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.

Jack Chin, Director

Jack Chin _resizedJack 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.

 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.

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.

Cara Pike, Director

Cara Pike_resizedCara 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

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.