Board

Allison Barlow
EGA Board Secretary and Consultant, Program Director, Democracy & Media, Wallace Global Fund

Allison Barlow is currently Program Director, Democracy & Media, at the Wallace Global Fund. Allison has advised numerous other grantmakers, including the HKH Foundation, Quixote Foundation, Open Society Institute, Beldon Fund, John Merck Fund, Charity Projects Entertainment Fund, Albert A. List Foundation and numerous other philanthropies interested in catalyzing social change across issue areas. She is co-chair of the Funders Committee for Civic Participation and serves on the advisory boards of the Media Demcoracy Fund and the Youth Engagement Fund.

Paul Beaudet
EGA Board Vice-Chair and PSC Chair, Wilburforce Foundation Associate Director

Paul Beaudet is the Associate Director of the Wilburforce Foundation. He always imagined that he would one day grow up to “integrate evaluation practices into the foundation's operations and works with key capacity building service providers to help grantees plan, manage and sustain their organizations and programs.” Dreams do come true! Paul has worked for nonprofit organizations since 1985 on behalf of the environment, education, the arts, and social justice. He is currently a member of the Visiting Committee of the Nonprofit Leadership Program at Seattle University, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Effective Philanthropy. He, his husband, and Kari (a lovable but neurotic Karelian Bear Dog) split their time between Seattle and Guemes Island.

Sarah Bell
Program Director, 11th Hour Project

Sarah Bell is Program Manager for The 11th Hour Project, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation. As Communications Manager for the Foundation from 2007 – 2010, she led the redesign and launch of the 11th Hour website and oversaw the development of their communications strategy. In 2010 she led the research process for the Foundation’s new program in ecological agriculture and regional food systems – a program she currently directs. She is active in several organizations, including Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders and Environmental Grantmakers Association. She holds a B.A. in both English Literature and French from the University of Colorado. An enthusiastic supporter of permaculture and former student at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, Sarah lives in San Francisco where she and her husband aspire to turn their backyard into an urban homestead with the help of their two year old son, Julian.

Bruce Boyd
EGA Board Audit Chair, Senior Advisor, New Venture Fund

Bruce Boyd represents the New Venture Fund on the EGA board. NVF supports a range of public interest projects, the majority of which focus on conservation and global health. Bruce joined Arabella Advisors in early 2007 as a Principal and Managing Director. Arabella Advisors provides strategic counsel to many of the country’s leading philanthropists and since joining Arabella Advisors, Bruce has led engagements with institutional foundations, families and companies. Prior to joining Arabella Advisors, Bruce practiced law for seven years before he and a partner purchased a manufacturing company out of bankruptcy. Bruce returned the business to profitability and sold the company several years later to a Fortune 500 company. Following the sale of the company, Bruce joined The Nature Conservancy where he served for 13 years as Executive Director of the Illinois program while also leading the Conservancy’s Upper Mississippi River Program and four-continent Great Rivers Partnership. Bruce has also provided leadership as a foundation Trustee and Board member of organizations working across the nonprofit spectrum.

Helen Chin
Program Officer, Sustainable Environments, Surdna Foundation

Prior to joining the Foundation, Helen worked for West Harlem Environmental Action (WE ACT), leading initiatives on land use planning and transportation that were identified as core concerns by the community and New York City to advance its sustainability efforts. Helen also worked as Acting Deputy Director at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), where she managed a grant portfolio with programs in over 15 countries, providing indigenous communities with the skills and resources needed to preserve and protect natural resources and wildlife habitats. She spent a significant amount of time in Africa and Asia working directly with communities and went on to consult for the Wildlife Trust of India. Before joining IFAW, she was the Community Programs Manager at the New England Aquarium and held positions with the Natural Resources Defense Council working on national environmental policies.

Helen attended Tufts University, receiving a Master's degree in Urban Environmental Policy.

Scott Cullen
EGA Board Chair, GRACE Communications Foundation Executive Director

Scott M. Cullen is the Executive Director of GRACE Communications Foundation which highlights the interconnections of food, water and energy, educating consumers, advocates and policy makers through web-based initiatives like the Ecocentric blog, Eat Well Guide, The Meatrix, Sustainable Table, Meatless Monday, Healthy Monday and Kids Cook Monday. The Foundation is focusing on supporting efforts to re-build community-based food production and regional food distribution networks as well as increasing public awareness of how sustainable agriculture contributes to social, environmental, economic and personal health. Scott is a member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders Network as well as the Vermont Law School Environmental Advisory Board.

Victor De Luca
President, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation

After graduating from Montclair State University, DeLuca served as a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer in Newark. In 1994, he was assigned as a community organizer with the Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC). After his 15 months of VISTA service ended, DeLuca became ICC’s director, a position he held until leaving in 1991.

DeLuca lived in the Ironbound for about twenty years and ran for an at-large seat on the Newark City Council unsuccessfully three times (in '82, '86 and '90). In 1991, he began working as a program officer for the Manhattan-based Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation where he became president in 2000. DeLuca moved to the Hilton section of Maplewood in 1994 with his wife Janey because they liked the feel of the neighborhood but also because, pre-Midtown Direct, it was more convenient to take the express bus on Springfield Avenue to Newark Penn Station for his commute to NYC. In the summer of 1995, DeLuca was involved in the formation of the Hilton Neighborhood Association. In 1997, he ran for and won a seat on the Maplewood Township Committee. He was re-elected in 2000, served as Mayor for three years, was defeated in '03, re-elected in '06, and reinstated as Mayor in '09.

Molly Flanagan
Program Officer, Joyce Foundation

Molly Flanagan is a Program Officer in The Joyce Foundation’s Environment Program and oversees the Foundation’s Great Lakes Program. The Joyce Foundation’s Environment Program is committed to protecting and restoring the health of the Great Lakes and regional waterways, as well as adopting energy efficient measures that are critical to the sustainability of the region. Prior to joining The Joyce Foundation, Molly worked as the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Water Resources Program Manager. Molly directed NWF’s water resources campaign working to ensure strong natural resource protections for the waters of the Great Lakes region, including ratification of the Great Lakes Compact. Prior to joining NWF, Molly was the Director of Lake Erie Programs for the Ohio Environmental Council. Molly graduated from Denison University with an honors degree in Environmental Studies. She is a 2003 graduate of the League of Conservation Voter’s Environmental Leadership Institute and a 2007 graduate of Michigan State University’s Great Lakes Leadership Academy.

Carlos A. Garcia
Philanthropy Advisor, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Carlos Garcia is a philanthropy advisor at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. He is a new member of EGA and served on the SOS Briefing Committee in 2012.

Carlos works with philanthropists through their donor advised funds to explore the alignment of their personal values and giving, develop their grantmaking, and deepen their learning and engagement with fellow donors and nonprofit organizations. He also manages the community foundation’s Donor Circle for the Environment.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation bringing together people who want to make a difference and solve problems in its region and beyond. SVCF is one of the largest community foundations in the U.S., and through the generosity of its individual and corporate donors, SVCF is the largest funder of Bay Area nonprofit organizations.

His professional background includes healthcare philanthropy, and he was also associate director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from UCLA and lives in San Francisco.

Ken Grossinger
Chairman, CrossCurrents Foundation

Ken Grossinger is Co-founder and Chairman of the CrossCurrents Foundation, a non-profit family foundation that promotes social, economic and environmental justice. Immediately before starting CrossCurrents, he served as Director of Programs for the Proteus Fund.

Prior to entering the world of philanthropy in 2006, Grossinger worked for more than twenty years as a strategist in the labor movement. He served a Legislative Field Director of the AFL-CIO for a decade, and in the previous ten years held several different positions within the Service Employees International Union. He is widely regarded as an expert in pioneering national field strategies for labor and community organizations and for building long- enduring alliances between the two.

Formerly a community organizer, Grossinger co-launched the Human SERVE Fund, a national advocate organization that initiated and led the successful decade-long fight for passage of the National Voter Registration Act, commonly known as Motor Voter. Grossinger holds a Masters Degree from Columbia University and his published work analyzes advocacy and organizing strategy.

In addition to managing CrossCurrents, Grossinger works as a strategic consultant to donors, non-profit organizations and unions. He is a commissioner on the Washington, DC Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and serves on several Boards including Grantmakers in the Arts, the Alliance for Justice, State Voices and the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.

Ken has served on two EGA Retreat planning committees (2010, 2012) and the EGA Program Strategies Committee.

Patricia Jenny
EGA Board Treasurer and Finance Chair, Program Director, New York Community Trust

Pat Jenny manages the national and New York City environmental grantmaking program and the local workforce development grants program. She has developed two funding collaboratives: New York City Workforce Funders, which is a partner with the City on innovative employment projects, and the One Region Fund, a tri-state metropolitan area funders group, which focuses on sustainable communities and transportation issues in the region. Pat serves on the board of Health and Environmental Funders Network and recently stepped down from serving on the boards of Cause Effective and the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.
She holds a masters in regional planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is a graduate of Brown University.

Lisa Pike Sheehy
Director of Environmental Programs, Patagonia, Inc.

Lisa Pike Sheehy is the Environmental Programs Director for Patagonia. She oversees the implementation of the company’s international environmental grants program and campaigns to publicize environmental issues and mobilize citizens. Her work is focused on increasing environmental activism for Patagonia employees and customers through broad reaching annual campaigns.

Before joining Patagonia, she was the Program and Membership Director for the Environmental Grantmakers Association, consisting of over 250 member foundations around the world. She has also worked with the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and Sierra Club on their Public Lands Team. Currently she serves on the board of the Outdoor Industry Association’s Conservation Alliance and the Teton Valley Ranch Camp Foundation.

Lisa has a master’s degree in Environmental Policy from Tufts University and spends much of her free time heading to the mountains to backcountry ski, hike and fly fish.

Mark Van Putten
EGA Board BMDC Chair, Representing Wege Foundation; Founder and President, ConservationStrategy® LLC

Mark Van Putten is the founder and president of ConservationStrategy® LLC, an environmental strategy and philanthropy advisory consulting firm based in the Washington, DC, area. The firm’s retainer clients include the Wege Foundation, which Mark represents on the EGA board. Previously, Mark served for over 20 years on the staff of the National Wildlife Federation, including nearly eight years as President and CEO. He also founded NWF’s Great Lakes regional office and the University of Michigan’s Environmental Law Clinic. Mark currently serves as a Public Service/Public Interest Law Fellow at the University of Michigan Law School. Mark served as a member of the Obama-Biden transition team and co-chaired the Key States Team of the Obama-Biden campaign’s Energy & Environment Coordinating Council. During previous administrations, Mark served on the Trade & Environment Policy Advisory Committee and several U.S. EPA advisory committees. On the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Mark was named one of 30 nationwide “Clean Water Heroes.”

Jumana Vasi
Associate Program Officer, Environment Program, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

At the C. S. Mott Foundation, Jumana’s grantmaking responsibilities, which are focused primarily in the Great Lakes basin, aim to build the organizational capacity of nonprofits engaged in the conservation of freshwater resources, influence selected public policy issues, and promote site-based conservation activities. Prior to joining the Mott Foundation, Jumana served as the Director of Development at Enlace Chicago, a community-based Latino organization. Jumana’s professional experience also includes working on environmental justice projects at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Jumana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. Jumana speaks several languages including French, Gujarati, Urdu, and Wolof.