Jerre and Nancy Hitz Join Worldwatch Institute Board of Directors

Washington, D.C.—The Worldwatch Institute announced today that Jerre and Nancy Hitz, Vice Presidents with the Los Altos Hills, California-based Hitz Foundation, have been elected to its Board of Directors. “In a very short time, Jerre and Nancy have already made extremely positive contributions to our Board,” said Worldwatch Board Chairman Øystein Dahle. “We anticipate that their involvement will strengthen the Institute immensely.” Worldwatch President Chris Flavin also welcomed the latest additions to the Institute’s Board: “Jerre and Nancy are the kind of leaders the world needs. Their in-depth knowledge and philanthropic commitment will help us deal with a dauntingly complex array of global issues.”

Jerre worked for the global manufacturing and service company TRW for 30 years, where he retired as Chief Engineer of the Systems Division. There, he worked on national and global systems including Air Traffic Control, the National Weather System, the Information and Intelligence systems, and the Undersea and Oceanic Systems. He has also served as Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Special Education to the Fairfax County, Virginia, School System; as an officer of the Virginia Association for Children with Learning Disabilities; on the Advisory Committee to the George Mason University Department of Special Education; and on the TRW Division Board for Charitable Distributions, which evaluates the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations during the grant-making process. Jerre received his B.S. degree in Engineering in 1958 and his M.S. degree in Engineering in 1961 from University of California, Los Angeles.

Nancy previously worked as Assistant to the Director of the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center. She also served as President of the Northern Virginia Association for Children with Learning Disabilities and was a member of the Board of the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center. Nancy received her B.S. degree in Business Education from UCLA in 1960.

Nancy and Jerre were married in 1961 and have three children. Since 2004, they have served on the Hitz Foundation, a charitable fund created by their son Dave, a founder of Network Appliance. The foundation focuses on global sustainability, social justice, and community betterment. The Hitz’s have been avid readers of Worldwatch publications since 1992 and have long been active in educational and environmental organizations.

The Worldwatch Institute, an international research organization based in Washington D.C., has provided fact-based analysis of global economic, resource, and environmental trends to decision makers around the world since 1974. The Institute’s work has been published in 36 languages and regularly reaches top policymakers in countries as disparate as China and Germany.