candlecandle

Fred Branfman: Brief C.V.

PRESENTLY:

Lives in Santa Barbara, California and Budapest, Hungary; Developing the www.trulyalive.org website, and writing a book entitled Facing Death At Any Age: The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make.

CONSULTANT, DR. ROBERT FIRESTONE (1999-2005):

Worked with Dr. Robert Firestone, a theorist, thinker and therapist, to disseminate basic psychological ideas. Helped develop PsychAlive.org, a website that disseminates ideas on the importance of psychology, developing a life of feeling, realizing intimate sexuality and relationships, compassionate child-rearing and life-affirming death awareness and spirituality.   

CONSULTANT, PROJECT CALIFORNIA (2004-5): 

Wrote reports on workshops concerning the future of California, led by Attorney General Bill Lockyer.

WRITER FOR SALON (1996-2005):

Contributed regularly to Salon Internet magazine on politics, policy and psychology.

CONSULTANT, VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA FOUNDATION, WASHINGTON, D.C. - (DECEMBER 1998 - NOVEMBER 1999):

Consulted for the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation on developing their Internet site and conflict prevention strategies.

DIRECTOR, THE "PROTECTING FUTURE GENERATIONS" PROGRAM (JUNE 1997- NOVEMBER 1998):

Directed the "Protecting Future Generations" (PFG) program, a joint project of the Pace Law School Energy Project and For Generations To Come. PFG had three main goals: (1) Education; (2) Legal; and (3) Organizing. Authored "A Moral Call on Global Warming and Future Generations", signed by former President Jimmy Carter, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young and dozens of other notable Americans.

Developed the "Global Warming Central" website.

CREATOR, THE "MAKING A DIFFERENCE" PROJECT WITH EX-GANG MEMBERS IN WATTS (JULY 1995-JANUARY 1997)

— Conceived and implemented a project in Watts, led by ex-gang member Aqeela Sherrills, to help at-risk youth develop computer skills and motivation to pursue community college education.

CONSULTANT ON THE INTERNET, ENVIRONMENT AND EDUCATION - (NOVEMBER 1994 - JUNE 1997): 

with HotWired, conducting on-line interviews with leading-edge thinkers and developing two major on-line debates on Social Security and Global Warming involving 25 experts for "Rewiring: A Forum On Our Future" (6/96-3/97); P.O.V. Interactive, a project of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), on a website devoted to examining the legacy of Vietnam (fall, 1996); Redefining Progress in San Francisco (Jan.-Mar.,1996); the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, to help create the Enterprise of Economic Excellence (EEE)  - a "local Internet" offering innovative electronic services to businesses, public agencies and schools. (11/94-7/95)

BUSINESS CONSULTANT, NATIONAL CENTER FOR MANUFACTURING SCIENCES (NCMS) AND THE MANUFACTURING POLICY PROJECT (1992, JANUARY 1994-JULY 1995):

Helped develop a communication strategy and generate national media for the NCMS, a consortium of an 200 top businesses; promoted its "Manufacturing Technology Laboratory". including devising the "Making A Difference" project led by ex-gang members in South-central L.A. and developing project-based learning in the San Fernando Valley (1/94-7/95); promoted  competitiveness for the NCMS and the MPP in Washington D.C. in 1991 and 1992.

SABBATICAL (1991, 1993):

included a 3-month silent meditation retreat in Western Massachusetts, study in Hungary with spiritual teacher Laszlo Honti, 5-month journey to India including volunteer work with Mother Theresa and 3-week meditation retreat in Bodh Gaya, return to Laos, study with Hassids in Jerusalem, extensive meditation and study.

DIRECTOR, REBUILD AMERICA (MAY '87-FEB. '91):

Anticipated Clintonomics by developing "Investment Economics" with Nobel Laureate Robert Solow, Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Council on Economic Advisors chair Laura Tyson, Federal Reserve of Boston Chair George Hatsopoulos,  N.Y. Times columnist Paul Krugman, M.I.T. Professor Lester Thurow, V.P. Candidate Pat Choate, Lawrence Chimerine, and "Industry-led Policy" with semiconductor inventor and Intel Chair Robert Noyce, ex-DOD official Robert Costello, NCMS chief Ed Miller, and Richard Iverson, Chair of the American Electronics Assn. Led high-profile national campaigns for HDTV, high-tech consortia and investment with the AEA, NCMS, and other business organizations.

DIRECTOR AND DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, GARY HART THINK TANK (MAY '85-MAY '87):

Conceived and co-wrote the Strategic Investment Initiative (SII), main plank of Hart for President; organized six high-profile conferences and wrote reports and studies at the Center for a New Democracy, a think  tank chaired by Senator Hart.

DIRECTOR, U.S. COMMISSION ON CENTRAL-AMERICAN RELATIONS (DEC. '83-'84):

Worked with ex-U.S. Ambassador Robert White for peace in Central America.

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA (NOV. '79-DEC. '83):

Conceived, drafted and helped lobby through the Governor's 1982 (Investment In People) and 1981 (Investment in Economic Strength) State of the State initiatives;  wrote the final report of the California Commission on Industrial Innovation, signed by David Packard, Steve Jobs,  Charlie Sporck, Regis McKenna and other top high tech leaders; wrote speeches and researched dozens of issues; worked on a Presidential and a U.S. Senate campaign.

DIRECTOR, CALIFORNIA PUBLIC POLICY CENTER (JULY '76- NOV '79): 

Conceived and authored the "SOLARCAL" proposal, which eventually become the State of California's solar strategy, resulting in a Gubernatorial Commission and nearly a dozen bills that passed the California Legislature; authored Jobs From The Sun; worked on "economic democracy" issues like natural gas deregulation, LNG, farmworkers, oil decontrol, pension fund investment, support for small business; worked closely with grass-roots organizations.

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, TOM HAYDEN FOR SENATE (JULY '75-'76):

worked on many issues,  including natural gas deregulation, national health insurance, and defense spending.

DIRECTOR, INDOCHINA RESOURCE CENTER AND PROJECT AIR WAR (FEB. '71-JUNE '75):

Helped lead national opposition to U.S. bombing and mistreatment of political prisoners in South Vietnam. Frequently testified to and worked with Congress, appeared on TV, wrote for national publications, spoke around the nation, and worked closely with grass-roots groups. Authored Voices From The Plain of Jars, Harper and Row.

JOURNALIST & EDUCATIONAL ADVISOR, LAOS (MARCH '67-FEB '71): 

Helped expose the U.S. secret air war in Laos by informing Congress of the bombing, generating national media, and investigating U.S. bombing activities in Thailand and South Vietnam from September 1969-February 1971; served as an educational advisor with International  Voluntary Services (3/67-6/69). (Please see Backfire, Roger Warner, Simon & Schuster.)

TEACHER, TANZANIA (SEPT. '65- FEB. '67):

Taught agriculture and English with Volunteer Teachers For Africa on Mt. Kilimanjaro and the shores of Lake Victoria. Authored "Realizing the Potential of Primary School Leavers."

OTHER: 

Head Start Teacher, summer of '65; Master of Ed., Harvard U., September '64-65; B.A., Pol. Sci., U. of Chicago, 1960-64; volunteer, Kibbutz Mashabei-Sade, 6/62-9/63; grew up in Great Neck, New York. Languages: French, Hebrew, Swahili, Laotian. Born: 3/18/42.