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Pinchot focus areas:

Climate & Energy
Water
Forests
Communities
Policy

Pinchot Institute for Conservation Staff

William C. Price
Acting 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


Stephanie Pendergrass Dalke
Project Director
spdalke@pinchot.org

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

Benjamin Hayes
Project Director, Working Lands
bhayes@pinchot.org




Staff Biographies

Will Price, Acting 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.

 

Benjamin Hayes, Project Director, Working Lands (top)

Benjamin Hayes

Ben Hayes is a fifth generation Oregonian with a background in forestry and humanities. Before returning to graduate school, he worked as the Program Manager for Fishtrap, a non-profit that promotes clear thinking and good writing in and about the West. At Fishtrap, Ben oversaw 13 programs including a weeklong summer workshop series, residency programs throughout eastern Oregon, and a regional "Big Read" program. Ben has also worked as a river guide, arborist, and events manager. He received a Master of Forestry degree from Yale University and a BA from Whitman College. His academic work has focused on western land conservation, including state forest land management in Oregon, institutional investment in ranches, forest land, and water, and environmental market dynamics. Other interests include fly fishing, boat building, and backcountry skiing. When not at work, on a river, or in the mountains, Ben helps to run Hyla Woods, his family's forest business in Oregon's Coast Range.


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.

 


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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