Board of Directors

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The EcoLogic Board of Directors provides oversight, direction, and management in support of our mission and goals. Directors meet quarterly for general business meetings, in addition to convening regular meetings of the Executive Committee and other committees focused on specific issues, such as programming and fundraising. All EcoLogic directors serve in a voluntary capacity, without compensation.

EcoLogic also has an Advisory Committee of leaders and experts in natural resource management, environmental conservation, and environmentally and economically sustainable development.

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Board of Directors

Mark Spranca, EcoLogic Chair
Nicholas Shufro, EcoLogic Vice-Chair
Maura O’Donnell, EcoLogic Secretary
Marc Hiller, EcoLogic Treasurer
William Russell Grace Byers, Jr., EcoLogic Chairman Emeritus
David Barton Bray
Fernando Bolaños Valle
Orlando J. Cabrera
Joyce Cacho
Robin Chazdon
Norissa Giangola
Pat Goudvis
F. William Green, MD
Lance Pierce
Dan Tunstall

Mark Spranca, EcoLogic Chair
Vice President, Reputational Capital and Technical Leadership, Abt Associates

Mark Spranca, PhD, is a behavioral scientist with extensive experience conducting health policy research and commercializing decision aids that have been demonstrated to improve health and contain costs. Mark joined Abt Associates in 2005 to strengthen the learning culture. Now, as head of the Office of Reputational Capital and Technical Leadership, Mark is focused on enhancing the quality and impact of Abt’s project work and increasing awareness of Abt’s expertise, innovations, and results. Mark previously spent 10 years with the RAND Corporation. He has multifaceted professional experience, including conducting research on quality of care, teaching university courses in health and psychology, leading start-up enterprises to commercialize health services research, founding and directing the Center for Healthcare and the Internet, and managing more than 200 scientists and other professionals within RAND’s behavioral and social sciences group. Mark holds a BA in psychology and philosophy of science from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his PhD and MA degrees in social psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Nicholas Shufro, EcoLogic Vice-Chair
Director, Sustainable Business Solutions, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Nick joined EcoLogic’s Board of Directors in 2004 and currently serves as the vice-chairman and is on the Board Engagement and Executive committees. While not focused on EcoLogic, he is a director in the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Sustainable Business Solutions practice, consulting on carbon accounting, resiliency planning, and climate change and supply chain strategy. Prior to joining PwC, Nick worked at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, United Technologies Corporation, and the US-Asia Environmental Partnership. He has more than 25 years of experience in management and performance reporting for the energy, financial, and environmental health and safety sectors. Nick sits on the boards of CAVU and the Sea Turtle Conservancy. He holds a master’s of environmental management from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and an MBA from New York University. Nick lives in Avon, Connecticut, with his wife, Jennifer, his children Julia and Zachary, and dog Lexi and gecko Lily.

Maura O’Donnell, EcoLogic Secretary
Business Development Finance Lead, LAC, MasterCard Worldwide

Maura joined EcoLogic’s Board in 2014. She is currently the head of Business Development Finance for Latin America for MasterCard, where she has held leadership positions in Finance, Sales, and Consulting. Maura has been in the financial services industry for almost 15 years, having worked previously at ING Direct and Capital One. Prior to financial services, her professional work focused on energy efficiency in both Spain and New England. Apart from professional accomplishments, Maura’s passions are caring for the Earth, empowering women, and practicing mindfulness. Maura also sits on the Board of Arms with Ethics. She holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Maura lives in Miami Beach with her husband David.

Marc Hiller, EcoLogic Treasurer
Managing Director, Acquisitions, GreenWood Resources and International Forestry Investment Advisors

For 15 years, Marc has worked as a forester with private equity firms, small- and large-scale forest managers, and nongovernmental organizations. With GreenWood, Marc leads the company’s timberland investment acquisition program, sourcing and developing investment opportunities, structuring and negotiating transactions, and supporting portfolio company management, monitoring, and reporting. Prior to his work with timber investment management firms, Marc led the Forest Trust’s Indochina program, helping manufacturers and retailers establish sustainable supply chains and advising forestry companies on achieving Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. He worked as a forester with Rainforest Alliance and for a community-based forestry project in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Marc has served on corporate boards and has advised international banks, nongovernmental organizations, and trade associations on forest management, conservation, investment, and legality verification. Marc received an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a master’s of forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a BA from Emory University.

William Russell Grace Byers, Jr., EcoLogic Chairman Emeritus
Private Investor

Russell is cofounder and chairman emeritus of EcoLogic Development Fund. Formerly an equity analyst at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in New York, Russell is now a private investor living and working in New York City. Mr. Byers has been active in support of social, environmental, and arts-related causes for many years. He is a member of the Board of the R.K. Mellon Family Foundation and recently became a member of the Trustees Council of the National Gallery of Art. Russell holds a BA in English from Skidmore College and is an active member of the Social Venture Network.

David Barton Bray
Professor, Florida International University

David is a professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and the director of the Institute for Sustainability Science in Latin America and the Caribbean at Florida International University in Miami. From 1989 to 1997 he was Foundation Representative for Mexico for the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) and for three years worked for the IAF in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. He is widely published in academic and popular sources, including the New York Times, on natural resource management in Mexico, and was recently the lead editor of The Community Forests of Mexico: Managing for Sustainable Landscapes (University of Texas Press, 2005). He has received research funding from the Ford, Hewlett, and Tinker Foundations, as well as the US Agency for International Development. He recently gave talks on his and his colleague’s research to high-ranking Chinese forestry officials in Beijing and to forestry officials at the World Bank in Washington, DC, as well as to the Director of the National Forestry Commission in Mexico.

Fernando Bolaños Valle
Chairman and CEO, AgroAmerica

Serving as the chairman and chief executive officer of AgroAmerica, Fernando has helped build one of the leading diversified agricultural companies in Central America, with interests including tropical fruits, transportation, and logistics. The company also holds strategic partnerships in movie exhibition and restaurant businesses. AgroAmerica has operations in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama. Previously Fernando was a professor of business strategy at two of the leading universities in Guatemala, as well as president of the Cámara de la Libre Empresa (Free Enterprise Chamber), member of the Board of Directors and treasurer of the Guatemalan-American Chamber of Commerce, and chairman of the Guatemala Chapter of the Young Presidents´ Organization. He has held numerous board positions in nonprofit organizations throughout the region. He is also a trustee of Fundesa (Fundación para el Desarrollo de Guatemala), Valle de Los Angeles Orphanage, and other nonprofit organizations. He serves as president of his family foundation, Fundación José Fernando Bolaños, which leads the implementation of the “Better Families Program” in 19 communities throughout Guatemala, benefiting more than 50,000 people thus far (particularly women and children). Fernando received an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Orlando J. Cabrera
Of Counsel, Squire Patton Boggs (US)

At Squire Patton Boggs, Orlando is an Industry Group Leader of the tax credit, housing, and community development group and advises clients on successfully navigating complex affordable-housing matters. His clients include public housing authorities, housing finance agencies, community development agencies, developers, syndicators, investors, and financial institutions. He has significant experience with US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulatory matters (including Native American housing issues), housing finance agency issues, low-income housing tax credits, private activity bonds, debt financing, nonfederal state financing programs, tribal financing programs, and general real estate. Before joining Squire Patton Boggs in 2012, Orlando was of counsel at a well-known international law firm and the president and chief executive officer of a major affordable housing developer that operated in six states. Following his Senate confirmation in late 2005, Orlando served until early 2008 as assistant secretary for public and Indian housing at HUD. Prior to his work with HUD, Orlando served as executive director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, the nation’s fourth largest housing finance agency. During his tenure at Florida Housing Orlando also served on the Board of the National Council of State Housing Agencies. Orlando has extensive experience in the area of disaster recovery, as well as extensive experience in most areas of real estate law, including airport, office, commercial, and single and multifamily residential development.

Joyce Cacho
Founding President & CEO, Adinura Advisory Services

Joyce joined EcoLogic’s Board in 2012, serving as treasurer until 2015. Joyce is a financial services executive combining operational, financial, sustainability, and third-party risk strategies expertise. A leader among business and investment economists, she served on the USDA/USTR Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC). Her experience in business leadership in a B2B manufacturing company, as an agribusiness program director, and her consulting on poverty reduction with a specialization in gender and youth tie together investment returns, community empowerment, and enterprise risk management. Joyce served on the Board of Directors of Winrock International (chairing the Governance Committee and serving on the Finance Committee) and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (serving as a member of the Community and Education Committee). Joyce is a certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS) with a PhD in agribusiness policy and corporate finance from the University of Missouri – Columbia, an MS in commodity marketing and international trade from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI&SU/Virginia Tech), and a BA in economics and computer science from the University of Windsor.

Robin Chazdon
Professor, University of Connecticut

Robin is a professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include biodiversity conservation and regeneration of tropical forests, tropical forest successional dynamics, and biodiversity in human-modified tropical landscapes. She currently conducts research with students and collaborators on secondary forest vegetation dynamics in Sarapiquí and the Osa Peninsula. Since coming to UConn, Robin has served as editor-in-chief of the international journal Biotropica, as president of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, and as a member-at-large of the governing board of the Ecological Society of America. She has also served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Center for Ecological Research and Synthesis and is a member of the La Selva Advisory Committee and the External Scientific Advisory Committee of the Center for Applied Tropical Ecology and Conservation, at the University of Puerto Rico. She is an author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and co-editor of two books. Additionally, she was previously a NSF Research Fellow in Environmental Biology at University of California-Berkeley, a postdoctoral research associate at Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Plant Biology, Stanford, CA, and a postdoctoral research botanist at University of California-Davis. Robin received a BA in biology from Grinnell College, Iowa and a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University. She was honored in 2014 as one of the Connecticut Technology Council’s “Women of Innovation.”

Norissa Giangola
Principal, Coqui Marketing

As the president of a full service strategy, marketing, and communications firm based in Washington, DC, Norissa helps some of the world’s most successful consumer brands and nonprofits capitalize on new opportunities in healthcare, FDA-regulated industries, and sustainability markets, with a focus on making the world a better place to live and work. Norissa—who has over 18 years of corporate strategy, marketing, and public affairs expertise—began her career counting rats on a tropical island in Mexico, and then became an entrepreneur in organic agriculture in Ecuador, growing one of the largest organic consumer foods companies in the Andean region. After selling her company and returning to the US, she went on to lead New Ventures at the World Resources Institute, where her work focused on supporting innovation, investment, and growth at the nexus of environment and business in global markets. She founded Coqui in 2005. Norissa is fluent in English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese and Italian. She received a BA from Duke University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and has additional advanced studies in microbiology and anatomy from Johns Hopkins University. Norissa serves on the Board of Directors of LightHawk and thegreencell, a biotechnology company dedicated to developing smart therapeutic approaches for the developing world in the area of plant-manufactured pharmaceuticals.

Pat Goudvis
Independent Filmmaker
Pat is a social-issue documentary filmmaker whose work has focused on Guatemala. She produced and directed several independent films, including “If the Mango Tree Could Speak,” which portrays ten adolescent children growing up in the midst of war in Guatemala and El Salvador; “Dirty Secrets: Jennifer, Everardo & the CIA in Guatemala,” which looks at revelations stemming from US activist Jennifer Harbury’s search for her missing husband; and “Goodbye Baby,” which explores the controversy over adoptions from Guatemala. Her films have screened at festivals worldwide, have been broadcast on US, European, and Latin American television, and are used in schools and universities throughout the US. Pat belongs to New Day Films, a distribution cooperative of social-issue nonfiction filmmakers. She has been involved with EcoLogic since 1995, when she worked as a field producer for a short documentary on EcoLogic’s first project, in Punta de Manabique, Guatemala. Pat earned a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and an MA in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is fluent in Spanish and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her two children.

F. William Green, MD
Retired

Bill is coordinator of the Subcommittee on Renewable Energy and Sustainable Design for Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Since leaving his practice of gastroenterology and hepatology at University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, much of his time has been directed toward promoting sustainability with respect to natural resources and ecosystems. He and his wife spend several months a year in volunteer capacities in Guatemala. Bill holds a BA in philosophy from Bowdoin College and an MD from Boston University, and continues to work toward Spanish proficiency.

Lance Pierce
President, CDP North America

Lance serves as the President of the North American operations of CDP, an international NGO that works with the private sector to disclose the greenhouse gas emissions of major corporations. His previous experience includes working as the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Ceres, as the director of the Climate and Energy Program with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and at the Harvard Business School, where he was project director in the launch of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative. Lance has worked in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors with much of his professional background focusing on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). In CSR, he has worked with AFP, the world’s third largest news agency, the World Bank, and served as director, corporate issues management for Fortune 20 food and consumer goods holding company, Altria Group. Lance began his career in sustainable development, having been principal of a consultancy working with United Nations agencies and leading international development NGOs, and serving in the Peace Corps. Lance currently sits on the board of The Nyanya Project, an organization supporting African grandmothers. He holds an MA in anthropology from New York University and an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Dan Tunstall
Retired

Before his retirement, Dan was director of international cooperation at the World Resources Institute (WRI). His principal role was to secure long term funding relationships with bilateral and multilateral agencies around the world. Previously, he was director of WRI’s information program supporting the development and use of state-of-environment reporting, data and indicators, ecosystem assessments, and information policies. He worked closely with a number of public and private African institutions in to strengthen their use of geospatial information in development planning. From 1970 to 1975, Dan worked for the US Office of Management and Budget, where he helped to develop the first set of social indicators for the federal government; from 1976 to 1981 he worked at the president’s Council on Environmental Quality; during which time he developed its initial report on environmental conditions and trends. He was also manager of information sources and product planning for Mead Data Central and has been a consultant for a number of government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and international organizations. Dan graduated from Northwestern University in 1963 with a degree in biology and received a master’s degree in international relations and economics from Columbia University in 1968. He served in the Peace Corps in Malacca, Malaysia, from 1964 to 1966.