• Dr. Brodie Ferguson (Chairman of the Board) is an anthropologist and forest carbon project developer working with indigenous communities in Colombia and Brazil (Colombia/USA)
  • Alyson Blume (Secretary of the Board) is a UX designer at Wexus Technologies, a start-up that is working to make agriculture more energy and water efficient. (USA)
  • Dr. Christopher Herndon (Treasurer of the Board) 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 (Mexico/USA)
  • 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 (USA).
  • Penn A. Butler is an attorney specializing in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and corporate restructuring (USA)
  • 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 (USA)
  • Rodolfo Dirzo is a scientist from Mexico currently serving as a professor of biology at Stanford University whose scientific work examines the study of species interactions in tropical ecosystems from Latin America and Africa (Mexico/USA)
  • Susan Sanchez is a scientist, strategic investor & executive advisor to renewable energy and product developers. (USA)
  • Tim Kelly is the former president of the National Geographic Society, conceiving of and leading the development of the National Geographic Channels (USA)
  • Triona Gogarty is a speech-language pathologist and elementary school teacher with 35 years experience working in early development and literacy (USA)


  • 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)