Appendix B: Working Group Member Bios

Dave Baker, Working Group Chair and RESOLVE Board Member

Dave Baker’s career has spanned 38 years in the mining industry. He recently retired after 32 years with Newmont Mining Corporation. He joined Newmont in 1980 as a geologist where in 1985, he moved to Newmont’s fledgling Environmental Department. He was elected Vice President, Environmental Affairs in 1991. Mr. Baker spent a significant amount of his career addressing the regulatory implications on mining operations with extensive experience in the permitting and development of major mining projects in the United States, Africa, Indonesia, Peru, Ghana, Australia, Canada and Uzbekistan. He has also been involved in financing major mining projects through the IFC, the United States Export/Import Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, among others. He participated in the Global Mining Initiative and the Mining, Metals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) and the founding of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).

Mr. Baker served as Newmont’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, where he had broad responsibility for developing and implementing Newmont’s global strategy for sustainability during an era of increasing stakeholder focus and expectations on corporate transparency, substantive community engagement, and the broader issues around sustainability, value creation and shared value.

Mr. Baker received his Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences – Geology from the University of Arizona and completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program for International Managers in 1997.

Mr. Baker has been actively involved in the evolution of the mining industry’s environmental and social responsibility and sustainability philosophy and approach, including the Global Mining Initiative and others.

Stephen D’Esposito, President, RESOLVE

Stephen D’Esposito is President of RESOLVE. RESOLVE is an independent organization with an over thirty-year track record of success helping diverse interests engage in dialogue, collaborative decision-making and action. RESOLVE strengthens the capacity of others to act as collaborative leaders. The Solutions Network ( is a RESOLVE initiative designed to catalyze, incubate and reward solutions to urgent environmental challenges. 

From 1997 through September 2008, Steve was President and CEO of EARTHWORKS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions. Steve built EARTHWORKS into the leading, independent NGO on mining, oil and gas issues, enhancing its reputation for providing policy and technical support to community groups, expanding to address international issues, strengthening its policy and science capacity, and launching new initiatives to engage directly with leading companies in the sector. 

From 1993 through 1995, Steve was Deputy Director and then head of the Executive Committee of Greenpeace International, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he helped strengthen a number of national offices and programs and worked to integrate corporate engagement strategies into advocacy campaigns. During his tenure at Greenpeace International, Steve was a key decision-maker on the Brent Spar campaign, which many think led to a shift in corporate strategy and response to environmental campaigns as well as lessons-learned for NGOs.

Steve received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1982. He currently serves on an advisory council to the World Economic Forum; the board of Center for Science in Public Participation; the steering committee for the Responsible Mineral Development Initiative (of the World Economic Forum); the board of Resource Media; the steering committee for the Responsible Minerals Sector Initiative at Simon Fraser University; and the Advisory Panel, Kinross Professorship and Chair, Department of Mining Engineering, Queens University, Kingston.

David Dyjack, Executive Director, National Environmental Health Association

David T. Dyjack, Dr.PH, CIH, is Executive Director of the National Environmental Health Association, the largest professional association in the world dedicated to the practice of environmental health, a position he recently accepted. Prior to this, he was the Associate Executive Director for Programs at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) where he led the organization’s grant and contract portfolio and 75 health professionals in support of the nation’s 2800 local health departments.  In this role he supervised projects in emergency preparedness and response, public health informatics, infectious disease, workforce development, governmental infrastructure, environmental health, maternal and child health, health equity, and chronic disease.

Throughout a 30-year career he has led workforce capacity building efforts in excess of 40 states and 60 countries.  He has been Principal Investigator for a CDC-funded Center for Public Health Preparedness, where he led efforts to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of local, tribal, state and ministerial governmental public health workforce throughout the Western United States and Pacific Rim, with emphasis on environmental health. Dyjack created an environmental health emergency preparedness training program in partnership with the California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health, has been an instructor for CDC’s Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER), and been instrumental in community resilience research bridging at-risk communities and governmental environmental health.

Additionally, he has provided management and leadership in varied public health activities since the mid-1980s. These efforts include work supported by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the California Department of Health Services. He earned a doctorate in public health from the University of Michigan, an MSPH from the University of Utah, and is a board certified industrial hygienist (CIH).

Aaron Wernham, President and CEO, Montana Healthcare Foundation

Aaron Wernham, MD, MS, is the first President and CEO of the Montana Healthcare Foundation, which makes grants to improve the health and wellbeing of all Montanans largely by strengthening public health services and increasing the quality and accessibility of healthcare services across the state. Most recently, Dr. Wernham founded and directed the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, established to promote and support the use of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in the United States.

Dr. Wernham was a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on HIA, led multiple HIAs and HIA trainings, and collaborated with and advised numerous state and federal agencies on HIA. Dr. Wernham also served as a senior policy analyst with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, where he headed a joint state-tribal-federal working group that developed HIA guidance for federal and state environmental regulatory and permitting efforts.

Dr. Wernham received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and his master’s degree in health and medical sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. He is board certified in family medicine, and served as clinical faculty in a University of California, Davis family practice residency program.

Shell Oil Company

Shell staff also participated on the Working Group and provided input and feedback on the guidebook.