Trust for Conservation Innovation Leadership
Laura Deaton, Executive Director
Laura joined TCI in 2013 and is responsible for the overall management of the organization. She brings over two decades of nonprofit financial management and strategic leadership experience to her role with the organization. Prior to joining TCI, Laura provided strategic capacity-building services to a diverse portfolio of local, regional and national programs and organizations, often helping steer them through start-ups, growth cycles or turnarounds. She earned a J.D. from Duke University School of Law and also holds a B.A. from Boston University College of Arts and Sciences.
Carolyn Schour, Accounting Manager
Carolyn joined TCI in 2010 and is responsible for the organization's accounting functions. She has provided accounting services for three decades at nonprofit organizations devoted to immigrant and refugee services, literacy and education reform, and social services for children and families. Carolyn has a B.A. from Pitzer College, a teaching credential from Cal State East Bay and a Certificate in Accounting from Golden Gate University.
Amanda Kershaw, Program Associate
Amanda joined TCI in 2011 and is responsible for providing coordination and administrative support to all TCI service areas and projects. She has performed benefits administration at an R & D laboratory, and coordinated an entomology research department at a science museum. Amanda earned a B.S. in Sociology from Bridgewater State College.
Board of Directors
Alexis Krivkovich, Board ChairPartner, McKinsey & Company
Alexis Krivkovich has served a broad range of clients across the financial services, industrial and nonprofit sectors on issues related to strategic growth and transformational change. Currently at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, Alexis received an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar. She also holds a B.A. in Public Policy and Economics from Stanford University.
Elena Schmid, TreasurerCommunity Volunteer
Elena Schmid is currently serving as president of the Children's Council of San Francisco and is a board member for the Center for Resource Solutions. She is a 20-year veteran of California’s energy industry, and has extensive leadership experience in energy-related issues, policy, communications, and human resources. Prior to her retirement, she managed a multi-year, multi-discipline project with the California Energy Commission that provided technical, policy and resource support to their cutting-edge approach to encouraging the development of renewable energy throughout the state and the western region. Elena also served as the Vice President of Corporate and Strategic Development for the California Independent System Operator and as Director of the Office of Ratepayer Advocates for the California Public Utilities Commission.
Melissa Beard Clack, SecretaryDirector of Recruiting Services, California Environmental Associates
Melissa Clack brings more than 15 years of consulting and recruitment experience in conservation and clean-tech sectors. Prior to rejoining CEA in June 2008, Melissa ran her own recruitment business and has had extensive experience in running small businesses and nonprofit efforts, providing expertise in human resource management, insurance and liability issues, and fiscal oversight. Formerly, she was the President of the Marin Council of California Cooperative Nursery Schools, and assisted the Chief Financial Officer of the International 1990 Earth Day event. She also ran the financial and human resource operations of California Environmental Associates.
Heather King, Board MemberClean Tech and Sustainability Strategy
Heather King is a strategic planning, marketing and business development executive. She leverages 15 years of senior-level operating and consulting experience (including 8 years at Apple, NeXT and several internet start-ups) to develop go-to-market strategies for clean tech companies, media ventures, and the sustainability initiatives of large corporations. She is a featured blogger on several leading online new outlets covering F500 CEOs, industry events and business sustainability topics. Previously, Heather was a Partner at Marriner Associates (MA) a strategy consulting firm. Clients included Microsoft, Disney, Discovery, and Scholastic. She holds a BA and an MBA from Dartmouth College and is an Executive Fellow of the Presidio School of Sustainable Business. She serves on the boards of Society for Environmental Journalists and Wood River Land Trust.
Rachel Wagner, Board MemberFounder, San Francisco Bay Benefits
Adviser, Principled Solutions
Rachel Wagner has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning and financial analysis. She has developed strategies for clients ranging large corporations and nonprofits to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Prior to launching San Francisco Bay Benefits, Rachel served as the Director of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development for Agilent Technologies, the $9 billion spin-off from Hewlett Packard. She began her career in management consulting for Booz, Allen and Hamilton, and has held many roles in Corporate Finance. Rachel earned an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.S., magna cum laude, in Economics from Yale University.
John David Claussen, Board MemberProgram Officer
Conservation & Science, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
John Claussen is the Western Pacific program officer at the Packard Foundation. Before joining Packard in 2012 he was a partner at Mazars Starling Resources, a global business advisory firm (formerly Starling Resources, a firm he co-founded in 2004). He has advised and designed environmental, conservation and economic development strategies with business, government, and non-profit clients throughout North America and Asia for more than 15 years. A resident of Indonesia from 2004 to 2012, he has particularly deep experience in Southeast Asia. Previously, he was a senior associate at California Environmental Associates and worked for a number of high-tech manufacturing companies in the Silicon Valley. He also co-founded the non-profit Conservation and Community Investment Forum. He holds a bachelor of science in biology from Valparaiso University, Indiana.
Robin Nakao, Board MemberPresident
Robertson Stephens Asset Management
Robin Nakao has been involved with TCI since 2007 as Executive Director and CFO and joined the Board in 2013. She brings over 25 years of financial management and leadership experience to her role with the organization. Robin is currently the President of Robertson Stephens Asset Management and has held executive management positions at several large investment and securities firms including Charles Schwab & Co, Robertson Stephens and ING. Robin has also served as a CFO and financial consultant to various environmental organizations. Robin began her career at Deloitte, an accounting & consulting firm. She earned an M.B.A from the Haas Graduate School of Business of the University California at Berkeley and a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Southern California.
Board Members Emeritus
Co-Founder and Director, Blue Mountain Center and Co-Founder, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Founder and Board Member, The Bay School
Jill Kauffman Johnson
Principal, California Environmental Associates, Executive Director, Chemical Strategies Partnership
Grant Director, The Fred Gellert Family Foundation
Principal, California Environmental Associates
Founder & Managing Director, Wellford Energy
President, The Fund for Our Economic Future