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 also serves on the Board of Directors for the Audubon Naturalist Society.
Julie Fox Gorte is the Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Pax World Management Corporation. She oversees environmental, social, and governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as Pax’s shareholder advocacy and work on public policy advocacy. Prior to joining Pax, Dr. Gorte served as Vice President and Chief Social Investment Strategist at Calvert. Her experience before she joined the investment world in 1999 includes nearly 14 years as Senior Associate and Project Director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, Vice President for Economic and Environmental Research at The Wilderness Society, Program Manager for Technology Programs in the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy office, and Senior Associate at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. Dr. Gorte received her Bachelor of Science in Forest Management at Northern Arizona University, and a Master of Science and Ph.D from Michigan State in resource economics. Dr. Gorte serves on the boards of Ceres, New American Dream, and the Pinchot Institute. She has served as the co-chair of the Asset Management Working Group of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiatives, and is a member of the Forest Economics and Policy Program’s advisory panel at Resources for the Future.
Susan works with Save Our Wild Salmon. Susan was previously a Senior Legislative Representative at Earthjustice in Washington, DC, the nation’s largest environmental law firm. At Earthjustice, she worked primarily on protecting endangered species and wildlife, and defending and strengthening the Endangered Species Act. Before moving to Washington, DC, in 2002, Holmes was the Senior Regional Representative in charge of the Sierra Club’s New York City Office.
Adrienne L. Hollis is the lead climate justice analyst for the Climate & Energy Program 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. Dr. Hollis works with environmental justice communities to identify priority health concerns related to climate change and other environmental assaults, and evaluates climate and energy policy approaches for their ability to effectively address climate change and benefit underserved communities. 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 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.
Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired). Rick is a Senior Fellow with Logistics Management Institute and a director with Cascade Designs, Inc. Previously, he was Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, U. S. Marine Corps. In that capacity, he was responsible for worldwide logistics, supply chain, real estate, facilities, land use, and environmental stewardship. Rick is a passionate mountain and road biker, skier, hiker, eco-traveler, and loves all things out-of-doors. At their small, urban, Arlington Virginia home, he and his wife have created a garden environment that promotes the use of native plants and provides habitat for birds, butterflies, and small critters of which they are avid observers. He is life member of the Sierra Club.
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; visiting professor, Cornell University. She enjoyed a successful academic career with professorships at Central Missouri State and San Francisco State University. Jan 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. Jan, who is a Professor Emeritus of Biology at San Francisco State University, is writing a book on endangered species and loves to travel, hike, and garden
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. Bob is currently in the third year of his four-year Presidential appointment as an Expert Member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
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.