Samuel B. Passmore, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

TITLE: Program Director

FUNDING AREAS: Environmental conservation

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PROFILE: Samuel Passmore is the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation's environmental program director. In that position, he oversees an environmental grant-making portfolio that encompasses three areas: North American Freshwater Ecosystems, which supports freshwater conservation across the United States but emphasizes the Great Lakes region and, to a lesser extent, the southeastern states; International Finance for Sustainability, whose grants aim to boost sustainable investments and economic opportunities worldwide; and a bevy of Special Initiatives grants, which primarily focuses on grants for urban revitalization and growth management in Michigan.

His foundation bio shares: 

Sam Passmore directs the Foundation’s Environment Program. He supervises all environmental grantmaking and oversees the team’s work on program development and evaluation. He also shares responsibility for the Foundation’s freshwater grant portfolio, which focuses on the Great Lakes basin and portions of the southeastern United States, and is the lead staff person for the domestic aspects of the Foundation’s climate change grantmaking. Prior to joining Mott in November 2001, Passmore was the land use program director of the Coastal Conservation League in South Carolina. He has worked for a number of other environmental organizations in a staff or consulting capacity, including: Save The Bay; Environment Liaison Centre International; Trust for Public Land; Humane Society of the United States; and Environmental Protection Agency, Region III. Passmore has a bachelor’s degree in English and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. While Passmore describes himself as “pretty outdoorsy,” he credits two books for setting him off on his career path: “Soft Energy Paths” by Amory Lovins and “The Unsettling of America” by Wendell Berry.

Sandra Smithey, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer, Environment

FUNDING AREAS: Climate change, sustainability

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PROFILE: Sandra Smithey serves as a program officer with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which shares the following bio:

As a program officer working with the Foundation’s Environment team, Sandra Smithey is responsible for grantmaking on international finance for sustainability. Smithey has an extensive background in public policy related to international development and the environment. Prior to joining the Mott Foundation, she worked with the Global Environment Center of the U.S. Agency for International Development, providing policy advice on sustainable development issues in numerous multilateral forums. Smithey’s professional experience also includes working for several U.S. and international nongovernmental organizations active in sustainable development issues.

Traci Romine, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer, Environment

FUNDING AREAS: Climate change, environmental sustainability

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PROFILE: Traci Romine serves as a program officer for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which shares the following bio:

Traci Romine handles grantmaking in the areas of international development finance and increasing access to clean energy in developing countries. She manages Mott’s environmental work in South America from Brazil, where she works on strategies to protect the region — including the Amazon rainforest and traditional communities — from large dams and other unsustainable energy and infrastructure projects. Romine and her family also reside in the Atlantic rainforest, where their “neighbors” include Howler monkeys, white tufted marmosets, toucans, and scores of other bird species. She began her career as a journalist after earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Northridge. Romine joined Mott in 2012, after working with Greenpeace, the Audubon Society, Oil Change International and the American Chamber of Commerce in Brazil. In 2011, while working from Miami, she received a national Audubon Society award for her work in response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.