Hannah Stutzman, ACA's Executive Director as of August 2014, oversees operations in the DC office and coordinates collaboration with ACA’s main partner organizations in Peru and Bolivia. Hannah has been with ACA for the past four years, most recently designing new projects and conservation strategies as its Director of Programs. She has worked on conservation, sustainable development, and cultural issues with major NGOs in the US and Latin America, including Conservation International-Colombia and the Colombian Ministry of Culture, and lived in Bogota for over four years. Hannah has a Master’s of Environmental Management from Yale University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.
Tamia Souto, ACA's Director of Programs, oversees biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods projects in Peru and Bolivia, including ACA’s Manu-Tambopata Corridor project. She is in charge of submitting and designing grant proposals and contributes toward the science strategy of ACA's biological stations. Previously, Tamia worked at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute as the lead scientist for its community-based conservation programs in Peru, in partnership with various oil and gas companies. Tamia is from Venezuela, where she developed her dissertation on household forest dependency and ethnoecology. She is currently the president of her own NGO and received a PhD in Ethnobotany from the University of Hawaii in 2009.
Matt Finer, ACA’s Research Specialist, investigates threats to the Andean Amazon and works with members of the ACA Board to develop strategic responses. These threats include oil palm plantations, oil and gas drilling, road construction, hydroelectric dams, and illegal mining. Prior to joining ACA, he was a Project Scientist for the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) Sustainable Loreto project and Staff Ecologist at Save America’s Forests. Matt received his Ph.D. from the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University in 2003.
Valerie Peterson, ACA’s DC-based Deputy Director, has had a life-long passion for land conservation. She has an undergraduate degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin, and a graduate degree from Virginia Tech in Urban Planning. She has ten years of experience as an urban planner for local governments managing community planning and sustainable development projects, and is experienced in public participation strategies. Early in her career, she worked on outreach and fund-raising efforts for a local land trust, and was also a researcher for National Geographic. Valerie enjoys traveling, including trips to her husband's home country of Uruguay, where she lived for a time honing her Spanish and volunteering with a community development organization.
Sarah Feder, ACA's Program Coordinator, provides support for the development, funding, and management of programs and research initiatives, as well as general and executive support for ACA. A graduate of American University, Sarah has a BA in Global Environmental Policy and Anthropology. She has four years or experience working in environmental policy and international development, including at Women's Campaign International and the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. She was previously a reporter for Revolver magazine while living abroad in Santiago, Chile, and continues to be involved with climate and food justice activism in DC.
Ana Folhadella, ACA's Development & Communications Associate, manages fundraising and communication activities for the organization. She has a BA in International Studies from the University of Michigan and a Masterís of Public Administration from Oakland University. Previous to working with ACA, Ana worked for six years in the areas of program management, marketing and fundraising for nonprofits in Michigan and Illinois. Ana has studied and volunteered abroad with several environmental organizations doing conservation work in Chile and Brazil.
Eileen Rosin, Finance Manager for ACA, has worked on issues of international development and human rights in Latin America for more than twenty-five years. Recently, she managed the Washington Office on Latin America’s three-year project on the impact of U.S. international anti-drug policy on democracy and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is co-editor of the well-received volume Drugs and Democracy in Latin America. She has also worked as editor, grantwriter, financial manager, and publications coordinator with a number of Washington-based non-profit organizations. Eileen has a master’s of science in Development Management from American University.
Adrian Tejedor, ACA's Affiliated Research Scientist based at our Villa Carmen Biological Station, was born in Havana, Cuba, and has worked extensively throughout the Neotropics studying evolution and biogeography. Adrian coordinates research, courses, and the ACA grants program for all three ACA biological stations. Adrian has a BS in Biology from the University of Miami, and a PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from City University of New York. He is also a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History.
Mariana Vedoveto, ACA’s Program Associate designs grant proposals, manages conservation and sustainable livelihoods projects and coordinates project implementation with ACA’s partners. Before coming to ACA, Mariana spent seven years working in the Brazilian Amazon developing strategies to enhance the financing and consolidation of protected areas. She has extensive experience conducting research on policies to reduce tropical deforestation and community-based conservation and restoration efforts. Mariana has a BS in Forest Engineering from the University of São Paulo and a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale University.
Daniela Pogliani, ACCA's National Director based in Lima, Peru, has more than 15 years of professional experience in administration, project management, and finance in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She has a Master’s degree in business administration from a top European business school in Milan, Italy, as well as a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting. She has managed a USAID-funded conservation project in Peru for the Rainforest Alliance, where she was also responsible for managing the budgeting, accounting, human resources, and administrative functions for all of their Peru-based activities. Previously, she was responsible for the start-up of a sustainable fish farming project in Northern Peru. Daniela is Italian by nationality but has lived and worked in Peru for over a decade and is fluent in Spanish as well as English.
Juan Loja, ACCA's Associate Director for Madre de Dios, based in Puerto Maldonado, Peru, has over 15 years of experience working with communities, sustainable livelihoods, and conservation projects in the Amazon region, where he has worked and consulted for Caritas and Conservation International among others. He also served as a professor of Forestry Science and the Environment at the National University of San Antonio Abad of Cusco. Juan is a biologist, and is pursuing his Master's degree in Forestry Resource Management. Juan oversees all ACA/ACCA projects implemented within the Madre de Dios department and serves as a liaison with the regional government.
Ronald Catpo, ACCA’s Director for Conservation Areas and Institutional Strengthening based in Cusco, Peru, Ronald has worked with ACCA since 2007 mainly as the director of the Cusco office. Ronald has been a lifelong promoter of conservation through reforestation, social forestry, and conservation concessions, and was instrumental in the creation of the 17,238-acre Haramba Queros Wachiperi Ecological Reserve, the first conservation concession managed by an indigenous group in Peru. Ronald previously worked for ProManu, a special project sponsored by the European Union that developed conservation activities to support Manu National Park. He has also worked for the Peruvian park service as well as the well-respected Peruvian NGO ProNaturaleza, as well as several other NGOs and government agencies in Peru. Ronald has a bachelor’s degree in forestry management and a master’s degree in conservation and forestry resources from the National Agrarian University of La Molina in Lima.
See the staff of our Bolivian partner organization on the ACEAA webpage!
ACA staff members at the Peruvian Ambassador's residence in October 2013. Left to right: Rachel Tennant, Sarah Campbell, Daniela Pogliani, Megan MacDowell, Brendan Buckland, Valerie Peterson, Jeff Woodman, and Hannah Stutzman. Photo: MikeBPhotography
Former ACA Executive Director Luis Felipe Duchicela (far right) with Ronald Catpo, Megan MacDowell, and Adrian Tejedor (left to right). Photo: Leoncio Luna
ACCA staff prepare the strategic plan in Puerto Maldonado, Peru. Photo: Nurymar Feldman
Karen Eckhardt of ACCA (left) meeting with residents of the indigenous Q'eros community of Japu about creating a private conservation area. Photo: ACCA
ACCA's Ronald Catpo (left) speaking at a Seminar on REDD in Cusco in 2009. Photo: ACCA
Luis Felipe Duchicela (formerly with ACA) and Hannah Stutzman (center left and right) with members of the Santa Rita Reforestation Association in the Manu - Tambopata Corridor of Madre de Dios, Peru. Photo: Laura Samaniego
ACCA's Laura Samaniego (left) and Cristina Trujillo (right) with a MAT Corridor beneficiary who hopes to create an ecotourism program for his private conservation area, holding a tourism inventory map. Photo: Luis Felipe Duchicela
ACCA's Cristina Trujillo, Luciano Huilca and Laura Samaniego conduct a vegetation study in the MAT Corridor. Photo: Luis Villena
ACCA Science Director, Adrian Tejedor, on the Canopy Walkway at Wayqecha. Photo: Megan MacDowell
Hannah Stutzman (left) and Daniel Huaman (right) spot birds from the Canopy Walkway. Photo: Leoncio Luna
Bolivia-based staff conducting an assessment of Brazil nut trees in the Takana II communities north of Madidi National Park. Photo: ACA-Bolivia
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