Jim Brumm served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Mitsubishi Corporation’s US subsidiary and on the board of Mitsubishi Corporation in Japan. He has served and continues to serve on a number of boards involved in bird conservation, indigenous peoples rights, animal welfare, and conservation science. Jim has a deep interest in and commitment to conservation and to indigenous peoples and community rights and development. He is also a birder but claims he is nowhere near as good as his good friend and Amazon Conservation Board Member Jeff Woodman.
He currently serves as Chair for Amazon Conservation's Board of Directors.
Eduardo Forno serves as Executive Director of Conservation International Bolivia’s office since 1992, supporting conservation and poverty reduction efforts, protected areas, and sustainable development for both indigenous people as well as municipalities. He has also worked for the World Bank, UNDP, IUCN, and The Nature Conservancy, among others.
In addition, he currently serves as Board President for Amazon Conservation sister organization in Bolivia, Conservación Amazónica-ACEAA. A field ecologist, he graduated in biology from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia, where he studied the high Andes and Bolivian savanna butterflies.
He currently serves as Vice-Chair for Amazon Conservation's Board of Directors.
Steve Voorhees is a renewable energy entrepreneur. He is currently the CEO and founder of Teichos Energy, a utility-scale solar development company. Prior to starting Teichos Voorhees founded and served as CEO of Ridgeline Energy (an early wind power development company). Before entering the wind and solar energy business, Voorhees invented the patented BikeLid Systems. Voorhees worked as a field engineer for the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory and has a bachelor’s degree in geography from Middlebury College.
He currently serves as Treasurer for Amazon Conservation's Board of Directors.
Bruce Babbitt Served as Governor of Arizona from 1978 to 1987 and as Secretary of the Interior from 1993 to 2001. He received a BA in geology from the University of Notre Dame, a MSc in geophysics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne which he attended as a Marshall Scholar and a JD from Harvard Law School.
He is the Chairman of the Board of the World Wildlife Fund and a fellow of the Blue Moon Fund where he is presently researching infrastructure development issues in the Amazon Basin.
Alfredo Cahuas has dedicated the better part of his career to the sustainable infrastructure sector. He is Vice President of Investments & Investor Relations at an investment management firm in San Francisco specializing in renewable energy tax equity investments. His commitment to sustainability was nurtured early on in his native Peru while exploring its arid coastline and rugged Andes with his family. Alfredo came to the United States to study electrical engineering at Lafayette College and later received his MBA in finance and international business from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is a founding member of the Latino Community Foundation’s Latino Giving Circle, a philanthropic organization supporting youth development in the Bay Area.
Carolyn Hendricks., M.D., is a breast cancer medical oncologist in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland. She trained at Johns Hopkins and maintains close ties to the Suburban Cancer Program/Johns Hopkins Medicine, including serving on the hospital board for nine years. She is a former member of the Maryland Commission on Cancer and former chair of the FDA’s National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee.
Carolyn is deeply interested in conservation. She developed a love of hawks and owls after attending a raptor workshop in Missoula, Montana in 2005. She is a former member of the board of the American Bird Conservancy and its nominating and audit committees, and a director for NatureServe. She has travelled to Barrow, Alaska for nesting snowy owl monitoring and participated in barn owl box monitoring with Southern Maryland Audubon.
She and her husband purchased their property in Bedford County, PA from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in 2012 and built a sustainable home on the property. The property is protected by a conservation easement. Carolyn blogs about their green home at hufhausinus.blogspot.com.
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal is a lawyer specializing in environmental issues, currently the Leader of the Climate & Energy Global Practice of World Wild Fund for Nature International. As the former Minister of Enviroment of Peru, he has a long history of supporting conservation in the Amazon. He is an expert in the area of environmental law and policy with special emphasis on issues related to environmental policy and management, at national, regional and local levels.
Before his appointment as Minister, he had been the Executive Director of the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental SPDA), where is currently a board member. In 2014 and 2015, he was president of the UN Climate Convention’s twentieth conference of the parties (COP 20). Manuel received a Master’s Degree in Business Law from Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), Peru. He is based in the WWF offices in Peru.
Amy Rosenthal is the Rowe Family Director of the Keller Science Action Center at the Field Museum, an interdisciplinary team of conservation ecologists, geographers, anthropologists, and outdoor educators steeped in the Museum's science and collections. In this role, Amy helps lead the Museum's efforts to develop solutions for advancing environmental conservation and quality of life, particularly in the Andes Amazon and the Chicago region.
Previously, she has worked with universities, non-profits, and philanthropies to catalyze conservation and sustainable development, particularly in Latin America. Amy holds a BA from Amherst College and a MA from Stanford University. Amy also worked for Amazon Conservation as its former Deputy Director for Projects, where she designed and managed major conservation initiatives and established the organization’s REDD program, before joining the Board. She has contributed to policy and research across Latin America and in Indonesia. Amy holds a Master’s degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s from Amherst College.
Doug Sarno serves as the President of Forum Facilitation Group and Principal at The Participation Company (TPC). Doug is recognized throughout the world as an expert in stakeholder participation and group decision-making with over 30 years of experience as a facilitator, strategist, and trainer on a wide range of issues. He regularly supports government agencies, non-profit organizations and stakeholder groups in conducting effective communication, decision-making, dispute resolution, stakeholder participation, collaboration, strategic planning and visioning, leadership, governance, and organizational effectiveness.
His extensive work and numerous trainings, articles, reports, and presentations on these topics have resulted in positive changes in the way participatory decision-making is approached worldwide. He was an original designer and a Master Trainer for the week-long International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Certificate Training in Public Participation, which he has taught to thousands of students worldwide.
Doug received his MBA from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is also a Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3).
Miles Silman is a professor of Biology and director of the Wake Forest University Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, has performed research in the western Amazon and the Andes for over 20 years. His research is focused on biodiversity and the responses of ecosystems to climate change, particularly the effects of climate on setting species ranges, as well as fundamental ecosystem processes such as carbon storage and nutrient cycling.
Dr. Silman’s current projects include the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group, a consortium studying the effects of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem function in the Peruvian Andes. Previous work includes the study of the role of life history and plant-animal interactions in the structure and diversity of tropical tree communities in Manu National Park, Peru, and a paleoecological investigation into the composition and stability of tropical tree communities over time. Many of his research studies have been conducted at Amazon Conservation's own Conservation Hubs in Peru.
Dr. Silman received a PhD in zoology from Duke University and graduated with a BA in biology from the University of Missouri.