This month, Rhea Suh became one of the few environment group CEOs who are female or non-white. With a background in big foundations, she's also the perfect person to raise key issues about diversity.
The David & Lucile Packard Foundation has devoted around $20 million in the past five years to protecting this region of the country. They've mostly poured funding into large national conservation groups, with the biggest grantees in recent years being Trout Unlimited and The Wilderness Society. But to a lesser extent, Packard has supported efforts among the many Native American communities that control about a third of the region.