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The Board of Directors of Fauna & Flora International, Inc. (United States) is empowered under state, corporate and federal tax laws to govern the affairs of its charitable endeavors to promote the conservation of biodiversity - the coexistence of people, wildlife and wild places - throughout the world.
Clea Newman Soderlund serves as the Senior Director of External Affairs for SeriousFun Children's Network, formerly known as The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. Ms. Newman Soderlund's expansive career in not-for-profit development has focused on providing support to children and adults with disabilities and their families. Ms. Newman Soderlund's role with SeriousFun marks a return to her family's philanthropy. Early in her career, Ms. Newman Soderlund worked in the development department of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a camp started by her father, actor Paul Newman, for children with life-threatening illnesses and blood-related diseases. SeriousFun is the support center for the growing number of Camps all over the world highlighting her father's belief that taking fun seriously can make a real difference in the lives of children who need it most.
Prior to assuming her position at SeriousFun, Ms. Newman Soderlund was Director of Development for AIND Giant Steps, an organization dedicated to serving children with neurological impairments. Ms. Newman Soderlund was Director of Development for Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc. for thirteen years before joining Giant Steps. In 1991, Ms. Newman Soderlund worked for her family's business, Newman's Own, researching and distributing charitable funds.
In addition to serving as Chair for FFI's Board, Ms. Newman Soderlund currently serves on the boards of the following organizations: Newman's Own Foundation, Giant Steps School, Gillian Brewer School and the Equus Foundation.
Ms. Newman Soderlund holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and is a skilled equestrian.
Tom Foster, founder of Quince Hill Partners, LLC, raises investment capital for institutional real estate investment firms in the United States, Europe and Asia.
In addition to serving on the Board of Fauna & Flora International, Tom is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Public Radio Foundation, Washington, DC.
He is an emeritus Board member of The Helen Hayes Awards and of the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Shepherdstown, WV. He is a member of the 2007 Class of Leadership Greater Washington. He resides in Hong Kong and Middleburg, Virginia.
Mr. Foster graduated from Duke University in 1976 with a B.A., magna cum laude, in economics. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1979.
Born and raised in Madison, Connecticut, Mr. Fischer currently resides in Southport, Connecticut and Miami Beach, Florida. He is a founding Partner of Stone Harbor Investment Partners, and for over twenty years has specialized in the Pension Industry.
He graduated with a degree in History from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1981, began his career as a consultant, and eventually headed the global sales effort for Gordon, Haskett & Company in Stamford, Connecticut. After representing Citigroup Asset Management as a Managing Director of Institutional Sales, he became a founding Partner of Stone Harbor Investment Partners.
His active interests include skiing, climbing, hiking, kayaking, and travel. He has climbed several notable peaks in Europe, North America, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, Russia, New Zealand and Africa. His non-profit involvement has included participation with the efforts of The Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club, The Appalachian Mountain Club and the Susan B. Komen Foundation. Additionally, he sponsors a facility for homeless children in Medellin, Colombia.
Born June 15, 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Julius and Dorette Kruse Fleischmann. Mrs. Fleischmann, known as "Dielle", is the greatgrandaughter of Charles Fleischmann, widely known founder of the Fleischmann Yeast Company in 1868, maker of compressed yeast who revolutionized the baking business in this country.
While her education took her to schools throughout Europe, Mrs. Fleischmann always nutured a love of farming, developed early on by her father, Julius, himself a self-sufficient farmer. Today, Mrs. Fleischmann oversees a thriving natural farming business, operating on land she purchased just outside Washington, D.C. Her interest in farming entwined itself with a love of the land, its flora and its wildlife.
She has devoted herself to many conservation activities including saving the last remaining tract of Bald Cypress Swamp in Low Country, South Carolina, as well as establishing a connection between conservationists in South and Central America and the National Audubon Society.
Mrs. Fleischmann has also been a member of the Board of Directors for The Wildfowl Trust, now the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, (Slimbridge, Gloucester, England), a U.S. representative of the World Wildlife Fund (Peru), a member of the Board of Advisors to South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Commissioner, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Wilderness Leadership Foundation, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the U.S. National Arboretum. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of Fauna & Flora International since 2002.
Virginia Busch grew up in St. Louis Missouri. As part of the Busch family she has always had a connection to wildlife and animals through the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Parks. For eight years she served as Conservation Ambassador for SeaWorld and Busch Gardens as well as President of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. In her role, she assisted in the planning and execution of the parks' expanding conservation programs, including development and oversight of partnerships to support collaborative research projects. She also served as media spokesperson for environmental efforts at the parks.
Since January of 2012, Virginia has led the Endangered Wolf Center as Executive Director. The Center's mission is to preserve and protect Mexican gray wolves, red wolves and other wild canid species, with purpose and passion, through carefully managed breeding, reintroduction and inspiring education programs.
Virginia contributes to conservation and animal welfare at home and abroad as a National Council Member for World Wildlife Fund, National Geographic Society Council of Advisors member, a board member for Fauna & Flora International, the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and the Saint Louis Zoo.
Virginia earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology with an emphasis in animal behavior from Washington University in St. Louis.
Joy Jacobson is a professional landscape designer and owns her own design/build landscaping company, Jacobson Design LLC. Ms. Jacobson earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and has a landscape design degree from George Washington University.
Besides FFI, she has served as President of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (local chapter) and as a member of the University of Virginia National Committee on University Resources.
Ms. Jacobson is married to Gerald Felix Warburg II, Professor of Public Policy and Assistant Dean of External Affairs at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at University of Virginia. They have two sons and a daughter. Ms. Jacobson was among the first FFI-US Board members and returns to the FFI-US Board with her renewed energy and commitment to guide the next phase of the organization's growth.
Mr. Phillips, married to Susan Phillips, of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and Easton, Maryland. He is retired head of Potter Anderson & Corroon, Delaware's oldest law firm; emeritus Chairman of Fair Play Foundation which makes diverse charitable grants, and of Mt. Cuba Center, a charitable organization dedicated to the study of Piedmont flora and the preservation of open space; he is also an active board member of a number of other organizations, like Fauna & Flora International, focusing on conservation of natural resources.
Mr. Phillips is an avid sportsman, directed mainly to worldwide trout and salmon angling, and to wing shooting along the Chesapeake Bay with his companion Labrador retrievers.
Mark has been a Board member off FFI Inc. since 1994. As a trained zoologist, he spent the early part of his career as a wildlife officer and field biologist, specialising in the sustainable conservation management of wildlife, particularly crocodiles in Papua New Guinea. Mark has been at the helm of three Conservation Not for Profit organisations in the United Kingdom and is CEO of Fauna & Flora International since 1993, responsible for all the society's conservation operations across the world as well as for its financial and administrative management.
He is also a Board member of FFI Australia and of several local trusts and foundations in the Americas and Africa.
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Beth Ruoff is a managing director at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. A member of Ogilvy's Strategy & Planning team, Beth is integral to shaping communications strategies and programs for corporate, nonprofit and government clients. She has a particular expertise in awareness building and behavior change having spent over 20 years developing innovative programs that address such topics as heart disease, sexual health, education and environmental sustainability.
Beth was the creative force behind the National Institute of Health's campaign, The Heart Truth, also known as "The Red Dress Campaign," which made that garment an iconic symbol for women and heart disease. In addition, Beth has helped lead the development of Ogilvy's corporate responsibility (CR) offering, working closely with agency clients to develop CR strategies and surrounding marketing and communications programs.
She brings professional, real-world experience to Johns Hopkins University where she teaches a graduate course in corporate responsibility.
Beth is active in the nonprofit community—serving on several boards and providing branding and communications expertise to a diverse set of organizations. She holds a B.A. in graphic design from Pennsylvania State University and currently resides in Washington, DC.
Amelia Salzman has been working to improve environmental quality through policy change for over twenty-five years. She currently provides strategic policy advice to a variety of non-profit entities and is an adjunct professor at the New York University School of Law.
Ms. Salzman served as Associated Director for Policy Outreach at the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President Obama where she was responsible for engaging with stakeholders and citizens interested in learning about or shaping the Administration's environmental and energy policies and worked on a wide spectrum of issues including climate and energy, land and water conservation, endangered species protection, technology innovation, pollution, and scientific integrity. She also served on President Obama's transition team for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Prior to working at the White House, Ms. Salzman was the senior program officer for energy, climate change, and biodiversity for the Wallace Global Fund, during which time she served on the steering committee of the Climate and Energy Funders Group. Ms. Salzman served as a senior program officer in the International Policy Program at World Wildlife Fund U.S. where she directed the National Commission on the Environment and the commodities, trade and environment program. She launched her environmental career in the honors program of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as a trial attorney in the Policy, Legislation and Special Litigation Section of the Environment Division. There, she developed and advocated environmental policy positions, negotiated legislation, and litigated cases at the trial, appellate and Supreme Court levels.
Ms. Salzman joined the board of Flora & Fauna, International in 2012 and also serves on the board of advisors for the Institute for Policy Integrity. She is a former board member of the Echo Hill Outdoor School and The Ocean Foundation.
She received a J.D. from New York University and a BA from Brown University, magna cum laude, with honors in Classics. She has two grown daughters and lives with her husband in New York City.
Stephen Symonds is a Partner at Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. in New York where he raises capital from institutional investors in the US, Canada and Australia. His clients include foundations and endowments, private and public pension plans and sovereign wealth funds. He has more than 20 years of experience in the investment management industry. Steve took a hiatus in the middle of his investment industry career, spending six years in the hospitality industry. He trained as a chef in Paris and was the chef/owner of a restaurant on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.
Steve received his high school diploma from Phillips Exeter Academy, received his BA degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Economics and French from Hamilton College and his MBA degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He also holds the Grande Diplôme de Cuisine Française from the Ecole Cordon Bleu in Paris.
Karen Winnick is an author and illustrator of children's picture books, including Lucy's Cave, Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers, Sybil's Night Ride, A Year Goes Round, Barn Sneeze, The Night of the Fireflies, Cassie's Sweet Berry Pie, Sandro's Dolphin and Patch & The Strings. Her paintings have been exhibited in local galleries, and her poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies.
She has also produced a play, Kindertransport, about Jewish children sent to England during WWII.
Karen serves as President of the Board of Commissioners for the Los Angeles Zoo; the Board of Trustees Emeritus at Brown University; and the Board of Directors of Fauna & Flora International.
She and her husband, Gary, Chairman of Pacific Capital Group, support many education and literacy programs in Los Angeles and throughout the country.
Karen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University. She also studied in Florence, Italy, at NYU, the School of Visual Arts, and at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Anita Winsor-Edwards is a Trustee of the William H. Donner Foundation and the Donner Canadian Foundation. She is currently staying at home to raise her two children and develop an on-line business. She served as the Deputy Director for the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) from July 1999 to March 2002.
Prior to her work at PADF, she was a professional staff member on the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives (1995-99).
In 1994 she authored "The Complete Guide to Doing Business in Mexico" a best-selling book published by the American Management Association (AMACOM).
Ms. Winsor-Edwards served as Trade Representative for the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce from 1989-1992. She received a B.A. from Smith College and a Masters from Cambridge University.
Melissa Shackleton Dann has over twenty years experience in international environmental policy and program strategy.
For over twelve years, she was in private philanthropy with the Wallace Global Fund, serving as its Executive Director for three of those years. She developed all aspects of the Fund's environmental portfolio, including early engagement on climate change, commodity certification and reform of international financial and trade institutions. She spearheaded its first program related investment, raising the profile of using capital markets to drive environmental and social change within NGO and foundation communities.
Ms. Dann began her environmental career at the World Wildlife Fund and later directed programs for the US-Asia Environmental Partnership, a $100 million dollar Presidential initiative. She is a recognized leader in the environmental community as demonstrated through board memberships and leadership positions. She currently chairs the board of Fauna & Flora International US and is on the boards of RARE and Winrock International.
She serves on a number of advisory councils including the World Wildlife Fund-US National Council, Island Press, Calvert Foundation Green Initiative Advisory Council and the Global Fairness Initiative. Ms. Dann is a Fellow with the Royal Geographic Society. She holds a master's in political economy from Columbia University where she was an international fellow. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband and their four children.