Staff and Trustees
The foundation operates with a very small staff and a dedicated board comprised of Switzer family members, Switzer Fellows and environmental professionals from the nongovernmental organization, government, academic and private sectors. Read the profiles of staff and board members of the foundation below.
Joe Aldy is Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Visiting Fellow at Resources for the Future, a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. His research focuses on climate change policy, energy policy, and mortality risk valuation. In 2009-2010, he served as the Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment at the White House.
Scott Fruin works in the Environmental Health Division at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, focusing on exposure assessment and field measurements to support longitudinal health impact studies. One of his research interests has been measuring and characterizing pollutant exposures occurring inside vehicles and near roadways to highlight the dominant role played by vehicles in our exposure to air pollution. He has a doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from the UCLA School of Public Health, where he was a Chancellor's Fellow. He previously worked for the Research Division of the California Air Resources Board.
Bruce has over 25 years of experience in environmental and investment research and management. Currently, Bruce is the Portfolio Manager at Sustainable Insight Capital Management. Previously, Bruce was a Director in Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management division where he acted as an investment strategist conducting high-level analytical research on sustainable investing including clean tech, water and agricultural-based investment strategies as well as ESG/SRI strategies.
Elizabeth "Izzy" Martin, CEO of The Sierra Fund, is an organizer and advocate with forty years of experience working in rural communities to promote economic and environmental justice. She has worked with farm workers, farmers, and environmentalists to develop pioneering programs to promote organic agriculture and reduce community exposure to pesticides. While serving as Nevada County Supervisor Izzy led the fight in the legislature to put the Yuba River into the state’s wild and scenic river system, spearheaded the effort to clean up an abandoned mine in her district, and began a successful five-year campaign to establish the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.
Laura Meyerson is a Professor at the University of Rhode Island in the Department of Natural Resources Science. Laura works with invasive species, ecological restoration, ecosystem services, and environmental indicators. She is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow and a Fulbright Fellow. Prior to coming to the University of Rhode Island, Laura was a staff scientist and research associate at the H. John Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment.
Linda Switzer Clopton
Linda Switzer Clopton passionately believes in and supports environmental leadership, positive environmental change, and stewardship of the Earth and all its resources. She is a member of Pepperwood Preserve and other environmental organizations. Prior to serving on the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Linda served as Board Member for several other organizations, taught students of different ages, and became a certified UC California Naturalist. She has a Masters in Education (ABT) and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, both from San Diego State University.
Laine Kuehn is the Administrative Coordinator at the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, where they manage the office, assist in programming and other functions, and coordinate details. Previously, Laine worked as Program Officer with the Maine Humanities Council.
In addition to their work with the Switzer Foundation, Laine helps organize the Belfast Poetry Festival. When they aren't reading or writing, they're walking the trails with their cat, gardening, and working on the yurt.
Erin has been with the Switzer Foundation since September, 2003. She joined the Foundation after working in the land conservation field for various land trust organizations in northern New England. Erin received her master’s degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch New England Graduate School in 2001, and subsequently worked as a conservation planner for Maine Coast Heritage Trust in Topsham, Maine, and as Director of Lands and Stewardship for the Damariscotta River Association in Damariscotta, Maine. In addition to her work with the Switzer Foundation, she volunteers with her local land trust and serves on the board of the John Sage Foundation. Erin lives in Hallowell, Maine, with her husband, daughter, and an enthusiastic yellow lab, where they all enjoy spending time in Maine's wild open spaces as often as possible.
Cora Lund Preston is the Network Manager for the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, where she cultivates Switzer Fellows’ engagement as participants, contributors, and leaders of the Switzer Network, manages the foundation’s communications, and promotes Switzer Fellows as recognized leaders driving positive environmental change for natural and human communities.
Previously, Cora has worked as a communications consultant, as communications specialist for the Monarch Joint Venture, and in campaign organizing on clean water, democracy and clean energy. She holds a B.S. from the University of Minnesota in Environmental Science, Policy and Management with a focus on Environmental Education and Communications. Cora lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband and cat, and enjoys exploring outdoors, reading, traveling, cooking, and playing board games.
Dr. Sarah Reed is Executive Director of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, a results-driven family foundation that invests in individuals and organizations to drive positive environmental change. Through fellowships and grants, the foundation supports a network of nearly 700 Switzer Fellows who are emerging leaders in environmental science, policy, and justice. Sarah is also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University, where she works with communities and government agencies to apply conservation science to land-use planning and natural resource management decisions. Sarah is the recipient of a Smith Conservation Research Fellowship and Switzer Environmental Fellowship, and she recently served on the global Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology. In her free time, Sarah enjoys growing and cooking food, traveling and recreating with her spouse and dogs, and serving as a mentor and foster parent for teenagers.