“It has always been clear the struggle to save biodiversity will be won or lost in the forests.” – E.O. Wilson
Our vision and mission
We envision a world where people and wild forests thrive.
Wild Forests and Fauna (WildFF) addresses landscape-scale conservation issues in globally important forests. We are a diverse network of science and business professionals who, together with local community leaders, implement place-based solutions that connect stakeholders, build capacity in local communities, and propel ideas into action.
We believe what makes WildFF different is our investment in communities living on the frontlines of threatened forests. There are many local leaders and organizations eager to improve their communities in a sustainable way, yet lack the resources and connections to make a significant change. We take the time to understand the culture and local traditions and how they may translate to capacity building and economic opportunity. Communities that find a balance between sustainable land use and economic need are what will keep forests–their homes–intact for future generations.
Board of Directors
BOARD PRESIDENT AND CONSERVATION DIRECTOR
Dr. Jason Scullion is a forest conservationist and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at McDaniel College (Maryland, USA). Originally from the northwestern USA, Jason has had a lifelong interest in the conservation, exploration, and study of forests worldwide. He has a PhD in Environmental and Forest Sciences and master’s degrees in Public Administration and Forest Resources from the University of Washington. Jason's contributions to WildFF include providing board leadership and supporting the organization with field operations and project development.
Corrie is a communications consultant who has refined her creative and strategic writing skills working in healthcare advertising for 14 years. She has a Masters Degree from NYU in Environmental Conservation Education. Through her foundational studies in biology and travel experiences to far-flung areas of the world, she has learned a deep respect for nature, wildlife and cultures different from her native NYC. Corrie contributes her time to WildFF as an advisor in communications, marketing and development.
Michael is a former senior executive who has been working for global financial institutions for more than 20 years in Zurich, New York City and London. He holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Two of his passions are travelling and hiking which led him to some remote areas of the world and to a deep appreciation of unspoilt nature. He would like to use his business experience and skill set to contribute to conservation efforts.
Christian is a true people person, having worked in Human Resources within the finance industry for almost 40 years. During that time, he built and managed many successful teams. His work allowed him to live and absorb the cultures of many global cities, including Berlin, New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Tokyo, and Singapore. He is an all-terrain adventurer as an avid mountain biker, wake surfer, and skier. He wants to turn his attention to conservation and hopes to use his experience to expand the capacity of the WildFF organization. He is a proud father of 3 and currently resides in Zurich, Switzerland.
Pablo is driven by a fervent love for animals, the environment, sustainability, social entrepreneurship and public relations. Creating, managing and organizing social events and campaigns is his greatest passion and skill. Manager of the seventh National Congress of Urban Cycling in Mexico, member of the Medellin Urban Group, Hacking Health Monterrey, and Blooders.org, with whom he has led experiences and exemplary citizen empowerment projects with great impact in Colombia and Mexico. He has a Certificate in Urban Strategic Planning and Citizen Culture in Medellin, Colombia.
EAST AFRICA ADVISOR
Georgia is a nonprofit consultant who has worked with small, grassroots organizations in East Africa and Latin America for the past eight years. Her particular focus has been developing and investing in small-scale and place-based solutions, and the intersection between healthy food systems, economies, and communities. A deep believer in decolonizing development praxis, Georgia supports local communities to implement local strategies to local challenges. For WildFF, she provides program design, evaluation, and development services for projects located in East Africa.
Dr. Letty Brown is a forest scientist who specializes in restoration, conservation planning, and carbon accounting. She has worked in the forests of US, Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru and Kenya. Letty holds a Ph.D. in Forest Science from UC Berkeley and did her post-doctoral work as a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil, where she conducted remote-sensing and ground-based research to map conservation targets for a portion of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. She currently works on forest carbon projects under voluntary and compliance climate change standards in California and abroad.
Patrick is a graduate of Makerere University and earned a project planning and management postgraduate diploma from Uganda Management Institute, Kampala. He has 17 years of experience in agroforestry systems and forest resources management including inventory, planning and utilization, conservation and restoration, and agroforestry practices. He is passionate about agroforestry, alternative energy sources, and improving refugee situations. He serves as the local government director in Palorinya, where WildFF has been working since 2018. His experience includes District Forest Officer, Moyo District Local Government, Uganda, and Head of the Department of Forest Management at Tutor Forestry Training College South Sudan.
Liz Feldman has an MBA from Pinchot University, previously known as Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and currently serves as a business advisor for emerging, women and minority owned businesses for Portland State University’s Business Outreach Program. Her years in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, Experiential Education, Wilderness Therapy, and even her BS in Biology have helped shaped Liz’s passionate relationship with nature and the people who interact with it.
Claudia holds a Masters Degree in Economics and a minor in Political Sciences from the University of Bern, Switzerland. her most recent experience was an an operational risk manager with global responsibilities in a major financial institution. Having lived and worked in several countries and having travelled extensively, she is deeply interested in different cultures, and in exploring new landscapes and learning about flora and fauna. Combining her passion for photography and travelling she is currently writing a book about her travels in South America.
Dalley-Divin is a biology/ecology graduate and primatologist researcher at the University of Kinshasa, who specializes in great apes and community-based conservation, including forestry and natural resources management. Through Paradis des Primates and the Congo Biotropical Institute, Dalley-Divin helped establish the Forest Concessions for Local Communities. He is passionate about community conservation, endangered species, and sustainable natural resources management. He focuses on solutions that reduce human/wildlife conflicts and alternative project proposals to sustain forest products. He aims to set up a Community Conservation Consortium in Congo.
Vanessa is from the Madre de Dios region of Peru and one of the first participants of the Future Leaders program by WildFF. She studied anthropology and has spent her post-graduate years in the public sector in both Social Development and environmental education. She is currently a local capacity building consultant for the PROMSEX NGO in Madre de Dios. She has a strong interest in the Amazon, socioeconomic and environmental development, gender equality and public management especially in Madre de Dios.
Sophia is German-American and has a dual master’s degree in International Nature Conservation from the University of Göttingen (Germany) and Lincoln University (New Zealand) as well as a bachelor’s from the University of Washington. Sophia’s research is focused on developing solutions for combating neo-tropical deforestation through an integration of conservation science, psychology, marketing, and social media. Particularly, her research explores human behavior and decision-making processes that influence pro- environmental behavior.
Nancy is a consultant, coach and powerful connector. She is passionate about designing systems for collaboration and how we can work together for the mutual benefit of people and planet. Specifically, she seeds projects through co-visioning processes, team design and recruitment, project management, organizational strategy, coaching and collaboration architecture. She is a co-founder of another non-profit, impact-driven enterprise called Yellow Seed, which facilitates connections between farmers at origin and fair markets.