As many of you know, we have new leadership at EcoLogic. Fortunately, we mean “new” in the sense that EcoLogic managers with significant experience have moved into new roles, so we’d like to take a minute now to re-introduce you to them. These four now make up EcoLogic’s management team, and they are excited to guide EcoLogic into a new era of action helping the rural poor restore and protect tropical ecosystems and natural resources in Central America and Mexico.
Melissa Haley came to EcoLogic in 2004, after working as the senior project manager and chief financial officer at a foreign language translation company. For her undergraduate degree, Melissa completed a double major in international politics and economics and Russian language and literature at Middlebury College. Now our director of finance and administration, Melissa is also currently earning a masters in business administration from Babson College. Melissa and family are big on sustainability, and she loves teaching her three-year old how to grow organic vegetables, and raise chickens in the backyard.
David Kramer first joined EcoLogic as an intern back in 2004, while earning a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard where he focused on the strategic management of nonprofits and international sustainable development. A Switzer Environmental Fellow, David has most recently directed our institutional development funding efforts and played a key role in the creation of our 2012-2017 strategic plan. Dave often volunteers with his daughter and her school doing outdoor activities and clean-up projects, and in the office he is our resident punster and “bad” joke teller.
Regional Program Director Gabriela “Gaby” González holds a master’s degree in business administration from Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala, where she also served as the director of finance and administration for seven years. She has completed executive education courses at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago. Gaby runs our regional office in Xela, Guatemala, and often takes family and friends on excursions to areas where EcoLogic works to show them first hand what can be done to turn environmental problems around.