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Board of Directors
Meet our Board!
John Dawsonwas Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of Zentek Technology. He is Chair and Treasurer of D-REV (http://d-rev.org) and Vice Chair of Sustainable Conservation (http://suscon.org). He is a member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), and a partner in Legacy Ventures (http://legacyventure.com) and a partner in SV2 (http://sv2.org). He has served as a lecturer since 2004 at the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program (www.rainerfellows.org).
David Hartwell, Chair of the Board, of Minneapolis, Minnesota has been President of Bellcomb Technologies since founding the company in 1989. The company designs and produces structural, lightweight panels and panel systems for non-aerospace. He has served on many non-profit boards including Belwin Conservancy, Conservation Minnesota, Land Trust Alliance, Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minnesota Audubon and the Mississippi River Fund. In 2001 he began to build a coalition of conservation groups that culminated in 2008 with the passage by the voters in Minnesota of a constitutional amendment that will raise an estimated $6 billion dollars for conservation in the next 25 years. He also serves on numerous for-profit and foundation boards. He and his wife enjoy travel to distant places and have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. He is an avid birdwatcher and gardener.
Jonathan Hoekstra is Chief Scientist and Vice President for Science at World Wildlife Fund. He leads WWF's Conservation Science Program (CSP), collaborating with scientists across the WWF Network and at top universities to ensure that conservation programs and strategies are grounded in sound science and foster an innovative, forward-looking approach to conservation. Since the beginning of his career as an endangered species biologist, Jon has been committed to using science to craft practical and effective conservation solutions. Prior to joining WWF, Jon led science programs at The Nature Conservancy related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, emerging strategies, ecosystem services, and global habitat assessments. Jon received a BS and MS in biological sciences from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Washington where he maintains a faculty appointment. He lives in Seattle.

Stephanie McAuliffe, Governance Committee Chair andSecretary of the Board, retired from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation in 2012 after working there for 14 years. As the Human Resources director, Stephanie managed all Human Resources functions including payroll, benefits, compensation, and employee relations. In addition, Stephanie managed the Organizational Effectiveness, Special Opportunities, and Philanthropy grantmaking funds. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1998, Stephanie was a senior vice president in Human Resources at Wells Fargo Bank where she fulfilled a variety of human resource roles, including manager of executive compensation. Stephanie has an AB from Stanford University.

Richard McCombs, Treasurer of Island Conservation, recently retired as CEO of MBA Polymers, Inc., the global leader in recycling durable plastics from electronics, appliances and automobiles.  He has built and operated facilities in Vietnam, China, Austria and the UK.  

Ingrid M. Parker is a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology for the Environmental Studies department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ingrid’s research interests include plant ecology and the biology of species invasions. She seeks to understand what controls plant distribution and abundance, with an emphasis on species interactions. Much of her current work focuses on the evolutionary ecology of plant-insect mutualisms and plant-pathogen interactions. One of her current projects is on the role of pathogens in controlling populations of native vs. non-native clovers on the California Coast. Ingrid received her A.B. from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She is a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow of the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley.

Angus Parker, Development Committee Chair, currently serves as the Program Director for WiserEarth.org. He is a non-profit consultant with extensive program and operations experience in conservation organizations, specializing in providing advice to NGOs and foundations interested in using the power of social networks and partner collaboration to further their goals and effectiveness. Angus also is the Project Director at Weave Me In and an Independent Consultant affiliated with The Monitor Institute. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Operations for the Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific Region, was the Senior Consultant at Monitor Group, and the Account Executive at Grey Advertising. Angus earned a MS in Environmental Science from The Johns Hopkins University and a MBA in Finance and Operations, a MA in International Management, and a BA in East Asian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania

Daniel Simberloff 
is the Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies and director of the Institute for Biological Invasions at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Simberloff is a biologist and ecologist who earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1969. He studied ecology as a student of the biologist E.O. Wilson, one of the co-authors of the theory of Island biogeography. For his Ph.D. dissertation he was the first to test this theory experimentally in Floridian Mangrove systems producing studies such as the 1969 paper, "Experimental Zoogeography of Islands: The Colonization of Empty Islands," which is considered a seminal paper. Simberloff is very active on the issues of invasive species, studying the susceptibility of ecosystems to invasion from exotic species, the practical implications of these invasions, and the potential interactions between invasive species including the potential for invasional meltdown—in which the introduction of exotic species facilitates the establishment and invasion of other exotics. Daniel Simberloff has received several awards, including the Eminent Ecologist Award in 2006 from the Ecological Society of America, and he has published books and more than 350 articles in scientific journals. He is a past president of the American Society of Naturalists and was a member of the National Science Board from 2000 until 2006.

Mike Sweeney, 
Program Committee Chair, is the Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter, the organization’s largest program.  Prior to assuming this position, he was the chapter’s Associate State Director and Chief Operating Officer.  He joined the Conservancy in July 1998 as a project manager and soon took the post of Director of the Mount Hamilton Project in Santa Clara County. He then served as Director of Real Estate for California.  Before coming to The Nature Conservancy, Mike served for four years as an advisor to Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt and the CFO of the Interior Department.
Previously, Mike worked for Kodansha International, one of the largest publishing firms in Japan; served as an aide to a member of the Japanese Diet; founded and directed a successful educational non-profit in Boston; and worked in national politics in the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign headquarters in Little Rock. Mike was raised in Boston and resides in San Francisco.  He holds a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Advisory Board

Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University
Russell Mittermeier, Conservation International
Harold Mooney, Stanford University
David Quammen, Author and Journalist
Peter Raven, Missouri Botanical Garden
José Sarukhán Kermez, Institute of Ecology, UNAM
Michael Soulé, University of California, Santa Cruz
Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University


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