Peter Saundry, Ph.D.
Peter Saundry, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), a non-partisan organization of scientists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, and policy makers working to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making. He provides day-to-day leadership to the organization and is responsible for overall program, financial and staff management, strategic planning and development. He has served as Executive Director of the organization since 1993 and has led the creation and implementation of many of NCSE's programs and initiatives.
Dr. Saundry is an experienced leader in building coalitions of individuals and organizations to promote environmental science and its utility in addressing societal concerns. Dr. Saundry was instrumental in creating the Encyclopedia of Earth – a free online resource on the environment - and establishing the Environmental Information Coalition that oversees its implementation. Since 2000, he has spearheaded the establishment of the Science Solutions program, which supports the multi-year National Commission of Science for Sustainable Forestry and the Wildlife Habitat Policy Research Program. Under Dr. Saundry’s direction, NCSE continues to expand its outreach and programmatic activities with EnvironMentors.
Dr. Saundry is also Treasurer of Global Children's Health and Environment Fund (GCHEF), a non-profit international organization. In 1995, he was elected to the World Academy of Art and Science. Dr. Saundry is a frequent speaker and particularly enjoys providing presentations at universities and colleges.
From 1991 to 1992, Dr. Saundry was a Congressional Science Fellow with the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, where he was a key advisor on science and technology issues related to the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautic and Space Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency. From 1989 to 1991 Dr. Saundry chaired the Sierra Club Clean Coastal Waters Task Force in Los Angeles, CA, and was a member of the Management Committee for the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project, a part of EPA's National Estuaries Program.
Dr. Saundry received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Southern California, an M.S. in Physics from Adelphi University, and a B.S. in Physics, with honors, from Southampton University, U.K.
Dr. Saundry and his wife Claire have two sons, Andrew and Matthew.