Arturo Angeles is the Social Media and Development Associate at the Institute for Ecological Civilization. He has more than ten years of experience in environmental conservation in the non-profit sector, specializing in environmental communications. He is passionate about using multimedia and social media to educate, inspire and empower others to take an active role in natural resources preservation and environmental conservation.
Arturo earned a B.S. in Biology from San Diego State University and a M.S. in Resilient and Sustainable Communities from Prescott College, Arizona. When taking a break from work, you will find him somewhere in San Diego, California, at a park with his son, hiking, or at the beach.
Dr. Kelli Archie is an environmental social scientist, and has spent the past 12 years as an academic in New Zealand and the USA studying climate change adaptation and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Climate Change, Geography, Environmental Science and Environmental Studies. She earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a B.A. in Economics from Colorado State University. As a native of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, she is particularly interested in alpine and mountainous regions and she has worked around the world in the United States, the Indian Himalayas, Vanuatu and New Zealand. Kelli is excited to about transitioning to the non-profit world where she hopes her work can make a more tangible difference. Kelli currently lives on the side of a ski run in Grand County, Colorado with her husband Tim, their four young daughters and one very old dog. When not on the road learning as much as they can about our beautiful planet, the Archies can typically be found on or near a trail; skiing, biking, hiking, or rock climbing.
Tom Broad is a technology generalist who enjoys working with folks of all kinds. He is a technology researcher, educator, project manager, and absolute data nerd who is passionate about making technology simple — whether it is speaking in layman’s terms or implementing a new technology or business system. Since working for Apple, Inc, Tom enjoys continually keeping up-to-date on the latest technology trends, security flaws, and the latest technology risks. For more than 15 years, Tom has consulted in technology for a variety of different companies, non-profits, churches and entrepreneurs, working through their common technology issues in very methodical, systemic and simple, yet collaborative ways. Tom thoroughly enjoys all subjects outdoors and has a deep passion for preserving our world for many generations to come. Tom can often be found out hiking beautiful Ohio trails or camping with his wife and four kids, taking in some rest and relaxation in nature.
Philip Clayton is the president of the Institute for Ecological Civilization. As a visionary thinker, Philip leads EcoCiv in expanding and deepening its mission at the intersections of environment and humanity. With his experience as Ingraham Professor (at CST at Willamette University) and researcher, Philip is involved in the conceptual development of all EcoCiv’s projects and ensures mission fit. In particular, he helps project leaders think about intersectional societal changes relevant for their particular projects. Philip holds the PhD from Yale University; has held guest professorships at Harvard, University of Cambridge, and University of Munich; and is the author or editor of several dozen books and some 300 articles on science, ethics, and religion.
Shelby Denckla is the Executive Assistant and Project Development Specialist for Ecological Civilization. She has extensive experience providing administrative support to executives and teams, as well as coordinating projects and events. Shelby has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors and enjoys learning about and facilitating engagements between industry and thought leaders. Shelby attended Franklin University Switzerland where she studied History and International Relations.
Jeremy Fackenthal is the Managing Director of the Institute for Ecological Civilization. Prior to joining EcoCiv, Jeremy focused on teaching, filmmaking, and event production, working with a number of non-profit organizations. He continues to explore the intersection of arts, philosophy, and social change as a means of communicating what an Ecological Civilization could become. He earned a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in 2012. Jeremy leads EcoCiv’s work with WEAll. He has extensive experience conceptualizing and supporting multi-year projects and providing managerial overhead for projects led by other team members. Jeremy’s core role is ensuring all EcoCiv projects are mission-centric and effectively managed and financed.
Grace Okafor is the Strategic Events Coordinator for Institute for Ecological Civilization. Grace has experience in grassroots organizing in sustainability with a focus on racial health equity and food justice. She has also worked on health equity in a global context by supporting initiatives that improve resource availability for clinics in rural India. She received her Bachelor’s in Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is skilled in conducting research to evaluate how built environments and communities influence human behavior.
Jessie Green is the Strategic Projects Development Coordinator at the Institute for Ecological Civilization. Her goal is to help build local and global communities that find strength in cooperation, reciprocity and mutuality with each other and the environment. Jessie’s interdisciplinary background includes expertise in Indigenous land rights, community-based conservation, agroecology, climate resiliency, wellbeing economies, and responsible tourism. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Development, International Development, and Social Entrepreneurship from McGill University.
Yunjeong Han is journalist, scholar, and organizer. She had worked as staff writer and cultural desk of the Kyunghyang Daily News in Korea for 25 years. She earned her Ph. D in comparative literature from Yonsei University. Her areas of expertise includes literature, film, cultural studies, postcolonialism, and environmental humanities. She is co-organizer of the Green Transition toward Ecological Civilization: A Korea-US Dialogue(Claremont, 2017) and the International Conference for Ecozoic Culture(Seoul, 2018).
Nesma Hassan is a Program Analyst for the W12+ Program at the Institute for Ecological Civilization. She is a sustainability professional and researcher with a special interest in water and urbanism. She has a diverse professional background, having worked on and led projects in Canada, Kenya, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia in the sustainability, water, construction and design industries. With a Master of Development Practice from the University of Waterloo, Nesma recognizes the importance of systems thinking and a grassroots level approach for successful sustainability interventions, and aspires to bridge the gap between high-level concepts and local, on-the-ground solutions.
Anna Hixson is the Research and Development Associate for the Institute for Ecological Civilization. She is an environmental researcher with a special interest in the connection between environmental and human health. She has a diverse research background covering environmental impact assessments, heavy metal pollution, sustainable aquaculture and marine innovation, and sustainable tourism. Anna has conducted and participated in research in Iceland, Switzerland, Australia, and the US. With a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a graduate degree in Marine and Coastal Management Anna recognizes the necessity for interdisciplinary research and cross-sectoral solutions.
Juliana Arnold is the Communications and Writing Assistant at EcoCiv. She started as a Social Media Intern and continues her work as a part-time employee. Juliana is from Dallas, TX but is currently based in Honolulu, HI. As an undergraduate student, she studied Social Justice and Sustainability and minored in French at Franklin University Switzerland. She is currently a Master’s student in Linguistics at the University of Hawai’i at Manōa, focusing on endangered language protection.
She focuses her studies and research on biocultural diversity studies, examining the link between bio-, cultural and linguistic diversity on the globe. She hopes to become a researcher in this field after her Master’s degree. Outside of her work with us and being a student, Juliana enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite thing to do is travel and she has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Latin America.
Heeyoung Jung is currently a Ph.D. student in Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology. She received an S.T. M from Union Theological Seminary in New York and an M.Div from Drew University in New Jersey. She also holds a Th.M in systematic theology from Yonsei University and a B.A in Theology from Methodist Theological University in Seoul. Her academic interests and researches in Process studies are eco-theology, eco-feminist theology, feminist studies, religious philosophies, postmodern studies, comparative studies, and educations from a Korean woman perspective. Her research is highly cross-cultural, interreligious, and intersecting Western philosophy, theology, and Asian philosophies and religions, including Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism. She is currently an assistant to Ecological Civilization in Korea project and works on researching and translating books, articles, and newspapers to support the Korea project.
Kate Munden-Dixon is an applied social scientist with expertise in socio-ecological transitions and food system governance. For over 15 years she has been developing and managing community-driven projects in the US, Honduras, and Thailand, that support the creation of equitable and ecologically resilient food systems. She received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Davis, and a Master of Environmental Planning and Design from the University of Georgia. Whenever able, Kate enjoys traveling and introducing her toddler to delicious food, and exploring the outdoors.
Jesse Knapp leads EcoCiv’s operations in the nation’s capital, connecting with partner organizations, coordinating media strategy with the EcoCiv publicity team, and setting goals and strategies for events around the world. He has a background in politics as well as media. He served as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Bill Nelson before studying film at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where he earned a master’s degree. Before joining EcoCiv, he worked as an independent film producer in Los Angeles. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
Ellie Leaning is the Director for W12+ and the Projects Director at the Institute for Ecological Civilization. She has over ten years of experience in non-profit project management and research. Combined with her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Environmental Studies, she has a well-rounded environmental and social science background with particular experience in international affordable housing, slum upgrading, wildlife conservation, rural development, sustainable fisheries, resilient food systems, and water security. Ellie has managed and supported several USAID, World Bank, and Oxfam America projects and has worked directly with and for grassroots environmental and humanitarian organizations predominantly in the USA and South Africa. She is comfortable managing teams on deliverable led multi-year projects and balancing big picture timelines and goals with quality control and attention to detail.
Dongwoo Lee is Director of the EcoCiv Korea project of the Center for Process Studies, and pastor of Pasadena Presbyterian Church (PCUSA). He got his Masters degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary and completed doctoral coursework at Claremont School of Theology.
Jessica Mardock is a researcher, educator, and numbers guru, who is passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice by instituting social science and statistical best practices into real-life application. Jessica directs budgetary analysis and business development for the Institute for Ecological Civilization and financial business operations and compliance for ViviFi Planning, LLC. She earned a Master of Science from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin College. Jessica is a dedicated steward of the environment and can often be found educating her daughter on the finer points of gardening, baking/cooking, and finding the best tree to hug whilst recharging in nature.
Austin Roberts holds a PhD from Drew University in the Graduate Division of Religion. His dissertation was on political theology, process thought, and the Anthropocene. After joining EcoCiv as a project manager in 2018, he collaborated with other team members to produce the EcoCiv Podcast. He now lives in Northern California where he teaches college courses in religion and philosophy.
Sarah Acquah is a Water Resource Analyst with significant interdisciplinary research experience in the areas of water economics, water security, drinking water quality, and social justice issues of water quality. Sarah earned her Ph.D. in Water Science and Management with concentrations in Water Economics and Policy from New Mexico State University. At the Institute of Ecological Civilization, Sarah serves as the Water Research Associate. She has a keen interest in improving water resource management through the integration of analytical research, community engagement, and water policies that seek to address issues of water security. Sarah enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking.
Wm. Andrew Schwartz is Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the Institute for Ecological Civilization. As a scholar, organizer, and social entrepreneur, Schwartz also serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies and Assistant Professor of Process Studies and Comparative Theology for Claremont School of Theology at Willamette University. He is author/editor of several books, including co-author (with Philip Clayton) of the book, What is Ecological Civilization?: Crisis, Hope, and the Future of the Planet (2020), and co-editor (with John B. Cobb, Jr.) of the book, Putting Philosophy to Work: Toward Ecological Civilization (2019).