Board of Directors

Yasmin Namini (Board Chair) is a Digital Media Executive currently working with media clients globally. She enjoyed a 30 year career at The New York Times, where most recently she was Chief Consumer Officer. She received a BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Applied Statistics from Villanova University. Ms. Namini serves on the Board of Directors of the International News Media Association and the Alliance for Audited Media.

Charles Betlach II, Ph.D. (Board Vice Chair) is a pharmaceutical scientist with a master’s degree in Cellular Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a PharmD and PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco. He is the co-founder of a pharmaceutical company (Sano Corporation) that was sold in 1998. In 1999, Charles founded the Betlach Family Foundation whose mission is to help promote and support notable contemporary art and important environmental issues. Charles is also a board member for American Forests.

Carl Bidleman (Board Secretary) is Managing Partner of ConvergenceMedia Productions, and has been a television producer and administrator since 1979. He is former Executive Producer of KRON's “Bay Area Backroads,” a series about travel and adventure. His credits include documentaries, news magazines, and public affairs programs for public television.

Sylvia A. Earle is a renowned ocean advocate, explorer, author, and lecturer. She is a National Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence, former Chief Scientist of NOAA, and Founder of Mission Blue and The Sylvia Earle Alliance. She has earned numerous accolades for her efforts to study and protect the world's oceans, including being named the first "Hero for the Planet" by Time Magazine, called a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, and being granted a TED Wish in 2009.

Neel Inamdar is the former Fund Manager of the Verde Ventures Fund at Conservation International and has extensive experience with assessing, developing, and implementing financial solutions to environmental and sustainable resource utilization challenges. These include successfully developing and implementing investments totaling over $23 million in a range of sectors and geographies, from fisheries in Kenya and Mexico, to agricultural commodities in Latin America, Africa, and Madagascar. 

Finn R. Torgrimsen Longinotto studied at the University of Geneva, holds a BA in Political Science and an MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and an MA in Environmental Conservation Education from New York University. Formerly Managing Director at Chemical Bank and JP Morgan Chase, Finn is President of Global BeesBoard Member of Global Community Service Foundation, Senior Fellow at Green Cross International, and sits on the Chairman's Council of Conservation International and the International Advisory Committee of EcoPeace Middle East

Marilyn Pearson is an attorney specializing in labor and employment law and a Partner at DLA Piper in Chicago. She holds a BA and JD from University of Minnesota, and in 2011 the Law Bulletin Publishing Company named Marilyn to its list of Women Making an Impact. Marilyn regularly teaches a seminar on contract negotiation at Northwestern University School of Law, and she provides pro-bono services to several non-profit organizations.

Zachary Rabinor is Founder, President, and CEO of award-winning travel company Journey Mexico. Zach oversees all aspects of the company's operation and has led Journey Mexico to achieve dynamic growth and earn numerous awards for their work. Zach has a BA from Cornell University and a MPIA from the University of California San Diego; prior to founding Journey Mexico, Zach worked as a teacher, environmental activist, and outdoor adventure guide throughout the Americas for almost a decade.

 

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