Scott Burns is director of the foundation’s Environment Focus Area overseeing work in both the marine and freshwater conservation initiatives. He is based in the foundation’s Washington, D.C., office. Prior to joining the Foundation, Scott led the ocean conservation program at World Wildlife Fund where he helped shape initiatives to conserve marine areas of global environmental importance and to harness market forces to advance the conservation of ocean resources. Earlier in his career he taught law and worked as a commercial fisherman.
With more than 23 years of conservation expertise, Margaret Bowman is deputy director for the Environment Focus Area overseeing the foundation’s freshwater conservation initiative. Prior to joining the foundation, Margaret directed the Lenfest Ocean Program at The Pew Charitable Trusts where she supported policy-relevant scientific research related to sustainable fisheries. For more than a decade Margaret worked at American Rivers, and she has also worked on international environmental issues and represented corporate environmental clients in a law practice. Margaret received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
A senior program officer for the Environment Focus Area, Peter Bryant manages grant portfolios in international geographies (Indonesia, Gulf of California, and the Eastern Tropical Pacific) as part of the marine conservation initiative. Peter has more than 14 years experience in freshwater and marine conservation and previously managed programs on river conservation and marine fisheries at several organizations, including The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund. Early in his career, Peter focused on corporate partnerships for conservation and communications and marketing. Peter received his undergraduate degree in economics and has a Master’s in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
In her role as a program consultant to the Environment Focus Area, Teresa Ish manages grants related to the marketplace for sustainable seafood. Before joining the foundation, Teresa was the seafood project manager for the Corporate Partnerships Program at Environmental Defense Fund, where she worked with leading seafood buyers to develop and implement sustainable seafood purchasing policies. During her tenure at EDF, she played an instrumental role in merging the organization's seafood buyer work and its extensive experience in the fishery policy arena. Prior to joining Environmental Defense Fund, she co-founded FishWise and served as its director of science.
As a program support associate, Melissa Kaminski is responsible for program support of grants administration for all aspects of the Environment Focus Area. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked as a middle school writing teacher in Washington, D.C., and as a general education teacher in Philadelphia. Melissa has a B.S. degree in elementary education from the University of Scranton in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Moira Mcdonald, senior program officer for Environment Focus Area, joined the foundation in 2009 and manages the Mississippi River watershed grant portfolio as part of the freshwater conservation initiative. Moira has more than 18 years experience in wetlands and freshwater conservation and previously managed Mississippi River and Great Lakes programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Moira received her undergraduate degree in environmental science and Russian studies from Brown University and has a Master’s and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Minnesota.
As focus area coordinator/grants manager for the foundation’s Environment Focus Area, Cheryl McFarland manages the operational aspects of its grant-making process for its marine and freshwater conservation initiatives. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked for the Sallie Mae Fund where she helped support programs and initiatives that helped open doors to higher education for America’s students. Cheryl has a B.S. degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Morgan Snyder, program officer for the Environment Focus Area, is based in the Washington, D.C., office and works on both the Colorado and Mississippi River programs as part of the freshwater conservation initiative. Prior to joining the foundation, Morgan worked on restoring in-stream flows to tributaries of the Columbia River through voluntary water transactions at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. He received an undergraduate degree in environmental conservation and restoration from Sonoma State University and a master’s degree from Uppsala University’s Peace and Conflict department with a focus on international freshwater policy.