Arturo Angeles is the Communications and Marketing Associate at EcoCiv. 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.
Juliana Arnold is the Communications and Writing Assistant at EcoCiv, where she started as a Social Media Intern. Juliana is from Dallas, TX but is currently based in Honolulu, HI. As an undergraduate student, she studied Social Justice and Sustainability while minoring 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 language documentation and conservation. She focuses her studies and research on biocultural diversity, examining the link between biological, cultural and linguistic diversity around the world. She hopes to work for international organizations in the future to promote this interdisciplinary approach to biological, cultural and linguistic conservation.
Outside of her work with us and as a graduate 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.
Tom Broad is EcoCiv’s leader of all things technology who enjoys sharing stories with anyone. He is a technology researcher, educator, and is passionate about making technology simple for business. He most enjoys making order out of chaos, with a cup of coffee nearby.
Since working for Apple, Inc (when Steve Jobs was still with us), Tom enjoys keeping up with the latest technology trends and risks. For more than 20 years, Tom has consulted in technology for a variety of different companies, non-profits, and churches.
Tom enjoys anything outdoors and has a deep passion for preserving our globe for many generations to come. He is often found hiking the beautiful Ohio river valley trails or camping with his 4 kids, retired racing greyhound forging ahead, while taking in some relaxation surrounded by the beautiful Earth we call home.
Caisa Charleston is a filmmaker and video editor that wants to use her skills to help educate the people around her. As a video production assistant at Ecological Civilization, she puts her skills to work on EcoCiv project and helps articulate the connection between social and environmental constructs.
Caisa earned her B.A. in Media Arts at the University of North Texas. When she’s not on set or working behind the scenes, you can find her watching movies, playing video games, and playing with her dog.
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 several decades of experience in university-based research, teaching, and lecturing, 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.
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.
Jessie Green is the Project & Development Associate at EcoCiv. Previously, Jessie worked to support Maasai land rights with Adumu Impact, where she is now a board member. Her interdisciplinary background includes expertise in climate resiliency, community-based conservation, Indigenous land rights, wellbeing economics, and responsible tourism. She earned an MSc Merit from the University of Sussex/Institute for Development Studies. Her dissertation explored the impacts of land tenure on adaptability to climate change for smallholder farmers based on examples from India and Zambia. She completed her undergraduate degree in Environment & Development at McGill University, with minors in International Development and Social Entrepreneurship. In her free time, Jessie enjoys hiking, crocheting, and sewing.
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.
Judy Jiang is the Water Communications Associate for Institute for Ecological Civilization. After several years supporting technical water programs for the US Navy and USAID, Judy now focuses on telling stories to better communicate the challenges, solutions, and importance of water to individuals and communities around the world. She is passionate about telling honest stories, listening deeply, and working empathetically.
Judy earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University with a minor in humanitarian engineering. She has worked on a variety of projects in the past from stormwater pollution prevention plans in Washington state to conducting key informant interviews with water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) stakeholders in Malawi. She is a freelance writer, runner, hiker, and more.
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.
Sheri D. Kling serves as the director of the John Cobb Legacy Fund, a planned giving program created by EcoCiv, the Cobb Institute, and the Center for Process Studies. Sheri earned her Ph.D. in Process Studies from Claremont School of Theology. In her work as a writer, teacher, and spiritual mentor, Sheri draws from wisdom and mystical traditions, relational worldviews, depth psychology, and the intersection of spirituality and science to help people transform their lives. She is also a faculty member of the Haden Institute and the director of Process & Faith, a multi-faith network for relational spirituality and the common good, at the Center for Process Studies.
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 EcoCiv’s Projects Director. She ensures that all EcoCiv projects are following EcoCiv’s approach and methodology so that they can work cohesively to achieve our mission. Specifically, Ellie developed and leads EcoCiv’s signature water project, W12+ Programs, and she also oversees emerging programs in other areas, including Conservation Economies and Agrifood Systems. She is also in charge of the Learning for Impact project within the IDEAS program, which prompts inter- and intra-organizational knowledge growth and application.
Ellie has a BA in Environmental Studies from Franklin University Switzerland and a MSc in Environmental Science, with a specialization in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability, from Antioch University. She has lived in Switzerland and South Africa, has traveled extensively, and has research and management experience in a variety of sectors, including water security, international affordable housing, wildlife conservation, food systems, fisheries, and non-profit development. She is an avid equestrian and lives on Cape Cod, MA.
Dongwoo Lee is a founder and the Executive Director of EcoCiv Korea. Dongwoo also directs the Korea Project at the Center for Process Studies. He is an author of several books. His latest book, Imagining Post-Pandemic Meta-Church published in South Korea in September, 2021, became the number one bestselling E-book in the Religion section at Ridibooks’ store. He earned the PhD degree at Claremont School of Theology. His major areas of expertise are comparative religion and philosophy, process thoughts, postcolonialism, poststructuralism, contextual studies, economics and ecological studies. He is currently located in Los Angeles, CA. He enjoys hiking trails, cycling and watching movies with his wife.
Jessica Mardock is the Director of Finance and Human Resources at EcoCiv, where she spearheads the operational functions of finance, compliance, and human resources. Jessica has 5 years of experience in finance and operations and more than 10 years of experience in research and data analysis.
Jessica earned a BA in Political Science from Franklin College and a MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. She is also a candidate for CFP® certification. As a dedicated steward of the environment, she spends time recharging in nature whenever she can. She is an avid baker and loves hiking and hugging trees with her family.
Kate Munden-Dixon is the Program Manager for the Agrifood Systems Program at EcoCiv. Kate is an applied social scientist and project manager with expertise in socio-ecological transitions and food system governance. For over 15 years she has developed and supported community-driven projects advancing equitable and ecologically resilient food systems in the US, Honduras, and Thailand. She has published peer-reviewed articles and reports on food policy councils, climate adaptation of beginning farmers and ranchers, food hubs, and community supported agriculture. For a list of her publications, please visit her Google scholar profile.
Kate received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Davis, and a Master of Urban Planning and Design degree from the University of Georgia. She has lived in Thailand and traveled throughout Southeast Asia, Europe, Northern Africa, and Central America. When not in front of a computer, you can find her exploring cities, hiking, and introducing her toddler to delicious food from around the world.
Grace Okafor is the Strategic Events Coordinator and Development Associate 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.
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.
Wm. Andrew Schwartz is Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of EcoCiv. He is a scholar, organizer, and non-profit administrator. Andrew is also the Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies and Assistant Professor of Process and Comparative Theology at Claremont School of Theology. His recent work involves the role of “big ideas” in the transition toward ecological civilization.
Dacotah-Victoria Splichalova is the water program’s assistant project manager at EcoCiv, where she oversees the W12+ Blueprint, our database for water solutions, and works closely with our on-the-ground partners to coordinate projects. With a decade of experience working as a community-based researcher, facilitator, and science journalist, Dacotah has contributed to diverse community-led water projects focused on international transboundary water cooperation, collaborative water governance, water insecurity, and river basin management development in Central America, North America, Southern Africa, and Western Europe.
Dacotah is presently a doctoral candidate and researcher at the University of British Columbia. She earned her Master’s degree in water resources, policy, and management and her Bachelor’s degree in philosophy, journalism, and peace studies at Oregon State University. A dedicated surfer, she enjoys exploring underground rivers, “Cenotes,” surrounding her home of Mérida, Yucatán, México.