Scott Peterson, Executive Director
After 15 years on Wall Street and in the financial industry, Scott Peterson is executive director of the public watchdog Checks and Balances Project. His previous work with the media as managing director of communications at New York Stock Exchange Regulation and director of communications at the Nasdaq Stock Market provides a valuable foundation for his current activities. Scott is also founder of Relay Blue Digital Strategies LLC, an online marketing firm dedicated to serving nonprofit associations and causes. A member of the Community Council of Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema and a Certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown University.
Joel A. Francis, Senior Fellow
Joel A. Francis is a former U.S. Marine and a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State L.A.). At Cal State L.A. he served in many leadership roles, including student body president and co-creator of the Students for California’s Future Coalition, which organized a march on the state capitol to protest higher education budget cuts. He also assumed a leadership role on a variety of environmental issues, including the defeat of Proposition 23, which would have suspended efforts to reduce carbon pollution. Joel took the fight to the bill’s biggest supporters, the Koch Brothers. He also co-authored several resolutions to place a greater emphasis on sustainability in higher education facilities, led the creation and implementation of a campus-wide recycling program and organized numerous events to help educate students on carbon pollution and global warming.