February 18, 2018

Philanthropy Experience

Philanthropy Experience
Consultative Group on Biological Diversity
San Francisco, California
Affiliate Member
  • Affiliate member, participant in marine interest grantmakers forum.
  • Organizer for marine interest grantmakers forum’s 2003, 2005 and 2006 annual meetings in Baja California, Monterey, and Belize.
  • Together with the Marisla Foundation, developed a marine mammal interest grantmakers forum.
  • Developed a coral reef interest grantmakers forum.
  • Organizer for marine interest grantmakers forum’s 2005 annual meeting in Monterey, California.
  • Researched and prepared peer reviewed 2004 briefing paper for funders on “Climate Change and Oceans
Environmental Grantmakers Association
New York, New York
  • Member (through Alaska Conservation Foundation)
National Whale Conservation Fund
Washington, DC
Chair, Advisory Council

(of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation)

  • Chair of National Whale Conservation Fund Advisory Council.
Washington, DC
  • President
  • Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Advisor to the Marine Mammal Field of Interest Fund
  • Member of the Founding Strategy Group
  • Oversight of the development and fledging of the Marine Photobank
Fundación Bahia de Loreto (Loreto Bay Foundation)
Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Executive Director/Chair of Board of Trustees
  • Executive Director, Chair of Board of Trustees, and designer.
St. Kitts Foundation
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Executive Director/Chair of Board of Trustees
  • Executive Director, Chair of Board of Trustees, and designer
Association of Small Foundations
Bethesda, Maryland
  • Member (through The Ocean Foundation).
Alaska Oceans Program
Anchorage, Alaska
Senior Program Officer

(of the Alaska Conservation Foundation)

  • Senior Program Officer (part-time) ($650,000 annual budget) 2003 – 2006
  • Facilitate the Shipping Safety Partnership to reduce the risk of groundings, collisions and oil and cargo spills from the several thousand merchant vessels each year that transit waters off Alaska to trade between ports on the west coast of North America and Asia (Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund restored at $3 billion level due to work of partnership)
  • Facilitate the Alaska Oceans Network information sharing, communications forum for ocean conservation organizations working in Alaska
  • Design and manage a successful campaign to protect important North Pacific Ocean habitat by prohibiting destructive bottom trawling (375,000 square miles of ocean habitat were closed to bottom trawling in February 2005)
  • Design and manage a campaign to develop and implement a vision for the future of ocean management in the North Pacific region
  • Design and manage a campaign to reform the activities of the Marine Stewardship Council
  • Oversight of the annual Alaska Oceans Festival (music), and a traveling, annual Alaska Oceans Film Festival
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Menlo Park, California
  • Advisor to Environment Program regarding grantmaking in Mexico, 2001 – 2004.
  • Consultant for a 2002 project to facilitate collaboration and cross training among regranting facilities in Mexico.
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Member, Environmental Grants Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Environmental Grants Advisory Committee (Comite de Ambiente)
San Diego Foundation
San Diego, California
  • Researched and designed an Environmental Initiatives Program, which provides financial and non-financial support for programs and internal capacity building for San Diego non-profit environmental organizations.
San Diego Foundation's Orca Fund
San Diego, California
  • Fund manager for grantmaking and evaluations ($750,000 annual giving), 2000 – 2003
  • Due diligence and background research for the Orca Fund to support activities, research and advocacy related to cetaceans and other marine mammals.
Fundación La Puerta
Tecate, Baja California, Mexico
  • Consultant for a 2003 project to research establishment of fundamental concepts for the binational protection of the Tijuana River watershed.
  • Peer reviewer for 2002 research undertaken to establish the basis for a binational protected area at “Ambos Tecate.”
International Community Foundation
San Diego, California
  • Consultant to the Baja California Preservation Fund.
  • Member of the Sea of Cortez Fund working group.
  • Member of the Border Environmental Fund Advisory Committee.
  • Undertook evaluation of grantmaking opportunities regarding Mexico’s Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park.
  • Undertook evaluation of reforestation project in Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • Assisted in due diligence evaluation of new grantee and its proposal to establish a cetacean research laboratory in British Columbia, Canada.
Walton Family Foundation
Bentonville, Arkansas
  • Designed and implemented $180,000 small grants program to support work by Mexican and US NGOs with Sea of Cortez local communities to make marine protected areas more effective.
  • Reviewed and made recommendation on a multi-million dollar conservation NGO proposal regarding Sea of Cortez marine protected areas.