One Earth Future Board and Advisors

Board Members

Marcel Arsenault

Co-Founder/Board Chair

Marcel Arsenault, with his wife Cynda Collins Arsenault, is co-founder of One Earth Future, as well as the Arsenault Family Foundation and the Secure World Foundation. Through these foundations, Marcel pursues his passion of promoting systems of governance which prevent war.

Marcel served as a board member for MARC for 5 years (currently Arc Thrift-funding advocacy and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities).  His achievements have won him numerous awards including the “Conservationist Award” for his participation in Open Space projects in Boulder, Colorado and the distinguished “Steven B. Hart” award from the Colorado Historical Society for restoring the Tabor residence and the Tabor Grand Hotel in Leadville.  He was also Vice Chair of Eco-Cycle Boulder, one of the earliest and largest non-profit recycling organizations in the United States.

As founder of Real Capital Solutions, Marcel oversees a portfolio exceeding $1.5 billion in real estate assets.  He has delivered numerous presentations to various universities and real estate organizations.  He has authored several articles on real estate, including one academic publication, and is a contributing author of How to Build a Real Estate Empire.

He earned a B.S. degree from McGill University and was working toward a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Colorado when he started his career as an entrepreneur.

Cynda Collins Arsenault

Co-Founder/Board Member

Cynda Collins Arsenault is a Co-Founder and Board Member of One Earth Future and the Arsenault Family Foundation. She is also co-founder and President of Secure World Foundation an operating foundation promoting cooperative solutions for the secure and sustainable use of outer space for the benefit of humanity.  She has 45+ years of experience in non-profit work including peace and justice, criminal justice, mental health, disability rights and environmental issues.

In her personal philanthropy she focuses on bringing women’s critical skills to the table for solving the difficult problems we face, with a particular focus on women, peace and security. She helped establish and works with OEF’s Our Secure Future program.  She is a member of the Women's Donor Network, Women Moving Millions and The International Women’s Forum.  She is the founder of Women Powering Change, an annual gathering of women working to create a better world.

Collins Arsenault received her BA in Sociology and Psychology at University of California Berkeley and her MA in Education from Colorado State University.

William Ury

Board Member

William is a co-founder and Distinguished Senior Fellow of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation and one of the world’s leading experts on negotiation and mediation. He is co-author with Roger Fisher and Bruce Patton of Getting to Yes, a fourteen-million-copy bestseller translated into over thirty-five languages, and the author of Getting Past No, The Power of a Positive No, The Third Side and, most recently, the award-winning Getting to Yes with Yourself.

For the past four decades, William has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in conflicts ranging from Kentucky wildcat coal mine strikes to wars in the Middle East, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union. During the Cold War, he served as an advisor to the White House Crisis Management Center under President Reagan. Most recently, he served as a close advisor to President Santos in Colombia in bringing an end to the longest-running war in this hemisphere.

William is founder of the Abraham Path Initiative, which seeks to bring people together across cultures by opening a long-distance walking route in the Middle East that retraces the footsteps of Abraham and his family. ABC’s Christiane Amanpour calls the Abraham Path “an unprecedented initiative to break down barriers and foster communication in the most divided region of the world.” He has a popular TED talk about the Abraham Path, entitled “The Walk from No to Yes.” He is also co-founder of the Climate Parliament, which unites parliamentarians from around the world with civil society to bring about a transition to renewable energy.