Fellows Advisory Committee

Fellows Advisory Committee

The Fellows Advisory Committee (FAC) is a group of 10-14 Fellows who advise Foundation staff and Board on selected policy and programmatic issues. The FAC is also a means for Switzer Fellows to contribute their wisdom and experience back to the Foundation to ensure that our programs and efforts are relevant for new Fellows and Fellowship Alumni. Through the FAC, Fellows can learn more about the operations of the Foundation and be considered for future service as a trustee, as was hoped for by the founders.

Melanie Allen
Logistics Coordinator
Conservation International
Washington, District of Columbia

Adrienne Alvord (Switzer Trustee)
Director, California and Western States
Union of Concerned Scientists
Berkeley, California

Karen Andrade
Postdoctoral Scholar
University of California Davis
Woodland, California

Francisco Dóñez
Environmental Engineer
US EPA Region 9 - Los Angeles
Upland, California

Scott Fruin
USC, Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California

Jessica Hall
Landscape Architect
Eureka, California

Lara Hansen
Chief Scientist and Executive Director
Bainbridge Island, Washington

Grey Hayes
Coastal Training Program Coordinator
Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Davenport, California

Brian Johnson
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Matthew Kolan
Director, Leadership for Sustainability Master's Program, UVM & Organizational Consultant
University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont

Dave Kramer
Austin, Texas

Martha Lyman
Manchester, New Hampshire

Kartikeya Singh
Deputy Director & Fellow
Center for Global Development
Washington, District of Columbia

Chuck Striplen
Environmental Scientist
North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Santa Rosa, California

Carol Tucker (Switzer Trustee)
Chief of Emergency Responses
US EPA, Region 1, New England 1
Worcester, Massachusetts

Holly Welles
Manager, Environmental Science Communications
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey

Lissa Widoff
Executive Director
Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation
Belfast, Maine


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