengthening communities, building assets, and improving lives in the Mississippi Delta and other economically distressed parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Comprised of a regional credit union (Hope Credit Union), loan fund (Hope Enterprise Corporation), and policy center (Hope Policy Institute), HOPE has provided financial services, leveraged private and public resources, and shaped policies that have benefited nearly 1 million residents in one of the nation’s most persistently poor regions. Mary Bruce is responsible for cultivating relationships with a diverse investor base, including corporate, foundation, government, and socially responsible investors. Prior to joining HOPE, Mary Bruce spent ten years working for The Trust for Public Land (TPL) – a national non-profit that creates parks for people. As a Senior Research Associate and Southeast Field Manager with TPL, she worked with state and local governments and non-profit partners to create public funding for land conservation. Mary Bruce serves as Vice President of the Cloud Forest School Foundation, holds a master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University and a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Sewanee: The University of the South. 

Treasurer of the Board