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 Carter 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 Folmer 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.
Dr. James Gibbs is a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the ESF Department of Environmental and Forest Biology and director of ESF’s Roosevelt Wild Life Station. Gibbs is an international expert in conservation biology. His career comprises nearly 25 years of academic excellence in scholarship, teaching and creative activities. He has produced over 120 peer-reviewed journal publications and five widely used books. Gibbs is internationally known for his research in the Galapagos, especially his work on giant tortoises. He was chosen by the Ecuadorian government to accompany the frozen remains of Lonesome George, a tortoise that became the international face of conservation biology, from the Galapagos to the American Museum of Natural History in 2012 so the animal could be preserved. Gibbs is also renowned for his work with snow leopards in Siberia.
In addition to his research and teaching, he has served in an array of prestigious positions internationally, including as an international scholar with the HESP Academic Fellowship Program (Russia-Ukraine-Moldova), Soros Open Society Foundation; a member of the external evaluation committee of the Instituto Ecologia in Mexico; vice chair of the Altai Assistance Project, partnering in an effort to achieve sustainable development in the Altai region of Russia); a contractor with the Charles Darwin Foundation; and a contractor with the National Environmental Management Council in Tanzania; and a participant in the United Kingdom National Environmental Research Council/Imperial College/Zoological Society of London. Gibbs received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Orono, where he studied wildlife management. He earned his master’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Missouri and his doctorate in forestry and environmental studies from Yale University.
Lynne Zeitlin Hale, now retired, has been deeply engaged in ocean conservation issues for over 40 years, leading the design, development and implementation of innovative, science-based coastal and marine programs in the U.S. and internationally in Asia, the Pacific and Africa. She was the founding Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Marine Initiative, leading the growth and development of TNC’s marine programs from start-up to major organizational initiative with a global voice and marine conservation programs in all U.S. coastal states and 22 countries. Prior to joining TNC, Lynne was Associate Director of the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center. Lynne also serves as a Trustee of TNC’s Rhode Island Chapter and was formerly a Trustee of the Marine Stewardship Council. She holds a Masters degree from URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography. Lynne and her husband Stephen, live in Rhode Island, have two grown sons, and enjoy sailing, kayaking and diving; hiking, skiing and camping; and traveling the world to experience its remarkable diversity.
Dr. Mark E. Hauber is the Harley Jones Van Cleave Professor of Host-Parasite Interactions at the University of Illinois and its Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior. A native of Hungary and a long-term birder, he moved to the USA for college and was educated in ornithology at Yale (BS in Organismal Biology) and Cornell Universities (PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior) and trained at UC Berkeley (Research Miller Fellow in Integrative Biology and Psychology). His first faculty job at the University of Auckland took him to New Zealand where he became a citizen and a conservation scientist working on insular populations of land- and seabirds, as well as studied the consequences of various invasive species control methods on the mainland and offshore archipelagos. Prof. Hauber is the author of 300+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, including works in Science, Nature, eLife, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Animal Conservation, and Conservation Genetics. He also wrote the Book of Eggs (2014 University of Chicago Press) and has been featured in the popular press by the National Public Radio USA, the New York Times, The Guardian, Audubon Magazine, and Quirks and Quarks. His research has received extramural funding from national and international funding agencies repeatedly, including the New Zealand Marsden Fund, the USA National Science Foundation, the Human Frontier Science Program, and the National Geographic Society. Dr. Hauber also served for 4 years as acting Associate Provost for Research at Hunter College and as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the City University of New York System. He was editor-in-chief of Auk: Ornithological Advances and associate/editor of Behavioral Ecology, Ethology, and Marine Biology. Elected as Fellow of both the American Ornithological Society and the Animal Behavior Society, Prof. Hauber has also served scientific societies as program officer and chair for 3 international conferences, including the 2014 biannual meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology in New York City.
Delia Kulukundis is a trustee of the Lucy Foundation, where she directs grantmaking for conservation and climate change mitigation. Delia is an enthusiastic champion of organizations that both solve a widespread problem in a scalable way and engage meaningfully with local communities to improve human well-being. As a practicing landscape architect, Delia is experienced in analyzing cultural and environmental history of sites in order to develop design and land-use recommendations that preserve biodiversity and inspire human connection to nature for lasting stewardship. Delia received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Political Science, Religion, and Peace and Conflict Studies from Swarthmore College, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. In her free time, Delia enjoys hiking, scuba diving, and natural history illustration.
Radhika Malpani has started and been responsible for several critical products at Google. Starting with leading the Ads team in 2000, Radhika went on to work on core websearch, and then founded Google Images, growing it to over 1B queries/day. She then went on to build Google Travel Search to help users with their travel planning needs. An alumnus of UC, Berkeley, Radhika worked at Google since 2000 and before that at some leading technology firms like Hewlett Packard Labs and Siemens.
Radhika has always been interested in the application of technology for social impact, (especially in the domains of global health, education and conservation), and recently left Google to focus full-time on helping mission-oriented startups scale. She sits on the boards of Nexleaf Analytics, Simprints, and Educate!. In addition to advising startup founders including Dost, TalkingPoints, Skyven Technologies, Frances Solar, Radhika is a technical advisor to CIFF(Children’s Investment Foundation Fund), a mentor with the Unreasonable Group, and works closely with GAVI and Google.org
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 Steele 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.
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