It is with a profound sense of gratitude that the Board of Directors and staff at Ecology Project International (EPI) announce the upcoming departure of Executive Director and EPI Co-founder, Scott Pankratz.
Scott and his wife, Julie Osborn, co-founded EPI in 2001. Their initial work connected local Costa Rican teens with the biodiversity and ecological importance of their homeland through hands-on research with leatherback sea turtles. Empowered to make a difference, these conservation-minded teens began to protect their own communities and wildlife resources, and the tide began to turn. In the 19 years that have followed, EPI has transformed the lives of nearly 40,000 students and teachers, and more than 60,000 additional community members in five countries.
Pankratz leaves EPI with a solid foundation: an experienced board of directors, dedicated and skilled department managers, a talented staff, and financial stability. On departing the organization he helped create, Pankratz said,
“A successful... Read More
Dear Friend of EPI,
Change is one constant in life, and in recognition of this, I am sharing news with you of change on the horizon. After thoughtful consideration, my EPI Co-founder, Julie Osborn, will be stepping down from her role as Advancement Director later this year. This has been a transition that she has thought about and that we have discussed - as a team, with the board, and with our staff - for many months, as it is paramount for the organization and the many youth we serve that we ensure an effective transition. We at EPI are deeply grateful for Julie's vision and leadership during the nearly two decades since we set out on this journey together.
Given Julie's leadership role with both the strategic direction of the organization and the acquisition of funds to support our mission, our transition plan involves two... Read More
During Nicole Xiao’s annual visits to China, she recognized that the air she breathed was full of toxic contaminants. Some days she wouldn’t even venture outside! This experience catalyzed her to take action on behalf of the vulnerable bees in her own community in Moscow, Idaho, and to apply for EPI’s Alumni Leadership Award.
EPI strives to inspire, and then nurture, lifelong conservation in the students that participate in our courses. To that end, EPI annually offers the Alumni Leadership Award to students who are passionate about pursuing their own conservation projects. This year, EPI granted three Leadership Awards to forward-thinking and creative alumni, all eager to help protect our shared environment.
Nicole is passionate about pollinators, and concerned by their rapidly declining populations and diversity. In particular, of the 4,000 native species of bees in North America, she let us know that half of... Read More