Aileen Lee, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

TITLE: Chief Program Officer

FUNDING AREAS: Wild salmon ecosystem conservation

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PROFILE: Aileen Lee brings a very strong skill set to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, having earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science and East Asian Studies from Yale University, and a law degree from Harvard. Before she joined the foundation, Lee led a team at McKinsey & Company that helped clients to adopt effective operational strategies across a number of different industry sectors. She has also spent time in the past as chair of the board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and treasurer of the Western Conservation Foundation, and currently volunteers in Los Altos Hills as a member of their Environmental Initiatives Committee.

Her foundation bio shares: 

The foundation's conservation program includes the Andes-AmazonMarine Conservation and Wild Salmon Ecosystemsinitiatives, as well an interlinked portfolio of initiatives focused on market-based approaches to conservation (the Conservation and Financial MarketsForests and Agricultural Markets, and Oceans and Seafood Markets initiatives). Aileen’s previous roles at the foundation include developing and leading the Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative and the Conservation and Markets initiatives.

Prior to joining the foundation, Aileen was an associate principal at McKinsey & Company, where she led client engagements in strategy, operations and organizational effectiveness across a wide range of sectors. She currently serves on the boards of the Windward Fund and the Climate and Land Use Alliance. She has previously served as chair of the board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and treasurer of the Western Conservation Foundation. She also volunteers with her hometown of Los Altos Hills as co-chair of the Environmental Initiatives Committee.

Aileen was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She attended Yale University, where she received a B.A. in political science and East Asian studies. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a member of the California bar.

Kenneth G. Moore, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

TITLE: Director, San Francisco Bay Area

FUNDING AREAS: Bay Area land conservation and science learning

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PROFILE: Ken Moore serves as the trustee, chief administrative officer and chief program officer for the San Francisco Bay Area for the Moore Foundation. His foundation bio shares:

As chief administrative officer, oversees the core operations of the foundation. Specifically, grants administration, facilities, finance, human resources and IT report to him. As chief program officer, he oversees the foundation’s grantmaking, supporting local conservation and informal science learning. .
At the foundation for more than a decade, Ken has also served as director of evaluation, information technology and facilities, and as research director.
Previously, Ken spent a quarter century in management positions in the high tech industry at Signetics Corporation and most recently at Philips Semiconductors as the director of global supply chain logistics and customer fulfillment (APICS CPIM certified).
Ken co-founded and has served as 10-year board president of the Bullis Charter School, one of the top-10 highest performing public schools in California. He also serves on the boards of the Exploratorium, the California Institute of Technology, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Moore Family Foundation. Ken holds a degree in business administration, and lives with his wife and two children in Los Altos Hills.

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.