Staff

Franny Chiles Canfield
Knowledge and Programs Director

Franny Canfield is the Director of Knowledge and Programs at EGA. Franny started working at EGA in the summer of 2008 and created EGA's West Coast office in 2014. Franny played an integral part in the collection of data and production of EGA’s Tracking the Field Volumes II- IV as well as EGA’s searchable Tracking the Field Database. She also is the project manager for the development of EGA’s website and directs EGA's global programming including the Global Distance Learning Program.

Franny graduated with a B.A. in U.S. Politics and Government and Environmental Studies from the University of Puget Sound. Her thesis, "The Politicization of the EPA in the Bush Administration," received the researcher award for the best U.S. Politics senior thesis. Franny also worked at Congressman Norm Dicks’ district office. She spent the spring semester of 2007 studying New Zealand Politics at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

In her spare time, Franny enjoys skiing, cooking, and traveling. Franny lives in the Bay Area and works out of EGA's San Francisco 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 with the outdoors 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 coverage. Angie has served on the board of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and she was selected as a 2011 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. She currently serves on the board of Pie Ranch and the program committee of Youth Outside. 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 at EGA, Adam oversees organizational communications strategy, manages priority projects and supports funder-to-funder collaboration.

Prior to coming to EGA, Adam served as a Communications and Advocacy Associate with Global Health Strategies, where he supported new media strategies on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To this end, he liaised with a network of digital and print journalists in the U.S., Europe, Africa and emerging markets to ensure coverage of key issues.

Adam earned his BA at New York University in Environmental and Urban Studies. His most significant academic pursuits included a grant proposal about the reopening of Manhattan's 91st Street waste transfer station and a Senior thesis exploring economical methods to reduce the environmental effects of idling aircraft.

Originally from Atlanta, Adam currently lives in Brooklyn Heights and is a biking enthusiast, amateur baseball historian, and avid reader of urban theory. Adam can be reached at aharms @ ega.org

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.

Rachel Leon
Executive Director

Rachel Leon joined EGA as Executive Director in August 2009. As a senior program manager with the JEHT Foundation in New York City, Rachel previously oversaw the foundation's Fair and Participatory Elections Program.

Prior to her work with JEHT, Rachel served as executive director of the New York State Common Cause, an organization dedicated to strengthening democracy by encouraging the public to take action on critical policies.

Rachel served on transition teams for both former NYS Governor Eliot Spitzer and current NYS Attorney General 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. She also helped advance action on specific policies, like the New York State Bottle Bill, and legislation that toughened enforcement regarding lead poisoning in New York City. Both campaigns were ultimately successful and got a boost from coordinated research and advocacy.

With a background in anti-poverty and anti-hunger issues, Rachel also has significant experience assisting foundations with program development and strategic planning. After leaving JEHT, Rachel served as a consultant and strategic advisor to the Open Society Institute. Rachel currently lives in Croton on Hudson, New York with her husband, two children ,a dog and a cat.

Ashley W. Li
Grants Data Analyst

Ashley currently serves as a Grants Data Analyst at EGA. She started at EGA as a Research & Data Consultant in July 2014. She has been working on the Tracking The Field 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 as a quantitative researcher. 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. Prior to her current appointment, she worked briefly at the New York City Department of Education as a Data Office Manager.

Currently Ashley is also a student in Graphic Design at the Parsons School of Design, and is looking forward to helping clients develop visually appealing data solutions.

Pallavee Panchal
Program Manager, Engagements and Events

As the Program Manager for Engagements and Events, Pallavee helps build relationships amongst members through the management and execution of EGA events, as well as events in partnership with other affinity groups and members.

Prior to joining the EGA team, Pallavee received a dual masters, a Masters in Sustainable International Development and an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. While pursuing her degrees, Pallavee learned the spectrum of environmental, ecological, and sustainability issues facing our planet, along with best practices and examples of solving these issues utilizing public, private, and nonprofit tools.

During this time, she also interned with Second Nature, conducting research and creating materials to better understand and utilize finance in climate action plans for higher education institutions, aimed specifically at sustainability officers. Before attending graduate school, Pallavee served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in East Java, Indonesia, working on English Education as well as community development projects. Prior to this, Pallavee worked at Goldman Sachs, as an Operations Analyst, learning the corporate side, allowing her to better understand the connections between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Though she loves to travel, Pallavee is a native New Yorker, living, studying, and working in several cities across the state.