John & Libby Morse


Pioneers John and Libby Morse established the Survival in Freedom Foundation, SURFREE, in 1970, abetting more than one a hundred organizations for broadened approaches in dealing with the various matters of population, economic and social justice development, and peace. SURFREE was one of the founding forces in the birth and development of Integrative Strategies Forum. In 1991, bringing together a range of activists, funders, researchers and others to explore the possibilities of an organization specifically committed to fostering sustainability, justice and improved quality of life, SURFREE and Co-op America, now Green America, helped build and nuture this new organization. ISF was established as a program of Co-op America in 1992 and became an independent 501 (c)(3) organization in 1999.

John Morse served as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s first world Population Officer working in assignments to Chile, Peru, Brazil, Laos and Paraguay. Mr. Morse’s career in business and government consisted of “creative innovations in various occupations” with AT&T, US Rubber, Pentagon Ordinance, Public Health VD and a six-year Assistant Professor of statistics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Mr. Morse graduated from Oberlin College and received his MA from Columbia University in statistics.

Elizabeth Bowen Morse graduated from Oberlin College, Phi Beta Kappa, and obtained her MA in experimental psychology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she also taught psychology.