Yvette Martinez is a “Brightonian” with strong community connections. She serves on the boards of Brighton Legacy Foundation; heART of Brighton; and Foundations Academy. She served as Community Concierge for the Brighton Chamber of Commerce from 2013-2015 and was honored to be Brighton Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Citizen of the Year. She is Customer Service Representative for Platte River Medical Clinic & Advanced Urgent Care of Colorado. Yvette is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, and she has worked in undergraduate admissions with numerous Colorado universities and community colleges, Yvette says she feels privileged to serve on the Board for the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. She was introduced to us by her two children, who participated in our Summer Programs for the past two consecutive years. They had a wonderful experience, encouraging the entire family to learn more about birds, nature and conservation.
Eric is the Director of Boulder County Parks and Open Space where he leads the operations, staff, and budget for Boulder County’s nationally-recognized, award-winning department dedicated to the conservation and use of the county’s agricultural, natural, and cultural resources. As a former ornithologist, including two years working for the Colorado Bird Observatory (the original name of Bird Conservancy), he is particularly interested in bird habitat management/restoration on both public and private lands. Eric received a B.S. in biology from Swarthmore College and a M.A. in natural resources policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Chair, Stewardship Committee
Grady has been a manager/partner at Rancho Largo Cattle Co. east of Walsenburg, Colorado, since 1995. Rancho Largo is a 14,000-acre ranch where the fundamental philosophy is: maximum ecosystem health equals maximum ranching profit. Strategic time-controlled grazing allows cattle to fill the ecological niche as the primary large grazing ruminant. Grady received a bachelor’s degree in geology from Princeton University in 1984. Subsequently, he worked on ranches in eastern Colorado until 1987 when he returned to graduate school. He finished a Ph.D. in geology at Stanford University in 1991 and worked as a farrier in the Bay Area until 1995.
Governance, Development and Science Committees
Jean is an ecologist with more than 33 years of applied experience in the consulting world. Her academic work focused on birds including “Morphometric age and sex variation in the Whistling Swan” and “Habitat usage by the Chipping Sparrow in northern Lower Michigan.” Her consulting career has focused on diverse studies responsive to the NEPA and CERCLA/SARA/RCRA for land management, military, transportation and other agencies. Her passions are preserving habitat, ecological health and species diversity for avian and other wildlife populations, and promoting appreciation of the natural world for its intrinsic worth and its value to the human mind, body and spirit.
Ed is a noted philanthropist and conservationist. He had a career as an exploration geologist that culminated in his discovery in 1993 of the Jonah Field and the first commercial exploitation of the Pinedale Field in Sublette County, Wyoming. Ed left the natural gas business at the end of 2000 to pursue his philanthropic interests in the U.S. and Africa. Ed received his Bachelor of Science in 1968 from Colorado State University and his Master of Science in 1971 from UCLA, both in geology. He is a trustee or director of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Sand County Foundation, Explorers Foundation and the Bird Conservancy, as well as an advisor to the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust.