Nora Maccoby was born in Mexico City and grew up in Washington D.C. where she graduated from The Sidwell Friends School. She received a BA in Theater from Oberlin College and an MFA in Film Directing from The American Film Institute, where she won numerous awards. Her short film "Dropping the Bomb on My Street" received the Youth Jury: Leopard of Tomorrow award at Locarno Film Festival in 1994. She went on to co-write "Bongwater" (Jack Black, Luke Wilson, Brittany Murphy) and "Buffalo Soldiers" (Joaquin Phoenix, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Anna Paquin) which won The Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Screenplay in 2004.
In 2002, Nora began working with the local government in Grenada, West Indies, to develop clean energy solutions. She co-founded Nature's Partners and The Green Salon with the same goals, and has spent the last five years working primarily with the Department of Defense as a Senior Communications Specialist. She is a member of The Energy Consensus, serves on the board of The International Fund for China's Environment, and is currently working on two films for The Cordoba Initiative in New York City. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband, Todd Hathaway and their son, William. Nora's book, The Energy Conversation: the first 3 years is available online at www.energyconversation.org.