Rebecca Adamson, an Indigenous economist, is Founder and President of First Peoples Worldwide, the first US based global Indigenous Peoples NGO, which makes grants and provides technical assistance and advocacy directly to Indigenous-led development projects. Ms. Adamson has worked directly with grassroots tribal communities, both domestically and internationally, as an advocate of local tribal issues since 1970. She established the premiere US development institute, First Nations Development Institute, in 1980 and in 1997 she founded First Peoples Worldwide. Ms. Adamson’s work established the first microenterprise loan fund in the United States; the first tribal investment model; and, a national movement for reservation land reform. Her work established a new field of culturally appropriate, values-driven development, which led to legislation that established new standards of accountability regarding federal trust responsibility for Native Americans. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Bay and Paul Foundations and the Calvert Social Investment Fund. As a trustee of Calvert, Rebecca partnered with the Fund to create the first Indigenous Peoples’ rights investment screen in 1999, and led the creation of the Indigenous Rights Risk Report, the first quantitative assessment of corporate risk exposure to Indigenous Peoples’ rights, in 2014. In 2015 she has established three Shareholder Advocacy Leadership Training Centers located in Guatemala, Mexico and Canada as a new strategy for Indigenous leaders in addressing extractive industry on Indigenous territories. She was appointed as an advisor to the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Multi-Stakeholder Group, serving from 2014 to the present. She holds a Masters in Science in Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University (formerly New Hampshire College) in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she has taught a graduate course on Indigenous Economics within the Community Economic Development Program, and a Doctor in Humane Letters degree from Dartmouth College.
Leslie Catherwood has dedicated her career to the conservation of wildlife and habitat around the nation and across the globe. She is currently a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State, working to combat wildlife trafficking. She fights the illegal trade in wildlife in source, transit, and destination countries. Prior to federal service, Leslie worked as a natural resources consultant, advising government clients on policy and communications pertaining to wildlife and habitat protection. Previously, she was the Associate Director of the Wildlife Refuge Program at The Wilderness Society. In that role, Leslie managed successful campaigns to protect the National Wildlife Refuge System, including the campaign to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Leslie found her calling to save wildlife with her first job in the conservation community as the Communications Coordinator for the Endangered Species Coalition. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Audubon Naturalist Society.
Julie Gorte is Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Pax World Funds. She oversees environmental, social and governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as the firm’s shareholder engagement and public policy advocacy. Julie is also a member of the Impax Gender Analytics team. Julie serves on the boards of the Endangered Species Coalition, E4theFuture, Clean Production Action and is the board chair of the Sustainable Investments Institute. Julie received a Ph.D. and Master of Science in resource economics from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in forest management at Northern Arizona University.
Susan Holmes coordinates Wildlands Network’s U.S. federal policy and government affairs work in Washington, D.C. She promotes legislation and policies designed to protect wildlife habitat and corridors, endangered species and landscape connectivity across America. As part of this work, she leads the Connectivity Policy Coalition—a nationwide coalition of organizations dedicated to advancing policy solutions related to wildlife connectivity—as well as the conservation community’s efforts to pass the federal Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act. Susan has long been passionate about protecting wildlands and wildlife. She combines a love of advocacy with expertise in media, government, and the workings of Capitol Hill. After graduating from Dartmouth College, she developed environmental programs at Columbia University. She then went on to work with the Sierra Club, where she campaigned to protect the Great Bear Rainforest, Adirondacks and other wild places. During her decade-long stint as Senior Legislative Representative for Earthjustice, she defended wildlife and the Endangered Species Act. Prior to joining Wildlands Network she was the Washington, D.C. representative for the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition.
Adrienne L. Hollis is the Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In that role, she leads the development, design, and implementation of methods for accessing and documenting the health impacts of climate change on communities of color and other traditionally disenfranchised groups. Prior to joining UCS, Dr. Hollis served as the director of federal policy at WE ACT for Environmental Justice and taught at the George Washington University Milken School of Public Health and the American University Washington College of Law. She has more than 20 years of extensive experience in the environmental arena, particularly focused on environmental justice, equity and inclusion, and the adverse health effects of environmental exposures and climate change on vulnerable communities, as an associate professor in public health, and as an environmental toxicologist and an environmental attorney. She is a member of numerous organizations and boards, including the EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, the National Adaptation Forum’s Steering Committee (co-chair) and its Equity Working Group, the American Public Health Association’s Environment Section and Environmental Justice Subcommittee, the Endangered Species Coalition (general counsel) and the Green Leadership Trust. She earned a BS in biology from Jackson State University, a PhD in biomedical sciences from Meharry Medical College, a JD from Rutgers University School of Law, and completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard University School of Public Health.
She earned a BS in biology from Jackson State University, a PhD in biomedical sciences from Meharry Medical College, a JD from Rutgers University School of Law, and completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard University School of Public Health. Dr. Hollis hails from Mobile, Alabama.
Rick holds a Professional Director Certification (Level IV/Executive) with the American College of Corporate Directors – a director education/credentialing organization – and has completed several director programs at prominent business schools. His degrees include an MBA, two BAs, and is a graduate (with distinction) of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Rick completed his 35-year career as Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics responsible for worldwide logistics, supply chain, real estate, facilities, land use, and environmental stewardship. Rick is an avid mountain biker and trail builder, hiker, eco-traveler, skier, and diver and is a Sierra Club life member. At their small, urban Arlington Virginia home, he and his wife have created a native garden environment which provides habitat for birds, butterflies, and small critters of which they are avid observers. In 2010, Rick established the Kelly Family Scholarship Fund at his alma mater, Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School, which assists financially disadvantaged minority students who would not otherwise be able to pursue a quality education. In 2005, Rick was designated a Distinguished Alumni by the Penn State Board of Trustees. In 2003, he was inducted into the Pittsburgh Central Catholic Hall of Fame.
Jan Randall is a Professor Emerita of Biology at San Francisco State University. She enjoyed a successful academic career studying social behavior and communication of desert rodents in the United States and Central Asia. She is a fellow of the California Academy of Science, the Animal Behavior Society, and the American Society for the Advancement of Science. She received a career award in recognition of her seminal contribution to the study of animal behavior from the Animal Behavior Society and an Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Idaho. She recently wrote a book on endangered species and loves to travel, hike, and garden. Jan grew up on a family cattle ranch in southern Idaho. She has a B.S. in zoology, University of Idaho; M.Ed. University of Washington, Seattle; Ph.D. in zoology, Washington State University; NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas, Austin; was a visiting professor at Cornell University.
Robert ”Bob” Stanton is a former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior and former Director of the National Park Service (NPS). A 35-year career veteran of the NPS, he served in various management and executive positions at the park, regional and national levels. He was first introduced to conservation and public land stewardship in 1962 while serving as a seasonal park ranger at Grand Teton National Park, an opportunity made possible through the leadership of then Interior Secretary Stewart Lee Udall. While serving as the NPS director, he and his staff inaugurated the Natural Resource Challenge, an action plan to revitalize and expand the Service’s natural resources preservation and management program. Appointed by President Obama in 2014, he served for six years as an Expert Member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, an independent Federal agency.
Lori Udall has over 25 years of experience in international and domestic environmental policy, indigenous rights, and governance and public accountability of international development institutions. In 1967, her father, Stewart Udall—as Secretary of Interior—issued the first endangered species list under the Endangered Species Preservation Act. His list included such great American icons as the timber wolf, red wolf, bald eagle, grizzly bear, American alligator, and the peregrine falcon. Lori continues the family legacy work on endangered species. She is currently President of Montpelier Consulting, LLC, and Program Director for Sacharuna Foundation which focusses on land conservation, endangered species, sustainable agriculture, and indigenous rights and livelihoods. Sacharuna has supported campaigns around the gray wolf, African elephant, and the Hawaiian monk seal. Lori previously worked with First Nations Development Institute, International Rivers Network, and the Environmental Defense Fund. Udall has an M.C.L. from George Washington University, an L.L.M. from Downing College, Cambridge, England, and a B.A. from George Mason University.