Angus Parker is an investment manager and contract COO, with experience in managing the operations of non-profit organizations. He has served as the Director of Operations for The Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific Region and the Chief Operation Officer of Island Conservation. Angus has an MBA in Finance & Operations from the Wharton School of Business, and an MS in environmental science from The Johns Hopkins School. Angus is an avid diver and underwater photographer.
Chris Carr is a partner in the San Francisco office of Baker Botts. Drawing from his experience with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of State, Mr. Carr represents businesses, land developers, private individuals, public agencies, and nonprofits in all areas of environmental and natural resource law, including energy, transportation, water, forestry, mining, coastal and marine resources, and agriculture.
Virginia served as a trustee on the Eastern New York Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and as officer on the International Committee. She is currently a trustee for The Peregrine Fund, a conservation organization founded on saving the Peregrine Falcon from the brink of extinction and now dedicated to the protection of birds of prey worldwide. She brings a wealth of experience in education as a co-founder of a twenty-year natural history artist-in-residency program titled ComEnArt and as a teacher in the New York Audubon “For the Birds” program, serving underserved public schools in New York City. She has 10 years experience as field assistant and illustrator for an interdisciplinary zoo-archeological research team working on islands in the South Pacific including the Cook Islands, Tonga, Palau and Easter Island. She is actively engaged in regional land protection efforts where she lives. Virginia lives in both New York City and the Upper Hudson Valley and is an avid birdwatcher, natural history artist, enjoys travel, hiking, art and architecture.
Katie is an author and advocate for conservation and wildlife health. She is a trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society, chairs the Advisory Board at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and serves on The Nature Conservancy Rhode Island board. She previously served as Executive Director of a 200-bed community hospital and a Nature Conservancy chapter in New York. She has a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Yale School of Forestry, an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence University, and an M.B.A from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth. Katie and her husband have two grown sons and two large Newfoundlands. She is a scuba diver, author of the Bella, the Wildlife Ambassador series, and a triathlete, who has twice completed the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon.
Kerri is the Managing Director at Monitor Institute by Deloitte, working with innovative leaders in the public, private and social sectors. She brings over 20 years of experience leading organizations through transformational change, defining and adapting strategy, and developing new business models. Starting with the combination of a degree in psychology (State Diego State University) and graduate degree in Business (Santa Clara University), Kerri has long been fascinated by the power of leadership and the human will, and inherent complexities, to create change. Kerri and her two daughters live in the Bay Area and spend time together cultivating a large family garden, riding horses, and working out together at their favorite boxing gym.
Teri is a former software industry sales/marketing executive (Apple, HP & startups) with strong ties to her South American network of community and business leaders which she nurtured over several decades starting in 1970. After retiring from her Silicon Valley consulting projects she has focused her energy on geotourism development as a means of enabling indigenous and local communities to implement sustainable ecology-minded tourism. Co-founder of the John Muir Geotourism Center, she served on the BOD as Vice President and marketing coordinator for 3 years; As advisor, funder and volunteer for efforts to preserve island species of bird colonies nesting on Isla Chiloé and the Los Lagos region of Southern Chile, she has become deeply involved in understanding and working to halt the invasive species and activities threatening island habitats in South America and central California. Teri earned a BA from Covell College and the University of the Pacific in Stockton for Latin American studies (taught exclusively in Spanish) and an MBA in Marketing from Santa Clara University.
Lynne Hale served as The Nature Conservancy’s Managing Director for Oceans from 2003 until January of 2015. Over that 12 year period, she led the transformation of TNC from its near exclusive focus on terrestrial conservation to TNC now being widely recognized as one of the world’s leading marine conservation organizations. Lynne then served as a Senior Fellow focused on marine programs in Asia Pacific. Currently she continues to advise TNC’s New Zealand program on fisheries and marine conservation.
Over the course of her TNC tenure, Lynne has focused and published on integrating science and policy work with “in-the-water” conservation and restoration in the United States and more than 30 countries in Asia, Oceana, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa. Areas of focus include Sustainable Fisheries, Integrated Ocean Management, and Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction. Previously, as the Associate Director of the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island, Lynne played a leadership role in the design and implementation of integrated coastal management programs in the United States, South America, Asia, and Africa, as well as global outreach and training programs. From 1978-84 she served as Fisheries Adviser to the Alaska Native Foundation.
Lynne has served on multiple International Advisory Panels related to ocean conservation and currently serves as a Trustee of the Marine Stewardship Council. Ms. Hale has an M.S. in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography and a B.A. in Zoology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ingrid M. Parker is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ingrid’s research interests embrace both basic and applied problems and bridge the fields of ecology and evolution. Much of her research is focused on understanding the causes, consequences, and dynamics of biological invasions, especially the effects of species interactions (such as herbivory, disease, and pollination) on plant invaders. She has also worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to use science to help save endangered plant species. Ingrid received an A.B. from the University of Chicago, a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and a Miller Postdoctoral Fellowship from UC Berkeley. The author of over 80 scientific papers, she is a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.
Ivan Samuels serves as the Executive Director of the March Conservation Fund where he directs all grant making activities at the fund. He has a bachelor degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from University of California- Santa Cruz and a Masters of Science in Zoology from the University of Florida. Ivan brings to the Board of IC a diverse set of skills in the biological sciences including ecology, ornithology, forestry, and land management. Prior to joining the March Conservation Fund full-time in 2007, Ivan worked on field research projects, mostly with birds, in both temperate and tropical environments. He serves on the board of several conservation organizations, and he is very active in land management in northern California. During his free time, Ivan enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, birding, and all things outdoors.
Jerrod Schreck is senior vice president, land stewardship at Alexander & Baldwin (A&B), a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. Schreck is responsible for A&B’s working lands portfolio, which includes diversified agribusiness, renewable energy, and resource conservation. Schreck concurrently serves as president of Grace Pacific LLC, Hawaii’s largest materials and paving company, an A&B subsidiary.
Before joining A&B, he was the founder and principal at Ecopelago, a strategic advisory and project management services firm. Previous roles include leadership positions at for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in Hawaii, including Hoku Solar and The Nature Conservancy, among others. He began his career as a naval officer, serving more than ten years on active duty.
Schreck earned a master’s degree as an Olmsted Scholar at Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale in Milan, Italy, and a bachelor of arts degree in Biology from Cornell University.
Daniel is the Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies and director of the Institute for Biological Invasions at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Daniel is a biologist and ecologist who earned his PhD from Harvard University in 1969. He studied ecology as a student of the biologist EO Wilson, one of the coauthors of the theory of island biogeography. For his PhD 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. Daniel 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 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.
Jen is Managing Director at SEI Huntington Steele, advising her client families on investments, financial management, and legacy and philanthropic planning. Jen cofounded her registered investment advisory business in 2003 and ran it independently for 15 years before becoming part of parent company SEI, a public financial technology company founded in 1968. Prior to founding her company, Jen was the Assistant Treasurer at Amazon.com. Jen started her career in corporate treasury roles at the Walt Disney Company and Microsoft Corporation. Community involvement has always been a passion for Jen and she has served in a variety of capacities through the years including as a founding board member of Seattle Summer Search, audit committee member for the YWCA of King Snohomish, investment committee member for the Seattle Symphony, investment committee member for the Overlake school, and has served in a variety of volunteer roles for Seattle Audubon. Jen has masters and bachelors of science degrees in industrial engineering and a bachelor of arts in psychology degree all from Stanford University. Jen is a Master Birder. Jen lives with her husband Jon in Seattle Washington and they enjoy hiking and exploring the outdoors with their dogs.
Dr. Eleanor Sterling is Jaffe Chief Conservation Scientist at the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. Building on her interdisciplinary training and over 30 years of field experience in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania, her work focuses on the intersection between biodiversity, culture, and languages; the factors influencing ecological and social resilience; and the development of indicators of wellbeing in biocultural landscapes. She is a world authority on the aye-aye, a nocturnal lemur endemic to Madagascar and collaborates on an initiative integrating biology and econometrics across multiple scales for sustainable wildlife trade in Vietnam. She is also an expert in strategic planning and in implementation and evaluation of capacity development. She is currently Deputy Vice Chair for the International Union for Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas Core Capacity Development group where she co-leads working groups on Capacity Development Evaluation and on Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. She co-founded the Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology and the Women in Natural Sciences New York chapter of the Association for Women in Science. Dr. Sterling is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where she served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology for ten years. Dr. Sterling received her B.A. degree from Yale College, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology and Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University.