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BOARD OF
DIRECTORS


Douglas Richards
President
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William H. Dent, Jr.
Vice President
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Chris Parel
Secretary
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Dirk Kloss
Treasurer
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Samuel Lee Hancock
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Donnie Shaw
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Robert Broadrup
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DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Mary Anne Rishebarger

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Dirk Kloss
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William H. Dent, Jr.
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Douglas Richards
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STAFF


William H. Dent, Jr.
Executive Director
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Jésus Arriaga-Vazquez
Program Director Mexico, Monarch Sister Schools Program
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Mary Anne Rishebarger
Program Director US, Monarch Sister Schools Program
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Molly O Hoopes
Monarch Sister Schools Program Baltimore


Flavio C. Pinheiro
Representative in Brazil
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ADVISORY
COUNCIL


 


Douglas Richards  email
Douglas W. Richards is Senior Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice President-Investments at Raymond James in Washington, DC.  He previously oversaw the operations of the R&R Financial Group, a money management group within Morgan Stanley, providing global equity portfolio management to individuals and institutions.

Doug began his career in the financial service industry in 1977 with the firm of Thomson McKinnon Securities where he acted as a Financial Advisor to individual investors. In 1989 Prudential Financial acquired Thomson and Doug continued his financial advisory role there. In 1994 Doug joined Prudential's portfolio management program and began managing individual client accounts on a discretionary basis. Within this context, in 1999 Doug joined with Sheldon Ray to form an investment management group with the focus of value-oriented, total return, global equity investing. At Prudential, the group successfully applied its strategy to individual client portfolios through 2001. In November 2001, Doug and his group moved their operations to UBS Financial Services, Inc., applying their strategy to client accounts.

In addition to portfolio management and handling the group's operations, Doug is focused on generational wealth transfer issues for the group's clients. He has been instrumental in developing and establishing the group's balanced and fixed income portfolio strategies. He has also been responsible for overseeing the group's ongoing expansion through asset mergers and acquisitions.

Before accepting the chair as board president, Doug initially served on the Advisory Council of Natural Partners, to enlist the cooperation of governmental, corporate, and local interests in developing sustainable conservation projects. Doug has also provided assistance to the Caribbean Region offices of The Nature Conservancy on local conservation efforts to protect 2500 acres of land on the island of St. Croix.

Doug has been actively involved with the Boy Scouts; helping scouts at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, Arlington, VA organize efforts and raise funds, enabling scouts to travel to South Africa to conduct the troop's service project to rebuild a Scout camp in Cape Town. Through the church, he is also regularly involved with the volunteer program, Rebuilding Together, in their annual home renovation efforts. In his spare time, Doug is an avid cyclist and is a life-long member of the Sycamore Island Canoe Club on the Potomac River.

Doug has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington College in Maryland, and lives in Alexandria VA with his wife Debbie. His son is also an active volunteer for Natural Partners, and the tragic early passing of his daughter Natalie sparked a lasting engagement with the preservation of the iconic Monarch Butterfly.
 


William H. Dent, Jr. email
William H. Dent is a native of Washington, DC. After attending the University of Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor's in history, he served in the Peace Corps in Chile. Upon his return, he did graduate work at the University of Chicago, earning a Master's degree in education and an MBA in finance. With the support of the Ford Foundation, William moved to Brazil to serve as a consultant to BNDES, the National Development Bank of Brazil, where he assisted Roberto Lima Netto in founding SEBRAE, Brazil's Small Business Administration, today the country's most important 'business school' for aspiring entrepreneurs. 

From 1980 to 1989, William served as project manager at the Inter-American Development Bank putting together a number of innovative projects in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, involving investments in excess of $2 billion. During the 1990's, William was CEO of CD-ROM International, which provided bibliographic databases (e.g., Medline) and related IT services to some 200 institutions in Brazil. In early 2003, William founded Natural Partners and currently serves as its Executive Director. He was instrumental in developing the concepts for Natural Partners’ main programs: (1) Pró-Viveiros (Brazil), which provides management and technical training to operators of tree nurseries to help them expand and improve the diversity and quality of their production; and (2) the Monarch Sister Schools Program (U.S. and Mexico), which involves school children in the restoration of the habitat of the Monarch butterfly in both countries and facilitates a cultural exchange between sister schools.

Since several decades William has been active in the Washington DC Rotary Club where has served as Secretary of the Club and on the Club’s Board of Directors, chair of the Club’s Trees for the Capital program and on the Board of the Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC.
 


Chris Parel   email
Chris Parel is a native of Arlington, Virginia. He earned a BA at Amherst College in 1966 and an MA in Economics from Harvard. He was awarded a Ford Foundation fellowship to work on project analysis at BNDES, Brazil's national development bank. He subsequently worked in Brazil for McKinsey & Co. Management Consultants and for the Jari and Tucurui Projects in the Amazon region. He then moved to the Philippines with FMC Corporation's agricultural chemicals division as Business Planning Manager for the Asia operations.

Chris returned to the Washington area in 1983 to work at the World Bank where he served for 23 years.  Following retirement he has consulted widely at the Bank. He entered the Bank as an Investment Officer with the International Finance Corporation and then moved to the IBRD where he worked in Planning and Budgeting and the Venezuela and Brazil country operations as Country Officer and then as a Public Sector Management Specialist task managing projects primarily in Brazil.  While working in Brazil he developed a new performance based lending modality and following retirement has been deeply involved in assisting teams in Latin America, Asia and Africa develop similar operations most notably in Nigeria, Mozambique, India, the Philippines, Brazil and Argentina.


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Dirk Kloss    email                                               
Dirk Kloss has served on the Board of Natural Partners as treasurer since its founding in 2003. He is a conservation and carbon finance leader with over 30 years of experience in sustainable development and climate change. To finance his studies he worked as a correspondent, editor, and news anchor for leading newspapers, radio and TV stations in the Americas, Germany and Hong Kong. With a M.Sc. in economic geography he published research on innovative conservation finance in Costa Rica, followed by project management and operations on field level as well as in headquarters for leading international organizations and companies: Germany’s aid agency GIZ, the Bank for Reconstruction and Development KfW, the international consulting group GFA, The Nature Conservancy TNC, the World Bank, the Global Environmental Facility GEF, the United Nations Development Programme UNDP, and finally as Managing Director of Terra Global Capital TGC, where he built a diverse portfolio of land-based carbon projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and co-founded another carbon-startup. He pioneered a menu of finance tools that led to the international Conservation Finance Alliance, and is a seasoned publisher, researcher, and speaker on biodiversity and finance topics (carbon offsets, debt swaps, trust funds, integrated conservation and development issues etc.).

Following early retirement Dirk was the CEO of the non-profit Red Panda Network from 2011 to 2013 in Nepal, India, Bhutan and China, the only international organization focused on conserving the temperate Eastern Himalayan rainforests that the threatened red pandas and millions in upland and downstream communities depend on. He guided RPN through the creation of a Reduced Emissions From Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) pilot project, the transition from an international founder to a Nepali director with a strong local team, more than doubled RPN’s budget, and established the systems that continue a steady growth to over a $1 Million in 2020.  

Dirk worked in more than 20 developing countries, visited some 50 others, and lived several years each in India, China, Panama, Germany, the US, and Zambia. He is fluent in French, English, German, and Spanish, reads Dutch, Italian, and Portuguese, with some basic Mandarin Chinese. Dirk continues to live and travel most of his time in Asia and Latin America, with occasional pro-bono advice to rural communities, local, national, and international biodiversity conservation portfolios. Since 2016 he has traveled over 10’000 miles per year exclusively by bicycle, living a trash-free, carbon-negative lifestyle, promoting to end the waste of more than 40% of all food produced globally. With agriculture and land use change contributing some 20% to climate change, reducing this waste could be one of the fastest measures to cut carbon emissions, avoid unsustainable land use, and feed hungry populations worldwide.
 

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Jésus Arriaga-Vazquez
Jésus Arriaga-Vazquez is a native of Mexico and resides near the town of Zitácuaro, State of Michoacán. He completed his studies at the Universidad de Morelia. He has received extensive training from Reforestamos México, a nonprofit specialized in environmental education and reforestation projects. Jésus has served as Mexico coordinator for the Monarch Sister Schools Program since March 2011 and has shown outstanding leadership in working with local schools, other NGOs and government institutions.
 


Dr. Samuel Lee Hancock   email
President & Executive Director, EmeraldPlanet International Foundation, Creator & Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV

The EmeraldPlanet International Foundation (EPIF), a.k.a. EmeraldPlanet Board of Directors and Board of Advisors are composed of leading specialists, experts, practitioners, opinion-leaders, authors, researchers, and professors on innovative, sustainable, and resilient  ‘green’ environmental, economic, and community development topics, issues, practices, and projects around the globe. The activities of the EmeraldPlanet leadership include publishing, education, research, training, idea exchanges, competitions, and citizen engagement with numerous international bodies through its headquarters in Washington, D.C. USA.  The EmeraldPlanet works in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in collaboration with the PanAmerican-PanAfrican Association (Pa/Pa) and with the Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (CoNGO).  It is also a “Strategic Partner” with The World Bank Group Connect4Climate program.

Dr. Hancock has earned a doctorate in management with special concentrations in international economics and political science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a Certified Professional Manager [CM] through the Institute of Certified Professional Managers (located at James Madison University), Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Both are top ranked universities in their respective institutions of higher learning categories in the United States. 

 

Robert Broadrup   email

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Haverford College, Haverford, PA.
 


Donnie Shaw   email
Born, raised and educated in Washington DC, Donnie received two Associate Degrees from Prince George's Community College in 1986, and in 1989 a BSBA degree in International Business and Marketing from American University. For the past 30+ years he has been working for the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington in various capacities, currently as the Director of Community Relations-DC. Donnie's background includes Aquatics, Health and Safety, Public Health, Environmentalism, Landscaping, Real Estate, Youth Sports and Programs, Public Service and Public Relations, Community Affairs, Marketing, Volunteering and Volunteer Boards. He currently serves as Board Chair of Woodridge Warriors Youth Organization in Washington, DC.

Donnie previously served as American Red Cross Trained Lifeguard Instructor, Member of National Association of  Black Scuba Divers (NABS),  Board Member of Community of Hope, Inc. (overseeing the launch of a Primary Care Center in Ward 8, providing housing, medical and dental care for transitional families), Elected member of Live Well DC Council, Member of 100 Fathers, DC, FAN Representative and Community, Advisory Member for Emergency Care Services for Children (EMSC),
Community Advisory Board Member for Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN)-DC,
Member of Rotary of Washington Foundation Board,
Member of DC Chancellor's Parent Advisory Council,
Board Member of People Animals Love (PAL),
Board Member of Save the Hood Foundation Hockey, and
Volunteer/Hockey Dad with Ft. DuPont Hockey

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Flavio C. Pinheiro   email
Mr. Pinheiro is a resident of São Paulo, Brazil. He earned a BS in Molecular Sciences from the University of São Paulo, then a Master's degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University, writing his Master's thesis on corporate voluntary initiatives and environmental reporting, with a focus on the principles of the Business Charter for Sustainable Development of the International Chamber of Commerce.

From May 2000 to October 2001, Mr. Pinheiro worked for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in Washington DC and Boston on international and regional projects for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Now based in Sao Paulo, he continues to work for the U.S. EPA as a subcontractor to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in São Paulo, serving as coordinator of the Integrated Environmental Strategies project for the São Paulo Metropolitan Region, which evaluates technology and policy options for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution for this major metropolitan area. Flavio assisted William Dent with preparations to start Natural Partners work in Brazil and served as its representative from 2003 to 2006, when he assumed a management position at Econergy in São Paulo. Flavio continues as a valued advisor of the organization of Natural Partners.