Executive Director and Board of Directors

Executive Director

Ric Oberlink

Ric graduated from the University of Illinois – with a major in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies – and the UC-Berkeley School of Law, where his studies included a clinical semester with the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund. An Army veteran and a former attorney in private practice, he has long been concerned with, and active on, the issues of population growth, mass immigration, and resource depletion. His op-eds have been published in various media, including the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Philadelphia Inquirer; he has appeared on NPR, CNN, and PBS Newshour; and he has testified before the California legislature numerous times.

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Board of Directors

Ben Zuckerman, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy and Research Professor at UCLA, Dr. Zuckerman is an longtime environmentalist who was cited by Science in 2008 for obtaining the first-ever image of a new planetary system. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT and Harvard. His major scientific interests have been the birth and death of stars and planetary systems. He has maintained a continuing interest in life — especially intelligent life — in the Universe and developed a course on “Life in the Universe”. He also developed a UCLA Honors course entitled “The 21st Century: Society, Environment, Ethics”. He has co-edited six books including, “Extraterrestrials, Where Are They?” Cambridge University Press 1995, “The Origin and Evolution of the Universe” Jones & Bartlett 1996, and “Human Population and the Environmental Crisis” Jones & Bartlett 1995. He is or has been a member of the Board of Directors of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Sierra Club and is an Advisory Board member of the Wildlife Waystation.

Stu Sherman

Stu graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University with a BA degree in accounting. He worked for 35 years as the chief financial officer in a commercial real estate company and in a law firm. An enthusiastic runner and cyclist for many decades, Stu has bicycled across the U.S. and has run several 50-mile and 100-mile trail races. His love for nature and the outdoors has led to many hiking and backpacking trips. Stu is active in protecting our natural environment as a member of many prominent environmental organizations, frequently sending letters and placing phone calls to elected officials and corporate CEOs to advocate for environmental protections. Several of Stu’s letters have been published in various media.

Kenneth Pasternack, J.D.

Mr. Pasternack is an investor. During the 1990s he was a technical writer of computer software manuals. During the 1970’s and 1980’s he practiced banking law in Los Angeles. Mr. Pasternack became concerned and active about overpopulation while attending college during the 1960’s, when he was also active in the anti-Vietnam War movement and volunteered in the civil rights movement in Mississippi. As a CAPS senior writing fellow he has published letters to the editor and newspaper guest columns. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Sociology, and received his law degree from the University of Arizona.

Michael S. Rivera

A fifth-generation American, Mr. Rivera has a long-time commitment to addressing the impacts of legal and illegal immigration and has advocated the use of E-Verify by local municipalities and governments. He has served on numerous boards and commissions in Central California, including Santa Maria Recreation and Parks (commissioner and chairman of the board), County of Santa Barbara Private Industry Council (commissioner, chairman and CFO), City of Guadalupe (planning commissioner) and various committees, including the Mayors Housing Task Force.

Dick Schneider, M.S.

Environmental activist, writer, and policy analyst who lectures on the role of population growth in degrading natural ecosystems and eroding the quality of life. With expertise in the effects of acid rain and metals pollution on high altitude lakes, he helped establish the first acid rain monitoring station on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, he led passage of an Alameda County open space protection initiative in 2000 and currently advises citizens groups on local growth management policies. In 2012, he received the Excellence in Preservation Award from the Tri-Valley Conservancy, and in 2014, he received the Sierra Club Outstanding Achievement Award in Land Conservation. He co-authored Toxics A to Z: A Guide to Everyday Pollution Hazards (University of California Press). Dick received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

Judith F. Smith

Judith graduated from Stanford University with a BFA in Art & Architecture and founded an interior design firm with a practice in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Her extensive volunteer commitments have included being President of the Community Arts Music Association, the Stanford Alumni Club Santa Barbara County and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Women’s Board. She has previously held board positions in the National Charity League, the Los Positas Park Foundation, the Music Academy of the West, and is currently a board member for Opera Santa Barbara, the Cottage Hospital Rehabilitation Foundation and active in several other non-profit groups.

CAPS Advisory Board

  • Tim Aaronson, M.A., Retired Educator, El Cerrito, CA
  • Denice Spangler Adams, M.S., Community Activist, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Benny Chien, M.D., Physician, La Jolla, CA
  • Dave Foreman, Environmentalist & Populationist, Albuquerque, NM
  • Robert W. Gillespie, President of Population Communication, Pasadena, CA
  • Victor Davis Hanson, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute, Selma, CA
  • Leon Kolankiewicz, M.S., Environmental Scientist, Reston, VA
  • Frank Morris, Sr., Ph.D., Former Executive Director Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • Karen Peus, Concerned Citizen, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Winifred W. Rhodes, Philanthropist, Corona del Mar, CA
  • Don Rosenberg, Co-founder Victims of Illegal Alien Crime, Founder of Fight Sanctuary State, Westlake Village, CA
  • Dario Sattui, MBA UC Berkeley, Wine Businessman, environment & population stabilization supporter, Napa, CA
  • Jacob Sigg, Environmental Activist, San Francisco, CA
  • Michael Tobias, Ph.D., Ecologist and Filmmaker, Santa Monica, CA
  • Charles Westoff, Ph.D.,  Emeritus Professor of Demographic Studies & Sociology, Princeton, NJ

    In Memoriam

    David Brower
    Linus Pauling, Ph.D.
    Richard D. Lamm, L.L.D., Former Governor of Colorado, Denver, CO,  1935-2021 (Advisory Board member, IN MEMORIAM

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