Beck brings 20 years of nonprofit experience including protecting the biodiversity of native plants at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and protecting undocumented workers from exploitation in Washington state. Her studies of International Environmental Law in Nairobi, Kenya were her first exposure to the issues of desertification and the challenges to global action. While practicing law in Colorado, she and friends founded Climbing for Life, a technical rock-climbing program for at-risk youth. Her career shifted to nonprofit management as a grant writer, development director, marketing and communications manager, community liaison, and executive director. Beck has been a Pachamama Project Drawdown workshop leader, worked on the County Community Climate Action Plan, and testified on behalf of solar reforms to the Board of Supervisors. She has degrees from the University of Virginia and the College of William & Mary with coursework in Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable business from local colleges.
Director of Regenerative Projects
Maya Dutta is an environmental advocate and aspiring ecosystem restorer working to spread understanding on the key role of biodiversity in shaping the climate and the water, carbon, nutrient and energy cycles we rely on. She is passionate about climate change adaptation and mitigation and the ways that community-led ecosystem restoration can fight global climate change while improving the livelihood and equity of human communities. She works on project management, Miyawaki forests, partnerships, research, outreach, and education and advocacy efforts at Bio4Climate. Having grown up in New York City and lived in cities all her life, Maya is interested in creating more natural infrastructure, biodiversity, and access to nature and ecological connection in urban areas. She loves hiking, writing, reading, and learning about everything from ecological restoration to botany, astronomy, history, and science fiction.
Jed holds a Ph. D. in Developmental and Educational Psychology from the University of Chicago and an M. Ed. in Special Education from Boston University. He has taught in grades K-12, college, and graduate school programs. Jed specializes in connecting student interests with real world activities. At Bio4Climate, he is working to create opportunities for young environmental activists to combine their interests in eco-restoration with gaining academic credit in schools and in higher education.
Outreach Programs Manager
Louise has advocated for environmental health throughout her career as the sustainable food systems specialist with Climate Health Solutions, as a physical therapist in Baltimore, MD and by promoting conferences for non-profits on nutrition, integrative medicine, and sustainable agriculture. Louise was the sustainable foods program manager at Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment within the University of MD Schools of Nursing and Medicine and a regional organizer for Healthy Food in Health Care with Health Care Without Harm. She worked with hospitals on increasing their local sustainable food purchases and launching farmers markets, CSAs, gardens and sustainable operations. Louise helped start a farm in 2002 focused on growing mineral-rich food and distributed the food from New York to D.C. Louise is from Toronto, Canada and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Voices of Water
Zuzka brings her perspective from having lived behind the iron curtain in Slovakia and currently lives in New Jersey. Born in Czecho-Slovakia, she was a nature activist and a program coordinator for a local organization, Tree of Life, and a Global Catholic Youth Movement since her college days. Zuzka’s former background as a Finance Operations manager at Pepsi Slovakia, Financial Planning Manager in Kraft Jacobs Suchard Figaro, and auditor at PWC allows her to make connections between economics and ecology with the places we live. In New Jersey, she works as an educator and volunteers her time to care for our common home as a Laudato Sí animator in her community. Her collaboration with the People and Water NGO, the Water Holistic group, and its founder Michal Kravčík since 2020 led her to Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, where she had the privilege to work with Jan Lambert, a friend and the co-founder of Voices of Water. She hopes to continue being a voice for ecosystem-based water renewal, supporting a sustainable community-based new water paradigm.
Jim is a biologist from Rice University and is a pioneer in biological remediation of waste water. He was the technical manager of the world’s largest “Living Machine” project to clean raw municipal sewage with no toxic chemicals. For twenty years Jim was a biologist and trainer in the chemical industry in Houston, TX, where his work with living machines resulted in processing effluent cleaner than possible with conventional technology. He began studying with Allan Savory twenty years ago and has spoken widely about Holistic Management and has been instrumental in spreading the message in New England.
Fred is from Ipswich, MA, where he has spent most of his life. He is an ecological economist with a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Stanford, both in economics. Fred is also an avid conservationist and fly fisherman. He enjoys the outdoors, and has written about natural processes and about economic theory. He has 40 years of teaching and research experience, first in academics and then in economic litigation. He also enjoys his seasonal practice as a saltwater fly fishing guide in Ipswich, MA. Fred joined Biodiversity for a Livable Climate in 2016.
Since 2017 Hannah has collected, organized and written most of our Compendium of Scientific and Practical Findings Supporting Eco-Restoration to Address Global Warming. She holds an MS in Sustainable Agriculture and Sociology from Iowa State University and a BA in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College, and worked to create and support community-based food systems for many years. She loves to write and in 2020 published an article on Miyawaki Forests in The Guardian. That has inspired a number of communities to plant mini-forests of their own, and launched Hannah on the writing of her book Mini-Forest Revolution: Using the Miyawaki Method to Rapidly Rewild the World, published by Chelsea Green Press in June 2022.
Bill is the founding owner of Major Gift Solutions, LLC. His firm is thrilled to partner with Biodiversity for a Livable Climate to help promote the power of the natural world to restore biodiversity and stabilize climate. Bill has worked in the nonprofit sector for over twenty years and in direct fundraising for over a decade. He holds a PhD in Theology from Loyola University Chicago and has taught at several Chicago area schools. As a consultant, Bill founded Major Gift Solutions to help nonprofits locate and land major gifts, drawing from his successes to help drive fundraising effectiveness in the nonprofit sector.
David is Associate Director of Development at Major Gift Solutions. He is thrilled that MGS has partnered with Biodiversity for a Livable Climate and their community of people who are passionate about and committed to nature’s solutions to the climate crisis. David brings more than 15 years of experience in education and nonprofit organizations. He has spent much of his career connecting with partners who are working to address the planet’s most pressing problems and finds great joy in helping people see how their passions and interests can be leveraged for good.
John’s first professional piece of software was call Tree Saver. Having worked in an IT role where it was necessary to print and review daily reports, he was compelled to write code, mostly to save all the wasted paper! True story! He still writes code, and the climate activist has steadily grown. When not full stack web developing and doing other IT work, he is learning about digital marketing algorithms and AI. A lifelong interest in ecosystems and gardening has developed to a professional level, with the goal of healing the earth wherever possible.
Aamrah, a skilled software engineer and a dedicated volunteer at Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, brings her expertise to revitalize and enhance our web pages. Armed with a Master of Science in Information Systems from Northeastern University, she strategically utilizes her knowledge to modernize and beautify our platforms. Aamrah’s commitment is evident as she focuses on optimizing user experiences, ensuring that our content is not only informative but also presented in a way that resonates with newcomers. Her passion for technology and information systems is a valuable asset in our mission to create an engaging and accessible online presence.
Volunteers and Interns
Linsey de Jager
Ecological Research Intern
Linsey is from Stellenbosch, South Africa, and graduated with a degree in Nature Conservation from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She has been involved with the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve (CWBR) since 2014, working on food security, gardens, water conservation, and environmental education. This included helping to write the UNESCO 10 year Biosphere Reserve review for the CWBR in 2017. She has always had a love and passion for the environment as well as deep concern for the negative impacts we humans have on our planet, and tries to do what she can to help the environment and encourage others to do the same. Linsey believes that knowledge is power, and that environmental education is crucial to facing our shared challenges – however, most of the information isn’t aimed at the layman. So she recently joined the Bio4Climate team to share research and write papers that anyone would be able to understand.