Celebrate with the biggest names in the environmental community at the 2018 IoES Gala. Together, we can move science to action.

Every year, we honor environmental game-changers. Van Jones was one of the first to recognize that connecting economic vitality with social justice and the environment offers the best path to a sustainable future. Keely Shaye Brosnan uses her talents as a journalist and media producer to uncover and amplify compelling environmental stories, and Pierce Brosnan’s activism helps premier environmental organizations fight for the planet. Our 2018 Gala honorees prove that bold voices can act as a catalyst for policy that protects marine mammals across the globe. 

Join event co-chairs Lawrence Bender and Alexandria Jackson

March 22, 2018

at the Beverly Hills home of Jeanne and Tony Pritzker

6:00-7:00 p.m. red carpet and cocktail reception
7:00-9:30 p.m. awards ceremony and dinner

2018 Gala Honorees:

Van Jones
Green For All and The Dream Corps Founder

Van Jones is a social entrepreneur, CNN political contributor and host of The Messy Truth with Van Jones. Famous for his heart-felt election night coverage, Jones showed up as “the voice of reason” for people in red states and blue throughout the volatile 2016 political season. In response to much civil unrest and energy post-election, Jones launched the #Love Army — a values based movement that is working for an America where everyone counts.

Jones has founded and led numerous social enterprises engaged in social and environmental justice.

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Keely Shaye Brosnan
Director and Producer of Poisoning Paradise

Keely Shaye Brosnan is an award-winning broadcast journalist turned award-winning documentary filmmaker. She has nurtured a diverse career covering a wide range of topics, from environmental journalism and animal advocacy to celebrity journalism and apprehending fugitives.

In 2016, Keely made her directorial debut with Poisoning Paradise, which opened at the Hawaii International Film Festival in Honolulu. Since then, Poisoning Paradise has garnered six awards and continues to screen at prestigious film festivals across the country.

Formerly an entertainment correspondent for NBC’s weekend edition of the “Today Show” and CBS’s “Entertainment Tonight,” Keely has interviewed a myriad of A-list celebrities. Previously, Keely was a correspondent on NBC’s “Unsolved Mysteries” and served as a correspondent for ABC’s “Good Morning America” and ABC’s Home Show which earned her two Genesis Awards, a Special Achievement Award at the Environmental Film Festival, and a nomination from the Environmental Media Association.

Pierce Brosnan
Executive Producer of Poisoning Paradise

Pierce Brosnan was born in County Meath, Ireland and moved to London at age 11. At age 20, he enrolled in drama school and while in London, performed in several West End stage productions including Franco Zeffirelli’s Fulimena and Tennessee Williams’ The Red Devil Battery Sign at the York Theater Royal. Brosnan relocated to Los Angeles in 1982 and immediately landed the role of private investigator Remington Steele on the popular ABC television series of the same name.

In addition to his stellar film career, Brosnan along with his wife Keely Shaye has been drawn into a passionate leadership role in environmental issues. They are actively involved with many causes and conservation organizations, particularly in support of marine mammal rights. The Jane Goodall Institute, Environmental Hall of Fame, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, Environmental Media Association, Earth Communications Office, Heal the Bay, Women in Film, In Defense of Animals, Peace Over Violence, and The Malibu Times have all honored them for their ongoing commitment to the environment. Brosnan serves as Campaign Chairman for the Entertainment Industry Foundation.