Asher became the Executive Director of Post Carbon Institute in October 2008, after having served as the manager of our former Relocalization Network program. He’s worked in the nonprofit sector since 1996 in various capacities. Prior to joining Post Carbon Institute, Asher founded Climate Changers, an organization that inspires people to reduce their impact on the climate by focusing on simple and achievable actions anyone can take. Some of his previous roles include:
- Partnership Director at Plugged In, an organization working in East Palo Alto, California that connects individuals and cultivates minds by creating the opportunity to produce, express, and contribute using technology;
- International Production Coordinator at Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation, which created the largest video archive in the world, containing more than 52,000 interviews conducted in 56 countries around the world; and
- Youth Manager at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, which engaged more than 800 teens a year in community service and education about social and environmental issues.
- Ghostwriter of the autobiography of a Polish Holocaust survivor who fought as a partisan in the forests of Belarus.
Asher has served as a consultant to a number of other nonprofit organizations. He currently serves on the board of Transition United States and the Climate Action Advisory Board for the City of Corvallis. Asher was born in the Netherlands, and has lived in Israel, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Connecticut, Colorado, and California. He currently lives in Corvallis, Oregon with his wife and two children. Asher received his B.A. in Creative Writing from The Colorado College.