Board Of Advisors
Co-Founder, International Crane Foundation
Ecological Economist and Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota
Financial Advisor and Concerned Grandfather
Ulf S. H. Christiansen
Norwegian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates
Dr. Vijoya Dasgupta, M.D.
Physician, State of Wisconsin
Bishop, St. Paul Area Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (retired)
Attorney and conservationist
Richard Grossman, M.D.
Practicing obstetrician and gynecologist
Thomas Hale, M.D.
Author and medical missionary in Nepal
Writer, author and adventurer
Ed McGaa, Eagle Man
Oglala Sioux Lawyer, writer, and lecturer
William G. Milliken
Former Governor, State of Michigan
Professor of Geography, University of Hawaii Manoa
Actress and Overpopulation Activist
Environmentalist, naturalist, and author
Australian businessman, philanthropist, and overpopulation activist
Charles A. Weinstein
Director of the Hill Center for Ethical Business Leadership
Sister Mary Zirbes
Field of Social Justice
Former Advisory Board Members
President, Anderson's China Shop
Albert A. Bartlett
Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Colorado
Businessman and historian
Nobel Peace Prize laureate and "father" of Green Revolution
Nina Leopold Bradley
Director, Aldo Leopold Foundation
Professor and Director of the Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota
Businesswoman and author
John B. Davis
Former College President and School Superintendent
Poet, naturalist, printmaker and publisher
Assistant Professor of Education, Augsburg College
Renowned botanist, conservationist and early proponent of population reduction
Sister Marlys Jax
Assisi Heights Catholic Community
Retired businessman and former Minnesota State Senator
Father Tim Power
Pastor, Pax Christie Catholic Community
Former First Lady, State of Minnesota
Senior Minister Emeritus, Colonial Church of Edina
United Church of Christ
Board of Directors
Librarian and environmentalist
President Emeritus, World Population Balance
Social Worker (retired)
David L. Trauger
Ecologist, and Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech
Banker (retired), humanitarian and environmental activist
Dave Gardner, Executive Director
Dave is director of the documentary, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth. Having produced films for PBS and dozens of Fortune 500 companies during a long career as a professional filmmaker, Dave now focuses his communication skills on helping our modern, growth-addicted society rediscover what really matters in life. He comments on the media at growthbiasbusted.org, speaks regularly on college campuses and to other groups, does media interviews, produces short films, and hosts the nationally syndicated radio series, Conversation Earth.
Joan Phillips, Office Manager
Joan can recall being concerned about overpopulation as a young child, when world population was only 3 billion. She was taught by her Catholic parents to care about others and help the needy. It became readily apparent to her that we would never be able to help all of the needy if population continued to grow. Before going into semi-retirement in 2013, she worked as a programmer and in tech support. She is very excited to be part of the WPB team and working on this vital cause.
Carolyn Sherer VandenDolder, Special Projects
Carolyn assists with writing, special projects, and events. A peace and social justice activist since young adulthood, she now understands how population exacerbates virtually all other problems facing our modern society and is the root of many of them. She is delighted to be working on such a vital issue and to be associated with such dedicated, gifted people.
Alan Ware, Research Associate
Alan assists with website research, newsletter writing and other research. He understands the crucial role that population balance must play in creating a more sustainable future. In addition to population issues, he follows the unfolding and intertwined financial, energy, and environmental crises and the broader predicament they point to: the impossibility of infinite growth on a finite planet.
David Paxson, President Emeritus
David Paxson is a national leader on the sustainable population issue. He has participated at international meetings - including the United Nations Population Conference in Egypt - and has spoken to groups across the United States.
He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Economics and a concentration in Environmental Education and Policy. He worked at the Center for Population Studies at the University of Minnesota.
In 1991 David retired from the financial field and founded World Population Balance. Some members are strongly pro-life and others are pro-choice. They have respectfully agreed to disagree about the very difficult issue of abortion in order to focus time and energy on the critical issue of balancing human numbers with finite and declining vital resources.
Past and present members of the World Population Balance Board of Advisors include: Dr. Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace laureate and "father" of The Green Revolution; Sister Mary Zirbes ("zur-bees"), retired from the Office of Social Justice of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul; Dr. Tom Hale, medical missionary in Nepal since 1970, and William Milliken, former Governor of Michigan.
David has spoken to over one hundred Rotary clubs and is a life member of the Rotarian Action Group on Population & Development where Rotarians promote population awareness and organize World Community Service projects that include family planning and sustainable population. He has made two trips with club members to South America to work on humanitarian service projects. He also participated in a joint Rotary and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) conference in New York.
David is hopeful. He believes that as people learn the realities about our overpopulation crisis relative to Earth's declining vital resources, they will move toward a truly sustainable global and national population.
Frank Babka, Public Educator
Frank has lived in the upper Midwest his entire life and the Twin Cities of Minnesota since 1992. In commenting about why he dedicates so many hours to World Population Balance, he states: "I have long been interested in world issues, such as population, hunger, poverty, and the environment. I chose World Population Balance because I believe that population growth is the largest single cause of so many of the planet's problems - not just in the developing world, but in the developed world as well."
Frank supports many non-profits and actively works with relief agencies including CARE, Books For Africa and AmeriCares. He is also very involved with church and Rotary activities and reads avidly about world issues and problems. He is a lover of the outdoors and enjoys hiking, bicycling, and kayaking.
Frank is passionate about educating the general public, especially younger people, about the enormity of world population growth. He hopes that world population will eventually stabilize, and then perhaps decrease, through couples voluntarily having small families if they choose.