Erin Barnes, Director
Erin Barnes helped found In Our Back Yard, a web-based initiative to generate crowd-sourced funding for community conservation and social change projects. IOBY started in New York but has since gone national. Erin and her co-founders at ioby were awarded the 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Technology and Innovation. Before ioby, Erin was an environmental writer with a background in water management. From 2007-2008, she was the environmental editor at Men’s Journal magazine, and was a freelance writer on climate change and other environmental issues. From 2003-2005, she worked as a community organizer and public information officer at the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition in Portland, Oregon.
Jack Chin, Vice-Chair
Jack Chin is an independent consultant who partners with funders, nonprofits, and consulting colleagues on strategy design and organizational/program assessment projects, focusing on environmental literacy and sustainability, and constituent engagement. Previously, Jack was Senior Director of Consulting Services at Arabella Advisors and Senior Associate at Blueprint Research + Design, leading program strategy and evaluation projects. He has also served as Co-Director of the Funders’ Forum on Environment and Education; Program Officer at the GAP Foundation; and Program Fellow for the Environment at The San Francisco Foundation. Jack served on the Management Committee of the Environmental Grantmakers Association. He has worked as a program officer and consultant to philanthropic institutions since 1991. Jack has an extensive background in the nonprofit sector, having been a board member, consultant, and staff member for a number of local and national nonprofit organizations and foundations. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University.
Danielle Deane, Director
Ms. Danielle Deane is a Principal at The Raben Group, which provides services such as public policy strategy, coalition-building, political counsel, and strategic communications to a variety of clients. Danielle is the Director of Green 2.0 initiative, which advocates for improved diversity within the mainstream environmental movement. Danielle’s ability to strategize with diverse leaders to solve problems stems from her unique blend of multi-sector experience spanning the social change, corporate, and science sectors. Previously, as Director of the Energy & Environment Program at the Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies, Danielle managed the Commission to Engage African Americans on Energy, Climate Change & the Environment. The Commission is a national panel of leading experts from government, industry, academia, labor, and environmental interests. Prior to that, Danielle was a Program Officer at the Hewlett Foundation for the maximum 8-year term. She was responsible for investing over $20 million to design and execute the “New Constituencies for the Environment” initiative (now called “Broad Based Support”) to expand and strengthen the range of organizations working on clean air and climate change in California. The initiative contributed to increased focus on air pollution by Latino and African American political leaders and successful advocacy to address climate equity and diesel pollution. Danielle also served on the board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association. She currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program’s National Advisory Board. She was a Fellow of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, which won the Zayed Prize. Previously Danielle was a financial analyst at the international reinsurance brokerage arm of Marsh and McLennan Companies. She also conducted research at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Danielle holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics in Environment and Development, and a B.A. from Williams College in Political Economy with an Environmental Studies Concentration. She is a native of Trinidad and Tobago.
Steve D’Esposito, Chair
Steve is President of RESOLVE. RESOLVE builds strong, enduring solutions to environmental, social and health challenges. From 1997 through September 2008, Steve was President and CEO of EARTHWORKS, founded by former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Stuart L. Udall in 1998. Prior to RESOLVE and EARTHWORKS Steve worked at Greenpeace in the roles of Field Director, Deputy Director and Acting Executive Director. Steve received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1982. He currently serves as a Council Member for the World Economic Forum, on the boards of the Diamond Development Initiative and the Center for Science in Public Participation, and a Sustainability Advisory Panel to the Kinross Professorship and Chair Department of Mining Engineering, Queens University, Kingston.
Apollo Gonzales, Treasurer
Apollo Gonzales is EchoDitto’s Project Principal in Washington, DC tasked with managing client relationships and developing high level digital strategy. Prior to joining the team he spent nearly 5 years innovating advocacy work at the Natural Resources Defense Council. During that time Apollo developed strategies and tactics that moved the environmental movement from the constraints of email into the burgeoning world of social advocacy resulting in significant victories in domestic and international policy. Apollo is a regular speaker on digital campaign strategy at gatherings like the annual Nonprofit Technology Conference, Netroots Nation and the New Organizing Institute. His work with some of the best policy and political operatives in Washington gives him a seasoned perspective on using Digital to influence decision makers. Apollo is a graduate of the American University in Washington, DC and holds a B.A. in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government.
Uli Haller, Director
Uli Haller is the Director of Business Operations for MSN, where he manages the planning, budgeting and business metrics for the web portal. Previously, he worked as the Director of Finance, IT, at Microsoft where he led the team providing financial support for networks and systems infrastructure. In the past, he has held senior business management positions at MSNBC.com and the Talaris Research Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to parental education. He worked for a time as an archivist before getting his MBA and moving into the business world. He joined the Resource Media board in 2010.
Lauren McLean, Director
As owner of The Confluence Group, Lauren works with clients to increase the impact of philanthropy. Informed by her background in strategic planning, advocacy, and socially responsible investment management, she creates strategies through which values and philanthropy converge to create change. Previously, Lauren worked for Trillium Asset Management, the oldest and largest investment firm devoted solely to socially responsible investing. Recognized in the Idaho Business Review as one of Idaho’s “40 Accomplished Under 40,” Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from Boise State University. She joined the Resource Media board in 2010.
Chris Mead, Secretary
Christopher J. Mead, a partner of Cooper, White & Cooper LLP, is chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, concentrating his practice in the areas of business and employment litigation. He has litigated a wide variety of employment disputes in the United States and California courts, as well as claims before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Labor Commissioner, Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board, and before appointed arbitrators. His employment law background includes defense of wrongful termination cases, prosecution and defense of trade secret and unfair competition matters, wage and hour issues, disability, leave, and accommodation issues, and responses to claims of race, sex, and age discrimination and sexual harassment. Chris joined the Resource Media board in 2013.
Cara Pike, Director
Cara Pike is the Founder and Director of the Social Capital Project. The project has resulted in the creation of the Ecological Roadmap, a segmentation study of the U.S. public based on social values; Climate Crossroads – A Research-Based Framing Guide; and most recently, Climate Communications and Behavior Change – A Guide for Practitioners. Cara was formerly the Vice President of Communications for the leading nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice, where she created and ran a full-service internal communications agency for the organization’s eight offices, policy arm and international program. With a Masters of Science in Environmental Communications from California State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Communications and Environmental Science from McGill University, Cara has a deep understanding of environmental issues and how they intersect with cultural trends and concerns. She speaks regularly on green marketing and social change and contributed to Strategies for the Green Economy published by McGraw Hill in October 2008.
Roy Temple, Director
Roy Temple is a veteran political, public affairs and social media strategist from Missouri and a partner with Groundswell Public Strategies. Temple is an innovator in the use of digital media in advocacy efforts. He is an original founder of Fired Up! Missouri, recognized by the Washington Post as an outstanding local political blog. In addition, Temple secured a pivotal FEC advisory opinion (FEC AO 2005-16) that offers guidance to bloggers about the intersection of blogging, advocacy, and campaign finance law. During the 2006 and 2008 election cycles, Temple was a principal in the Washington-based Democratic polling firm, The Feldman Group. At the Feldman Group, he worked primarily on U.S. Senate races, and in 2006, his work included Sen. Sherrod Brown’s effort in Ohio and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s independent expenditure efforts in Maryland, Montana and Rhode Island. During the 2008 cycle, Temple was heavily involved in Al Franken’s pursuit of the U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota, and worked closely on the DSCC independent expenditure efforts in the Oregon Senate race.
Mark Valentine, Director
Mark Valentine has just returned to the Resource Media Board after an absence of two years. He has over twenty years of experience advising nonprofit and philanthropic institutions in how best to leverage their human and financial capital in pursuit of powerful impact. Since 2003 Mark has operated ReFrame It Consulting, which works with foundations on grantmaking program design, implementation, and evaluation and provides nonprofit organizations with a range of services that include strategic planning, organizational development, and executive coaching. ReFrame It has advised groups working across a diverse array of issues, including: smart growth and sustainable land use, environmental health, energy and climate, marine and coastal conservation, conservation finance. Prior to founding ReFrame It, Mark was a Program Director with the Packard Foundation where he helped establish the nation’s largest conservation grantmaking program with initiatives across the western United States, Mexico, China, and the Western Pacific. In addition, he created an innovative interdisciplinary grantmaking initiative that highlighted the potential for synergy between reproductive health, environment, and community development initiatives in select geographies within the Foundation’s portfolio. Mark is a former chair of Resource Media’s Board. During his tenure and since he rotated off the Board, Mark has been a tireless champion of Resource Media. In addition to his connections in the philanthropic and social change universe, Mark is an insightful strategist, evaluator and long term thinker and we’re pleased to have him back in the fold.