Board of Directors

IAF’s Board of Directors provides oversight and guidance to IAF’s management. Members of the Board are listed below.

Clement Bezold, Ph.D.


Clement Bezold, Ph.D. founded the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF) in 1977 with Alvin Toffler and James Dator. He now serves as founder and chairman of the board of IAF and its for-profit subsidiary Alternative Futures Associates (AFA). He has developed and applied scenarios and visioning techniques to help organizations and governments more wisely choose and create the future they prefer. As an IAF senior futurist, he is now leading a significant project to identify and accelerate advances that will reduce health disparities for the poor and disadvantaged.

Jonathan Peck

Jonathan Peck is president of the Institute for Alternative Futures. Trained as a political scientist and futurist, he provides a wide range of consulting, speaking and facilitation. He also designs and directs research programs and projects that help a variety of organizations use futures studies. His work fosters visionary leadership, scenario-based strategic planning and creative learning opportunities for a diverse clientele.

James Dator, Ph.D.

James Dator, Ph.D., founded the Institute for Alternative Futures in 1977 with Alvin Toffler and Clement Bezold. In 1966 he taught the first course in any U.S. university on the future. He is currently Professor and Director of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, Department of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor in the Program in Public Administration, the College of Architecture, and the Center for Japanese Studies, of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Michael J. Lenaghan, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael J. Lenaghan is the Anastasio and Maria Kyriakides Endowed Teaching Chair Professor in the Social Sciences and The Honors College at America’s largest and most diverse higher education institution, Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida. He integrates “multiple intelligences theory” in his education strategies and advises numerous organizations in cross cultural communication, planning and evaluation.

Rick Peck

J. F. (Rick) Peck is currently a science teacher at Seneca Ridge Middle School in Loudoun County, Virginia. His former career was in the financial field, where he was a chief financial officer of the Army Times Publishing Company, preceded by service as a tax partner of the Washington, D. C. practice office of Price Waterhouse. In that capacity, he also served as one of the firm’s lead specialists in the taxation of not-for-profit entities.

Sandra Tripp

Sandra A. Tripp has been a strategist and futurist to several Fortune 500 companies and innovative nonprofit organizations.  She is currently the Executive Director of the Boundless Youth Foundation, which is committed to improving the social and emotional resiliency of underserved youth.  Previously, she was the Vice President of At-Risk Populations at Thrive Research, Inc.  She has also been a Vice President of Strategic Planning for the Johnson & Johnson global pharmaceuticals business, a senior executive at Merck, Syntex Laboratories, and the Institute for the Future.  She received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.B.A. from Columbia University.

LTG Eric Schoomaker, USA (Ret.), MD, Ph.D.

As a Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army, Eric B. Schoomaker served as the 42nd Army Surgeon General from 2007 to 2012. Previously, he served as Commanding General of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command, and in numerous other command roles in the U.S. and overseas.  His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with four oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and numerous others.  He has been honored with the Order of Military Medical Merit and the “A” Proficiency Designator and holds the Expert Field Medical Badge.  He has a Bachelor’s degree, Medical Doctorate, and Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan.

RADM William Rowley, USN (Ret.) M.D.

Bill Rowley is a retired admiral, former vascular surgeon and administrator of the Bethesda Naval Hospital and other large medical facilities and training programs. He served as IAF’s COO and provided futures services to a wide range of health care, non-profit and government organizations, leading many IAF scenario projects, most recently Diabetes 2030. He is now an IAF Senior Fellow and serves as IAF Treasurer.