Équipe de l'Alliance


Alliance Management


Chris Elliott

Executive Director

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Chris Elliott is the Executive Director of the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA).

Before joining CLUA, he worked for WWF in a variety of capacities for over twenty years, initially as China Program Coordinator, and most recently as Executive Director, Conservation at WWF International. Before joining WWF, he worked for The World Bank, the Bank of Boston and for a Swiss foundation focusing on organic agriculture and natural medicine. Chris has been closely involved in major forest conservation initiatives in the Congo Basin and the Amazon, and led the development of a global partnership between WWF and IKEA. He worked on the establishment of the Forest Stewardship Council and was the organization’s first Board Chair. His education is in plant sciences, forest policy and ecosystem management at the universities of London, Yale, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. His doctoral dissertation was on forest certification as a policy instrument. He is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia.

Daniel Zarin

Director of Programs

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Daniel Zarin is Director of Programs of the Climate and Land Use Alliances since its inception in 2010. He was previously Senior Advisor to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

From 1995-2009, Dan was a university professor, first at the University of New Hampshire and subsequently at the University of Florida. He has a B.A. in History, a Master's of Forest Science from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dan has published widely on forest ecology, management, and policy, and the interface between deforestation and climate change.

Johanna Weaver

Program Associate

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Johanna joined the Climate and Land Use Alliance in 2012 and currently serves as Program Associate. Prior to joining the CLUA team, she spent two years coordinating clinical research at UCSF, studying the effects of meditation on blood pressure, and Ayurveda on improving quality of life in breast cancer survivors. Previously, she helped conduct a variety of ecological entomology research, including projects at Oberlin College, Cornell University, and Harvard Forest. She additionally spent a semester studying wildlife management and land use conflict in the Kwakuchinja wildlife corridor in Tanzania. Johanna currently serves on the Student Conservation Association’s Alumni Council, an organization with which she has worked in a variety of capacities over the past decade.

Johanna holds a B.A. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Dance from Oberlin College.

Judith Henley

Executive Assistant

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Coming soon.

Kelly Scott

Grants Manager

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Coming soon.

Initiative Coordinators


Global Climate and Land Use:

Penny Davies

Program Officer

Sustainable Development and Climate Change

Ford Foundation

Penny Davies is the Ford Foundation's Program Officer working internationally on forest and land use responses to climate change that benefit local and indigenous communities. She works out of Ford Foundation's New York office.

Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Penny served as the senior forestry advisor for the Department for International Development (DFID) in the British government, where she led DFID’s global policy and program work on forests, with a focus on their contribution to poor peoples’ livelihoods and climate protection. Prior to that, Penny held positions as DFID team leader for extreme poverty, economic growth and climate change in Bangladesh; head of DFID’s regional office in Central America; DFID’s forestry coordinator for Indonesia; regional agroforestry consultant for a European Union agricultural frontier program in Central America; and rural economist at the Bolivian Centro de Investigación Agrícola Tropical (CIAT).

Penny holds masters of sciences degrees in Forests in Relation to Land Use and Agricultural Economics from the Universities of Oxford and London, respectively, and earned her undergraduate degree in English literature from the University of Bristol.

Brazil:

Cristiane Fontes

Brazil Initiative Coordinator

Ford Foundation, Brazil

Cristiane is a journalist with a MA in Interactive Media from the University of London. Before joining CLUA Brazil, she worked for five years at the British Embassy in Brasilia as the Director of the Climate Change and Public Diplomacy Programme. In that capacity, she developed and implemented a grantmaking strategy to support the improvement of the scientific evidence and media coverage on climate change, civil society initiatives to tackle it, and the development of low carbon policies in Brazil. Cristiane previously worked for Fundação SOS Mata Atlantica and for Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), and as a freelancer has worked on numerous projects and publications, including for IPAM and WWF-Brazil.

Indonesia:

Nazir Foead

Indonesia Initiative Coordinator

Climate and Land Use Alliance, Jakarta

Nazir joined Climate and Land Use Alliance as the Indonesia Initiative Coordinator in Feb 2014.

Before joining CLUA, he was the Conservation Director of WWF Indonesia, managing over 300 staff in 26 conservation sites since 2010. Trained as a forester and conservation biologist, he spent his earlier professional career from late 1980s in the interior of Kalimantan, Maluku and Papua running biodiversity assessment, learning from and interacting with the indigenous peoples as well as running investigations illegal logging. In the last fifteen years of his career he dedicated a major part of his time in engaging with the drivers behind the conversion of topical tropical forest in Indonesia, including land use policies, palm oil, and pulp and paper. He received his Bachelor degree in forestry from Gadjah Mada University (1992), and Master degree in conservation biology from the University of Kent, UK (1996); and intensive courses in Sustainable Forest Management in Gottingen University, Germany (1995) and DNA analysis in Indiana University (1997).

Mexico and Central America:

David Kaimowitz

Director

Sustainable Development

Ford Foundation, Mexico

David Kaimowitz is Ford's director of Sustainable Development. He leads the foundation's natural resource and climate change work globally and is based in the Mexico City office. His grant making focuses on giving poor rural families greater access to and control over forests and other natural resources, with a particular emphasis on indigenous peoples. He does grant making both in support of global projects and in the Mexico and Central America region.

Before joining the foundation in 2006, David was director general of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, Indonesia. CIFOR is one of the world's most prominent research centers concerned with tropical forests and is affiliated with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Prior to becoming director general, David worked at CIFOR as a researcher, specializing in issues relating to forestry policies and how non-forestry policies and trends affect forests and forest-dependent people.

David has also held professional positions at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) in Costa Rica, the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) in the Netherlands, and the Nicaraguan Ministry of Agricultural Development and Agrarian Reform (MIDINRA). He has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has written or co-written seven books and published more than 100 scientific publications.

United States:

Belinda Morris

Program Officer

Conservation & Science

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Belinda joined the Packard Foundation in 2014 and is the program officer for Climate and Land Use Subprogram in the Conservation and Science Program.  She oversees grantmaking for the Foundation’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen pollution resulting from global deforestation and unsustainable agricultural practices across the world.

Belinda has worked for over 15 years on market-based incentives for reducing GHG emissions and conserving natural resources in the U.S. and abroad.  Prior to joining the foundation, she was the California Director for the American Carbon Registry (ACR), an enterprise of Winrock International and a leading carbon offset program, where she was responsible for guiding ACR’s activities in California’s carbon market.  She has also worked for organizations including the Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund on forest, wetland, and water conservation, agricultural greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and the design of market based approaches to conservation.   She has experience working in Africa, Europe, Central Asia, Indonesia, and the United States.

Belinda received a M.S. in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She serves on the board of Ag Innovations Network.

Program Team


Aurelio Vianna

Senior Program Officer

Sustainable Development

Ford Foundation, Rio

Aurélio Vianna Jr is the Ford Foundation Sustainable Development Senior Program Officer in Brazil. His grant making supports the efforts of traditional peoples – including rubber tappers, peasants, indigenous peoples and rural afro-descendants – to gain access to land and territories and participate in the policy making process for land use planning. Before coming to the Ford Foundation, he worked in applied research, project management and political activism. He has worked as lecturer in Social Anthropology at the Universities of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and Brasília (UnB); has coordinated some Brazilian NGOs, such as the Socioeconomics Studies Institute (INESC) and the Amazon Studies Institute (IEA). In 2003, he was appointed as Director of the two main environmental Brazilian government and international cooperation programs: the Pilot Program to Conserve the Brazilian Rainforests (PPG-7) and the Amazon Protected Areas Program (ARPA). Vianna has written many articles on peasants and politics in Brazil, on socio-environmental effects of international financial institutions projects and policies, and on social movements and the environment.  He holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology (National Museum, Brazil).

Avecita Chicchón

Program Director

Andes-Amazon Initiative

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Avecita Chicchón is the program director for the Andes-Amazon Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Avecita joins the Foundation with over 25 years of experience in natural resource use, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable development in Latin America, with a particular emphasis on the Amazon. Avecita served as the executive director of the Latin America and Caribbean Program at Wildlife Conservation Society from 2003-2010, where she managed conservation programs in 15 countries that led to significant on-the-ground conservation achievements. Prior to her time at WCS, Avecita was a program officer at the MacArthur Foundation, responsible for grantmaking on conservation and sustainable development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, and she was the Peru program director at Conservation International.

She received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology with an emphasis on natural resource use and conservation issues from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.

Belinda Morris

Program Officer

Conservation and Science

Packard Foundaiton

Belinda joined the Packard Foundation in 2014 and is the program officer for Climate and Land Use Subprogram in the Conservation and Science Program.  She oversees grantmaking for the Foundation’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen pollution resulting from global deforestation and unsustainable agricultural practices across the world.

Belinda has worked for over 15 years on market-based incentives for reducing GHG emissions and conserving natural resources in the U.S. and abroad.  Prior to joining the foundation, she was the California Director for the American Carbon Registry (ACR), an enterprise of Winrock International and a leading carbon offset program, where she was responsible for guiding ACR’s activities in California’s carbon market.  She has also worked for organizations including the Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund on forest, wetland, and water conservation, agricultural greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and the design of market based approaches to conservation.   She has experience working in Africa, Europe, Central Asia, Indonesia, and the United States.

Belinda received a M.S. in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She serves on the board of Ag Innovations Network.

Bruce Cabarle

Program Officer

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Bruce joined the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA) in 2014 as a program consultant to help manage the Global Initiative portfolio.

Before joining CLUA, he worked for WWF in a variety of capacities for over 15 years, most recently as the Leader of the Forest & Climate Initiative and previously as the Head of the Global Forest & Trade Network, co-chair of the WWF-World Bank Global Forest Alliance and Managing Director of the Global Forest Program. Prior to WWF, Bruce worked for The World Resources Institute from 1988-98 as the Director of the Sustainable Forest Enterprise and Forestry & Land Use Programs during which time he was a co-founder and board member of the Forest Stewardship Council, the Certified Forest Products Council, Metafore, Forest Trends, the National Commission on Science and Sustainable Forestry, the Central American Commission on Forests and Development and the Consejo Civil Mexicano de Silvicultura Sostenible. Bruce is currently the owner and president of Concentric Sustainability Solutions, LLC, a Senior Fellow at the National Commission for Science & Environment and serves as Director emeritus on the boards of the Tropical Forest Foundation and Forest Trends. During his career, he has played leadership roles in major forest conservation and management initiatives in the Amazon-Andes, Borneo and Congo basins, including ground-breaking agreements, financing and certified-product supply chains with national governments (both north and south), The World Bank and private sector companies such as Wal-Mart and The Home Depot. Bruce earned his Masters of Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.S. in forest management from Rutgers University.

Charles McElwee

VP of Programs

ClimateWorks Foundation

Charlie McElwee practiced environmental and energy law for over 25 years at an international law firm. Working for the last five years in Shanghai, he developed an expertise in Chinese environmental and energy law and policy and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Shanghai Jiaotong University’s School of Law. In 2009, he won the President's Prize, the University’s highest award, for extraordinary contributions to the University, and in 2008 was awarded the Shanghai Municipal Government’s Magnolia Award, the highest honor the city bestows upon foreigners. He is a board member of the Joint U.S.-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, and his book, Environmental Law in China, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. Mr. McElwee has a Juris Doctor from West Virginia University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science from Washington and Lee University.

Chris Elliott

Executive Director

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Chris Elliott is the Executive Director of the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA).

Before joining CLUA, he worked for WWF in a variety of capacities for over twenty years, initially as China Program Coordinator, and most recently as Executive Director, Conservation at WWF International. Before joining WWF, he worked for The World Bank, the Bank of Boston and for a Swiss foundation focusing on organic agriculture and natural medicine. Chris has been closely involved in major forest conservation initiatives in the Congo Basin and the Amazon, and led the development of a global partnership between WWF and IKEA. He worked on the establishment of the Forest Stewardship Council and was the organization’s first Board Chair. His education is in plant sciences, forest policy and ecosystem management at the universities of London, Yale, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. His doctoral dissertation was on forest certification as a policy instrument. He is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia.

Cristiane Fontes

Brazil Initiative Coordinator

Ford Foundation, Brazil

Cristiane is a journalist with a MA in Interactive Media from the University of London. Before joining CLUA Brazil, she worked for five years at the British Embassy in Brasilia as the Director of the Climate Change and Public Diplomacy Programme. In that capacity, she developed and implemented a grantmaking strategy to support the improvement of the scientific evidence and media coverage on climate change, civil society initiatives to tackle it, and the development of low carbon policies in Brazil. Cristiane previously worked for Fundação SOS Mata Atlantica and for Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), and as a freelancer has worked on numerous projects and publications, including for IPAM and WWF-Brazil.

Daniel Zarin

Director of Programs

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Daniel Zarin is Director of Programs of the Climate and Land Use Alliances since its inception in 2010. He was previously Senior Advisor to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

From 1995-2009, Dan was a university professor, first at the University of New Hampshire and subsequently at the University of Florida. He has a B.A. in History, a Master's of Forest Science from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dan has published widely on forest ecology, management, and policy, and the interface between deforestation and climate change.

David Kaimowitz

Director
Sustainable Development
Ford Foundation, Mexico

David Kaimowitz is Ford's director of Sustainable Development. He leads the foundation's natural resource and climate change work globally and is based in the Mexico City office. His grant making focuses on giving poor rural families greater access to and control over forests and other natural resources, with a particular emphasis on indigenous peoples. He does grant making both in support of global projects and in the Mexico and Central America region.

Before joining the foundation in 2006, David was director general of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, Indonesia. CIFOR is one of the world's most prominent research centers concerned with tropical forests and is affiliated with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Prior to becoming director general, David worked at CIFOR as a researcher, specializing in issues relating to forestry policies and how non-forestry policies and trends affect forests and forest-dependent people.

David has also held professional positions at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) in Costa Rica, the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) in the Netherlands, and the Nicaraguan Ministry of Agricultural Development and Agrarian Reform (MIDINRA). He has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has written or co-written seven books and published more than 100 scientific publications.

Guillermo Castilleja

Chief Program Officer, Environmental Conservation

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Guillermo Castilleja is the chief program officer for the Foundation's Environmental Conservation Program, which includes the Andes Amazon Initiative, the Conservation International commitment, the Marine Conservation Initiative, and the Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative.

Most recently, Castilleja oversaw and coordinated World Wildlife Fund’s global conservation efforts, leading the development of global priorities for the network, overseeing implementation of its activities, and monitoring progress and assessing impact. Castilleja came to WWF International in 2006 after serving as senior vice president for field programs for World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC. Prior to that, he was the vice president and regional director for the Latin America and Caribbean Secretariat. Castilleja was the representative of WWF in Mexico for six years, where he led the development of one of the largest field programs in the WWF network. Before joining WWF in 1991, he worked for the World Bank and the National Wildlife Federation.

Castilleja graduated from the National University of Mexico (1980), and received a master’s degree in forestry (1983), a master’s degree in philosophy (1985), and a doctorate in forest ecology (1991) from Yale University.

Heather Wright

Program Officer

Environmental Conservation

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Heather Wright is an Environment Program Officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation where she manages a conservation portfolio oriented toward mainstreaming ecosystem services in natural resource decision making.  A significant piece of her work is focused on forest conservation that aims to mitigate climate change impacts by addressing the drivers of deforestation and degradation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Heather was a Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) Manager at Conservation International where she led global biological assessments in critical ecosystems and developed conservation recommendations based on the results. As Program Manager at Friends of the Osa, Heather helped strengthen the new organization’s focus on applied conservation and research In Costa Rica. Through her work at Moore she continues to cultivate her interest in the links between ecosystem services, landscape ecology and environmental policy. She serves as a Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Alumni Board Member and was recently a member of the Board of Directors for the Women's Environmental Network in San Francisco. Heather received her B.S. in Biology and Minor in Scandinavian Literature from UCLA and her Master’s degree in Science from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Jason Cole

Senior Program Officer

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation

Jason Cole joined Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies in November 2010 as a Senior Program Officer for the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.  Jason is a core member of the Environment Program and directly responsible for developing and managing the Foundation’s grant making efforts in selected regions around the world.

Prior to joining MAC Philanthropies, Jason spent five years as a Senior Program Officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation where he focused on their Andes-Amazon Initiative, and the thematic area of conservation finance.  He began his work in the environment arena at Conservation International, spending five years helping develop and launch their grant making facility – the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund.

Jason is a graduate of Earlham College where he received his BA in economics, the London School of Economics, and the University of East Anglia where he received his MA in Development Economics.

Kevin Currey

Program Analyst
Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Ford Foundation

Kevin Currey is a Program Analyst at the Ford Foundation, where he works on expanding community access to and control over forests and other natural resources and on promoting climate change policies that benefit low-income rural communities. Before joining the Ford Foundation, he worked as a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme, advising on the creation of  its biodiversity strategic plan. Kevin holds a masters of environmental management degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where he studied the anthropology of development and conservation, and an undergraduate degree from Yale in environmental studies.  He is based in the Ford Foundation’s New York office.

Leonardo Fleck

Program Officer, Andes-Amazon Initiative

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Before joining CLUA and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Leo worked with the Conservation Strategy Fund, establishing and consolidating their first field programs in Latin America by leading international technical teams and strengthening institutional relationships. As lead conservation economics analyst, mentor and instructor, Leo analyzed the economics of land use, protected areas, sustainable businesses, biodiversity, and infrastructure development, and trained more than 500 professionals in several countries. He was a member of the international team of experts of The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity for Regional and Local Policy, and has extensive field experience as a researcher for the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute in the Brazilian Amazon. He has written numerous publications and helped guide policy decisions, from reducing deforestation to increasing the economic value attributed to ecosystems, and has lectured environmental economics and corporate sustainability in universities such as the National Institute of Amazonian Research – INPA (Brazil), UNA (Brazil) and Stanford.

Leo has a M.Sc. in conservation biology from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent, UK, a M.B.A. with a focus on strategic business management from UNA University, Brazil, and a B.Sc. in biological sciences from UFRGS, Brazil. He is a native of Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

Marina Campos

Program Officer

Andes-Amazon Initiative

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Marina has been working in rainforest conservation, especially in the Amazon region, since 1989. Prior to joining the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, she was the program director of Natural Resource Management and Climate Change at Rainforest Foundation US, which she joined in 2010. In this position Marina worked in partnership with indigenous groups and local grassroots organizations in Central and South America to secure rights to their lands, support the implementation of natural management plans and influence policies to protect their resources.

She also has served as state coordinator on climate change for the state of Amazonas in Brazil, where she oversaw the design and implementation of state climate change legislation including the first Brazilian payment-for-environmental-services program and the creation of Amazonian first Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation project in the Juma Reserve.

Marina has served as a visiting lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she coordinated a Strategies for Tropical Conservation seminar. Born and raised in Brazil, she received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biology (Botany) from University of São Paulo-Brazil and a Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Penny Davies

Program Officer

Sustainable Development and Climate Change

Ford Foundation

Penny Davies is the Ford Foundation's Program Officer working internationally on forest and land use responses to climate change that benefit local and indigenous communities. She works out of Ford Foundation's New York office.

Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Penny served as the senior forestry advisor for the Department for International Development (DFID) in the British government, where she led DFID’s global policy and program work on forests, with a focus on their contribution to poor peoples’ livelihoods and climate protection. Prior to that, Penny held positions as DFID team leader for extreme poverty, economic growth and climate change in Bangladesh; head of DFID’s regional office in Central America; DFID’s forestry coordinator for Indonesia; regional agroforestry consultant for a European Union agricultural frontier program in Central America; and rural economist at the Bolivian Centro de Investigación Agrícola Tropical (CIAT).

Penny holds masters of sciences degrees in Forests in Relation to Land Use and Agricultural Economics from the Universities of Oxford and London, respectively, and earned her undergraduate degree in English literature from the University of Bristol.

Nazir Foead

Indonesia Initiative Coordinator

Climate and Land Use Alliance, Jakarta

Nazir joined Climate and Land Use Alliance as the Indonesia Initiative Coordinator in Feb 2014.

Before joining CLUA, he was the Conservation Director of WWF Indonesia, managing over 300 staff in 26 conservation sites since 2010. Trained as a forester and conservation biologist, he spent his earlier professional career from late 1980s in the interior of Kalimantan, Maluku and Papua running biodiversity assessment, learning from and interacting with the indigenous peoples as well as running investigations illegal logging. In the last fifteen years of his career he dedicated a major part of his time in engaging with the drivers behind the conversion of topical tropical forest in Indonesia, including land use policies, palm oil, and pulp and paper. He received his Bachelor degree in forestry from Gadjah Mada University (1992), and Master degree in conservation biology from the University of Kent, UK (1996); and intensive courses in Sustainable Forest Management in Gottingen University, Germany (1995) and DNA analysis in Indiana University (1997).

Steve Rhee

Program Officer, 
Sustainable Development

Ford Foundation, Jakarta

Steve Rhee works on securing access for rural communities to land and forest resources from the foundation's Jakarta office. His grant making supports efforts to increase the well-being of poor Indonesians in fragile rural areas. His work promotes policies that give poor and marginalized groups more control over natural resources.

Before joining the Ford Foundation in 2009, Steve's development work focused on international natural resource management. He has held research and policy posts at several institutions, including the Center for International Forestry Research and the U.S. Department of State. In these roles, he collaborated with a range of stakeholders from villagers in Indonesian Borneo to senior government officials in Washington, D.C. He has lived in Indonesia since 1996, working on community-based natural resource management issues. He has also worked in mainland Southeast Asia, Timor-Leste and Nepal.

Steve has had several transformational learning opportunities, including service in the Peace Corps, the Fulbright-Hays Research Abroad Program and the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science & Technology Policy Fellowship. He received his Ph.D. and master's degrees from Yale University, where his training focused on governance, institutions and trade related to sustainable development.

Walt Reid

Program Director, Conservation & Science

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Walt joined the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in 2006 and is the director of the Conservation and Science Program.

Prior to joining the Foundation, he was a consulting professor with the Institute for the Environment at Stanford University from 2005 to 2006. Walt was responsible for the creation of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, which he directed from 1998 until the release of the findings in March 2005. From 1992 to 1998, he was vice president of the World Resources Institute in Washington D.C.

Walt is a member (and past Chair) of the Board of the Climate and Land Use Alliance, a member of the governing committee of the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Research Council, a member of the Board of Editors of Ecosystems and PLOS-Biology, and a member of the International Advisory Board of Frontiers in Ecology and Environment.  He previously was: a member of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST); a member of the Board of “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity” project; Chair of a process carried out by the International Council for Science to develop global environmental change research priorities; and, a member of the Board of the Society for Conservation Biology and the Board of Editors of Ecological Applications.

Walt earned his Ph.D. in zoology (ecology and evolutionary biology) from the University of Washington in 1987 and his B.A. in zoology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1978.

Board


Adriana Moreira

Senior Environmental Specialist, Sustainable Development

World Bank Latin America and Caribbean Region

Dr. Moreira is an expert in environment and sustainable development. She holds a PhD in Ecology from Harvard University and a Master in Botany from Campinas State University in Brazil. During the last decade, as a Senior Environmental Specialist, at the World Bank Sustainable Development Department she lead a series of large environmental and rural development projects in Latin America, focusing specially in Brazil and Mexico. She has received the Chico Mendes Florestania Prize and the Pirelli International Award for her work for conservation and sustainable development of the Amazon region.

Charles McElwee

VP of Programs

ClimateWorks Foundation

Charlie McElwee practiced environmental and energy law for over 25 years at an international law firm. Working for the last five years in Shanghai, he developed an expertise in Chinese environmental and energy law and policy and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Shanghai Jiaotong University’s School of Law. In 2009, he won the President's Prize, the University’s highest award, for extraordinary contributions to the University, and in 2008 was awarded the Shanghai Municipal Government’s Magnolia Award, the highest honor the city bestows upon foreigners. He is a board member of the Joint U.S.-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, and his book, Environmental Law in China, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. Mr. McElwee has a Juris Doctor from West Virginia University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science from Washington and Lee University.

Chris Elliott

Executive Director

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Chris Elliott is the Executive Director of the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA).

Before joining CLUA, he worked for WWF in a variety of capacities for over twenty years, initially as China Program Coordinator, and most recently as Executive Director, Conservation at WWF International. Before joining WWF, he worked for The World Bank, the Bank of Boston and for a Swiss foundation focusing on organic agriculture and natural medicine. Chris has been closely involved in major forest conservation initiatives in the Congo Basin and the Amazon, and led the development of a global partnership between WWF and IKEA. He worked on the establishment of the Forest Stewardship Council and was the organization’s first Board Chair. His education is in plant sciences, forest policy and ecosystem management at the universities of London, Yale, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. His doctoral dissertation was on forest certification as a policy instrument. He is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia.

David Kaimowitz (Chair 2014)

Director
Sustainable Development
Ford Foundation, Mexico

David Kaimowitz is Ford's director of Sustainable Development. He leads the foundation's natural resource and climate change work globally and is based in the Mexico City office. His grant making focuses on giving poor rural families greater access to and control over forests and other natural resources, with a particular emphasis on indigenous peoples. He does grant making both in support of global projects and in the Mexico and Central America region.

Before joining the foundation in 2006, David was director general of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, Indonesia. CIFOR is one of the world's most prominent research centers concerned with tropical forests and is affiliated with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Prior to becoming director general, David worked at CIFOR as a researcher, specializing in issues relating to forestry policies and how non-forestry policies and trends affect forests and forest-dependent people.

David has also held professional positions at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) in Costa Rica, the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) in the Netherlands, and the Nicaraguan Ministry of Agricultural Development and Agrarian Reform (MIDINRA). He has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has written or co-written seven books and published more than 100 scientific publications.

Guillermo Castilleja

Chief Program Officer, Environmental Conservation

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Guillermo Castilleja is the chief program officer for the Foundation's Environmental Conservation Program, which includes the Andes Amazon Initiative, the Conservation International commitment, the Marine Conservation Initiative, and the Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative.

Most recently, Castilleja oversaw and coordinated World Wildlife Fund’s global conservation efforts, leading the development of global priorities for the network, overseeing implementation of its activities, and monitoring progress and assessing impact. Castilleja came to WWF International in 2006 after serving as senior vice president for field programs for World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC. Prior to that, he was the vice president and regional director for the Latin America and Caribbean Secretariat. Castilleja was the representative of WWF in Mexico for six years, where he led the development of one of the largest field programs in the WWF network. Before joining WWF in 1991, he worked for the World Bank and the National Wildlife Federation.

Castilleja graduated from the National University of Mexico (1980), and received a master’s degree in forestry (1983), a master’s degree in philosophy (1985), and a doctorate in forest ecology (1991) from Yale University.

Rezal Kusumaatmadja

Chief Operating Officer

PT Rimba Makmur Utama

Rezal has twenty years of experience in natural resource management, community-based planning, forest conservation and sustainable forest management. He cofounded Starling Resources, a Bali-based consulting firm where he lead the development of the Katingan Peat Conservation and Restoration Project in a 200,000+ hectare peat forest in Central Kalimantan. After the merger of Mazars and Starling Resources, Rezal continued to serve as an advisor to Mazars Starling Resources sustainability consulting practice. Rezal is also actively involved in the international REDD+ initiatives serving as a member of the REDD+ Social Environmental Standards (REDD+ SES) international standards committee and the Advisory Committee VCS Jurisdictional and Nested REDD Initiative. Rezal holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Hawaii and a bachelor's in city and regional planning from Cornell University.

Ruth Nussbaum

Cofounder and Director, Proforest

Ruth has been working with responsible production and sourcing of natural resources for nearly two decades. Her experience includes advising industry, governments and NGOs on practical implementation of responsible practices, developing international and national policies, standards and safeguards, running a global forest certification programme and writing a range of guides and books. She has worked in more than 40 countries and has vast experience of developing, interpreting and implementing policies and processes for delivering sustainable management and independent verification of natural resources. Ruth is a co-­‐founder and director of Proforest.

Walt Reid

Program Director, Conservation & Science

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Walt joined the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in 2006 and is the director of the Conservation and Science Program.

Prior to joining the Foundation, he was a consulting professor with the Institute for the Environment at Stanford University from 2005 to 2006. Walt was responsible for the creation of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, which he directed from 1998 until the release of the findings in March 2005. From 1992 to 1998, he was vice president of the World Resources Institute in Washington D.C.

Walt is a member (and past Chair) of the Board of the Climate and Land Use Alliance, a member of the governing committee of the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Research Council, a member of the Board of Editors of Ecosystems and PLOS-Biology, and a member of the International Advisory Board of Frontiers in Ecology and Environment.  He previously was: a member of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST); a member of the Board of “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity” project; Chair of a process carried out by the International Council for Science to develop global environmental change research priorities; and, a member of the Board of the Society for Conservation Biology and the Board of Editors of Ecological Applications.

Walt earned his Ph.D. in zoology (ecology and evolutionary biology) from the University of Washington in 1987 and his B.A. in zoology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1978.