Franny Chiles Canfield
Associate Director

Franny Canfield is the Associate Director at the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA). Franny has been at EGA for over ten years, serving as EGA’s Program Director for Knowledge first in New York and then opening EGA’s West Coast Office in San Francisco in 2014.

In that role Franny oversees programs to help EGA members reflect on how their grantmaking fits into the larger environmental movement and learn from key philanthropic initiatives in the U.S. and abroad. In 2008, Franny launched EGA’s Tracking the Field program, an ongoing research-based analysis of environmental grantmaking. Since 2008, Franny has published five Tracking the Field reports and developed EGA’s searchable Tracking the Field database with over 90,000 environmental grants. Franny oversees EGA's global programming including the 2017 Global Distance Learning Program in Southern and Eastern Africa and the 2016 learning tour in Cuba. Franny graduated with a B.A. in U.S. Politics and Government and Environmental Studies from the University of Puget Sound.

Franny lives in the Bay Area with her toddler daughter and husband and works out of EGA's Oakland office.

Angie Chen
Director, Blue Sky Funders Forum

Angie Chen is director of the Blue Sky Funders Forum, a working group of EGA. Prior to this role, she was an advisor to the Pisces Foundation. Angie previously managed a crosscutting environmental literacy program at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and oversaw grantmaking to connect California's youth to nature and promote equitable access to outdoor experiences at the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council. She also worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she developed strategic initiatives to advance paid leave, summer learning, and children’s health. Angie has served on the board of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and she was selected as an American Express NGen Fellow. From 2012 to 2015, she was appointed by Administrators Lisa Jackson and Gina McCarthy to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Education Advisory Council. Angie is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Joshua Cohen
Membership Services Director

Joshua Cohen joined EGA in 2012. He has 15 years of experience in the environmental arena and has worked on advocacy campaigns, policy development and research for universities, government agencies, NGOs and the private sector focused on sustainability and greening initiatives.

Prior to joining EGA, Joshua coordinated outreach and education initiatives at The New School where he was involved in energy, waste and water management and administration of a green grants program, and before that, as Brooklyn Compost Project Manager at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In the area of environmental health, he has consulted on air quality research with Columbia University and the New York City Mayor’s Office and with the Center for the Biology of Natural Systems at Queens College. He has also worked on environmental justice campaigns with the US Environmental Protection Agency in Portland, Oregon and on rail-trail advocacy with the National Park Service in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Joshua holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University's School for International and Public Affairs and a BA in Environmental Science and Visual Arts from Hampshire College. Originally from West Virginia, Joshua lives in Germantown, New York with his husband, daughter and dog.

Adam Harms
Program and Communications Manager

In his role as Program and Communications Manager, Adam works with EGA members to facilitate programming and bolster funder-to-funder collaboration. Adam manages several EGA initiatives, including those relating to freshwater funding, trending topics, constituency building, "Tracking the Field", and institutional communications.

Prior to coming to EGA, Adam worked with Global Health Strategies, supporting new media strategies on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Adam earned his BA at New York University in Environmental and Urban Studies, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Environmental Management at Duke University's Nicholas School.

Originally from Atlanta, Adam currently lives in Harlem, where he spends his time biking, watching baseball, reading about urban theory, and looking at interesting maps. Adam can be reached at aharms @

Maud Henderson
Knowledge and Program Manager

In her role as Knowledge and Programs Manager, Maud works with EGA members to develop learning opportunities for funders in the U.S. and abroad and helps manage the Tracking the Field grant research initiative to continue deepening our understanding of trends and gaps in environmental philanthropy. Most recently, she worked as the global engagement consultant on EGA’s 2017 Southern & Eastern Africa Distance Learning Program and the 2015 COP21 Funder Initiative, a multi-organization effort to bring together U.S. and European foundations working around the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. She worked previously in client service at Bridgewater Associates, a global investment management firm focused on institutional clients. Originally from France, Maud studied at Columbia University in NYC and now lives in the Bay Area, working from EGA’s Oakland office.

Christina James
Program Coordinator, Blue Sky Funders Forum

Christina James supports the operations and activities of the Blue Sky Funders Forum, a working group of EGA, as program coordinator. Prior to joining Blue Sky in 2016, Christina completed a year of service with the National Park Service (NPS) through the Student Conservation Association. While with NPS, Christina worked in education and public programs at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Massachusetts. In her role, Christina facilitated an award-winning place-based education program and was closely involved with planning and executing programs tied to park stewardship, landscape history, and community outreach. As an undergraduate, Christina interned with the National Archives, the UC Transportation Center, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and worked as an undergraduate research assistant. Christina graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 with degrees in Society & Environment and History.

Gabriel Jones
Program Coordinator

Gabriel Jones is a Program Coordinator at EGA. After participating in the inaugural cohort of EGA’s Environmental Fellows Program, he now helps to coordinate the program’s activities and events. He also assists with planning for flagship EGA events, membership services, communications, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Before joining EGA, Gabriel completed a Master’s of Natural Resources and Environment and a Master’s of Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. During his time at U of M, he worked as a research assistant to manage a database with profiles on key policies relating to food access, food insecurity, and local food economies. His Master’s project characterized the waste management systems of Detroit, Minneapolis, and Baltimore in order to present recommendations to enhance opportunities for sustainable materials management in Detroit. Gabriel also worked for the U of M Summer Research Opportunity Program and U of M Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, both of which aim to increase access for underrepresented students into graduate programs or career options.

Gabriel is originally from the Inland Empire region of Southern California. He received his B.A. in Anthropology from California State University Dominguez Hills. He also worked for two years at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

In his downtime, Gabriel enjoys searching for new food ventures, walking through natural spaces, reading about Afro-Latino heritage, and exploring city sights and sounds.

Rachel Leon
Executive Director

Rachel Leon is the Executive Director for the Environmental Grantmakers Association, and she has served in this role since 2009. Prior to EGA, Rachel was a Senior Program Manager at the JEHT Foundation in New York City, where she oversaw the foundation's Fair and Participatory Elections Program. Prior to her work with JEHT, Rachel has decades of experience in leadership positions in the non-profit arena working on democracy and grassroots solutions to the root causes of poverty.

She served as executive director of the New York State Common Cause, an organization dedicated to strengthening democracy by organizing the public to act on critical policies and to hold power accountable. Rachel served on transition teams for both former NYS Governor Eliot Spitzer and current Governor Andrew Cuomo. She worked closely with numerous environmental organizations while at the helm at NYS Common Cause and published several studies that highlighted the role of money in politics and its impact on environmental issues.

With a background in anti-poverty and anti-hunger community organizing and lobbying, Rachel also has significant experience assisting foundations with program development and strategic planning. This year, Rachel is a 2018 National Urban Fellow placed at the Ford Foundation (in addition to her EGA duties) and will graduate in July 2018 with a Master’s in Public Administration from Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College.

Ashley W. Li
Tracking the Field Research Specialist

Ashley currently serves as the Tracking the Field Research Specialist at EGA. She started at EGA as a research consultant in 2014. She has been working on the Tracking The Field report series and also contributes extensively to EGA’s growing customized data services.

Ashley brings in years of experience in philanthropic research. While pursuing her Master’s in Public Affairs at the University of Texas, she worked two years for the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. In 2013, she was selected as an Emerging Scholar to work at the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), where she expanded her knowledge base greatly in sector-wide trend analysis based on form 990 data. Prior to her current appointment, she worked at the New York City Department of Education as a Data Office Manager.

Ashley is also interested in arts and design and holds a certificate in Digital and Graphic Design from the Parsons School of Design.

Corinne Sigismund

Corinne has been the bookkeeper for EGA since 2011, where she handles all the day to day finances, as well as, the yearly non-profit audit preparation and completion with the accountant and auditor.

She graduated from Clemson University with BFA in Sculpture and Drawing and a minor in Biology.

After being asked to do bookkeeping on her first job out of college, she found that it was a good balance to the more creative side of her, in the way science had been.

Over many years, she continued to work with non-profit and creative companies where she was able to form a meaningful connection to the businesses beyond numbers.

In her spare time, she makes jewelry, takes care of her adopted kitties and plays drums.