CBI Board

Dan Airola

Dan Airola is a Wildlife Biologist with strong experience in corporate management of consulting businesses, natural resource planning, and biological consulting and research. He is President of Conservation Research and Planning, a small northern California firm. He recently retired as present of Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Inc., the U.S. ...

Allison Alberts, Ph.D.

Allison Alberts served as Chief Conservation and Research Officer at San Diego Zoo Global, where she and her team developed initiatives focused on climate change, endangered species recovery, banking genetic resources, and community-based conservation.  Allison is Board President at Eden Project USA, and serves on the boards of the San Diego ...

David Bental

David Bental has over twenty years of start-up and small company management and investment experience. Over this period, Mr. Bental has owned, managed and invested in a number of successful business. Mr. Bental was the founding partner of APG, LLC and Diio, LLC, both of which he sold to large multi-national corporations after growing the ...

Pamela Frost

Pamela A. Frost earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Maine, Machias in 1984 and a M.S. in Natural Resource Information Systems from Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) in 1994. While at Ohio State, she was involved in a number of Federally funded conservation GIS projects including database construction and analysis ...

David Johns
Chairman of the Board

David Johns earned degrees in law and political science from Columbia University. He currently teaches politics and law in the School of Government at Portland State University. David is a co-founder of The Wildlands Project and Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiatives, both NGOs that rely heavily on science in shaping conservation goals. ...

Jun Onaka
Treasurer

Jun Onaka is principal of the firm Onaka Planning & Economics in La Jolla, California. Jun has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California at Los Angeles and an A.B. degree in Mathematics and Economics from Harvard University. He has over 25 years' experience in conducting planning and economic studies, including socioeconomic ...

Ed Schoaps
Group Account Director at PRR

Ed Schoaps is a senior strategic communications strategist for business, government and nonprofits. Schoaps brings a strong track record of delivering strategic communications and public engagement for complex projects and issues. He builds understanding and goodwill among internal and external stakeholders and the public to support key business ...

James Strittholt

Jim Strittholt is President and Executive Director of the Conservation Biology Institute and has over 10 years experience in applying computer mapping technologies (including GIS and remote sensing) to address various ecological assessments and conservation planning projects in the U.S. and internationally. He holds undergraduate degrees in ...

Previous Board Members

Terri Nopp

Terri Nopp is the founder of Online Newsroom, a PR agency focused on helping organizations evolve their communications to meet the needs and demands of today’s public. Over the past 2 decades Terri has built a reputation for her entrepreneurial spirit and innovative communication expertise, working with start-ups to some of the ...

John Vankat, Ph.D.

John Vankat earned an A.B. in biology from Carleton College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in botany from the University of California, Davis. He taught and researched plant ecology at Miami University for 31 years, before moving to Flagstaff, Arizona, where he continued research as a special projects ecologist with Grand Canyon National Park ...

Marilyn Veek
Secretary

Marilyn Veek earned a B.S. in Food Technology from Oregon State University and an M.S. in Food Science from University of California, Davis. She is retired from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where she worked in field investigations, epidemiological operations, and international programs. CBI board member since 2005.

 
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