Science: Physicists, Cosmologists, Mathematicians

As director of international media relations and public affairs for the Templeton Prize, Lehr has worked with some of the leading scientists of our time including:

  • Francisco Ayala, evolutionary geneticist, biologist, Univ. of California, Irvine
  • John Barrow, mathematician, cosmologist, University of Cambridge
  • Paul Davies, physicist, author, Arizona State University
  • Freeman Dyson, theoretical physicist, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  • Martin Rees, theoretical astrophysicist, University of Cambridge and former president of the Royal Society
  • Charles Townes, physicist, 1963 Nobel Prize in Physics, Univ. of California, Berkeley

Lehr has also handled media relations for various scientific symposia including:

  • Amazing Light, Univ. of California, Berkeley, on physicist Charles Townes
  • Horizons of Truth, University of Vienna, on mathematician Kurt Gödel
  • Living in von Neumann’s World, Princeton Univ., on mathematician John von Neumann

Religion: Faith Leaders, Philosophers, Theologians

As director of international media relations and public affairs for The Templeton Prize, Lehr has worked with some of the most influential spiritual leaders, philosophers, and theologians of our time including:

  • The Dalai Lama Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader
  • Desmond Tutu, former archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Charles Taylor, philosopher, McGill University, author of The Secular Age
  • Tomáš Halík, priest, philosopher and adviser to former Czech president Václav Havel
  • John Polkinghorne, mathematical physicist, theologian, Anglican priest, Univ. of Cambridge
  • Holmes Rolston III, philosopher, environmental ethics, Colorado State University
  • Pandurang Shastri Athavale, late Indian spiritual leader

Environment: Global Diplomacy and Campaigning

Lehr serves as advisor and communications consultant for more than 30 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which are affiliated with various environmental alliances engaged in the United Nations climate change negotiations including:

  • REDD+ Safeguards Working Group (R-SWG) : a North-South group of civil society and indigenous organizations cooperating to ensure effective implementation of safeguards and the achievement of benefits for communities, climate and biodiversity through the global REDD+ mechanism.
  • Ecosystems & Climate Alliance (ECA) : NGOs, affiliate organizations and individuals committed to keeping natural terrestrial ecosystems intact and their carbon out of the atmosphere.
  • Climate Justice Program (CJP) : an independent not for profit, non-government organization comprised of lawyers, academics and campaigners that uses the law to expose environmental and human rights issues relating to climate change.

Lehr’s expertise centers on agriculture, forestry and land use, in particular the mechanism known as REDD+ which aims to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. It also includes broader issues of global ethics and equity in climate policy. Lehr has attended the United Nations climate change negotiations since the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP13) in Montreal in 2005.

He is also currently a media relations and public affairs consultant for the CGIAR Development Dialogues and the CIFOR Colloquium on Forests and Climate, events being held in parallel with the UN Climate Summit and UN General Assembly meetings during Climate Week NYC, September 22-28, 2014.

Environment: Academia and Faith-Based Leadership

Lehr has served since 1989 as a communications advisor for the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University and has participated in several of its conferences since it was founded after the landmark Religions of the World and Ecology conference series at Harvard in 1988-1989. The conferences involved the direct participation and collaboration of some eight hundred scholars, religious leaders and environmental specialists from around the world.

He also developed and implemented communications strategies for climate ethicist Don Brown at the Collaborative Program on the Ethical Dimensions of Climate Change at Penn State University (now at Widener University), and for the Australian Koala Foundation, Brisbane.