Board of Directors

Erin Barnes, Vice Chair

Erin Barnes_resizedErin 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.

Ricardo Bayon, Director

Ricardo Bayon_resizedPrior to co-founding EKO, Ricardo helped found and served as the Managing Director of the “Ecosystem Marketplace,” a web site and information/analysis service covering these emerging environmental markets. In that capacity he co-authored a number of publications on voluntary carbon markets, mitigation banking, and ecosystem services including “The State of Voluntary Carbon Markets 2007: Picking up Steam” and “Voluntary Carbon Markets: An International Business Guide to What They Are and How They Work,” and “Conservation and Biodiversity Banking: A Guide to Setting Up and Running Biodiversity Credit Trading System”. For nearly two decades he has specialized on issues related to finance, banking, and the environment. He has done work for a number of organizations, including Insight Investments, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy, Domini Social Investment, among others. His articles have appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and the International Herald Tribune. He has also written numerous publications and chapters on mitigation banking, biodiversity markets, markets for water quality, and other environmental markets. He was born in Bogota, Colombia, and is currently based in San Francisco.

Lisa Cohen, Director

Lisa Cohen is Founding Executive Director of the Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA). Lisa believes in the transformative power of strategic connections between global health organizations and non-traditional partners. Over 10 years, she has moderated hundreds of roundtables, advised in the creation of new enterprises and helped launch global health alliances in other parts of the U.S. and the world. Prior to the formation of WGHA, Ms. Cohen spent 25 years as a senior manager and producer at Seattle television stations KING, KOMO, KCPQ and KIRO. She taught journalism at the University of Washington, where she earned degrees in Broadcast Journalism and International Communications. She serves as Co-Chair for the Governor’s Life Science and Global Health Advisory Council, and on the governance boards of Global to Local and Life Science Washington as well as numerous civic advisory committees. WGHA envisions a world in which collaboration leads to global health equity. The first organization of its kind, WGHA was founded in 2007 and has more than 80 members. WGHA leverages partnerships, raises community awareness and supports creative solutions that address local and global health challenge

 Steve D’Esposito, Director

Steve D'Esposito_resizedSteve 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.

Danielle Deane, Director

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Danielle Deane-Ryan’s ability to strategize with diverse leaders to solve problems stems from a blend of multi-sector experience spanning climate and clean energy policy, strategy, stakeholder engagement and communications. Most recently, Danielle was an Obama Administration appointee with the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), where she served as Senior Advisor for External Affairs and Acting Director for Stakeholder Engagement. Prior, Danielle was a principal at The Raben Group, a strategic communications and public policy consulting firm. She led Green 2.0, a groundbreaking campaign to scale up executive-level diversity in the mainstream environmental movement which won praise from the CEOs of foundations and NGOs. Prior roles include serving at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and the Hewlett Foundation.  At the Joint Center, Danielle was Director for Energy and Environment, managing Commission to Engage African Americans on Energy, Climate Change and the Environment.At the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Danielle designed and implemented the New Constituencies for the Environment initiative. She guided $20 million over eight years to bolster support for organizations that won the inclusion of equity provisions in California’s groundbreaking global warming solutions act. She 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 & Tobago.

Roger-Mark De Souza, Director

Roger-Mark De Souza_photo1_resizedRoger-Mark De Souza is the director of population, environmental security, and resilience for the Wilson Center. He leads programs on climate change resilience, reproductive and maternal health, environmental security, and livelihoods, including the Global Sustainability and Resilience Program, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Maternal Health Initiative. Before joining the Center in 2013, De Souza served as vice president of research and director of the climate program at Population Action International, where he provided strategic guidance, technical oversight, and management of programs on population, gender, climate change, environment, and reproductive health. From 2007 to 2010, as the director of foundation and corporate relations at the Sierra Club, he led a multi-million dollar fundraising program. Prior to the Sierra Club, he directed the Population, Health, and Environment Program at the Population Reference Bureau for 10 years, where he designed and implemented research, communications, and capacity-building projects in the USA, Africa, SE Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously he served as Special Assistant to the President of the World Resources Institute working on U.S. and global sustainability. De Souza holds graduate degrees in international relations and development policy from George Washington University and the University of the West Indies.

Apollo Gonzales, Chair

Apolloprofile_resizedApollo 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.

Chris Mead, Secretary

Christopher Mead_resizedChristopher 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.

Roy Temple, Director

Royheadshot_resizedRoy 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, Treasurer

Mark Valentine 3_resizedMark 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.

Rachel Wilson, Director

Rachel Wilson_resizedWith over two decades of experience working in public health research, communications, policy, and advocacy, Rachel is a highly regarded leader in advocacy to improve health across the globe. Her expertise in advocacy strategy development, capacity strengthening, and consensus building on a wide range of health topics provides her with a unique breadth and depth of skills and tools to strengthen any organization’s advocacy impact. In 2006, Rachel created the advocacy and public policy department at PATH, an international global health nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation. She grew the department to eventually become the leading evidence-based policy and advocacy voice for global health innovation with a staff of 30 advocacy and public policy experts influencing policies and priorities across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States. Prior to joining PATH, Rachel established the policy communications function at the Global Health Council; developed the women’s health policy and advocacy program at the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital; led public health advocacy at the Massachusetts Public Health Association; and coordinated epidemiologic research on women and children’s health at the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine. She earned her MPH from Boston University.