• Holt Thrasher (Board Chair) has more than 35 years’ experience in investment banking, information technology, and consulting. He is currently Founder and CEO of Synovia Capital, an investment fund focused on ecosystem management within the data analytics sector. Holt is an active conservationist and nature enthusiast and serves as Trustee and Treasurer of the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation and was formerly Chairman of the National Audubon Society.
  • Triona Gogarty (Secretary of the Board) is a speech-language pathologist and elementary school teacher with 35 years’ experience working in early development and literacy.


  • Alyson Blume is a UX design consultant with an MBA in media ventures.
  • Dr. Brodie Ferguson is an anthropologist and forest carbon project developer working with indigenous communities in Colombia and Brazil (Colombia/USA).
  • Jeanne Sedgwick is the former director of the Conservation Program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She is currently vice chairman of the Resources Legacy Fund in Sacramento, California, and vice chair of the Stanford Habitat Conservation Board.
  • Katie LaFleur is a social impact investor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. She leads Investor Relations with FullCycle, where she manages LP relations, communications, and event strategy across the fund.
  • Mark Cappellano is a conservationist and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. He is a managing partner of several ventures and is active with several other NGOs.
  • Penn A. Butler is an attorney specializing in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and corporate restructuring.
  • Peter Riggs was the founder and director of the Forum on Democracy & Trade before joining the Ford Foundation as a program officer. He is now an advisor at CLUA.
  • Rhett A. Butler is the founder and CEO of Mongabay. He lives in California.
  • Steve McCormick is the former president of The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the former president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). He now runs The Earth Genome, a global, open-source database on ecosystem services and natural capital.
  • Tim Kelly is the former president of the National Geographic Society, conceiving of and leading the development of the National Geographic Channels.


  • Rhett A. Butler is the founder of and (USA).


  • Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, is a primatologist, author, and conservation icon. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace (UK)
  • Dr. William F. Laurance is a rainforest ecologist now based at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. He was formerly at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution (Australia/USA)
  • Dr. Peter Raven is a botanist who was formerly the director of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Today he is President Emeritus of the institution. (USA)
  • Aida Greenbury an Indonesian forester who for 13 years worked on sustainability issues at Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), one of the world’s largest integrated forestry, pulp and paper groups. Aida left APP in May 2017 to become an independent sustainability advisor. (Indonesia)
  • Dr. Christopher Herndon is a physician focusing on reproductive health and ethnobotanist with experience in Peru, Suriname, Colombia, and Venezuela (USA)
  • Cynthia M. Adams is currently CEO of GrantStation and has spent her career helping nonprofits identify and secure the funding and raising funds to help set-aside public lands in Alaska (Chile/USA)

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