Leadership & Staff

Switzer Fellows are an integral part of the leadership of the foundation. The foundation operates with a small staff, an advisory committee of Switzer Fellows, and a dedicated Board of Trustees of Switzer family members, Switzer Fellows, and environmental professionals. Learn more about the staff, committee, and trustees by visiting their profiles below.


Michael Billingsley

Senior Director, Nuveen Green Capital

Ekow Edzie

2018 Fellow
Foreign Service Officer, U.S. State Department

Scott Fruin

2000 Fellow
Professor, USC, Keck School of Medicine

Maria Martinez

2018 Fellow
Director, U.S. Policy & Advocacy, Breakthrough Energy

Roger Perez

2015 Fellow
Program Officer, GitLab Foundation


Maya Higgins

Program Manager, Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation

Laine Kuehn

Administrative Coordinator, Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation

Cora Preston

Network Manager, Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation

Sarah Reed

2006 Fellow
Executive Director, Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation

Fellow Advisory Committe

The Fellows Advisory Committee (FAC) is a group of fellows who advise Switzer 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.

Carolina Balazs

2009 Fellow
COO, Do Good CFO

Daisy Benitez

2017 Fellow
Senior Consultant, EY

Demi Espinoza

2020 Fellow
Senior Program Associate, Erol Foundation

Lisa Feldstein

2012 Fellow
Consultant, Lisa Feldstein Consulting

Erik Martinez

2016 Fellow
Environmental Protection Specialist, Environmental Protection Agency

Nathan McClintock

2008 Fellow
Associate Professor, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)

Dr. Kimberley Miner

2016 Fellow
Earth Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology

Bruni Pizarro

2017 Fellow
Director of Brand Strategy & Partner, For La Diáspora

Elisabeth Stoddard

2013 Fellow
Associate Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Olivia Walton

2018 Fellow
Education Coordinator, St. Croix Environmental Association
Lara Hansen

Being a Switzer Fellow was transformational. It allowed for more creative freedom, exposure to a mentor with a completely different life journey, and a much-needed shot of moral support during the hard days of graduate school. I hope that being on the FAC allowed me to enable others have similar experiences.

Lara Hansen, Prior FAC Member