Environment Staff

Barry D. Gold, Ph.D.
Barry Gold is director of the foundation’s Environment Focus Area. He leads the foundation’s freshwater and marine initiatives to find lasting solutions that benefit the environment and strengthen local economies. Before joining the foundation, Barry served as director of Marine Conservation at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, where he led efforts to keep the world’s oceans healthy through approaches that take both environmental and community needs into account. This included work to shift fisheries management to an incentive-based system to help end overfishing, rebuild depleted stocks and sustain fishing communities, as well as efforts to advance comprehensive approaches to ocean planning.

Prior to joining Moore, Barry managed the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s work on ecosystem-based management and linking science to policy. Before Packard, he was chief of the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center where he led an effort to restore the Colorado River ecosystem throughout the Grand Canyon. Barry has held senior positions with the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served as board president for the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, the leading affinity group for environmental foundations, and was vice-chair of the California Ocean Science Trust Board. Barry received a B.S. from the University of Miami, an M.S. from the University of Connecticut, an M.A. from George Washington University and a D.Sc. from Washington University in St. Louis.


Margaret Bowman
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.


Peter Bryant
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.


Kama Dean
Kama is a program officer in the marine initiative. Kama's projects will focus on the Gulf of California strategy and grant portfolio. Kama began working in Northwest Mexico in 2001 and most recently worked with The Ocean Foundation to oversee their programmatic work, managing TOF's Fiscal Sponsorship Fund program. Kama holds a B.A. in Government and Latin American studies with Honors from New Mexico State University and a Masters of Pacific and International Affairs (MPIA) from the University of California, San Diego.


Teresa Ish
In her role as a program officer in 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.


Kathy Joleaud
Kathy is a program support associate for the Environment Focus Area. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was an executive assistant to the president of Magnetar Capital, LLC and also worked for Kohler Interiors Group as an executive assistant to the president. Kathy graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts and Art History from Northeastern Illinois University.


Melissa Kaminski
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, Ph.D.
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.


Cheryl McFarland
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.


Peter Skidmore, PG
Peter Skidmore is a program officer focusing on the Colorado River Basin. Previously, Peter was the freshwater program director for The Nature Conservancy and most recently he was the principal of Skidmore Restoration Consulting, LLC. Peter has a Bachelor of Geology degree from Macalester College and a Master’s in Earth Science and Geography from Montana State University.


Morgan Snyder
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.


Kristin is a program officer for the foundation’s Environment Focus Area. Her area of focus is the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to joining the foundation, she was a program officer for the blue moon fund and an energy consultant for MACED. Kristin has a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia.