Annette Lanjouw, Arcus Foundation

TITLE: Co-Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: great ape conservation, in the wild and in captivity

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PROFILE: Annette Lanjouw is a highly respected primatologist, having carried on the work of Dian Fossey to protect and steadily restore the endangered mountain gorilla in war-torn regions of Africa. Her work isn't limited to that impressive feat though, as she's fought to protect orangutans, chimpanzees, and bonobos over her more than 25 years working in great ape conservation. Her Arcus bio shares: 

Annette Lanjouw is a highly regarded expert in great ape conservation. She has worked with chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas in the wild, and has worked extensively in conservation strategy, program implementation, and research. For 15 years she was director of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme, which works to conserve the fewer than 800 mountain gorillas inhabiting the forests on the border of Rwanda, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo. Ms. Lanjouw served as scientific advisor to world-renowned wildlife filmmaker Alan Root, as Central Africa program officer for the Wildlife Conservation Society, and as project manager and field director for the Frankfurt Zoological Society’s Chimpanzee Conservation Project in eastern DRC. Before joining Arcus, she was international program officer for the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. A native of the Netherlands, Ms. Lanjouw holds a BSc in zoology and psychology from Victoria University in New Zealand, and a doctorandus degree in behavioral ecology from the Rijks Universiteit in the Netherlands. She is scientific advisor to the Trust for African Rock Art, and a member of the Species Survival Commission Primate Specialist Group, the Trans-boundary Conservation Specialist Group, and the World Commission on Protected Areas.

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Alan Holt, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation

TITLE: Program Director, Environment

FUNDING AREAS: Marine conservation, Great Bear of the Tongass Coast Conservation, local environmental sustainability and biodiversity

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PROFILE: As Program Director for the Environment arm of this fairly new but deep-pocketed Minnesota funder, Holt now manages a huge conservation portfolio that reaches the Pacific islands, tropical forests, and the temperate rainforests of Alaska and British Columbia.

Holt's role at Cargill started when the foundation really began gearing up in 2009, and Holt has said his work developing conservation programs still strongly influences his thoughts on what makes a good funder. For example, he thinks back to his early work in Hawaii, and how a project funded by MacArthur in the 1980s morphed into the broad collaboration Hawai'i Conservation Alliance, because he strayed from the proposal.

"You get more when you give grantees the room to adapt and innovate toward important goals, not by trying to tightly manage them to an original work plan," he told an annual HCA conference in his 2012 keynote speech. Allowing leeway instead of holding grantees to a set of boxes to check off yields far greater results, he said. "Great science and great researchers aren't necessarily attracted to having their agenda orchestrated," Holt added. "Fancy that."

He’s now in a position to extend that same room to innovate to others, in a big way. Since its namesake's passing in 2006, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation has been ramping up, with its first big year in grantmaking in 2011 (featuring $141 million in giving). The foundation's endowment has grown to one of the largest in the country, and a good chunk of its funding is in conservation.

You can see Holt's apparent influence in the focus on Pacific islands, tropical forests and work in Alaska. Before taking the job at Cargill, he spent the bulk of his career at The Nature Conservancy, where in his most recent role he was regional director overseeing Alaska, Canada, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii. But having spent nearly 30 years at the Conservancy, Holt was also involved in international decisions and strategy. 

His legacy will likely remain his work in Hawaii. During his time at The Nature Conservancy, he designed and created its Hawaii conservation programs from 1982 to 1999. He was one of the founders of what would become the Hawaii Conservation Alliance, a coalition of nonprofits, educational institutions and government agencies collectively responsible for managing Hawaii’s land and waters. Prior to that project, he worked as a field biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service. He also holds a master's in botany from the University of Hawaii, and is an expert in invasive species.

Holt still cites his successful work on the island as the basis for what he thinks makes for successful conservation work. As he said in his 2012 keynote speech, Hawaii has been at the leading edge of what's happening now in conservation, which is a respect for culture and a fusion of community interests.

What we're doing now could be called not so much biodiversity conservation, but bio-cultural conservation, bio-cultural diversity. Where Hawaiian perspective is not a special topic or a visiting speaker, but a gift from our ancestors that can bring us beyond what we can do through science alone.

Judy Adler, Turner Foundation

TITLE: President and Treasurer

FUNDING AREAS: Water and energy management, environmental sustainability, healthy living

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PROFILE: Adler is the president and treasurer of the Turner Foundation. Her foundation bio shares: 

As President of the Turner Foundation, Judy is responsible for implementing the Foundation's mission of protecting and restoring our natural systems - air, land, and water on which all life depends. Before being appointed President, Judy managed the energy and water programs at the Foundation. Judy has over 20 years of environmental experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining the Turner Foundation, Judy worked for the State of Georgia's Sustainability Division where she managed a team of engineers that helped businesses and institutions reduce their environmental footprint. She also worked as a project manager and project engineer with Metcalf & Eddy, Inc. (now AECOM) where she provided environmental services for industrial, municipal and federal clients.
Judy received a Bachelor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University summa cum laude and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Judy is a licensed professional engineer, LEED Green Associate, Certified Energy Manager, and former Chair of the Board of Directors for the Institute of Georgia Environmental Leadership. Judy lives in Atlanta with her husband, Ted Hull, and daughter Iris. In Atlanta, you may find Judy leading a courageous group of Girl Scouts, cooking and trying out the latest new restaurants with friends, and exploring the great outdoors with her family.

Walt Reid, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

TITLE: Director, Conservation and Science

FUNDING AREAS: Climate change, environmental science research, biofuels, marine conservation, biodiversity restoration

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PROFILE: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation funds conservation through its Conservation and Science program. Reid is the director of conservation and science here. His foundation bio shares: 

Walt joined the 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 and a member of the Board of Editors of Ecosystems. 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); the Board of “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity” (TEEB) project; the governing committee of the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Research Council; the Board of the Society for Conservation Biology; and the Board of Editors of Ecological Applications and PLOS-Biology. 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.

Jorgen Thomsen, MacArthur Foundation

TITLE: Director, Climate Solutions

FUNDING AREAS: Conservation, environmental sustainability, marine conservation

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PROFILE: Jorgen Thomsen has spent much of his career at the helms of massive conservation programs, protecting the most vulnerable hotspots of biodiversity around the world. At the MacArthur Foundation, he's continuing that work but is expanding it to take on the underlying threats to biodiversity, including climate change. His foundation bio shares:

Prior to joining the foundation in 2009, Thomsen spent 14 years with Conservation International as Senior Vice President of the organization’s Conservation Funding Division and as Executive Director of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, which included leading a $260 million grantmaking and partnership development facility for civil society organizations in the most biodiversity rich areas of the world. Before this he was the chief executive of TRAFFIC, an organization that monitors trade in natural resources, and he held positions at WWF and IUCN, and in the Danish ministry of environment.
Thomsen has a MSc in zoology and also attended law school at the University of Copenhagen in his native Denmark.

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Joan Weinstein, Getty Foundation

TITLE: Deputy Director

FUNDING AREAS: Access to art collections, art history, conservation

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PROFILE: Dr. Joan Weinstein first joined the Getty in the early 1990s, for what she thought would be merely a temporary position. She remains there to this day, now as Deputy Director of the Getty Foundation. Though she first made her mark as an art historian of early 20th century German art, Weinstein has grown into a champion of post-war Los Angeles art movements, such as Chicano murals and skate culture. When she speaks, her even tones belie an enthusiasm for the arts that's as strong as any young idealist, and a deep pride in the Getty Foundation's accomplishments.

As a young art history scholar, Weinstein studied at UCLA and became an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Pittsburgh. Her focus was early 20th century German art, and an Edward Dickson Travel Fellowship enabled her to dig into German archives firsthand. In 1990, the University of Chicago Press published her groundbreaking book, The End of Expressionism: Art and the November Revolution in Germany, 1918-19. Her perspective on modern German art was a break from conventional interpretations, and her work remains formative for a new generation of art historians.

Weinstein joined the Getty as a Senior Program Officer of the Getty Grant Program before it morphed into the Getty Foundation. Back then she helped to award collaborative research grants, post-doctoral fellowships, and curatorial research fellowships to artists and scholars at home and abroad. Her position has changed several times since, from Associate Director, to Interim Director (at the time colleague Deborah Marrow was filling in as Interim President and CEO), to Deputy Director. Whatever the title, she has remained part of the close core of Getty leaders and officers of the Getty Foundation, Getty Research Institute, Conservation Center, Museum, and Trust.

In 1993, she helped found the Getty's Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program, which funds paid summer positions for diverse students at Los Angeles museums and arts organizations. In 2006, she supported Rescue Public Murals, a Heritage Preservation initiative to document and preserve public murals throughout the US. "Public murals are vital community assets," said Weinstein, "and a national strategy to document and preserve them will benefit artists, scholars, and the broader public." She was also behind the 2008 decision to pledge continued funding to museums and preservation efforts in sub-Saharan Africa. This included support to PREMA, a training program for African conservators that aimed to "train the trainers…to find solutions" in their home countries.

In recent years, Weinstein has been busy co-directing Pacific Standard Time, a multi-year collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions throughout southern California. Through PST, Weinstein, along with Deborah Barrow, supported investigations into "the films of the African American L.A. Rebellion to the feminist happenings of the Woman's Building; from ceramics to Chicano performance art; and from Japanese-American design to the pioneering work of artists' collectives." Their goal was to capture the post-war art history of Los Angeles before its cultural significance could be lost.

At the Getty, she helps guide and define the foundation's directive to advance "the understanding and preservation of the visual arts locally and throughout the world." She upholds this vision across the four funding priorities of art history, conservation, collections, and professional development. Her track record shows that the projects Weinstein consistently throws her weight behind are multicultural, embody history, and engage a community. Here is a video profile of Weinstein the arts administrator, and the person.

Alison Gilchrest, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer

FUNDING AREAS: Art history, conservation, museums

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PROFILE: Alison Gilchrest is a program officer at the Mellon Foundation. Her foundation bio shares:

Alison Gilchrest oversees grantmaking in art history, conservation, and museums, and works closely with colleagues across the Foundation to develop new initiatives in Arts and Cultural Heritage and in areas of overlapping interest.  Prior to joining the Foundation in 2005, Ms. Gilchrest held positions in the conservation departments of the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and most recently, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she conducted spectral imaging research at the intersection of art historical, curatorial, and conservation inquiry.  Her ongoing research interests include online cultural heritage documentation and research environments. 
Ms. Gilchrest holds a MSIS degree with a concentration in museum information systems from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where her thesis received the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Gerd Muehsam Award.  She also holds a bachelor's degree in the history of art from Bryn Mawr College and a professional certificate in arts administration from New York University. 

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Guillermo Castilleja, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

TITLE: Chief Program Officer, Environmental Conservation

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PROFILE: Guillermo Castilleja is the Chief Program Officer of Environmental Conservation at the Moore Foundation. His Yale bio shares: 

Guillermo Castilleja leads and oversees strategy for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Environmental Conservation Program, which seeks to protect critical ecosystems and balance long-term conservation with sustainable use. The program includes an interlinked trio of market-based approaches to conservation (the Conservation and Financial Markets Initiative, Forests and Agricultural Markets Initiative, and Oceans and Seafood Markets Initiative) as well as initiatives that focus on the Andes-Amazon, Marine Conservation and Wild Salmon Ecosystems. 
Before joining the foundation in 2010, Guillermo worked for World Wildlife Fund-International (WWF), most recently as Executive Director for conservation. In that capacity, he directed and coordinated its global conservation efforts, leading the development of global priorities for the network, overseeing implementation of its activities and monitoring progress. He has also worked for the World Bank and the National Wildlife Federation. 
Guillermo graduated from the National University of Mexico and received a Master’s degree in Forestry, a Master’s degree in Philosophy and a doctorate in Forest Ecology from Yale University. 

Avecita Chicchón, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

TITLE: Program Director

FUNDING AREAS: Andes-Amazon, sustainable agriculture

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PROFILE: When Chicchón joined the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to head up its Andes-Amazon Initiative in 2011, she brought with her a veritable treasure trove of experience and knowledge. Her foundation bio shares: 

Avecita leads the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Andes-Amazon Initiative, which aims to secure the biodiversity and climatic function of the Amazon biome. Since the initiative began in 2001, it has helped conserve and improve management of over 170 million hectares in the Amazon, nearly one-third of the original forest cover. Avecita also led the team that developed the foundation’s forests and agricultural markets work.
Avecita has over 30 years of experience in natural resource use, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean. She currently serves on several committees and boards, including the Strategic Steering Committee for the Andes Amazon Fund, the Pew Marine Fellows Program selection committee, the Amazon Biodiversity Center advisory board, and the program team for the Climate and Land Use Alliance. Before coming to Moore, Avecita served as the executive director of the Latin America program at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), where she led conservation programs in 15 countries. Some of many contributions included strengthening WCS’s work in the Western Amazon region, the establishment of a private protected area in Tierra del Fuego (Karukinka, Chile) and consolidating wetland and species conservation approaches in Cuba. Previously, Avecita was a program officer at the MacArthur Foundation, where she developed the initial strategies on the North and Southern Tropical Andes and was responsible for conservation and sustainable development grantmaking in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Conservation International’s first country program director in Peru. While at Conservation International, she led a team that, with a social science perspective, used novel participatory approaches to help establish millions of hectares under permanent protection and management in the Tambopata watershed and Vilcabamba cordillera regions of the Peruvian Amazon.
Avecita earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Florida. Her dissertation focused on natural resource use by the Tsimane people of Beni, Bolivia. She has degrees from the University of Cincinnati and from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. In 2004, she was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causadegree from the Universidad de la Amazonia Peruana (UNAP) for her contributions in the conservation and sustainable development fields.

Andrew Johnson, William Penn Foundation

TITLE: Program Director, Watershed Protection

FUNDING AREAS: Watershed conservation and protection

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IP TAKE: Johnson leads land and water conservation up and down the Delaware River Watershed region. That includes urban areas, where he directs funds to parks, trails, and other projects to make nature more accessible to the public—and in so doing, he hopes, make the public more interested in protecting it.

PROFILE: Conservation opportunities abound in America’s remaining wilderness areas, needless to say. But Andrew (Andy) Johnson finds them deep within cities, too. As senior program officer for the Watershed Protection program at the William Penn Foundation, he’s led the allocation of numerous grants to Philadelphia and nearby cities for urban parks, nature trails, and other projects that facilitate city folks’ access to, and enjoyment of, the natural world. The more remote wilderness habitats are part of the program, too, though. Johnson’s grantmaking sponsors conservation and restoration efforts across his state and beyond.

The William Penn Foundation has an endowment of close to $2 billion, out of which it dispenses about $110 million in grants a year. Its conservation outreach covers all bases: scientific research, policy development, restoration projects, and advocacy efforts to mobilize the public. It keeps its mission very localized, though. Grants go, with virtually no exceptions, to groups involved in stewardship of the Delaware watershed, the 12,800-square-mile river network that runs through the Philadelphia area, Delaware, and parts of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

National groups do receive William Penn grants, but they tend to get them for projects in the greater Philadelphia region. The Natural Resources Defense Council and The Nature Conservancy are some examples. So is the National Fish and Wildlife Federation, which has been using its grants from William Penn to finance a Delaware Estuary program since 2003.

Beneficiaries, both local and national, have used grants to track environmental health and water quality throughout the watershed, buy up lands that they identify as critical to water conservation, and develop and implement new models and methods for conservation, restoration, and enhanced public and private watershed protection.

The Delaware River Waterfront Commission, a public-private partnership that’s developing public nature sites on the banks of Philadelphia’s corner of the Delaware River, has been a major beneficiary of William Penn grants. The foundation gave the partnership $10 million—$5 million in 2010 and another $5 million in 2013—for a new nature trail, a public park, and related projects. Philadelphia’s zoo received $6 million to build a new trail that same year; and the city’s 55-acre Awbry Arboretum, a grant of $300,000. These all follow the foundation’s 2012 allocation of $495,000 to the civic association Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future for clean-water and storm-water-management programs.

These city-centric initiatives reflect a philosophy that Johnson and his foundation colleagues hold for furthering conservation by raising interest and awareness among the public. Trails and similar projects connect the public with nature. And this, Johnson and colleagues hope, can lead to more members of the public making personal connections with nature and finding more incentives to protect it.

This philosophy also underlies the foundation’s investment of large sums to complete the Circuit, a network of more than 250 miles of trails that crisscrosses the greater Philly region. And it’s why the foundation likewise issued $350,000 grant to the Wildlands Conservancy to expand a Bike and Boat Program on the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers, and to construct several new nature trails and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

Many more foundation grants fund work further out in the countryside. The foundation has issued $82,500 over the years to the Manomet Center’s Shorebird Recovery Project, a project to teach area residents and visitors about the region’s migratory shorebirds and horseshoe crabs. Other foundation-sponsored programs work with hunters, fishermen, and other outdoor enthusiasts throughout the region to encourage them to engage in their hobbies in the most ecosystem-friendly ways possible.

Taryn Sherman, Turner Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer, Sustainable Living

FUNDING AREAS: Conservation, sustainable living, environmental education

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PROFILE: With 10 years of environmental grantmaking experience already under her belt, Taryn Sherman (then Taryn Murphy) joined the Turner Foundation as a program officer in 2010. Her official bio on the foundation's website states:

Taryn manages a portfolio that spans three of the foundation’s program areas including Creating Solutions for Sustainable Living, Healthy Planet, Healthy Communities, and Growing the Movement and includes work in reproductive health and family planning, environmental health, and environmental education. Taryn also manages the Turner Community Youth Development Initiative providing development and leadership opportunities for youth in priority communities. Prior to joining the Turner Foundation, Taryn was the Sr. Program Director at Captain Planet Foundation overseeing all aspects of the foundation’s program development and grantmaking. Taryn has a liberal arts degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Michael Finley, Turner Foundation

TITLE: President/Treasurer

FUNDING AREAS: Conservation, habitat preservation, and biodiversity

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PROFILE: In 2001, Michael (Mike) Finley announced that he was leaving his position as Yellowstone National Park supervisor to take up the post of Turner Foundation president. He said then in a statement:

I only plan to work another six or seven years and wanted a place where I will have the greatest impact on water, the environment and conservation," he said in a press conference at the time. Those six or seven years ended long ago, however, and Finley is still there and still overseeing the allocation of $10 million or more in grants a year toward conservation and sustainability causes across the globe.

Under his leadership, the foundation is recognized as one of the most accessible funders in the conservation field. In one year alone, the Turner Foundation awarded 132 environment grants in total, including 32 pertaining specifically to animals and wildlife. Groups involved in land or wildlife conservation should not let the foundation's celebrity namesake intimidate them—if a group's mission is a good fit for Turner's programs, then it will stand a reasonably strong chance of securing support for it.

The foundation has five principal grant programs, the first of which is Supporting Habitat. Both marine and terrestrial habitats, on private and public lands alike, are within the program's area of concern, with an eye for "ecosystem-based management solutions" and "local projects that serve as real-world case studies." This program places the most emphasis on protecting "functioning ecosystems," a list that includes wildlife corridors, buffer zones, and core, intact habitats. The foundation's wildlife protection efforts, meanwhile, concentrate on the wildlife populations that serve as "keystone indicators of ecosystem health," including migratory birds, far-ranging carnivores, and plants that are high-profile pollinators.

The Turner Foundation also prioritizes some key regions over others. The U.S. states of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Montana, New Mexico, and Alaska all get first consideration. So do any habitats in the following U.S. geographic regions: the Southeastern Coastal Plain (specifically Georgia and South Carolina); the Florida Panhandle and the Red Hills Region of north Florida and southwest Georgia; the Sky Islands region of southwestern New Mexico, southeastern Arizona, and northern Mexico; the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem north to the transboundary Flathead; and south central/southeastern Alaska.

While Finley is no longer employed by Yellowstone, he continues to look out for the park and its surrounding region. The Greater Yellowstone Coalition, which advocates for the park's wildlife and encourages sustainable management of park lands, receives grants of $100,000 a year from the Turner Foundation. The Sky Island Alliance, a nonprofit that protects and restores species and habitats in the Sky Island region of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, likewise receives ample Turner Foundation grant assistance.

Conservation efforts outside the United States receive Turner Foundation grants as well. One of the top beneficiaries in recent years has been the Wild Salmon Center, an international conservation organization working to protect salmon ecosystems throughout the northern Pacific, including the northwestern United States, British Columbia, and Russia's Far East provinces. The center incorporates science and strategy into its efforts by researching salmon ecosystems to identify the best and most important ones to protect, and then implementing strategies to protect them. Grants of $100,000 a year from the Turner Foundation have aided the center's initiatives.

North Korea also is an area of interest for Finley. He is a member of the National Committee on North Korea, a coalition of U.S. leaders who call for civil engagement between North Korea and the United States, and he has led an expedition to document the wildlife and fauna of the isolated republic. He and Ted Turner both call for converting the undeveloped land along the Demilitarized Zone into a "peace park" that preserves the land and its wildlife and simultaneously celebrates nonviolence.

The other grant programs are: Sustainable living to support renewable energy, water conservation, and strategies on overall resource use; Healthy Planet and Communities, which combats pollution and the exposure of people or ecosystems to hazardous chemicals; Growing the Movement, which facilitates the mobilizing of new groups and communities on environmental issues; and Community Youth Development, which invests in youth education, mentoring, and career training. Finley has, in addition, formed partnerships with commercial trade associations, including the National Restaurant Association and the National Hotel and Lodging Association, to teach and implement sustainable business practices.

Finley came to the Turner Foundation in 2001 with more than three decades of experience in managing national parks. He was the superintendent of Yosemite National Park, Everglades National Park, and Assateague Island National Seashore before being appointed superintendent of Yellowstone National Park in 1994. In his seven years of overseeing Yellowstone, he led the reintroduction of the park's grey wolf population, helped avert the construction of a nearby mine, and created the Yellowstone Park Foundation, which raised $3 million for the park in its first year alone. He also developed a plan to phase out snowmobiles in Yellowstone, the latter causing him to butt heads with the Bush administration.

Aimee Witteman, The McKnight Foundation

TITLE: Program Director, Midwest Climate and Energy

FUNDING AREAS: Conservation

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PROFILE: Aimee Witteman joined The McKnight Foundation in June 2010 as a program officer for their environment work. Three years later she was elevated to her current position of program director for their Midwest Climate and Energy program. Here's her official bio:

Aimee Witteman directs the Midwest Climate & Energy program for The McKnight Foundation, based in Minneapolis. McKnight’s Midwest Climate & Energy program seeks to help the Midwest become an international model in addressing climate change by reducing such emissions in all economic sectors. Aimee formerly served as program officer for McKnight’s Environment Program and as the Executive Director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition in Washington, D.C, where she was extensively involved in the 2008 Farm Bill campaign. Witteman is a former W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in history from the University of Wisconsin and has a master’s of science degree from Tufts University in agriculture and environmental policy.

Witteman also serves on the board of the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota and as a mentor for FoodCorps, both since 2011.

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Claire Billett, William Penn Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer, Watershed Protection

FUNDING AREAS: Watershed conservation and protection

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PROFILE: Claire Billet serves as a program officer at the William Penn Foundation, which shares the following bio:

For most of her career, Clare has been invested in preserving, restoring and improving natural resources and ecological systems throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region—working across the conservation practitioner’s spectrum from ecological restoration, management and design to land protection, conservation planning and natural-resource prioritization. She led regional SmartConservation® efforts that resulted in the development of innovative site assessment and decision-support tools, and also generated a regional Greenspace network of conservation hubs and migration corridors that would create a sustainable, connected landscape throughout eastern Pennsylvania. She has worked for private consultants and national and regional conservation nonprofits, and recently directed the wildland-urban interface brush-management program for the City of San Diego. Clare holds an M.S. in landscape architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK and a bachelor’s degree in geography with a specialization in Biogeography from the University of Nottingham, UK.