Tuolumne Lake, California.
Photo Courtesy of Sathish Jothikumar
Text: Board of Directors.


Board of Directors

Toby Cooper

Menlo Park, California

Financial Advisor, Former Program Director of National Issues, Defenders of Wildlife, Washington DC; Former Staff, National Parks and Conservation Association, Washington DC.; 1968 U.S. Olympian; Former Board Member, California Center for Wildlife (now Wildcare), Vivamos Mejor, Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation (now Acterra).

Steve Harris

Santa Monica Mountains, California

President and Executive Director, the Mountains Restoration Trust. Executive Director since 1999. An original Board member of the Mountains Restoration Trust which was formed in 1981. First co-chair and board member of the California Council of Land Trust. A businessman for more than thirty years. Mr. Harris is a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern California Open space Council, a member of the Park Advisory Board to the City of Los Angeles Rec. Parks Dept, past member of the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) for Central Business District to the Community Redevelopment Agency (LA), past member of the PAC Committee to the County of Los Angeles for the California Coastal Commission Land Use Plan.

Dr. Joseph M. Hurwitz

Hollywood, Florida

Rabbi, Temple Isaiah, Palm Springs, CA (retired); Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, Jewish Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Family counselling, Claremont School of Theology; Founding Chairman of the Palm Springs Human Relations Commission; Founding President of the Palm Springs Clergy Association. Recipient of several 'Man of the Year' awards.

Donald Molde, M.D.

Reno, Nevada

Donald Molde is a retired psychiatrist; former board member, Defenders of Wildlife, 20-year board member, Nevada Humane Society; long-time Nevada wildlife activist defending carnivores and non-ungulates, opposing fur trapping; Nevada plaintiff in WildEarthGuardians lawsuit against Nevada Wildlife Services, currently suing the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners regarding its failure to protect non-target species from fur trappers; co-founder of Nevada Wildlife Alliance. Dog owner, Nevada back country enthusiast.

Jonathan Naimon

Seattle, Washington

Jonathan Naimon is president of Light Green Advisors (LGA), a Seattle-based asset manager that specializes in environmentally responsible investing. LGA clients include environmental foundations, educational and health care organizations, and various types of trusts. Previously, Mr. Naimon was a visiting professor at the Norwegian School of Management and directed the environmental program of the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) in Washington,D.C. He has held economic and environmental analysis positions with ABB Environmental Services, ICF Kaiser, and the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee.

Elizabeth Sullivan

Vice Chair
Cotati, California

Wealth Management Advisor for private firm; Attorney; 18 years in Financial Advisory for Financial Consulting firms like Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo Advisors, including planned giving and legacy consulting to non-profits and individual estates. As an attorney, formerly practiced in environmental litigation and toxics litigation including cases involving mitigation of several EPA Superfund sites. Spent time as pro-bono counsel on habitat and land use issues. Her lifetime concern about loss of species has led to involvement/ volunteer efforts on behalf of wildlife ranging from cleaning local marshes at age 6, penguin behavioral studies at S.F. Zoo in college, to feeding orphaned chicks at wildlife rehabilitation centers. "Every Individual counts!"

John Taft

Lima, Montana

President, Conservation Endowment Fund; Board Member, Humane Society of the United States; Chairman, International Center for Earth; active in wildlife conservation efforts in California and Africa; active in land preservation in Montana.

Dr. Chris Tromborg

Davis, California

Professor of Psychobiology and Animal Behavior at Sacramento City College and lecturer in Psycho-Physics and Animal Cognition at the University of California, Davis. Member of the Board of Directors of African Wild Dog Conservancy. Research interests include: captivity and behavior, focusing on behavioral enrichment through environmental engineering.

Lion walking in snow.


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