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Announcing Two New Conservation Fellows
During their one-year appointments, Pinchot Institute Conservation Fellows collaborate with other researchers and policy specialists within and outside the Institute to identify, develop, and test new policies and business models for solving the complex conservation challenges of the 21st century. Conservation Fellows are often recent graduates of masters programs pursuing the next step in their careers through work that allows them to apply their passion and expertise to the cause of conservation.

Josh FainBased in the Portland, OR Western Regional Office, Josh Fain is working to find creative conservation solutions that address the financial challenges of family working lands and build landscape scale climate resilience. 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. He recently published a study entitled “Climate Change and Coffee” that employed downscaled climate data to model the potential impacts of climate change on coffee growth in Puerto Rico. He has also written and co-authored several other publications on climate vulnerability in working lands and is a co-author of the upcoming fourth national climate assessment. Josh has a B.S. from the University of Georgia in Forest Resource Management and a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Eli RobertsEli Roberts is a forester from Connecticut who helps coordinate the CommonWaters Partnership in the upper Delaware River Basin. He completed a Master of Forestry the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 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 also studied psychology at Villanova.

Institute Names Two New Senior Fellows
Pinchot Institute Senior Fellows contribute substantially to carrying out the work of the Pinchot Institute. Senior Fellows are appointed on the basis of their expertise in policy areas relevant to Pinchot Institute programs and priorities, and for their recognized accomplishments in their respective fields. Serving three-year renewable terms, the work of Pinchot Institute Senior Fellows is integrated with that of colleagues and staff at the Institute, and often provides a useful bridge between the Institute and a Senior Fellow’s home organization at a university or other research institution.

Recently, a strategic area of growth in the Institute’s corp of Senior Fellows is in the realm of public lands acquisitions, land exchanges, and right of ways, as evidenced by the exceptional capacity brought by our newest Senior Fellows Steve Rinella and Bob Dennee, both of whom join the Institute after concluding their careers in public service with the USDA Forest Service, the last phase of which was leading the agency’s Lands and Realty Management Program.

Bob and Steve’s expertise in the policies, programs, and procedures involved with exchanges and conveyances of lands into the public domain are integral to the continued success and conservation of these lands for the public interest. As Senior Fellows they will continue this work and help train the next generation of experts in this important field. This work is of increasing importance as the nation’s energy, water, and telecommunications infrastructure increasingly originates from, or crosses through, our public lands. Demand for outdoor recreation will continue to grow as an increasingly urbanized society seeks quiet moments and a natural connection in a world where we find ourselves continually plugged in and online.

Steve RinellaSteve Rinella brings extensive background in real property policy, management and law, following nearly 33 years with the USDA Forest Service. His background includes technical and managerial experience in South Dakota, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. He retired in 2015 as the Assistant Director of Lands and Realty Management. His experience includes real estate transactions, title issues, land uses, easements, and landsrelated legislation and litigation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from Iowa State University. Throughout his career, he also satisfied his interest in wildfire management, and continues to, by serving as an Operations Section Chief with national incident management teams. He resides in Littleton, Colorado.

Bob DenneeBob Dennee has a lengthy track record of working effectively with landowners, agencies, and conservation partners to negotiate and develop successful conservation projects. In doing so, Bob spent much of his 40-plus-year career with the USDA Forest Service on the National Forests and Grasslands of Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, and South Dakota, with special assignments in Alaska and Washington, D.C., collaborating with public officials, federal and state agencies, conservation groups and landowners to complete more than 50 high-profile conservation and public access projects. Highlights include managing numerous land purchases and donations conserving more than 80,000 acres of critical private land and enabling the consolidation of more than 100,000 acres of public land. Bob lives in Bozeman, Montana.

Three New Members Elected to Pinchot Institute Board of Directors
Richard Cole AnthonyRichard Cole Anthony, a graduate of Denison University with a degree in history, was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy on active duty from 1967 through 1970. Starting in 1971 with The Hartford National Bank, Dick spent 30 years in the institutional fixed income investment arena as a bond portfolio manager, trader, underwriter, and sales executive. Dick retired in 2000 to pursue philanthropic and civic activities, including service on the board of the Weekapaug Foundation for Conservation and two terms as an elected town council member in Westerly, Rhode Island.

Tamara ChantHaving spent the past 31 years in Europe and the Middle East, Tamara Chant recently returned to her native home of Milford, Pennsylvania to join her children and parents. A Smith College graduate, Tamara managed marketing and sponsorship for Top Marques Monaco, a luxury car and goods exhibitor, in Monaco and Abu Dhabi. Tamara began working with non-profit organizations after completing a certification in fundraising at NYU, shifting her focus toward activism for vulnerable populations. She was recently appointed Executive Director of Safe Haven of Pike County, a domestic violence and sexual assault resource agency. Tamara also serves as a board member for the Nepal Orphans Home and the Good Shepherd Child Care Center.

Elizabeth CericolaElizabeth Cericola is development officer, individual giving, for World Wildlife Fund’s Eastern regional philanthropy team. Beth joined WWF in January 2014 from The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she worked on donor communications and philanthropic partnerships for Pew’s environment initiatives. Previously, she managed Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s major giving program. She has held internships at Worldwatch Institute and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Currently, Beth serves on the Planning Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals DC Young Professional Affinity Group. She received a B.S.F.S. in culture and politics from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Beth lives with her husband, Nick, in Washington, D.C.

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