Executing On Our Mission & Vision

Our expert leadership team's commitment to excellence provides the structure to motivate the public to learn about energy, engage in informed conversations, and make smart decisions about our global energy future.

Meet Our Advisors

Our board comprises non-partisan, dedicated and knowledgeable executives who provide counsel, oversight and guidance.

Scott Tinker


Scott Tinker is the State Geologist of Texas and Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology.

Scott Tinker works to bring disparate groups together to address difficult challenges in what he calls the Radical Middle. Dr. Tinker is director of the 250-person Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair at The University of Texas at Austin. He has served as president of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the Association of American State Geologists, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), and the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS). Dr. Tinker is an AGI Campbell Medalist, AAPG Halbouty Medalist, GCAGS Boyd Medalist, and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. In his visits to some 60 countries, he has given 750 keynote and invited lectures to government, industry, academic, and general audiences. He serves on private, public, academic, and government boards and advisory councils. Tinker co-produced and is featured in the energy documentary film Switch, which has been screened in over 50 countries to more than 15 million viewers and on thousands of K-12 and college campuses. Dr. Tinker founded the non-profit Switch Energy Alliance, dedicated to inspiring an energy educated future, and is working on two new film projects addressing global energy poverty and energy transitions. Dr. Tinker is the voice of Earth Date, a weekly radio program featured on over 350 NPR stations in all 50 states and on the web at earthdate.org.

Jim Farnsworth


Jim Farnsworth co-founded Cobalt in 2005 and also served as its Chief Exploration Officer and President.

Jim Farnsworth brings more than 30 years of industry experience. During this time Cobalt was responsible for discovering over 4.5 Bnboe with industry leading success rates and finding costs. Jim retired from Cobalt in 2016. Prior to forming Cobalt, Jim was BP’s Senior Vice President responsible for Domestic and Global Exploration, Appraisal and Technology. Employed by BP from 1983 to 2005, he advanced through various management and leadership positions including Exploration/Developments Manager-Alaska, Exploration Manager-North Sea, Production Manager Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Vice President Deepwater Exploration and Vice President of North America. In addition, he served in various Corporate and executive support roles in London. Jim is currently working with Blackstone Group’s Beacon Offshore Co., as an Advisor and Board Member. In addition, he is a Director and Operating Partner with Azimuth Capital working on Canadian Energy opportunities, and as a Director at X-Microwave, an Austin, Texas based technology company. Jim holds B.S and M.S degrees in Geoscience from Indiana University and Western Michigan University. Jim has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of both Universities. Active in the community and industry, Jim serves on and is the former Chairman of the University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences Advisory Council and Foundation as well as on the Board of the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology. He also serves on the Indiana University Advisory Council.


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