Eric is a former Director of Boulder County Parks & Open Space (retired 2021) where he led the operations, staff, and budget for Boulder County’s nationally-recognized, award-winning department dedicated to the conservation and sound use of the county’s agricultural, natural, and cultural resources. As a former ornithologist, including two years working at the Colorado Bird Observatory (the original name of Bird Conservancy of the Rockies), he is particularly interested in bird habitat management/restoration on both public and private lands. Eric received a B.A. in biology from Swarthmore College and a M.S. in natural resources policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. With his newfound time, he’s enjoyed the opportunity to reinvigorate his bird identification skills along the Front Range and wherever he travels.
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Eileen is the owner of Dey Consulting, LLC representing oil and gas clients in environmental, regulatory, sustainability, and stakeholder issues and planning. Previously, Eileen worked for ConocoPhillips as the Lower 48 Manager of Sustainable Development and held various manager positions in Environmental, Regulatory and Stakeholder Engagement in the Rockies and Mid-Continent Business Units. While at COP, Eileen served on several boards (Playa Lakes Joint Venture, Northern Great Plains Joint Venture, and Colorado Oil & Gas Association). She worked with industry and agencies on the development and implementation of conservation agreements for several candidate species and developed the ESA Protocol Tool for COP to ensure that the Business Units assess and mitigate species and habitat during all phases of development. She received her BA from University of Colorado, Boulder. Eileen believes that industry can be a vital partner with agencies, NGOs, landowners and various stakeholders to utilize science and best management practices that improve habitat and foster exceptional community relationships.
As the Curator of Ornithology at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Garth’s research focuses on how recent and ancient environmental changes have affected bird species. Bird species are products of their environment and therefore are constantly evolving in response to environmental change. The response of a species to environmental change leaves lasting footprints in its DNA. Garth uses genetic tools to examine “bird DNA footprints” and determine just how a species or multiple species that make up a modern community have responded to past environmental change.
As a seasoned executive with more than 20 years in tech, Silicon Valley native Chrissy Coolidge joins BCR with a wealth of strategy, intelligence, and operations experience. From pre-seeded ventures to launching billion dollar Go-To-Market Web 3.0 transformation initiatives, Chrissy has held numerous advisory roles with digital media, mobile and commerce companies. In addition, she has held senior leadership roles at McCann Erickson (NYSE: IPG), FreeWheel (acquired by Comcast), Gigya (acquired by SAP), and Marketo (acquired by Adobe), establishing a strong track record of hypergrowth for new products brought to market.
Geoff is with Point Blue Conservation Science and is located in California. He has extensive experience in bird banding, monitoring, private lands stewardship, fundraising and development. Bird Conservancy has enjoyed previously collaborating with with Geoff and Point Blue on the Avian Knowledge Network and Partners in Flight. His extensive knowledge and experience in bird conservation, partnership programs and more is a tremendous asset to our board.
Tonie’s passion is to build forward-thinking, resilient, and purpose-led technology companies. At NVIDIA, she oversees corporate responsibility, a function she helped to build since starting in 2006. As a strategist and communicator, she drives initiatives that strengthen NVIDIA’s ESG and brand reputation. Tonie publishes the company’s ESG report and engages with shareholders, NGOs, and customers to understand their expectations and present NVIDIA’s positioning around ESG issues. She also helps NVIDIA keep its position as an ESG leader by delivering to execs insights on societal issues and their impact on the company. Prior to joining NVIDIA, Tonie spent 15 years in a variety of marketing roles. She earned her MBA in 2000 from Babson College, has been recognized by CRO Magazine as a CR Superstar and by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a Women of Influence. She previously served on the board and as board president of the YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley, and currently serves as an advisor to the CU Boulder Leeds Business School’s Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility.
Rosa Maria Vidal started her journey as a biologist studying the migratory birds and flyways in the Americas. She was the founder and executive director of Pronatura Sur an NGO in Mexico, where she was able to develop integrated approaches to conservation, considering local communities’ livelihoods and biodiversity. Rosa Maria has served in international councils and commissions, including the North American Bird Initiative, Partners in Flight, and the WHSRN council among others. She was the director of the Governors Climate and Forest Fund, working with subnational governments from the tropical countries of the world for the implementation of Climate Change Mitigation policies and programs. She is currently Senior Advisor at the Center for the Management of Protected Areas (CPAM) at Colorado State University, is member of the board of trustees of Manomet and provide advisory to impact investors working on climate change and natural resources management.