Board

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

Allison Barlow is Program Director for 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 Democracy 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, Principal and Senior Managing Director, 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
Director, 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.

Carlos A. Garcia
Sr. Donor Relations Officer, The San Francisco Foundation

Carlos Garcia is a senior donor relations officer at The San Francisco Foundation. In this role, he 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 the Foundation, fellow donors and nonprofit organizations.

Previously, he was a philanthropy advisor at Silicon Valley Community Foundation and associate director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy. Carlos is an active member of Full Circle Fund, a philanthropic network of members who donate time, money and skills to partner with social entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a graduate of UCLA and lives in San Francisco. Carlos served on the SOS Briefing Committee in 2012 and is member of EGA's board of directors.

Ken Grossinger
Chairman and Co-Founder, CrossCurrents Foundation

Ken Grossinger has been a leader in the movement for social, economic and environmental justice for more than 30 years. He is Co-founder and Chairman of the CrossCurrentsFoundation, whose two portfolios focus on non-partisan civic engagement and support for the arts. In addition, he is a principal in Democracy Partners, a strategic consulting firm where he works with donors, advocate organizations and unions to maximize the strategic use of their resources to advance social policy.

Grossinger worked for more than twenty years as a leading strategist in the labor movement, serving as Legislative Field Director of the AFL-CIO for a decade, and in the previous ten years,held several positions within the Service Employees International Union. He is widely regarded as an expert in pioneering national field strategies for labor and non-profit organizations and is well known 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 serves on several boards including the Alliance for Justice (Chair), the Washington, DC Housing Authority Board of Commissioners (Vice-Chair), the Environmental Grantmakers Association and Grantmakers in the Arts. He holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work.

Patricia Jenny
EGA Board Treasurer and Finance Chair, Vice President for Grants, New York Community Trust

Patricia Jenny is Vice President for Grants at The New York Community Trust, New York City’s community foundation, overseeing a $40 million annual program supporting the City’s nonprofits across 20 different issue areas. Since 2001, she managed a national environment program supporting efforts across the country to address climate change, environmental health, and habitat protection. Ms. Jenny also manages a philanthropic collaborative focused on improving the workforce development system for New York City job seekers and employers. From 1993 to 2001, Ms. Jenny served as the director of the Neighborhood Strategies Project, a multi-year effort to expand economic opportunities for residents of Washington Heights, Mott Haven in the Bronx, and Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Ms. Jenny also has worked as a consultant in community development public policy in California and Washington, DC.

She holds a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a B.A. degree in History from Brown University. Ms. Jenny currently serves on the board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and Health and Environmental Funders Network, is a director emeritus of Cause Effective in New York City, and was a founding board member of the Montclair Economic Development Corporation in New Jersey. Mayor de Blasio appointed her to be a leader of his Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force in May 2014.

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.

Denise Porche
Executive Director, Island Foundation

Denise Porché is the Executive Director of the Island Foundation in Marion, MA. Prior to this position, she was a fellow at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School where she worked on inclusion projects and briefs. She was also a member of the Harvard Diversity Working Group. Denise also directed the Office for Child. Denise founded the National Safe Environment Leadership Conference, which convenes directors annually across the United States to address sex abuse prevention in the Catholic Church.

Denise participated in the EGA China Distance Learning Program and went on the learning tour to China in 2014.

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
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.

Emily Young
Senior Director, Environment

Emily works with community volunteers, donors and other foundations to direct charitable giving to the region’s critical environmental needs. Her work at The Foundation is focused in three areas: conservation of globally significant, biodiversity hotspots in Southern California, community-based efforts to eliminate toxic substances which revitalize green spaces, and regional efforts to address climate change through mitigation and adaptation. Before she joined The Foundation, Dr. Young was an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, where she taught courses on environment and society, geography, and Latin America. She also lived and worked in Baja California, Mexico, where she conducted field research on wildlife protection, community-based conservation, and sustainable development in coastal areas of Baja California. Along with professional work, Emily has volunteered and served on boards for a variety of environmental organizations and advisory committees. Dr. Young was recently awarded the 2011 Nicholas P. Bollman Award, which recognizes Smart Growth Leaders Who Inspire through Values and Actions.