Advisory Committee

EcoLogic’s advisory committee advises on groups and projects that EcoLogic should support and provides ongoing recommendations to partner organizations, EcoLogic staff, and our Board of Directors. The multidisciplinary committee comprises individuals with extensive knowledge of economic development, tropical ecology, microenterprises, natural resource conservation, environmental education, and indigenous rights.


Frances Moore Lappé

frankie_compressedA well known writer and activist, Frances Moore Lappé first became known in 1971 for her groundbreaking book “Diet for A Small Planet” which argued persuasively that the industrial food system was largely responsible for world hunger and food insecurity, not natural disasters or environmental limits. In 2001, she founded the Small Planet Institute with her daughter, Anna, to promote a world-wide movement toward “Living Democracy.” Frances and Anna define Living Democracy as an ethos in which “citizens infuse the values of inclusion, fairness and mutual accountability into all dimensions of public life,” leading to a just and sustainable society. Read an interview with Frances.

Manuela Alvarado López is a former member of the Guatemalan Congressional Commission on Women, Minors, and the Family. Manuela, a Maya K’iche, is dedicated to the Guatemalan peace process and the broadening of the social and political participation of women and the Mayan people. A nurse by training, she has also worked to advance better health care in rural, underserved areas of Guatemala.

Alberto Chinchilla is the executive director of the Central American Indigenous and Peasant Coordination Association for Community Agroforestry (CICAFOC), a community-based, nonpolitical and dynamic organization working to help adapt to the fast changes experienced by Central American rural communities.

Nilo Cayuqueo is the founder and codirector of the Abya Yala Fund, which fosters self-reliance among indigenous peoples in the Americas. A Mapuche Indian originally from the Los Toldos community in the southwest part of Argentina, Nilo has been actively involved in the national and international movement for indigenous rights for more than 30 years. In 1983, Nilo cofounded the South and Meso-American Indian Rights Center (SAIIC), and served as its co-director until 1994. SAIIC has been very actively advocating for the rights of indigenous peoples of the Americas and linking people from the South with the North. Nilo’s awards include the Vanguard Foundation’s Social Justice Sabbatical Award and the Recognition of Achievement Award from several Peruvian groups, including the Peruvian Indian Movement and the Rainforest Indigenous Federation. He has been honored by the United Nations for his work on behalf of indigenous peoples.

Dr. Jason Clay is vice president and managing director-markets at the World Wildlife Fund. In this capacity he leads work within WWF-US on forests, fisheries, agriculture, aquaculture, finance, climate, and policy. He is lead in the WWF Network on aquaculture and agriculture, and now the work with the private sector on supply chain management. Jason is the author of 15 books, over 250 articles, and 500 invited presentations. His most recent books are World Aquaculture and the Environment (2009), Exploring the Links Between International Business and Poverty Reduction: A Case Study of Unilever in Indonesia (2005), and World Agriculture and the Environment (2004). Each is a commodity-by-commodity guide to aquaculture and agricultural impacts and practices. Jason studied at Harvard and the London School of Economics before receiving his PhD at Cornell University in 1979 in anthropology and international agriculture.

James Crowfoot, Ph.D., is president emeritus of Antioch College and director emeritus of the Pew Conservation Scholars Program. From 1983 to 1990, James was dean of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources. He is an expert in conflict management and organizational design and behavior.

Neva Goodwin, Ph.D., is codirector of the Global Development and Environment Institute and the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and vice-chair of the Board of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. A specialist in ecological economics, Neva has published extensively on environmental economics and sustainable development.

Lewis Gordon is an attorney and the founder and director of the Environmental Defender Law Center (EDLC). Focusing primarily on the global South, EDLC identifies cases in which human rights are being violated in connection with environmental advocacy, or when people are being harmed by environmentally destructive practices. EDLC then recruits American lawyers from top international law firms to provide assistance on a pro bono basis. Lewis entered private practice in Alaska in 1982 and from 1989-94 served on the plaintiffs’ steering committee that managed the massive litigation arising from the grounding of the Exxon Valdez. He founded EDLC at the end of that year. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

José Herrero is a member of the Board of Directors of Fundación Cuero y Salado, Fundación Parque Nacional Pico Bonito, and a former member of the Board of Directors of Fundación VIDA. José is the manager and owner of El Marranito farm and one of Honduras’ leading environmental advocates.

Dr. Leonard P. Hirsch is a senior policy advisor at the Smithsonian Institution, where he supports the scientific programs of the Smithsonian, with emphasis on global environmental concerns. Leonard is a member of the White House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of the National Science and Technology Council, where he works on issues of biological diversity informatics and facilitating the coordination of government research on land and seascape change. He is active in work with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (as deputy head of the US delegation) and participates in the coordination processes of the Conventions on Combating Desertification and Climate Change, and the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. He represents the Smithsonian on the US Interagency process for CITES. He also is involved in the InterAmerican Biodiversity Information Network and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Leonard received his BA from Pomona College and an MA in international relations and PhD in political science from Northwestern University.

Enrique Leff, Ph.D., is coordinator of the Environmental Training Network for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Environment Program in Mexico. A leading Latin American scholar on ecological issues, Enrique authored the book Ecology and Capital.

Joshua Mailman is the founder and director of Sirius Business, an investment firm based in New York that works with a broad array of companies seeking to promote environmental and social responsibility.

Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of 18 books, beginning with the 1971 three-million-copy bestseller, Diet for a Small Planet, which awakened a whole generation to the human-made causes of hunger and the significance of our everyday choices. Her newest book, EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want, was released in September 2011. Her other recent works include the 2007 Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, & Courage in a World Gone Mad, Democracy’s Edge: Choosing to Save our Country by Bringing Democracy to Life (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2006) and, in 2004, You Have the Power: Choosing Courage in a Culture of Fear (Tarcher/Penguin), coauthored with Jeffrey Perkins. In 2002, Frances and her daughter Anna Lappé published the thirtieth-anniversary sequel to Diet for a Small Planet, entitled Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet (Tarcher/Penquin). In it, the two pick up where the original leaves off. Through a chronicle of a five-continent journey, the two Lappés explore answers to our planet’s most urgent questions of sustainability and democracy. Frances and her daughter are cofounders of Small Planet Institute, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the US, which shares office space with EcoLogic, and the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide. In addition, Frances is cofounder of two other national organizations.

Ian Todreas, who has over 20 years of professional experience as an environmental consultant, is vice president of ERG, a national multidisciplinary consulting firm. Over his career, he has worked with local, state, regional, national, and international agencies to affect behavior change through strategic implementation of voluntary initiatives. In addition to rain forest conservation and sustainable development, Ian has technical expertise in energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and climate change policy and programs. Ian is also widely respected as a skilled fundraiser and effective communicator, and has supported EcoLogic in various ways since 1994.