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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are a group of dedicated business, science and civic leaders that guide our strategic direction. 100% of our Board Members financially support our mission as part of their commitment to the cause of fighting climate change and protecting the Amazon rainforest.

Board Members

Adrian ForsythAdrian Forsyth, President and co-founder of Amazon Conservation, has a Harvard PhD in tropical ecology and 30 years of conservation experience in the region. He has served as the Director of Biodiversity Science at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Vice President at Conservation International, and VP for Programs at the blue moon fund. He is currently the Executive Director of the Andes Amazon Fund and research associate at the Smithsonian Institution. He also serves as president of the Board of Friends of the Osa, a nonprofit in Costa Rica. Adrian has supported his fieldwork by serving as a university professor, professional conservationist, and consultant. He is also one of North America’s finest writers on the subject of natural history and has authored nine books.

Enrique OrtizEnrique Ortiz, Vice President and co-founder of the Amazon Conservation, is one of Peru’s most respected conservationists, having established one of the first environmental groups in Peru (APECO). He has excellent scientific credentials as an authority on rainforest management and has worked with major groups such as Conservation International, the Wildlife Conservation Society, blue moon fund, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. He is currently the Program Director for the Andes Amazon Fund. He was featured in the documentary film Amazon Gold that bears witness to the destruction of the rainforest due to illegal gold mining along the Madre de Dios River in Peru.

Enrique OrtizJim Brumm served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Mitsubishi International Corporation.  He received a BA magna cum laude from California State University at Fresno and an LLB from Columbia Law School.  He has served on a number of boards involved in bird conservation, indigenous peoples rights, animal welfare and conservation science .  He is currently Board Chair of the International Crane Foundation. 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.

Bruce BabbittBruce 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.

Eduardo Forno Eduardo Forno has been the 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 high Andes and Bolivian savanna butterflies.

Thomas LovejoyThomas Lovejoy, conservation biologist, made the fate of tropical forests a public issue.  In 1980, he coined the term “biological diversity” and drew up the first projections of global extinction rates for the Global 2000 Report to the President. Dr. Lovejoy is currently a professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University.  From 2002 to 2008 he served as President of the Heinz Center. Before moving to The Heinz Center, he was the World Bank’s Chief Biodiversity Advisor, Lead Specialist for Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean and Senior Advisor to the President of the United Nations Foundation. Dr. Lovejoy has been Assistant Secretary and Counselor to the Secretary at the Smithsonian Institution, Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, and Executive Vice President of the World Wildlife Fund–U.S. He developed the idea for the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems project (a joint project between the Smithsonian and Brazil's INPA), originated the concept of debt-for-nature swaps, and is the founder of the public television series Nature. In 2001 he was awarded the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. He received his BS and PhD (biology) degrees from Yale University.

Manuel Pulgar-VidalManuel Pulgar-Vidal is a lawyer specialized in environment 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 of 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 Berlin Germany.

amy rosenthalAmy Rosenthal is the Tropical Andes Program Officer at The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She was formerly a Science-Policy Specialist with the Natural Capital Project, a joint venture among World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Stanford University, and the University of Minnesota to integrate nature's values into decisions about management and policy. Previously, Amy was Deputy Director for Projects at Amazon Conservation Association, where she designed and managed major conservation initiatives and established ACA’s REDD program. 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. She currently serves as treasurer of the Amazon Conservation board of directors. 

Doug SarnoDoug Sarno is 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 SilmanMiles Silman, 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. Dr. Silman received a PhD in zoology from Duke University and graduated with a BA in biology from the University of Missouri.

Pedro SolanoPedro Solano is an internationally known environmental lawyer with over 20 years experience, currently as the Executive Director of SPDA (the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law). Mr. Solano has played a key role in the design of the legal framework to regulate Peruvian natural protected areas and other legal instruments for conservation.  He has worked on environmental politics and policy, legal tools and incentives for private and community based conservation and ecotourism, at both a national and international level. He has published ten books on conservation topics.

Steve Voorhees is CEO and Founder of Teichos Energy. Prior to entering the wind and solar energy business, Mr. Voorhees invented the patented BikeLid system and founded BikeLid Systems, LLC. Mr. Voorhees sits on the board of directors of the successor company, Starlight Media LLC. Earlier in his career Mr. Voorhees was a field engineer for the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory working with the Office of Naval Research on polar research. In the early 1980s, he worked as a field engineer in the oil drilling industry on Alaska's North Slope and in the Persian Gulf. Mr. Voorhees has a Bachelor's degree in geography from Middlebury College. He currently serves as secretary of the ACA board of directors. 

Jeff WoodmanJeff Woodman has served on Amazon Conservation’s Board of Directors since 2009, holding the position of Treasurer of the Board beginning in 2011, and taking over the role of Executive Director for Amazon Conservation in 2013. Previously, he was a futures and options trader for Vitol, Inc. in Houston, Texas. He is currently president of his family foundation, has a passionate interest in conservation, and is an avid birder.

Honorary Board Members

Sarah duPontSarah duPont is pursuing her lifelong dedication to education and to the protection of the planet. She has been the recipient of the Charlottesville Village Award, the Dorothy Corwin Spirit of Life Award, the Global Syndicate Humanitarian Award and Worldwide Children’s Foundation of New York’s Humanitarian Award. She is President and Founder of the Amazon Aid Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes greater awareness and increased scientific knowledge of the Amazon to people and cultures worldwide, and is the producer of the documentary film Amazon Gold, a journey that bears witness to the destruction of the rainforest due to illegal gold mining along the Madre de Dios River in Peru.

Kathy RuttenbergKathy Ruttenberg, a ceramic sculptor and lifelong animal lover and conservationist, received her BFA with Honors from the School of Visual Arts in New York, after which she continued with graduate courses overseas focused on painting. She exhibited her work widely and won an honorable mention in 1980 for her animated film in the Varna International Film Festival. Since 1998, after a course at Greenwich House Pottery, Kathy has focused on the ceramic medium. She soon moved her studio to upstate New York, where she could draw from her greatest sources of inspiration: nature and wildlife. Her sculptures, which play on the exchange between the human and animal kingdom, have been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums throughout the world. Kathy’s work is part of the collections of The Tisch Children’s Zoo in Central Park, N.Y., the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, Brazil, as well as the WOCEF in Icheon, Korea. Her work has been featured in a variety of major ceramics publications. At present, Kathy works and resides, with her family of animals in upstate New York. At this critical moment, her intention is that her relationship with conservation deepens with time.


Enrique and Bruce with map

Enrique Ortiz and Bruce Babbitt travel the Los Amigos River. Photo: David Sherwood

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Sarah duPont, Gigi Hancock and herpetologist guide Wilfredo Arrizabal on a trip to Manu National Park. Photo: Raechel Running

Enrique Ortiz

ACA’s co-founder and Board member, Enrique Ortiz, in Manu National Park. Photo: Raechel Running

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Wilfredo Arrizabal with Sarah duPont and Gigi Hancock in Manu National Park. Photo: Raechel Running

Enrique and Adrian

Enrique Ortiz and Adrian Forsyth in Lima for signing of Peru's first conservation concession in 2001.

Kathy on canopy

Visit to the canopy walkway at Wayqecha. From left, Peter Kross, Kathy Ruttenberg, Adrian Forsyth and Cesar Moran. Photo: Ronald Catpo

Kathy with monkey

Kathy Ruttenberg and a spider monkey. Photo: Ronald Catpo

Darwin and Jeff

Darwin Forsyth and Jeff Woodman. Photo: Ronald Catpo

Connie and Jeff

Connie and Jeff Woodman visiting the Queros Wachiperi native community. Photo: Ronald Catpo

Enrique and Sarah NatGeo

Enrique Ortiz and Sarah duPont as part of a panel discussion at National Geographic in March 2013 after a showing of the film Amazon Gold. Photo: Megan MacDowell

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