Our Mission

We help people protect pollinators to ensure healthy ecosystems and food security.

The Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides.

 


ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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WHAT ARE POLLINATORS?

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Our Team

Staff and Consultants

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini, formerly the Administrator of the USDA Farm Service Agency, is a fifth generation Californian, a passionate supporter of American farmers and ranchers, and a firm believer in the promise of our nation's rural places. He is currently the President & CEO of the Pollinator Partnership, an organization dedicated to the support and protection of pollinators throughout North America. Over the course of his career, he has worked at all levels of government and for Fortune 500 companies to develop successful political and business strategies. Val has served on numerous boards and commissions and is currently a Director of the San Francisco State University Foundation, his alma mater. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Amber Barnes

Amber is a nature enthusiast who holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Biology, from the University of Akron. While her undergrad focused on Zoology, she has since broadened her interests through volunteer work and field positions. As a Field Botanist for the Cleveland Metroparks she contributed toward the long-term PCAP (Plant Community Assessment Program), which sparked an interest in vegetative research and the use of native plants in gardening and restoration projects. The following summer she was chosen to participate in the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Conservation and Land Management Internship as a Wildlife Technician. While stationed in Cedar City, Utah, she worked with the local Bureau of Land Management field office on several wildlife projects including greater sage-grouse conservation work, raptor nest surveys, Utah prairie dog studies, as well as several rangeland and riparian ecosystem health assessments. She is excited to bring her plant and wildlife experience together for the Pollinator Partnership as she monitors plant-pollinator relationships through the Bee Buffer and Monarch Wings Across Ohio programs. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, photography, and volunteering.

​Anthony Colangelo

Anthony Colangelo is a biology enthusiast who spends most of his time admiring and taking photographs of local birds and bugs. He received his Bachelor of Science degree at Queen’s University majoring in Biology, and researched interesting life history traits and parental care behaviours seen in many bird species during his undergraduate career. Anthony has worked through multiple field seasons on many study organisms including tree swallows, black-capped chickadees, and carrion beetles, and loves to be outdoors to conduct research. Based in Toronto, Anthony is one of the newest members of the Pollinator Partnership team and is very excited to be working toward improving pollinator protection and health!

Laurie Davies Adams

Laurie Davies Adams, President and CEO Emeritus of the Pollinator Partnership, (www.pollinator.org), has for 19 years lead the world’s largest nonprofit devoted solely to the health of all pollinators. As Executive Director for 21 years, she presided P2’s signature initiatives, the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), National Pollinator Week, Eco-regional planting guides, the BeeSmart™ Gardener App, the U.S. Bee Buffer Project and Monarch Wings Across America. She has signed agreements with over 11 federal agencies influencing over 1.5 billion acres of US land to encourage pollinator conservation. She is Vice-Chairman of the Wildlife Habitat Council’s Board. Under her direction, the Pollinator Partnership has twice won the EPA’s PESP Champion Award and the Garden Club of America’s National Environmental Stewardship Award. She was a key consultant with the White House on the Presidential Memorandum on Pollinators and instrumental in the development of the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.

Elizzabeth Kaufman

Elizzabeth’s passionate interests in native pollinator conservation and biological corridor restoration led her to join the Pollinator Partnership in 2018 to work as P2’s Monarch Habitat Coordinator. In-between earning her BA in Human Ecology from Prescott College, and MS in Plant Biology and Conservation from Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden, Elizzabeth worked in the horticultural arts and sciences specializing in the restoration of native eco-scapes. Since then, Elizzabeth has worked with the Chicago Botanic Garden Plant Science Center as a Research Associate to investigate success rates of native seed mixes used in restoration work on federal lands, and with the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service as a Project Lead / Plant Science Tech Crew Lead to conduct plant community field surveys, T/E species habitat assessments, and habitat restoration projects. Elizzabeth is thrilled to join the P2 team, enabling her to focus her efforts on landscape-scale pollinator habitat enhancement and conservation work.

Kathleen Law

Kathleen’s interest in native plants and restoration ecology lead her to discover a love for pollinators and a fascination with their crucial role in sustaining ecosystems. She completed a Masters degree in geography at the University of Guelph, Ontario (Canada), where her research focused on farmer-centered and collaborative approaches to pollinator conservation on farmland. Her favourite research topics are landscape-level habitat provision and crop production interactions, and innovative governance approaches to environmental problems. Kathleen has volunteered on the North American Native Plant Society’s Rescues and Restoration Committee, and led environmental leadership workshops and research internationally, notably in Guyana and Senegal. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Kathleen is engaged with both the urban and rural conservation communities, with a special place in her heart for farmers.

Isaac Lisle

Hailing from the great state of Texas, Isaac Lisle developed a love for biology and nature at a young age. Frequent trips to local zoos and nature parks, as well as the family farm in Iowa nurtured this growing passion over the years, eventually leading him to pursue his B.S. in Conservation Biology at Union University in Tennessee, where he not only gained a valuable education, but had the opportunity to work for nonprofits across the nation during the summers. Upon graduation, he moved to San Francisco where he is pursuing a Masters of Environmental Management at the University of San Francisco. Isaac began working at Pollinator Partnership shortly after his move to the city, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to begin his career at such an influential and science based conservation organization. His duties at P2 include contributing to NAPPC projects and events as well as donor development. In his free time, Isaac enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and competing in ultimate frisbee tournaments.

Jennifer Lotz

Jennifer is an Environmental Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice graduate (Royal Roads University), who has has a reputation for providing quality research and support in the field of environmental sustainability, sustainable community development, ecological restoration, and alternative wastewater design. She has an undeniable passion for the environment and all things nature, which has led her to be in constant pursuit of developing and implementing long-term, sustainable solutions to the Earth’s most pressing ecological and societal challenges. Jennifer has a particular interest in learning and developing diverse ways of integrating local, sustainable food systems into natural, ecological landscapes, and has travelled and worked on organic farms throughout Australia and Canada, where many insights were gained on what immediate challenges local farmers are faced with, with regard to climate change and sustainable food production. With that, human ingenuity, curiosity and passion have been drivers to facilitate inspirational approaches to face and overcome these challenges. Jennifer is excited to marry her skills and expertise in native plant ecology, small-scale farming, and restoration to work towards Pollinator Partnership’s mission of ensuring pollinators are protected for the sake of the ecosystems and global and local food security. Being the newest addition to the Victoria, BC team, Jennifer is excited to be working alongside such passionate, engaged and knowledgeable individuals who make up the Pollinator Partnership team.

Marguerite Meyer

Marguerite Meyer is a graphic designer based in Santa Cruz, California. She loved to be creative as a child, always making her own clothes, found-object sculptures, greeting cards and intricate ornaments. Her degree in graphic design from the University of Utah was a natural choice. Through the years and changing technology, she has perfected her artistic skills by combining the traditional training, experience and abilities with a command of today's digital software and tools. Operating her own business since 1994, her creative and unique graphic solutions, as well as her attention to detail and deadlines help keep her clients thriving and coming back for more. Some of her clientele include the Pollinator Partnership and NAPPC since 2006, UC Santa Cruz Arts & Lectures, Santa Cruz County Symphony, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Summer Santa Cruz County Magazine and Student Guide Magazine and Soquel Creek Water District. She has taught software application courses through UC Extension. She loves the outdoors and animals and is competitive in U.S. Masters Swimming and an occasional triathlon. Check out her website here.

Lora Morandin, Ph.D.

Lora Morandin has been doing research on bees and pollination since 1997. She started out working on bee pollination of greenhouse tomatoes at Western University in Ontario and that grew into an interest in native pollinator conservation and sustainable agriculture. She then did a PhD at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia studying modern agriculture and pollinators, followed by post doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley working on enhancement of native pollinators and natural enemy insects through small-scale farm restoration. Lora has more than 20 peer-reviewed publications on pollinators and sustainable agriculture, including innovative work on economic benefits of ecosystem services. She has consulted for government and industry on diverse ecological topics such as seabird oiling from offshore oil and gas operations, and honey bee health research gaps. One of her main interests is finding ways that production and conservation can co-exist for a healthy and sustainable environment. Lora lives in Victoria, British Columbia and when she’s not working part time for Pollinator Partnership Canada, spends time working on her urban farm and enjoying BC’s beautiful natural areas. Lora is excited to be working with P2C to bring more research, outreach, and conservation of pollinators to urban and agricultural areas of Western Canada.

Kelly Rourke

Kelly Rourke has loved nature, in all its capacities, since she was a young girl growing up in upstate New York. Now settled in San Francisco, she has been able to explore and appreciate a very different environment. Kelly holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has also received a Master’s of Science in Environmental Management (Ecology Concentration) from the University of San Francisco. Her background in ecology, conservation, and culture has propelled her career in the non-profit sector. Prior to Pollinator Partnership (P2), Kelly worked at another bay area-based environmental non-profit called Conservacion Patagonica (CP). CP’s mission is to establish national parks in Chile and Argentina where there is not only fragile ecosystems, but also, complex cultural and societal struggles. Kelly manages the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), National Pollinator Week, www.pollinator.org, and P2 grants and scholarships.

James E. Sherman

A graduate of UC Berkeley in evolutionary biology, Jamie has been an energy project financier, C-level finance and operations manager, and water resource executive. He has also served on the boards of private and not for profit organizations, the later in chairman and development roles. In addition to natural history, Jamie enjoys fishing, ranching, sailing and woodworking. A fifth generation San Franciscan, he has lived and worked in Chicago, London, Sydney, and Los Angeles during his career. Jamie is married to his high school sweetheart, and is the father of three children, and a faithful Labrador.

Elsa Valenzuela

Born and raised in California, Elsa Valenzuela has grown up with a love of nature. This passion of nature never wavered as she entered her undergraduate career at Santa Clara University where she earned a B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology and Evolution. While attending school she continued her volunteer work at a non-profit in San Mateo. Upon graduation she began volunteering more frequently as a restoration project began at the non-profit. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology at San Francisco State University. She joined Pollinator Partnership while still pursuing her degree and is excited to be part of an organization that is focused on conservation and education.

Tom Van Arsdall

With three decades of experience in the national policy arena, Tom Van Arsdall is widely known and highly respected for his expertise and demonstrated track record on environmental, energy, bioenergy, ag research and conservation issues affecting U.S. agriculture, agribusiness and agriculture’s “downstream neighbors.” Tom currently serves as the Public Policy Representative for the Pollinator Partnership (P2) and the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), managed by P2. He is particularly well known for helping diverse stakeholders work together toward consensus-based actions. He has a thorough understanding of the legislative and regulatory process and how to get results. A current client is the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research [Executive Director]. Tom received his MA in economic geography from the University of Illinois. Tom is an active outdoorsman, conservationist and river rat. Currently a houseboat is his home and office on the Chesapeake Bay.

Vicki Wojcik, Ph.D.

Vicki has been working to protect and promote pollinators with Pollinator Partnership since 2011. As Research Director she oversees P2’s research program, keeping on top of new and emerging pollinator issues and managing a program set that includes pollinator habitat conservation and landscape management assessments; understanding and enhancing agroecosystems; landuse and pesticide policy review; support for threatened and critical species; and ecosystem service assessments. Vicki joined the San Francisco team after completing her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley. In 2015 she returned home to Toronto with the expansion of P2’s programs into Canada. Vicki’s interest in pollinators was sparked during her undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph and has continued ever since. Her graduate research focused on understanding how native bees use gardens and habitats in cities. This focus on pollinators in human-dominated landscapes has continued throughout her career. Vicki’s contributions to pollinator research and conservation include numerous peer reviewed papers, book chapters, policy pieces, planting guides, and technical manuals. The outdoors has always been calling this city girl who enjoys skiing, sailing, hiking, and any excuse to get out of town.

Tess Wynn

Tess Wynn has been passionate about protecting the environment since childhood growing up exploring the forests of the Southeastern United States. She joins the team with experience in accounting and administration and brings enthusiasm for meeting new people and creating friends for P2. She studied Graphic Design at the State College of Florida and moved to San Francisco in 2013 from Southwest Florida. As an avid hiker, and always exploring the local Bay Area trails, she loves learning about native plants, and local natural history. Tess lives in San Francisco with her partner, Joshua, and young son, Zephaniah who also adventures with them on the weekends.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Laurie Davies Adams

Laurie Davies Adams, President and CEO Emeritus of the Pollinator Partnership, (www.pollinator.org), has for 19 years lead the world’s largest nonprofit devoted solely to the health of all pollinators. As Executive Director for 21 years, she presided P2’s signature initiatives, the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), National Pollinator Week, Eco-regional planting guides, the BeeSmart™ Gardener App, the U.S. Bee Buffer Project and Monarch Wings Across America. She has signed agreements with over 11 federal agencies influencing over 1.5 billion acres of US land to encourage pollinator conservation. She is Vice-Chairman of the Wildlife Habitat Council’s Board. Under her direction, the Pollinator Partnership has twice won the EPA’s PESP Champion Award and the Garden Club of America’s National Environmental Stewardship Award. She was a key consultant with the White House on the Presidential Memorandum on Pollinators and instrumental in the development of the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.

James Bennington

Dr. Bennington received both his MS and MD degrees from the University of Chicago following a rotating Internship at Presbyterian – St. Luke’s Hospital. He completed his residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Chicago and Oakland, California Kaiser Foundation Hospital.

Dr. Bennington has held many academic positions including, Associate Professor of Pathology, Chairman of Pathology Department at both the Children’s Hospital of San Francisco and the California Pacific Medical Center. He has also served as the Emeritus Clinical Professor of Pathology at the University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University Medical Schools. Bennington’s research was concentrated on neoplasia, primarily renal, colon and breast cancer leading to publication of 50 peer-reviewed article, and six pathology textbooks.

During much of his tenure, he served on the Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, including two years as Chairman, and on the California Pacific Medical Center Foundation Board.

Jason Burke

Jason Burke has always been an outdoorsman and conservationist at heart. A native of the state of North Carolina, Jason grew up enjoying many hunting and fishing expeditions with his father and close friends. As a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2003, Jason was involved in many wildlife research projects including the Appalachian Cooperative Grouse Research Project (ACGRP), elk reintroduction to the Smoky Mountains, and native grassland restoration effects on migrant/nonmigrant bird communities to name a few. While assisting with these projects in Tennessee, he also worked for a local wildlife damage company that gave him some great experience in solving problems related to the urban/wildlife interface. Jason then pursued and published his masters degree research in the state of Louisiana from 2004-2006 relating to the EFFECTS OF SILVICULTURAL TECHNIQUES AND LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT ON HABITAT QUALITY AND RELATIVE ABUNDANCE FOR NORTHERN BOBWHITES IN A PINE PLANTATION FOREST. While in Louisiana, Jason also worked on research projects pertaining to wild turkey reintroduction, Louisiana black bear reintroduction, Henslow sparrow habitat monitoring, and woodcock migration. Over the past 10 years, Jason has worked extensively with private landowners in the southern United States relating to forestry/wildlife consulting and recreational opportunities. Currently, Jason works as the Recreation and Consulting Services Manager for Soterra LLC (a subsidiary land management business of Greif, Inc.—a worldwide leader in industrial packaging products and services). While at Soterra, Jason was involved in the recent Tiger Swamp pollinator project in southern Mississippi which evaluated alternate land/timber management techniques and their effects on providing mutual benefits to commercial needs (such as timber) and local environmental needs (such as pollinator habitat). Jason’s hobbies are camping/hiking, hunting, fishing, and spending time exploring the woods and swamps of south LA with his son, Thomas.

Megan Denver

Megan’s interest in beekeeping began as a young child on her father’s dairy farm near Delhi, New York where they kept beehives behind the sugar shack. After graduating from Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles she moved to Woodstock, New York. She knew the first project for her property was a bee yard and she’s been hooked on beekeeping ever since. Her commitment to beekeeping grew when she opened Hudson Valley Bee Supply. The shop is a hub of resources for local beekeepers and has helped to grow a strong and sustainable local beekeeping community. She runs several hundred colonies for honey production in the Hudson River Valley with her partner Jorik Phillips. During the spring and fall you can find her in the Catskill Mountains looking for wild honeybees. With the help of Jorik’s queen rearing expertise, she introduces their genetic potential to her own bees. Dr Thomas Seeley, from Cornell University shares her passion for bee lining and she recently had the honor to work with Dr Seeley on his book Following the Wild Bees. Patent Wall Organic Farm in East Durham, NY is her passion project. The farm’s motto is “Bees First”. Her goal for the farm in the coming years is to serve as an outdoor classroom to teach about the importance of pollinators and to serve as a practical example of how to create diverse pollinator habitat on small farms. She also serves on the board of Bees for Development, North America. Their mission is the relief of poverty though beekeeping. They affirm that beekeeping contributes to supporting sustainable livelihoods in poor and remote communities and honeybees provide an essential ecosystem service. Megan looks forward to the opportunity to support all pollinators with Pollinator Partnership.

Gladys Phillips Evans, Ph.D

Gladys Phillips-Evans is an educator who has devoted her professional career to seeking and exploring meaningful way to help children learn. Dr. Phillips-Evans is a graduate of the University of Illinois, California State University-Los Angeles and Pepperdine University from where she received her doctorate degree. Dr. Phillips-Evans interest in Pollinator Partnership came about though friendship and has since sparked an interest and a desire to ensure that children are learning not only the lessons but the value of personal knowledge and involvement in nature and its wonders.

Robert L. Kilpatrick, Ph.D.

President & CEO, Health Innovation for People, Inc., focused on delivering a content-rich social network for health with global market-reach for use on smartphones, tablets and PCs.

Founding Partner Technology Vision Group LLC (TVG). TVG developed the first partnering platform for life sciences companies, including BioPartnering conferences and the first online business-to- business marketplace (biopartnering.com) for life science IP, products, projects, and collaborations. Robert has been active for 25 years in the creation of international collaborations between public and private sector organizations.

Robert lives on pollinator-friendly land in Santa Cruz County and grows many varieties of fruits and vegetables for his family, friends, and charities. He is a native Californian and is actively engaged in improving the environment.

Mark Moffett, Ph.D.

From the top of the world's tallest tree, to deep in unexplored caves, Mark Moffettt has discovered new species and behavior while risking life and limb to find stories that make people fall in love with the unexpected in nature. Mark is a real-life adventurer with awards for writing and photography... and now the highest honors in exploration, the 2006 Lowell Thomas Medal, from the Explorers Club and Rolex, bestowed on him at Cipriani Wall Street; and the sixth Roy Chapman Andrews Society Distinguished Explorer Award (2008). With a Ph.D. from acclaimed conservationist Edward O. Wilson, Mark remains active in science, with over 80 peer-reviewed publications. He has penned more than 20 articles for National Geographic Magazine, which has featured nearly 500 of his images. You have experienced Mark on Conan O'Brien, the Colbert Report, and NPR.

Steve Quarles

Steve Quarles is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Nossaman LLP. His practice focuses on the Endangered Species Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act and other federal wildlife laws; federal land resources; and renewable energy. Mr. Quarles serves a wide range of clients, including companies and trade associations, states and local governments, and environmental organizations. His practice runs the gamut of strategic and transactional counseling, representation before federal agencies and the Congress, and litigation (including seminal Supreme Court cases on endangered species and federal land planning (Sweet Home and Ohio Forestry, respectively)). Mr. Quarles previously served as Deputy Under Secretary of the Interior, special counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, member of the Board of Mineral and Energy Resources of the National Academy of Sciences, and Assistant to the Representative, Ford Foundation, Brazil. He is a board member of Bat Conservation International, NatureServe, National Wildlife Refuge Association, Trumpeter Swan Society, and Maryland Environmental Trust. Mr. Quarles is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, and studied and taught at Aligarh Muslim University, India, under a Fulbright grant.

Martin Rosen

Martin Rosen has been involved in land conservation for more than 30 years. He is cofounder of the Trust for Public Land and was its CEO for 20 years. TPL has conserved thousands of urban and rural landscapes with an aggregate value in excess of $1.5 Billion. Mr. Rosen is Vice Chair of the P2 Board and has been since its beginning.

Steve Shestag

Steve Shestag is the director of Enterprise Remediation for The Boeing Company. He is responsible for shaping an integrated strategy for completion of environmental remediation activities, as well as leading environmental due diligence activities to support the company’s mergers, acquisitions and property transactions. Shestag has over 30 years of experience in environmental permitting, geotechnical studies, remedial investigation, contaminant treatment, engineering design, stormwater management, sustainable remediation, water supply studies and program management. His expertise includes working with diverse groups of stakeholders to find practical and timely solutions that improve the environment and reduce risks. Shestag has also led the visioning, design and creation of a variety of restoration projects, including riparian habitat in the Arroyo Seco watershed, nearly 500 acres of native habitat near Reno, NV and pollinator habitat outside Kansas City, KS. Prior to joining Boeing in 1996, he was an engineering geologist for two major environmental engineering firms. Shestag earned a bachelor’s degree in geochemistry from San Diego State University. He is registered as a professional geologist and a certified engineering geologist in California. Shestag serves on the Board of Directors for the LA Conservation Corps, which provides job skills training and education for inner-city youth and young adults. He resides in Ventura, California where he enjoys participating in beach cleanups and habitat restoration events. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, mountain biking, general aviation, fly-fishing and hiking with his wife, Carol.

Terry Witzel

Terry Witzel’s career has focused on agriculture, food processing and food distribution. He is also interested in promoting sustainable food systems and serves as a member of the San Mateo County Food System Alliance. Additionally, Terry serves on the Agricultural Advisory Council for the California State Fair. He joined the Pollinator Project because of its emphasis on the global and economic importance of pollinators in food crop production. Most recently, Terry managed food solicitation and procurement for both a regional and a local food bank until his retirement in 2011. Previously, he managed the California office of American Farmland Trust, working to protect productive farmland for future generations. He began his career with the largest U.S. farmer-owned cooperative processor of private label canned fruits and vegetables and rose to the position of Vice President of Corporate Relations. Terry earned a B.S. in Agricultural Education from the University of California at Davis and an M.B.A. in Business Management from San Jose State University.

Science Advisors

  • May Berenbaum, Ph.D.
  • Adrian Forsyth, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Janzen, Ph.D.
  • Peter Raven, Ph.D.
  • Larry Stritch, Ph.D.
  • E.O. Wilson, Ph.D.


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