Pacific Environment’s diverse staff bring linguistic expertise and cultural fluency to local communities, many of which reside in remote regions and maintain traditional customs.

Our staff complement their cultural literacy with deep expertise in grassroots campaigning, leadership development, organizational capacity building and program design, often with a focus on ocean and river protection, energy and climate change issues.

Our board and advisors bring deep cultural and issue area expertise, as well as financial and organizational management experience.

 

Alex Levinson

Executive Director
Alex Levinson leads the team at Pacific Environment in seeking to engender broad, inclusive prosperity and healthy, resilient communities and ecosystems throughout the Pacific Rim. For 25 years, Alex...

Kristen McDonald

China Program Director
Kristen McDonald is leading Pacific Environment’s efforts to address pollution and build strong and effective grassroots environmental organizations in China. Under Kristen’s leadership, Pacific Environment added a rule of...

Kevin Harun

Arctic Program Director
After joining Pacific Environment in early 2013, Kevin Harun quickly established his leadership in the coalition seeking to protect Arctic ecosystems from the harmful impacts of increased, unregulated shipping...

Domenique Zuber

Advancement Director
Domenique Zuber is driven by her passion for social justice and a love of beautiful landscapes and animals. As Advancement Director, Domenique draws on rich experiences working in research,...

Nicole Portley

Marine Campaigns
Nicole Portley leads Pacific Environment’s marine campaigns and planning, with particular focus on growing the organization’s efforts to draft strong ship traffic protections, address plastic trash in the ocean,...

Jennifer Castner

Russia Program Director
Jennifer Castner is leading Pacific Environment’s work in Russia. She previously served as the organization’s Russia director from 2002-2006. Jennifer is also director of The Altai Project where she...

Sue Libenson

Senior Arctic Program Officer
Sue Libenson manages Pacific Environment’s Arctic Program media outreach and community organizing. Sue has 30 years of leadership experience in conservation advocacy and communications. Her work has focused on...

Zhao Zhong

China Program Consultant
As Pacific Environment’s China Program Consultant, Zhao Zhong promotes and conducts research on public participation in environmental decision-making and provides training and mentorship to our network of grassroots partners in China....

Deng Ping

China Program Consultant
Deng Ping provides hands-on program strategy, campaign planning, fundraising, and communications support, as well as daily and weekly one-on-one mentoring to grassroots partners across China. Deng Ping was previously...

Karen Decker

Finance & Operations Associate
Karen Decker brings 20 years of environmental and nonprofit experience to Pacific Environment as its Finance & Operations Associate where she works behind the scenes to support a stable...

Clara Bonaventura

Advancement Associate
As Advancement Associate, Clara Bonaventura manages Pacific Environment’s digital communications work and provides fundraising support. Previously, Clara consulted on water industry marketing and research, conducted digital communications and stakeholder...

Barbara J. Chisholm

Board Chair
Barbara J. Chisholm (“BJ”) is a partner at the San Francisco law firm Altshuler Berzon LLP, specializing in litigation of environmental, labor and employment, constitutional, campaign and election, and...

Mark McLoughlin

Board Secretary/Treasurer
Mark McLoughlin is the former CFO and COO of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. He brings to Pacific Environment decades of senior financial management and oversight in...

Vawter (Buck) Parker

Board Executive Committee
Vawter “Buck” Parker has spent almost his entire career in environmental protection, including 37 years with Earthjustice and 10 as its CEO. Buck was instrumental in opening Earthjustice offices around...

James Angell

Board
Jim Angell is a board member of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and Director of its environmental program where he focuses primarily on supporting efforts to protect and...

Herb Hammond

Board
Herb Hammond is a Registered Professional Forester and forest ecologist with 30 years of experience in research, industry, teaching and consulting. Together with his wife Susan, he founded the...

Karin Holser

Board
Karin Holser is a long-time Alaska resident, expert marine field researcher and environmental educator. While living and working on the Pribilof Islands, she has developed co-management and research programs...

Peter Riggs

Board
Peter Riggs has extensive philanthropy experience including ten years managing the East Asia and Russian Far East environment programs for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; as Program Officer for climate...

Stuart Kaplan

Board
Stuart Kaplan is a San Francisco-based attorney, acting frequently as a Court-appointed Receiver to operate businesses in dispute during the course of litigation. His work as a neutral manager...

Sun Shan

Board
Sun Shan has over 15 years of experience in leadership positions in China’s environmental movement, where she organized major campaigns and civil society initiatives on species, protected areas, rivers,...

Alex Wang

UCLA Law Professor, Founder of NRDC Law Program in Beijing
Alex Wang is a leading expert on comparative environmental law and focuses on the social effects of law, and the interaction of law and institutions in China and the...

Deborah Williams

President of Alaska Conservation Solutions
Deborah Williams is currently an environmental consultant, and has dedicated over 35 years of service to advancing environmental protection in Alaska, California, and the nation. Deborah received her B.A....

Doug Norlen

Economics Policy Program Senior Manager of Friends of the Earth (U.S.)
Doug’s work at Friends of the Earth advances the organization’s campaigns to reform international trade rules, get big money out of politics, and promote sustainable finance policies at public...

Michelle Chan

Director of Economic Policy Program of Friends of the Earth (U.S.)
As VP of Programs at Friends of the Earth-U.S., Michelle Chan plays a crucial role in leading program and campaign planning and developing major organizational strategies at a time...

Nick Guroff

Deputy Director of Corporate Accountability International
Nick directs Corporate Accountability International’s foundations program, media outreach, online communications, and publications work. He began his work in advocacy as a field organizer for Green Corps, field manager...

Rodion Sulyandiziga

International Indigenous Leader and Activist
Rodion is a well-known indigenous Udege leader from the Russian Far East and the Director of CSIPN, an NGO focused on advancing the economic, social and cultural development of...

Sanjay Narayan

Senior Managing Attorney of Sierra Club
As Managing Attorney of the Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program, Sanjay Narayan plays a senior role in decisions involving the clean air and water campaigns and policy issues. Before...

Sun Qingwei

Director of China Program of National Geographic Society
Sun Qingwei currently Directs National Geographic Society’s China Program, which provides grants for science and exploration to protect air and water resources across China. An energy policy and campaign...

Sybil Diver

Post-doctoral Fellow at Stanford University
Sibyl Diver is a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford University in the Department of Earth System Science. She studies issues of natural resource governance with Indigenous peoples, focusing on Pacific...