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Pinchot focus areas:

Climate & Energy
Water
Forests
Communities
Policy

Pinchot Institute for Conservation Staff

William C. Price
President
willprice@pinchot.org

Jennifer Yeager
Chief Financial Officer
jyeager@pinchot.org

Darshini Prabhakher
Assistant Director, Finance and Administration
dprabha@pinchot.org

Alex Andrus
Director of External Affairs
aandrus@pinchot.org

Eli Roberts
Project Manager, Northeastern Forests
eliroberts@pinchot.org



Stephanie Pendergrass Dalke
Project Director
spdalke@pinchot.org

Brian Kittler
Director, Western Regional Office
bkittler@pinchot.org

Josh Fain
Project Director
josh.fain@pinchot.org

Michael Sugg
Project Director, Federal Easement Business Tools Development
msugg@pinchot.org

Dan Ontiveros
Project Director, Conservation Land Boundaries and Ownership
dontiveros@pinchot.org

Staff Biographies

Will Price, President (top)

Will Price

Will has been at the Pinchot Institute since 1999, working on public policy and market-based solutions that improve forest management and advance conservation. His studies on forest certification have included projects with state and federal agencies, companies, universities, and First Nations. In recent years he has also worked with agencies and landowners on ways to sequester carbon through forest conservation. Prior to the Pinchot Institute he consulted with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; and worked as a research technician with NASA, and with the Forest Service PNW Research Station in Corvallis, OR. Will graduated from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a Master of Forest Science degree, and holds a Bachelor's of Science from University of Notre Dame, where he studied ecology.

 


Jennifer Yeager, Chief Financial Officer (top)

Jennifer

Jennifer Yeager has served with the Pinchot Institute for Conservation in Washington, DC since 2001. As Chief Financial Officer, she has management oversight and responsibility for the Institute's finance, human resource, contractual and administrative functions and oversees a $1.8 million budget. During her tenure with the Pinchot Institute, Jennifer has ensured sound stewardship of the nonprofit's federal, state and charitable grants and contributions and has made fiscal accountability her top priority. Prior to joining the Institute Jennifer served as the Assistant to the Director of Admissions at the University of St. Mary in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and more than fourteen years as a teacher and administrator at a private school in the San Francisco Bay area. Jennifer holds her degree in Accounting with a minor in Business Management, and is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Nonprofit Management. Her special interest and area of expertise is Nonprofit Accounting.


Darshini Prabhakher, Assistant Director, Finance and Administration
(top)

 

  Darshini joined the Institute in 2011 as a Finance and Administration Assistant. In addition to providing assistance to the Institute’s Chief Financial Officer in all financial functions, Darshini administers the Institute’s employee benefits program, manages accounts payable and vendor support, and assists with the administration of grants and contracts. Darshini holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Chemistry and a concentration in accounting from the University of Louisville. Her hobbies include oil painting, cooking, and watching the University of Louisville Cardinals basketball team. 



Brian Kittler, Director, Western Regional Office (top)

Brian Kittler

Brian Directs the Institute’s Western Regional Office to focus on: improving public engagement and leadership in federal lands policy, developing new markets to advance forest restoration and climate adaptation, creating incentives for private lands conservation, and improving policies to support forest carbon storage. Previously, Brian managed a $25 million grant making portfolio providing financial and technical assistance to local governments, land trusts, sustainable oriented businesses and watershed organizations restoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Brian has a BA from Colby College in Environmental Policy and an MS in Environmental Management from the Johns Hopkins University.

 



Stephanie Pendergrass Dalke, Project Director
(top)

Maria

Stephanie Pendergrass is working to implement a pilot drinking water source protection fund for the Delaware River watershed. Prior to joining the Institute, she managed the Coral Reef Conservation Fund and marine mammal programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, where she also administered a variety of grants across the western U.S. She earned her Masters degree from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, where her Masters project involved assessing the potential for restoring pine barrens habitat (and fire) in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. She also interned at the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment to assess the ecological and economic impacts of the Secure Rural Schools Act on counties with national forests. In addition, she has worked on federal science policy at the National Council for Science and the Environment and environmentally preferable purchasing at the Center for a New American Dream. Originally from Oklahoma, she earned a Bachelor of Music in oboe performance with a Minor in environmental studies from the University of Illinois. Her interests include ecosystem services valuation, payments for ecosystem services (PES), institutions and political economy, local food systems, and ecological agriculture. She also hopes to get back to playing her oboe and riding horses in the near future.

 


Michael Sugg, Project Director (top)

Michael Sugg

Mike joined the Pinchot Institute in 2017 after a 35 year career with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). During his time with NRCS, Mike was a field conservationist in multiple field offices across North Carolina where he worked directly with private landowners to address natural resource issues on their land. Later he served as an Assistant State Conservationist supervising NRCS operations in the Piedmont region of NC and then eventually supervising operations throughout NC. Mike served as the program manager for the NRCS Farmland Protection Program in NC where he partnered with nonprofit organizations to purchase development rights to protect farmland. He also served as the program manager for the Resource Conservation and Development program where he and his staff partnered with 10 RC&D nonprofit organizations across NC to implement natural resource projects. For the last few years of his NRCS career, Mike worked on the national headquarters staff providing leadership and coordination, with the NRCS easement and financial assistance programs divisions, to develop requirements for new software applications to streamline national implementation of these programs. Mike earned a B.S. degree in Soil Science from North Carolina State University.

 

Dan Ontiveros, Project Director (top)

Dan Ontiveros

Daniel Ontiveros comes to the Pinchot Institute from the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, where he served in various positions ranging from Cadastral Surveyor to Fiduciary Trust Manager for Indian Country over the course of more than thirty years.  His career with the Bureau has taken him through Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oklahoma and the District of Columbia. Daniel brings his extensive knowledge and specialized experience in federal boundary surveying, riparian issues, the delivery of survey-related services, and the management of national-scale mapping and records projects. He is an alumni of the University of Southern Colorado (Pueblo) where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology. Daniel is also a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. He currently lives on a small farm in Northern Virginia.


Josh Fain, Project Director (top)
Josh FainBased in the Portland, OR Western Regional Office, Josh is working to help unlock carbon markets for family forest owners in the Pacific Northwest. Before coming to the Institute, he spent 12 years working with the U.S. Forest Service in a variety of positions ranging from fire management to climate change research. Most recently Josh helped start the USDA’s Caribbean Climate Hub in San Juan, Puerto Rico, working to coordinate federal, state, and NGO efforts around climate change adaptation in agriculture and forestry. Josh has a B.S. from the University of Georgia in Forest Resource Management and a Masters degree from the Yale School in Forestry in Environmental Management.

 


Eli Roberts, Project Manager, Northeastern Forests (top)
Eli RobertsEli is a forester from Connecticut who helps coordinate the Common Waters Partnership in the upper Delaware River Valley. He completed a Master of Forestry at Yale, where he concentrated on ecological forest management and agroforestry systems. His capstone project summarized the robust potential for expanding agroforestry in the northeastern U.S. Eli has been an elementary school teacher, landscape designer, vegetable grower, and part-time chestnut orchardist. His professional interests include working forests, environmental justice, conservation biocontrol, and cost-share programs. He likes riding his bike, collecting and planting seeds, and singing shape note music. He studied psychology at Villanova. 

 


Alex Andrus, Director of External Affairs (top)
Alex AndrusAlex Andrus joins the Pinchot Institute having completed a Master of Public Policy degree at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.  He was a 2010 Secretary of the Interior Fellow with a placement at the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program.  Before returning to school he worked at the International Conservation Caucus Foundation in Washington, DC, managing their communications.  As an Eagle Scout he worked for three summers in the Conservation Department at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.  He received an A.B. in English with a minor in economics from Georgetown University.


 
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