IFIP BOARD MEMBERS
James Stauch, Founder & CEO, is a community planner and recent foundation executive with nearly two decades of experience working in the field of philanthropy, on public policy in the Arctic and far north, and with Aboriginal communities and organizations. He is recognized as a creative and leading edge thinker and implementer of bold ideas and initiatives.
Before founding 8th Rung, James served as Vice President, Programs and Operations, at the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, where he managed its programming related to the Arctic and far north. Among other initiatives, James co-created and oversaw the revered Jane Glassco Arctic Fellowships and stewarded the creation of a Toolkit for communities negotiating Impact Benefit Agreements with the mining sector. Prior to joining the Gordon Foundation as a Program Manager, James managed the Community Grants Program at The Calgary Foundation. Previously he worked in the field of community and regional planning in the private and non-profit sectors, working in both the urban and rural contexts, including with the Praxis Group and Yamozha Kue (formerly Dene Cultural Institute). James is past Chair of the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network Board of Directors, a co-creator of the Arctic Funders Group and the current Chair of two organizations working to build relations between philanthropy and First Peoples: The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples.
Amy N. Fredeen, CPA. Amy is of Inupiaq heritage and grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. Amy attended the Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and graduated Cum Laude in 1996 with a bachelor of Business Administration. Amy is the Chief Financial Officer for the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. (CITC) where she oversees both Finance and Social Enterprise Operations. Amy serves on Cook Inlet Native Head Start Board of Directors, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska, Montana, Northern Idaho & Washington Board of Trustees, as well as on the Finance and Audit Committee for IFIP‘s board.
Galina Angarova is Pacific Environment’s Russia Program Director. Galina was born and raised in the Lake Baikal area. She has several years of experience in non-profit management and a strong background in environmental activism in Burytia and Irkutsky region. She graduated with honors from Buryat State University in 1998 and spent a year in Mongolia teaching English as a second language. In 2000 she received a Muskie scholarship from the US Department of State to go to graduate school in the United States. She received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico in 2002. She worked with the Red Cross, Project Harmony (a US non-profit), and the Asia Foundation. Galina is fluent in English and Russian and has a basic knowledge of Buryat, Mongolian, and Chinese.
Jessica Brown is Executive Director of the New England Biolabs Foundation, an independent, private foundation whose mission is to foster community-based conservation of landscapes and seascapes and the bio-cultural diversity found in these places. Prior to joining the Foundation she was Senior Vice President for International Programs at the Quebec-Labrador Foundation/Atlantic Center for the Environment (QLF), responsible for its capacity building and peer-to-peer exchange activities in diverse regions. Over the past two decades Jessica has worked in countries of Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe. A member of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), she chairs its Protected Landscapes Specialist Group, and is a founding member of the ICCA Consortium, concerned with advancing recognition of Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas. She serves on the governing board of Terralingua. She has published widely on topics related to stewardship of cultural landscapes, civic engagement in conservation, and governance of protected areas. Jessica has an M.A. in International Development from Clark University and a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Brown University.
Nilo Cayuqueo (Mapuche), originally from the Los Toldos community in the southwest part of Argentina, has been active in Indigenous rights work for more than 30 years. He participated in the First International Conference on Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations in Geneva 1977. In 1985 he participated in the Working Group on Indigenous Populations in the UN’s Economic and Social Council, which was put in charge of writing the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In 1989 he worked with the International Labor Organization to draft ILO 169, an extremely foundational convention for recognizing Indigenous poeples’ rights. Nilo was a founding member of the South & Meso American Indian Rights Center (SAIIC) in Oakland, California and was the founder and director of the Abya Yala Fund, which worked to support self-determined Indigenous community projects. Nilo is currently a board member of the Indigenous World Association based in Hawaii and an advisor and nominator for the Goldman Environmental Prize. He has returned to his native Argentina after 25 years in the United States and in international Indigenous activism in order to work more closely with the Mapuche people.
Stephen E. Cornelius, Program Officer, Conservation and Sustainable Development of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Stephen Cornelius is a Program Officer in the Conservation & Sustainable Development area of the Foundation’s Program on Global Security & Sustainability. Prior to joining the Foundation, Cornelius directed the Sonoran Desert Program for the Sonoran Institute focusing on cross-border collaboration between U.S. and Mexican resource managers, residents and non-governmental organizations. Before this he was a Peace Corps volunteer, helping to establish the Costa Rican National Parks System and later as Regional Wildlife Coordinator for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) managing WWF’s conservation program in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean for seven years. Cornelius has a M.S. in Wildlife Sciences from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology from Iowa State University.
Anne Henshaw joined Oak Foundation in September 2007 as a marine conservation programme officer in the North Pacific and the Arctic with a primary focus on grant making in Alaska. She has a special interest in building capacity for indigenous community-based conservation, co-management and international governance. Prior to joining Oak Foundation, Anne was a visiting Professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Bowdoin College from 1996-2007, and director of Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center from 2000-2007. Anne holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University and a B.A., magma cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire in anthropology. The results of her work have been published in a variety of peer reviewed journals and international venues including the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment and the International Panel on Climate Change.
Peter Kostishack is Director of Programs for Global Greengrants fund. He has worked for many years supporting communities and indigenous organizations in defense of their rights, territories, and natural resources. Prior to coming to Greengrants, he coordinated the Amazon Alliance, a coalition of indigenous and non-governmental organizations protecting the Amazon Basin. He has also been a community mapper, researcher, blogger, activist against mega projects, and consultant to funders and organizations on how to partner with indigenous peoples’ organizations. Peter has an MESc in Social Ecology and community development from Yale University and a B.A. in Biology from Harvard University.
Dune Lankard, Founder, Eyak Preservation Council, Executive Director, NATIVE Conservancy Executive Director, Fund for Indigenous Rights and the Environment. “The morning the oil spill happened was the day the ocean died and the day that something came to life in me,” says Dune Lankard, recalling the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. A member of the Eyak tribe in Alaska, Dune has spent most of his life as a commercial fisherman in Prince William Sound and the Copper River Delta. After the oil spill, Dune felt compelled to work to preserve, protect, and restore his tribe’s culture, ecosystem, and sustainable fishing economy. Dune hopes what he calls “social profits,” successful businesses that are socially beneficial, will transform the way people think about their impact on and relationship to the environment. He is developing a cold storage facility where local fishermen can sustainably process and directly market the fish they catch; the facility could jumpstart 50 new small businesses in his hometown of Cordova and serve as a model for indigenous people across the country and around the world. Every year Dune donates thousands of Copper River salmon to individuals, nonprofits, and other organizations to support their events, an avenue through which he is publicizing the importance of preserving natural salmon habitats. Dune believes his work in Alaska will act as a catalyst for environmental change at the national level: “I create effective models of change to empower people to positively influence their local economy, protect endangered homelands, and provide real solutions for energy and pollution challenges.”
Shaun Paul has worked internationally for 20 years with policymakers, indigenous groups, business leaders, private foundations, and environmentalists to forge new models of resilient communities and accelerate the development of an inclusive, restorative economy. He is a founder of the EcoLogic Development Fund, and served as its Executive Director beginning in 1992 for nearly 20 years to direct grants and capacity building training to grassroots support and community organizations in Latin America empowering rural and indigenous people to protect and restore tropical ecosystems while expanding sustainable livelihoods. From 1999 to 2006, he led the incubation of EcoLogic Finance, an international social lending fund later rebranded as Root Capital that has now lent over $430 million to hundreds of small ‘green’ businesses and cooperatives in Latin America and Africa. Shaun also led the creation of Pico Bonito Forests LLC and served as its board co-chair from 2005-2012 to commercially restore native forests in Honduras in partnership with rural communities. He is a board member of International Funders for Indigenous People, a founding board member of Artcorps, and a long-term member of both the Social Venture (SVN) and the Sustainable Business Networks. His most recent venture is People and Planet Holdings to invest in social enterprises that protect and restore nature, affirm traditional cultures, and create economic opportunities for historically marginalized populations in the Americas.
Yumi Sera is the Operations Director of the Disability Rights Fund. She develops and oversees the organization’s administration functions. She is also responsible for knowledge sharing, evaluation, and learning to build awareness of DRF’s grantee activities.
Yumi has over twenty years of experience focused on strengthening civil society organizations and managing innovative grantmaking and learning programs. She has worked for NGOs, development agencies, and philnthropic organizations, including ten years at the World Bank where she coordinated the Small Grants Program and Grants Facility for Indigenous Peoples. Yumi has written monographs on youth development, gender, and international grantmaking. She was the author of IFIP’s grantmaking guide and GrantCraft’s international grantmaking guide for intermediary organizations. As a volunteer for Conversations with the Earth Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change, she developed curriculum for high school students. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Senegal. She has a Master’s from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She is as a trustee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California.
Sonja Swift is a writer, organizer and social artist. She became involved in philanthropy circumstantially and out of an abiding sense of responsibility. She serves as an active trustee for the Swift Foundation, working both programmatically as well as on aligning the foundation’s mission with its investments. She has field related experience internationally around issues ranging from agro-ecology, community resilience, and land rights. She shares her voice as part of the next generation in exploring new paradigms for philanthropy. Sonja has a BA in Cultural Ecology from the University of Santa Cruz, California and she is currently working on her masters in embodiment studies and creative writing out of Goddard College, Vermont. She was born and raised on a ranch in the central coast of California and has made home many places since.
Evelyn Arce, of Chibcha descent (Colombian-American) has been leading IFIP since 2002. She obtained her Master’s of Art in Teaching degree at Cornell University with a concentration in Agriculture and Adult Education, and was a high-school teacher of Science, Horticulture, and Independent Living for seven years. Evelyn was chosen to participate in the Donella Meadows Fellowship Leadership program, a systems think tank on creating sustainable ways to effectively make long term changes through leadership. Evelyn was a communications consultant for the Iewirokwas Program, a Native American Midwifery Program and coordinated the American Indian Millennium Conference held at Cornell University in 2001. As IFIP’s Executive Director, Evelyn brings a vision of philanthropy that is in accord with Indigenous culture, values, and spiritual sensibilities. She leads IFIP into its second decade of educating funders about critical Indigenous issues and supporting the philanthropic community in its efforts to increase funding to Indigenous communities and causes around the world. A tireless networker, Evelyn has brought together culturally diverse individuals and organizations through IFIP’s programs and events, helping to leverage vast reserves of resources. email@example.com
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT AND OFFICE MANAGER
Arnie Montes serves as the Admin and Office Manager for International Funders for Indigenous Peoples. In this capacity, he is critical to the organization, supporting the Executive Director in all functions, including office management, system efficiency, and financial reporting. He grew up locally in Half Moon Bay where much of his time was spent on horseback exploring the Coast side and surrounding canyons. Arnie moved to San Francisco in 1984 and began his career managing small businesses. His passion for volunteering eventually landed him in the philanthropy sector and most recently Arnie spent several years at the Levi Strauss Foundation working with the Community Affairs department and eventually supporting two senior program managers (U.S. and Latin America) the Executive Director and community involvement teams in six Latin American countries then spent a year on-boarding and supporting the CA Director of Conservation Programs at The Nature Conservancy. Arnie is a self-confessed foodie and audiophile and also enjoys spending his leisure time biking and hiking the Marin Headlands and ridges of Mt. Tam. When time permits Arnie also enjoys camping and fishing the Tuolumne river area of the Sierra Nevada. firstname.lastname@example.org