Douglas Bevington, Ph.D., is the Forest Program Director for Environment Now, a grantmaking foundation in California. He holds his doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he taught courses on social movement studies. He is the author of "The Rebirth of Environmentalism: Grassroots Activism from the Spotted Owl to the Polar Bear" (Island Press, 2009), which explores how grassroots forest and wildlife protection groups have made a big impact on federal environmental policies in the U.S. over the past twenty years. His book profiles small, bold groups that have benefited from the support of the Fund for Wild Nature.
Monica Bond, MS, is a wildlife biologist and biodiversity advocate with the Wild Nature Institute. She is a graduate of the first year of Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing, and has worked as an Endangered Species Act grassroots organizer for the National Wildlife Federation and a staff biologist for the Center for Biological Diversity, where she fought urban sprawl and protected forests from damaging logging. Monica received her M.S. degree in Wildlife Science from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University and has conducted field research on Gray-tailed Voles, Western Burrowing Owls, Spotted Owls, Black-backed Woodpeckers, Arboreal Salamanders, Northern Elephant Seals, Hawaiian Monk Seals, and Masai Giraffe. She resides in New Hampshire but travels around the world researching and advocating for the conservation of imperiled wildlife and habitats.
Tracy Davids, Esq. is the former Executive Director of Wild South, a non-profit organization working to inspire and empower citizens to protect and restore the native ecosystems of the Southeast. She is currently a consultant to other non-profit organizations. A graduate of Suffolk University Law School, Tracy has been an ardent advocate for the permanent protection of our federal public lands, endangered species, and ecological footprint reduction for 15 years. Her experience also includes the practice of civil law in Boston and volunteer board service for several local, regional, and national conservation organizations. Tracy lives in a solar powered home in Asheville, NC and spends her free time gardening, hiking, backpacking, and exploring the wilds of our great National Forests/Parks.
Marnie Gaede is a writer, editor, and publisher of numerous books and articles. For over fifteen years she has taught Environmental Issues at Art Center College of Design. Marnie has been involved with Sea Shepherd since 1989 and worked in support of numerous campaigns and publications. She served as a director of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society from 2000-2002 and on the Board of Advisors to the Director of Duke University Primate Center. She has been a founding board member of Grizzly People since Timothy Treadwell's death in 2003. In the past, she has served as a director of Galapagos Preservation Society and of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Marnie is President of the Fund.
Annica Kreuter is a board member of Kisco Cares Foundation, an environmental grantmaking foundation, and is a lifelong environmentalist and animal welfare advocate. Prior to settling in the United States, Annica worked in agriculture in Sweden, and in the music business in England. Annica has worked on field biology projects in California, South and Central America, and has helped discover several new species of flies, two of which, Melaloncha annicae and Chonocephalus kreuterae,are named for her. She resides in California.
Dave Parks, Ph.D., has been involved in ecological and political activism since the Vietnam War, including work with Central American solidarity groups, Earth First!, and the Rainforest Action Network. He holds a Ph.D. in physics and works on the research staff of the Stanford University Medical School. He is a past President of the Fund and has been on the Board since 1988. Dave is currently Treasurer of the Fund.
Jeffrey St. Clair is an investigative journalist and editor of CounterPunch. For decades, his writing has largely focused on environmental issues, from nuclear power and declining species to ancient forests and wilderness. His journalism has appeared in The Washington Post, the Village Voice, The Progressive, Earth First! Journal, The New Statesman, The Nation and the San Francisco Examiner. For ten years, he wrote the nationally syndicated Nature and Politics column with the late Alexander Cockburn. He is the author of 14 books, including A Guide to Environmental Bad Guys, Been Brown So Long It Looked Like Green to Me and Born Under a Bad Sky. He is an avid river runner and birder. He lives in Oregon near the confluence of three rivers.
Jason Halbert is a Program Officer at the Oak Hill Fund, a foundation formed from the W. Alton Jones Foundation in Charlottesville, VA. He served as Grassroots Program Officer at Jones for two years. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jason was the coordinator of Heartwood's Appalachian Restoration Campaign. He has also worked in Washington, DC on forest policy issues.
Randy Hayes is Director of the US Liaison Office of World Future Council. He is on the Board of Directors of Rainforest Action Network, which he founded in 1985. He formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Fund for Wild Nature, which was an early supporter of RAN. Randy has also worked on environmental and sustainability issues for the cities of San Francisico and Oakland, CA.
Philip Krohn is a visual artist, forest activist and urban farmer. He is the founder and former director of Orlo in Portland, Oregon, an organization that produces arts programs focused on environmental issues. He is the founder and former editor of The Bear Deluxe environmental zine and founded and currently directs WOW (West Oakland Woods), an inner city micro farm and outdoor classroom. He has worked closely with several environmental groups doing timber sale monitoring and developing media campaigns.
Dr. Louise Leakey upholds the Leakey family legacy in the search for human origins through continuing research with the Turkana Basin Institute of northern Kenya. In appreciation of her African field explorations on human origins, The National Geographic Society has made Louise an "Explorer-in Residence." She is the daughter of world-famous paleoanthropologists Richard and Meave Leakey and granddaughter of Louis and Mary Leakey.
Terry Tamminen is the Executive Director and Founder of Seventh Generation Advisors. Terry also currently serves as an operating advisor for Pegasus Capital Advisors. Previously, Terry was the Secretary of California EPA; Executive Director of the Environment Now Foundation; and founder of the Santa Monica BayKeeper. He is the author of Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction.
Paul Watson is Founder and President of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He has become internationally renowned for his daring, innovative and aggressive approach to the field of wildlife conservation. He has been the captain of a succession of ships dedicated to the protection of the world's oceans and the creatures that inhabit them.