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Meet the EPI Board

Our Board of Directors is comprised of a dedicated group of philanthropic, environmentally conscious, and education focused men and women. Please contact us if you are interested in joining our Board.

Board Members

Lisa Hogen, Chair

Chief Development Officer, Kiva.org

Lisa Hogen is the Chief Development Officer at Kiva where she leads their fundraising and communications teams. She works to develop unique partnerships with corporations and foundations to engage consumers and employees in lending on Kiva. Lisa joined Kiva in 2010, and has more than 20 years of fundraising experience working for national and international nonprofits. Most recently, she was the Chief Development Officer at Room to Read, overseeing a global... Learn More

Aaron Hirsh, Vice Chair

Chair, Vermilion Sea Institute

Aaron Hirsh is a writer, biologist, and entrepreneur with strong interests in education, evolution, and the environment. He is chair of the Vermilion Sea Institute and a research associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado—Boulder. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, various magazines, and The Best American Science Writing. His... Learn More

Dylan Charles, Secretary

Partner, Digital Bridge Partners

Dylan Charles, a Partner at Digital Bridge Partners, has over 20 years of strategy and business planning experience in a range of industries. He is a former Partner at Crimson Consulting, KPMG/BearingPoint and The McKenna Group and has built and run a number of start ups in industries as diverse as Solar Energy, Retail, and Software. His expertise includes market analysis, strategy development, and business operations. Dylan is an avid... Learn More

Steve Anderson, Treasurer

CFP, Navion Financial Advisors

Steven Anderson, CFP, PHD is career changer with a passion for personal financial planning. He is an investment specialist, who made his first mutual fund investments in 1979. His practice focuses on hourly, as needed financial planning, and investment management services including college funding and retirement planning. He has clients across the United States. Mr. Anderson began his career as a wildlife biologist, with an emphasis on applying the science of... Learn More

Trent Baker

Attorney, Datsopoulos MacDonald & Lind P.C.

Trent Baker grew up in Pocatello, Idaho, attended college in Salt Lake City, Utah (University of Utah - B.A., Journalism, 1993), and has lived in Missoula, Montana since 1994, where he attended graduate school (University of Montana - M.S., Environmental Studies, 2001; J.D., 2001; editor Public Land and Resources Law Review, 2000-2001). A former swim coach, ski bum and river guide, Trent is now a shareholder in the Missoula law firm... Learn More

Linda Frey

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Global Citizen Year

Linda is currently the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Global Citizen Year, a gap year organization with programs in Brazil, Ecuador, India and Senegal. In this role she leads higher education partnerships and oversees the organization’s monitoring and evaluation strategy. Prior to joining Global Citizen Year Linda spent three years as Executive Director of the Open Government Partnership, an international organization that promotes government transparency and accountability.... Learn More

Charles Holmes

Owner, CE Holmes Consulting Inc.

Charles Holmes is a cultural anthropologist, educator, and facilitator. Charles works primarily with Executive Teams and Boards of Directors on projects requiring input from multiple stakeholders. Charles’ greatest passion is bringing together groups with diverse opinions to engage in building desired futures.   He has worked with the banking industry, insurance, health care, forestry and mining firms, consumer and package goods companies,... Learn More

Laura Iza

Mexico Chapter Director, Legal Atlas

Laura Iza is from México and participated EPI programs Mexico Marine Ecology and Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology as a teen. She also interned at EPI headquarters in Montana the summer of 2012. She is the founding director of the Legal Atlas Mexico Chapter where she researches laws pertaining to environmental issues and human rights: specifically, wildlife trade, environmental crime, and access to information. Having just finished law... Learn More

Lynn Price

Senior Advisor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Lynn Price is a Senior Advisor for the International Energy Analysis Department and the China Energy Group in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division, Energy Technologies Area, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She previously served as a Senior Scientist, Acting Division Director for the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division, Head of International Energy Analysis Department, and Leader of the China Energy Group. Lynn... Learn More

John Westgarth

President, Plangea, Inc.

John Westgarth is founder and CEO of Plangea Inc. Under a number of brands, Plangea designs and manufactures a variety of specialty products aimed at improving the lives of its customers. The company’s main products are UV protective apparel for kids, which help prevent skin cancer, and its line of winter apparel products for kids, which promotes outdoor play. Other brands include products for women’s fitness... Learn More

Steve McCarthy, Emeritus

Founder and Vice President, Systems Engineering Associates, Inc.

Steve McCarthy (2006-2011), had a 40-year career in aerospace and 10 years as a founder and vice-president of Systems Engineering Associates.  His particular interest is the dynamics and interactions of the components of ecosystems: the life cycles of key species and how they are affected by changes in their habitats and food sources, issues related to reproductive success, dangers posed by predators or other threats, and the impacts of indigenous... Learn More

Christy Miele, Emeritus

Founder, Yoga4Teens

Christy Miele is founder of YogaMinded.com and its Yoga4Teens initiative. Co-author of Yoga4Teens, An Instructor’s Guide to Teaching Yoga to Teenagers and producer of an online training course, How to Teach Teenagers yoga, Christy trains adults to create engaging classes for teens and also teaches yoga in high schools.  She has also worked in the field of corporate finance with... Learn More

Julie Osborn

Advancement Director & Co-founder, EPI

Julie Osborn co-founded Ecology Project International in 2000 and currently serves as the organization’s Advancement Director. She applies her background as an ecologist and analyst focused on issues surrounding global change to promote effective conservation involving local residents. With EPI, she directs organizational strategic development and has raised more than $5M in support of EPI’s mission. In 2011, Julie and EPI Co-founder Scott Pankratz received the Montana Math... Learn More

Scott Pankratz

Executive Director & Co-founder , EPI

Scott Pankratz co-founded Ecology Project International in 2000 and currently serves as the organization’s Executive Director. His strengths lie in integrating research and education, bringing common vision to a range of stakeholders, and non-profit administration. As Director, he cultivates the partnerships that are essential to successful programming and directs organizational resources to achieve the full extent of our mission. After 10 successful years of leading EPI, Scott was awarded the... Learn More

Meet Our Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council helps advance EPI's mission through strategic insight, relationship-building, and advisement in their areas of expertise. Click on their names to learn more!
  • Stephanie Arne - Host, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
  • Ken Britton - Retired District Ranger, Custer Gallatin National Forest Gardiner District
  • Paula Jasinski - Founder, Chesapeake Environmental Communications
  • Peter Senge - Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Meet Our Scientific Advisory Council

The Scientific Advisory Council is a group of respected scientists who support EPI in its efforts to meet and maintain the highest scientific standards in many different areas of the organization. These areas include the management plan for Pacuare Reserve, the methods and practices used in scientific research in which EPI is involved, and the fair and responsible handling of scientific data. Click on the button below to learn more!
  • Aaron Hirsh - Writer, Biologist, and Chair of the Vermilion Sea Institute
  • Carrie Kappel - Research Scientist and Senior Fellow at UC Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
  • Dmitri Petrov - Professor of Biology, Associate Chair of the Biology Department, and Director of the Center for Conservation Genomics at Stanford University
  • Stephen Porder - Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Fellow, Brown’s Institute at Brown for Environment and Society
  • Lynn Price - Senior Advisor for the International Energy Analysis Department and the China Energy Group in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division, Energy Technologies Area, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Taylor Ricketts - Gund Professor and Director of the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont
  • Sofía Rodríguez-Brenes - Herpetologist, Ethologist, and Teacher

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